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    Max Alfiero, left and his brother Nick Alfiero both of Standish drill holes for ice fishing on Moose Pond in Bridgton near their friend John Daggett's pop-up ice fishing shack. The pop-up shacks have sprung up - so to speak- on lakes across Maine. They're made of thick, ice-proof, wind-proof polyester, weigh 30 to 70 pounds, cost $150 - $750, retain heat from a portable heater and are very portable.

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    A traditional ice fishing shack on Long Lake in Naples. Traditional ice shacks provide a bit of the feeling of owning a real Maine camp and can hold a wood stove. Many people build their own or convert a wood shed. Once you set it up, everything is there waiting for you.

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    A small space heater warms up Marc Baker's pop-up ice fishing shack on Moose Pond in Bridgton.

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    Marc Baker of Naples, left and Matthew Levensalor of Wilton brag that Baker's pop-up ice fishing shack can reach 95 degrees with the help of a portable heater. But their favorite feature of the pop-up is convenience. Using their pop-ups, the two have fished Chamberlain Lake in the North Maine Woods, Moosehead Lake, and the Sebago region.

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    Dave Crump of Poland takes down his pop-up ice fishing shack on Moose Pond in Bridgton on January 19, 2019.

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    Brenda Day fishes through a hole in her traditional ice fishing shack on Long Lake in Naples. Her husband, Brad, built the 10-by-7-foot wooden shack last year. It's their fourth ice shack and he put a lot of thought into how to build it. "I'm old school. I enjoy it here," Brad Day says.

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    Brad and Brenda Day's newly built pine ice fishing shack on Long Lake in Naples.

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