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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:06 PM 10/22/07 (CST)
We have been in email and now phone conversation on the issue if you need to have a license on your portable fish house! Because our "clear to the point DNR" has told us 5 different answers. Now we have the bait stores involved, and they have customers that are not happy, becasue they have bought licenses, and the DNR has now told them you don't need one unless its un-attended for 24 hours!

Its all messed up....

Has any one else figured this out yet?


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:57 AM 10/23/07 (CST)
You will only need to have a tag on your portable if you leave it out over night...

Doug Smith,star tribune says...

Minnesota's ice anglers won't have to license their portable fishing shelters any more -- unless they plan on leaving them on the ice overnight.

That's the result of a new law passed by the 2007 Legislature. Owners of about 60,000 portable shelters will be affected. Few portable shelters are left on the ice overnight.

Ice fishing shacks left overnight, which obviously would include most of the state's 90,000 permanent shelters, still must be licensed.

"The Legislature decided we shouldn't be licensing portables anymore," said Bob Meier, assistant commissioner in charge of government relations for the Department of Natural Resources. "They wanted to give people with portable shelters a break."

That saves anglers with portable shelters $11.50 a year but would cost the DNR about $768,000 in lost revenue. So the Legislature increased nonresident fishing license fees to offset that loss.

The cost of nonresident individual fishing license, now $34, will increase to $37.50 next year. The increase is expected to raise about $680,000 yearly.

Nonresident anglers took another hit: A $2 surcharge for aquatic invasive species management also is being added to all nonresident fishing licenses.

With the usual $1 issuing fee, that means a nonresident individual will pay $40.50 for a Minnesota fishing license. The state sells about 266,000 nonresident fishing licenses yearly.

Minnesota residents pay a $5 invasive species surcharge every three years with their boat registration fees.

Permanent shelters, whether with wheels or skids, still need a fish-house or dark-house license if they stay on the lake overnight.
There is a new three-year fish house license for permanent shelters.

Lawmakers extended the date on our fishing licenses to April 30 also.

An angler in a dark house or fish house can fillet fish or possess fish fillets within size limits if the angler is preparing the fillet or fish for a meal. In the past, anglers could not possess fillets on lakes with special regulations because DNR officers have difficulty determining if the filleted fish were within legal limits.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 05:53 PM 10/30/07 (CST)
Just copying a email from the DNR

Could you clear up a question for me? Some of these portable fish houses are sleds with a canvas that flips over the sled and unto the ice. If you fold the canvas into the sled, which then would be a sled, do you require a license for the sled if left on the lake.
If we have a clam style fish house that is a sled with a fold down canvas, and before we leave for the night, can we fold the canvas in the sled and leave it on the lake? Reason, sometimes we use the sled house for spearing and will return early in the morning so we leave the sled house on the lake for the night. Do we need reflectors on the sled? Do we need to have our name or MNDNR number on it?


Only fish houses left unattended on the ice over night must be licensed; portable shelters not left unattended overnight do not need to be licensed. The shelters still need the ID on the outside, but no longer need the license.

The sled is no longer considered a shelter once the sides and roof have been folded down. Should still have the reflectors on so its visible by lights, but does not need the shelter license. Good idea to chain it to the house or something, it may not be there in the morning otherwise.


Kevin

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