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Reflectors

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I need a quick refresher course...
Do you need reflectors on portables?
I need to stop and get a new fishing reg book, I can't find the one I had.

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Only if they are left on the ice overnite. However - I would strongly suggest you use it even if it's not left out. You need to have a 2" x 2" reflector on each side. Keep Smiling.

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It is in the regs now and I completely agree with the ruling. And strongly encourage adding them to all ice huts!

I got clipped a good one one night while fishing in my old Fish Trap by a snowmobile on the Boise De Sioux River. Wrecked my tarp and bent me and the tubing up pretty good, rolled the sled too. I became a believer in reflectors kinda quickly that night Eh! I had reflectors on my sled then too, but not up on top of the tarp. The snow hide most of the reflectors so they didn't see me quick enough. I was on a sharp river bend so they had to slow down some, if they had not.....well..it would have been far worse!

I recommend reflective 3-M tape on all sides of a tub sled, and reflective ribbons or buttons on top of tarp shacks, again visible on all sides.

There is a company called FIRETACKS that has a very good line of reflective devices for the sportsman/woman that will serve you well.

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I think it's makes good sense to have reflectors on all ice shacks .they are so cheap especially when you consider all of those snowmobiles flying around at high speeds.I have even had a tough time spotting dark ice house at night.

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And maybe eventually the major portable manufacturers will include reflective material in the tents on their products. I know they don't only sell them in Minnesota, but a review of all the northern states' regs by folks like Clam and Otter and others would allow them to sew in enough fabric to meet the most stringent regs.

After all, it's a public safety issue. Wouldn't a publicity conscious company want to promote that? grin.gif

Plus, what would the world be like withouth Backwater Eddy? tongue.gif

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Frabill does add reflective material to their line of ice shacks. I am sure other manufactures will soon fallow suit.

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Just to clarify the reflective tape issue. It states in the reg's "Fish houses left on the ice overnight need to have at least 2 square inches of reflective material on each side of the house".

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They are on Fishtraps too. If your out after dark its a good idea to have them. A sled, truck, bomber or 4 wheeler hitting ya could take ya to the big pond in the sky. Also open all windows at night and get that lantern light glowing outside.

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