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Fishing shelter

With room for three anglers, the Fish Trap Voyager Flip-Over Shelter also can house fishing gear and fits in the back of most trucks and sport-utility vehicles, or SUVs. It features an aluminum frame, Ice Armor fabric, two cushioned swivel seats, a polyethylene sled, heavy-duty mesh storage pockets and Air Exchange safety vents. A special connection system allows the Voyager to join other shelters.


The tent weighs 120 pounds and costs $599.95.

Catalytic heater

An ice-fishing shack can become more comfortable with Coleman’s SportCat PerfecTemp Catalytic Heater.

An electronic ignition system allows for matchless lighting, while a detachable base provides stability, the company says. The heater can run for up to 14 hours from one 16.4-ounce propane cylinder, which must be purchased separately.

The heater costs $43 and can be purchased at

Underwater camera

The Aqua-Vu Scout underwater camera allows boat and ice anglers to view fish up to 100 feet below the surface.

Powered by a 12-volt battery, the camera can run continuously for six hours and features an output jack for video recording. The Scout has a five-inch viewing screen with a zip-out sunshield. Twelve infrared lights are included for twilight viewing.

The 50-foot Scout costs $199.99, and its 100-foot counterpart costs $249.99.

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The Ready Rig IcePack Backpack is designed for the sport of ice fishing.

The lightweight yet durable pack lets anglers transport ice rods, a collapsible chair, jig boxes and tackle containers. It also features a removable tip-up and tackle case.

The 36-inch backpack costs $39.99 and is available in red and black.

SAFETY: Avoiding hypothermia

Cold weather is no reason not to enjoy the outdoors during winter. But it is important to take precautions to avoid one of winter’s fiercest dangers: Hypothermia.

Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. When that occurs, cerebral abilities are impaired, making it difficult for a victim to think clearly and move well. The condition is commonly caused by cold temperatures, wetness, fatigue, dehydration and alcohol intake.

Hypothermia can be difficult to spot. Symptoms include confusion or sleepiness, slurred speech, weak pulse, shivering or stiffness in limbs, and poor control over body movements.

The trick to avoid hypothermia is to remain warm and dry. To prepare for an outing in the elements, put on several layers of loose clothing to trap warm air between them. Take layers off when needed to avoid overheating and sweating. Choose a water-resistant outer layer, and remove any clothing soaked from perspiration or the elements. Change socks regularly, wear a hat that covers the ears and choose mittens instead of gloves.

To help a mildly hypothermic victim, seek warmer shelter, add layers of dry clothing, provide heat packs if possible, and give food and water. Warm and sugary foods often help, but avoid alcohol. In case of severe hypothermia — which occurs when the victim has a temperature of 96 degrees or less — visit an emergency room immediately or call 911.