New bill could create flexible ice shanty removal date

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Published: Nov. 24, 2017 at 5:56 PM EST
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A bill going through Michigan’s legislature could give ice fishing enthusiasts more flexibility with their ice shanties.

This new law would change the set in stone date of February 20th for ice shanty removal from bodies of water.

It would be more in tune with the season’s weather.

The decisions on the new dates would be left up to local DNR offices to benefit each area in the state.

“In the Upper Peninsula, as we know, the ice conditions change rapidly from winter to winter and even within a given season. So, while their might be a specific day to remove your ice shanty, we might still have plenty of thick ice up here and would like to let anglers stay out there on the ice,” said John Pepin of the Michigan DNR.

This legislation could also change the requirement of listing your name and address.

Anglers would have the option to list their driver’s license or sports card numbers instead.

The bill has passed the House and is heading for the State Senate.