Ice fishing can be a fairly cold activity, especially on those windy days when it doesn't seem fit to be outdoors. On such days, a shanty, or a portable shelter will help you with the cold. Some shanties can be directly purchased from a store and are made of portable, insulated walls. Other shanties can be home made. Many anglers make them out of plywood and other materials you can find at your local hardware store.
It's important to make sure you can pull the shanty onto the ice (if available use a snow mobile or vehicle). Also remember to check the ice thickness first to ensure that it can handle the weight of the shanty.
Many anglers will bring additional equipment for inside their shanty. Portable heaters help keep you warm and keep your fishing hole from freezing up. Buckets can be flipped over for chairs and be useful for carrying your rods, lures and baits.
In some areas of the country shanties can be elaborate creations. Some anglers will leave their shanty up for the entire winter season and will equip them with portable bathrooms, beds and more.