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delta hunter

I heard thru the grapevine that portables are not required to have shelter tags anymore. I just wondering if anyones is hear this or not?

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james_walleye

Yes that is correct. And if you take a "permanent" on the ice and dont leave it unattended for say a weekend, it also does not need one as i understand it. Any house left unattended needs a license.

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wanger29

Straight out of the DNR rulebook=Question: A group of (resident or nonresident) anglers pulls a fish house on the ice for a weekend of ice fishing. The fish house is designed with a wheel system that allows for easy access and removal from the lake. The anglers stay in the house and never leave it unoccupied during the course of the weekend. Does the fish house require a license?

Answer: No. A fish house license is not required as long as the fish house is attended. This includes daylight, as well as nighttime use.

That might help. Real nice change!

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delta hunter

I'm happy to hear of the change, I only fish out of a portable, unless I use my buddies perm house. I never understood why a portable would ever have to be licenesed!

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jigging-matt

Make sure that you still have your information on your shack though. (DL #, DNR #, etc.)

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delta hunter

I here ya there!

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Enginejet

I was just looking through the DNR fishing regs on line and still see the shelter tag as a requirment on page 60. But there is a statement that these regs apply "unless otherwise noted elsewhere in this booklet". Other than the question section is this change listed anywhere else? I got a warning ticket last year because I didn't have my shelter tag displayed properly and want to avoid that this year.

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icechipper

There is a news release on their site about the rule change that the government changed this year, so thats why it is not printed in the 2007 rule book.

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Enginejet

I see it now, thanks. Great news!

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NECharlie

This sounds great, I won't be required to purchase a non-resident license for my ice shelter. Just want to clarify; jigger-matt seez the owner of the ice house must have the owners name and DNR# displayed.

Charlie

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Team Otter

Yes, you'll need some digits displayed. It is explained in the link attached to the bottom of page 1 of this post.

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walleyeslayer18

So im not totally clear on this...if i am spending the night in my portable, do i need a shelter license?

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lucy1205

No you do not need a shelter license for that.

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Flamefox

only if ur planing to keep it out on the ice over nite, other wise if there and planing to take it home u dont need a tag. in ur case you will be fine.

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Team Otter

Spend the night every night; no license. grin.gif

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walleyeslayer18

thanks for the help guys!

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love2fish4ever

It's about time something costs LESS. I remember when I first got started ice fishing I took a 4x8 sheet of plywood, cut it in 1/2 & hinged it for a wind break. DNR came out checked my fishing license & told me I needed one for my shelter confused.gifshocked.gifconfused.gif I thought he was kidding, but he wasn't. Well, things changed for the better. L2f

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Flamefox

self built house are classifeid as perminate stationary house yes needs to be licenced. the no tag deal is very touchy with many dnr personal. i asked about home made shelters they told me yes needs a tag, not store bought portables. that wasnt clairifed in the books at all. check with ur local dnr C/O of ur counties u live in they vary.

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tfrench

So if I go and buy a portable, I need to have a DNR# on it? I am getting confused about "you don't have to have a license on a portable, but you do need to have a DNR #"? What do I need to register my portable, or do I need to do anything to register it?

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Phill Aldahl

Your DNR# can be found on your fishing license.

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Team Otter

If you go buy a portable, you just go fishing. grin.gif Don't forget your license. smirk.gif

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Flamefox

all u need to do is make a sign with ur name, dnr # , and ur drivers licence on it thats what i did, i never put my home addy on it, once i did i came home to a empty house i was robbed. the dnr acepted the way i did my sign.

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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
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