Minnesota fish shelters require identification

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 at 7:08 am

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers remind ice anglers that all fish houses, dark houses, and portable shelters placed on the ice and left unattended overnight must be properly identified.

“Some people abandon or burn shelters as the March 1 or March 16 removal date draws near, creating an eyesore and a potential safety hazard,” said Capt. Ken Soring, DNR Enforcement acting director. “Conservation officers can monitor shelters that are properly identified.” The March 1 deadline is for shelters located south of an east-west line formed by US Hwy 10, east along Hwy 34 to Minnesota Hwy 200, east along Hwy 200 to US Hwy 2 East along Hwy 2 to the Minnesota -Wisconsin border. The March 16 date is for shelters north of that line.

Dark houses, fish houses, and portable shelters placed on the ice of Minnesota waters must be legibly marked on the outside with one of three forms of identification in figures at least two inches high. Those forms of identification include the owner’s complete name and address; drivers license number; or nine-digit Minnesota DNR license number.

Other shelter regulations include:

* a license is not required on border waters with Wis., Iowa, ND, and SD
* a tag, furnished with a license, must be attached to the exterior in a readily visible location
* dark houses, fish houses, and portable shelters must have a door that can be opened from the outside at any time when in use
* fish houses left on the ice overnight need to have at least 2 square inches of reflective material on each side of the house
* fish houses must comply with the identification requirements of the state for which the angler is licensed
* no person may erect a dark house, fish house, or shelter within 10 feet of an existing dark house, fish house, or shelter
* portable dark houses, fish houses, and shelters may be used for fishing within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), but must be removed from the ice each night; the structure must be removed from the BWCAW each time the occupant leaves the BWCAW.

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