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ICE FISHING SHANTIES
Ice fishing is generally a cold activity, but it can feel especially so on those windy days when it doesn't seem fit to be outdoors. On such days, a portable ice shanty – or portable ice fishing house – will help you with the cold. Some shanties can be directly purchased from a store and are made of portable, insulated walls. Other ice fishing shelters can be home made. Many anglers make ice fishing shelters out of plywood and other materials you can find at your local hardware store.
It's important to make sure you can pull the ice fishing 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 ice fishing equipment for use inside the ice 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 ice fishing gear like 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.