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Deadline for overnight shanties this Friday

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In a few days, anglers will have to bring their fishing shanties in at night.

After midnight on Friday, March 15, it won’t be safe to leave them on the ice overnight, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Jason Wicklund with the DNR says even though it’s still cold, lake ice starts melting quicker in March.

“The ice becomes unsafe, and it melts away from the shore, and the people cannot get out and access their shacks with vehicles to remove them from the lakes.”

Wicklund says the March deadlines are set in stone, no matter the weather.

Anglers in the Upper Peninsula have until March 31st.