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DNR: Deadlines to remove ice fishing shanties approaching

Associated Press

Lansing – Anglers have until sunset Sunday to take down ice fishing shanties on Lake St. Clair, northeast of Detroit.

Shanties in most Lower Peninsula counties have to be removed by midnight on March 1, while those in about three dozen counties in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula must come down no later than midnight March 15, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

“Temperature fluctuations can create unstable and unsafe ice conditions very fast,” said Lt. Jason Wicklund, of the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division. “It’s the angler’s responsibility to safely remove their shanty before it falls through the ice.”

Shanties on ice on Michigan and Wisconsin boundary waterways in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula also must be removed by midnight on March 15.

Midnight on March 31 is the deadline for shanty removal across the rest of the Upper Peninsula.

The DNR said shanty owners whose structures fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines up to $500, or both. Courts also can require owners to pay up to three times the cost of removal if shanties are taken down by a government agency.