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January 30, 2012

Here are answers to some of the recent most frequently asked law enforcement questions taken this week by the DNR Call Center.
The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463.

Question 1: Is a child required to wear a helmet if the child is riding on the back of a four-wheeler? I'm talking a trip to an ice fishing spot.

Answer: A child under age 12 must wear a helmet with a chin strap properly fastened when riding as a passenger on an all-terrain vehicle being operated on the ice of Wisconsin waters. Children age 12 and older who are traveling on an ATV for the purpose of fishing or hunting are not required to wear a helmet.

For more information on helmet requirements, see page 9 of the 2011 Wisconsin ATV regulations pamphlet.

Question 2: If a child is 15 -- and has not passed an ATV safety class -- is he or she able to drive the ATV on the ice?

Answer: No. Anyone who is at least age 12 and born on or after January 1, 1988 is required to complete a safety course and the certificate must be carried while operating the ATV. For more information on age restrictions, see page 10 of the 2011 Wisconsin ATV regulations pamphlet.

Question 3: Is it legal to move a permanent ice shanty if it is not occupied?

Answer: Ice fishing shelters are private property. When lawfully placed, these shelters may only be moved by the owner or with the owner's permission. The owner's name and address must be displayed on the shelter whenever it is left out on the ice and is not occupied or in use. It also is not legal for others to damage or to disturb lawfully placed personal property of another used for fishing. It also is not legal for others to take possession or control of the shelters without the consent of the owner.

Last revised: Friday August 31 2012