Col. Kevin Jordan: (603) 271-3127
Lt. Heidi Murphy: (603) 271-3127
Jay Martin: (603) 271-3211
March 22, 2019
CONCORD, NH — According to state law, all bobhouses (also known as ice shanties), must be removed from the ice no later than the end of the day on April 1. Please remember to use all precautions, including monitoring ice thickness, to ensure your safety when removing bobhouses from frozen lakes and ponds. Dependent on weather conditions, it may be necessary to remove bobhouses before April 1.
Once bobhouses are moved to the shoreline, they must be relocated to property. Do not leave bobhouses on public or private property other than your own without permission – that is also a violation of state law.
“The law is designed to ensure that bobhouses and their contents do not fall through the ice and become a hazard to boaters, or get left behind on shore,” says Lieutenant Heidi Murphy of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Law Enforcement Division.
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, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has the authority to seize any bobhouse not removed by the deadline, including its contents.
Burning a bobhouse on the ice is illegal and will result in a fine and one year loss of your fishing license.
For more information, contact your local Conservation Officer or Fish and Game’s Law Enforcement Division in Concord at (603) 271-3127.