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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning anglers that the deadline to remove their ice houses from lakes in the southern two-thirds of the state is almost upon us.

The DNR said dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice no later than midnight on March 7 on “waters south of a line starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Moorhead along U.S. Highway 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border near Duluth.”

All areas north of that line will need to remove ice fishing shelters by March 21.

Of course the DNR said that if the weather warns up too much, you should remove shelters before that.

Any shelters left on the ice after the deadlines can be confiscated or destroyed and the owners can be prosecuted.

After the removal dates, shelters can be on the ice only when occupied and between midnight and an hour before sunrise.

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Minnesota’s ice fishing shelter removal dates are fast approaching. Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice of inland waters no later than midnight on March 7 in the southern two-thirds of the state and March 21 in the northern third.

The March 7 removal deadline applies to waters south of a line starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Moorhead along U.S. Highway 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border near Duluth. The March 21 deadline applies to waters north of that line.

For border waters, the shelter removal deadlines are:

· Minnesota – Iowa, Feb. 20

· Minnesota – Wisconsin, March 1

· Minnesota – North Dakota and South Dakota, March 5

· Minnesota – Canada, March 31.

Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier if ice conditions warrant.

Those not removing shelters will be prosecuted. Conservation officers may remove the structure and confiscate or destroy it. It is also unlawful to store or leave a shelter at a public access.

After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended.

It is unlawful to improperly dispose of ice fishing shacks anywhere in the state. Anglers should check with local refuse providers or landfills for disposal.

According to the DNR, litter is a costly problem that Minnesotans all end up paying for to keep roadways, parks and waterways clean. The act of littering not only hurts pocketbooks, it also causes harm to the environment in many ways.

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