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Anglers struggle to get ice shanties off frozen lakes

RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - A battle for anglers on Lake Wausau Friday, as they moved their ice shanties off the lake.

"Everybody was getting stuck," said Josh Blackburn of Wausau.

It took three people to get Blackburn's shanty out.

"There's a lot more snow," said Randy Dunkel, a conservation warden at the Department of Natural Resources. “Which causes there to be a layer of ice, then a layer of slush, then a layer of snow."

The wind is also slowing the process down.

"The main drag coming out here is pretty rough,” said Blackburn. “Just take it easy and take your time."

The deadline to get shanties off the lake and all lakes south of Highway 64 is Monday.

"The weather in March is very unpredictable and could change very quickly and create unsafe conditions for the ice," said Dunkel.

Wardens say the Department of Natural Resources received calls to push the deadline back, but the law doesn't allow that.

"DNR put the time frame out there for a reason, and it's actually a good scenario that we have adequate ice to where people can get machinery out there and get their ice shanties off," said Dunkel.

But some anglers don't have to worry. They have a portable shanty.

"We don't have the permanence but we have the mobility," said Patricia Hendrickson of Wausau.

Still, they feel bad for those who have to make a big move this weekend.

"Right now with all the ice and that melted and froze, I don't know how some of these people are going to get their shacks off the ice," said Hendrickson.

Wardens expect a tough weekend too, especially with the cold. But they say the law is the law.

The deadline for shanties on the Wisconsin-Michigan border is March 15 and shanties north of Highway 64 is March 17.

If people don't move their shanties on time they could get a citation. The warden says if you're having trouble getting your shanty off the ice, contact the DNR.

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