MN DNR Reminds Anglers of License Requirements for Shelters
Minnesota — The Minnesota DNR is reminding anglers fishing out of wheel houses or permanent houses that they need to purchase a shelter license. Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Bob Mlynar says there’s been a lot of confusion, especially regarding wheel houses, but all hard sided houses need a shelter license whether they are occupied or not.
Minnesota fishing regulations recognize two types of shelters: portable and nonportable. A portable shelter is one that collapses, folds or is disassembled for transportation. Wheeled fish houses are not considered portable and must be licensed. Officer Mlynar says portable houses, such as flip overs or pop ups, do not need licenses as long as they are not left unoccupied
An annual shelter license costs $15 for residents and $37 for nonresidents, not including issuing fees. A shelter license is valid from March 1 through April 30 of the following year. A shelter license is not required on border waters between Minnesota and its neighboring states (Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota). Licenses can be purchased in person, by telephone or at mndnr.gov/buyalicense.