Msg 1 Posted: 10:16 PM 01/26/07 (CST)
Fish houses, dark houses, and portable shelters placed on the ice must have proper identification |
Snowmobilers and ATV riders urged to be aware of fish houses
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 05:33:51 PM
It's a sign of the season, fish houses, dark houses and portable shelters dotting Minnesota waters as another ice fishing season is underway.
"Ice fishing is among the most popular Minnesota winter activities, with about 140,000 ice fishing shelter licenses sold last year," said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Chief Conservation Officer Mike Hamm, "but with this opportunity comes some responsibility."
Hamm said all shelters placed on the ice of Minnesota waters must have the complete name and address, driver's license number or MDNR number that's issued to the individual through the Electronic License System plainly and legibly displayed in readily visible locations on the outside in letters and figures at least 2 inches in height. Shelters placed on the ice for shelter while fishing must be licensed, except that a license is not required on border waters with Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota.
The tag, furnished with the license, must be attached to the exterior in a readily visible location.
The following regulations apply to fish houses, dark houses, and portable shelters used on all Minnesota waters, unless noted in the 2006 Minnesota Fishing Regulations Handbook.
"Night riders should be very alert and slow down, you may hit one of these before you ever see it," Hamm said. "So drive at a speed which will allow you time to see potential hazards and avoid them.