Ice anglers are reminded that the last deadline in a series of March dates to remove permanent ice shanties from state waters is March 15. Shanties must be removed from waters north of Highway 64 and all other outlying waters by the end of that day. Earlier March deadlines covered inland and boundary waters.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is urging anglers not to wait until the deadline because possible warming temperatures and early spring rains could complicate removal and make it more dangerous.
Shelter-removal deadlines help to reduce spring shoreline litter and boating dangers. Abandoning the shelter or burning it atop the ice does not satisfy the deadline. The debris then goes into the waterbody, negatively affecting water quality.
Anyone who is aware of shanty owners not taking responsibility for their shanties should contact the DNR Violation Hotline by calling or texting 800.847.9367.