The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the deadline is looming for removal of ice shacks and portables from inland lakes.
The DNR says the shacks must be off the ice of inland waters no later than 11:59 p.m. this Monday, March 3rd, in the southern two-thirds of the state.
The DNR says the cold winter has cemented some houses into the ice, requiring hours of prying, chiseling and pulling necessary to remove them,. Some ice anglers were trying to get ahead of that by removing permanent shelters early.
The Wisconsin DNR encourages ice anglers to call the department's Hotline, 1-800-TIP-WDNR, to describe their situation if they are having difficulty 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.
In Wisconsin the deadline for removing ice shanties from Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters is March First.....