2013-03-28 / Outdoors

Shanty removal deadline nears

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal deadlines are approaching, and that, regardless of date, shanties must be removed as soon as the ice is unable to safely hold them.

Shanties in the Upper Peninsula must be removed by midnight on March 31.

After the mandatory removal dates, ice shanties may be used but must be removed daily.

Shanty owners whose structures fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines of $100 to $500, or both. If a shanty is removed by a government agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse that agency for an amount of up to three times the cost of removal.

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