Lt. Robert Bryant: (603) 271-3127
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
March 26, 2009            

April 1 Deadline for Removing Bobhouses from Ice

CONCORD, N.H. -- Attention ice anglers: All bobhouses, also known as ice shanties, must be removed from the ice by the end of the day on April 1 according to state law.  Don't leave your bobhouse on public or private property without permission either - that's also a violation of state law - so if you've moved your bobhouse to the shoreline, take care to move the structure to your own property before the 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, explained Lt. Robert Bryant of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement.

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 Conservation Officers cannot identify the bobhouse owner, Fish and Game has the authority to seize any bobhouse and its contents not removed by the deadline. 

For more information, contact your local Conservation Officer or Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division in Concord at (603) 271-3361.

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