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DNR to Use Discretion with Ice Shack Removal Deadline

28 Feb News

The DNR may be a bit more lenient with the deadline to remove ice shanties due to the extreme weather conditions we have experienced this winter.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging ice anglers to call the department’s hotline 1-800-TIP-WDNR if the conditions prevent meeting the removal deadline. The angler’s information will be passed on to the local conservation warden who will use discretion in the enforcement of the deadline. The angler must work actively to free their shelter and make arrangements to have it removed.

The deep snow has lead to difficulties with the removal of ice shacks across the state. Another issue according to Warden Todd Schaller is a layer of slush that has frozen shanties into place. Schaller says, “There is not enough time to modify the law before the deadline removal dates. But we can use discretion for those who are working hard to get their structures off the ice.”

Certain removal dates of boundary waters have already begun. Areas south of Highway 64 must be removed by Monday and north of Highway 64 by March 17. Portable shelters that are removed daily are allowed beyond the deadline.