Lt. Bruce Bonenfant: (603) 271-3127
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
March 30, 2007

April 1 Deadline for Removing Bobhouses from Ice or Shore

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officials remind ice anglers that state law requires all bobhouses or ice shanties to be removed from the ice after April 1. Leaving bobhouses on the property of another person without permission is also a violation of state law, so if you've moved your shanty to the shoreline, take care to move the structures to your own property before the April 1 deadline.

The law is designed to ensure that bobhouses and their contents don't fall through the ice and become a hazard to boaters or get left behind on shore.

Failure to remove a bobhouse from public waters, public property or private property by the deadline can result in a fine and a one-year loss of the owner's fishing license. In cases where Fish and Game Conservation Officers cannot identify the shanty owner, the Department has the authority to claim any bobhouse and its contents not removed by the deadline. The unclaimed structure and all its contents can then be sold at public auction or destroyed.

For more information, contact your local Conservation Officer or Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division in Concord at (603) 271-3129.

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