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"Gator" Ice Fishing House
Ed and Barb Rabehl, Birchwood, Wis., can convert their Deere Gator AMT 600 into a portable, self-propelled ice fishing shack. It’s made from treated plywood with a plywood roof. There’s a door on back with a built-in window, and 2 windows on the sides. A large ice auger stores on brackets mounted on front of the shack.
    “The shack is about 5 ft. wide with 2 holes in the floor so my wife and I can both fish comfortably,” says Ed. “It draws a lot of looks whenever I drive onto the ice. I can’t go through deep snow with it, but due to the weight of the shack I can go through a fair amount of snow.”
    Lengths of 15-in. dia. pvc drop through the holes down to the ice to keep the cold out. “I open a window a little for ventilation and use propane heat to stay warm. There’s room in front for pails and fishing stuff, and we sit facing the rear with our feet on the lower part at the back.”
    He removed the dump box from the Gator, then drilled 4 holes in the Gator frame – one at each corner – and bolted the shack on. When the ice fishing season is over, the shack comes off and the dump box goes back on.    
    “To remove the shack I back into my shed and hook up ratcheting tie-down straps to some hooks in the ceiling. Then I lift the shack off the Gator and drive away,” says Ed.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ed Rabehl, N1008 County Rd. T, Birchwood, Wis. 54817 (ph 715 354-7233; edandbarb@centurytel.net).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6