- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is reminding those who ice fish to remove their shanties on lakes before the ice becomes too weak or before the last Sunday in March - whichever comes first.

Officials say it’s more than just a warning, it’s a state law for them to be removed. Non-compliance is punishable with a fine of up to $1,000.

That law also requires owners to have their names and address on the ice shanties.

State Game Warden Major Dennis Reinhardt says abandoned shanties can become a boating hazard.

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