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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens are asking ice anglers to tell them about stuck shanties as removal dates loom.

The agency says anglers have been asking for advice about how to meet the deadlines because their shanties are frozen in after temperatures climbed into the 40s and then dipped below zero again.

The wardens say anglers should do their best to get the shanties out by the deadlines. Anglers sure they can't make it should explain their situation to the DNR and the wardens will use discretion.

Shanties were supposed be off Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters by Feb. 20. They must be off Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters by March 1; southern inland waters by March 3; northern inland waters by March 17; and Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters by March 15.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Right now it feels like that snow is never going to melt, and winter will last forever. But the cold, hard truth sets in for those who like to fish.  In just five short days you need to get your permanent ice shacks off the lake. 

The DNR says that despite rumors that it would be extended, the deadline is not changing. The DNR says that's because it's a part of state law. For lakes south of Highway 64 the deadline is this Sunday. And with the snow and ice conditions on the lakes this year, it's important not to procrastinate.

"If you put it off until Sunday who knows what the weather is going to be like on that particular day and what kind of difficulties you may have. Depending on whether the shanty is frozen in or you have difficulties getting to it, it may take you longer than usual, or you may have to even make some other arrangements to get some help or some other vehicle out that can do it. So, you should start thinking about it now," explains Bill Yearman, the DNR Recreational Safety Warden

If you don't remove it on time you could face a hefty fine of $263.10. You can still have your portable shelter on the ice, as long as it's moved off when you're not there or at the end of the day.

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