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Title: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: Iceshanty on Aug 23, 2016, 01:47 PM
In the late summer of 1996. YES 20 years ago almost to this day! The idea of an Ice Shanty on the world wide web popped into my head. I knew a little about ice fishing and was really fascinated with the world wide web which was just beginning to explode. Being addicted to ice fishing, I could hardly wait for late fall and first ice to come every year so I decided I'd try building an ice fishing web site that could "get me thru the summer".

The Shanty was born, as it was called for the first the two years. The page had a few pictures and some tips. Without anyway to find the page it somehow ended up with 3500 hits the first January it was up! I was like wow there are tons of people just as insane about ice fishing as me! Peeps would visit the page and started emailing me their tips and pictures to me and I would post them. Soon this was too much to handle and the domain name Iceshanty.com was procured, forum software was implemeted. Now ice fishers from anywhere could discuss all aspects of ice fishing, share their photo's, video's or simply shoot the breeze with a fellow ice fisher.

Even after 20 years I'm still amazed at the many many species of fish that iceshanty members go after and how the styles, techniques and tactics varied from area to area. I still laugh at myself remembering reading in the early days, guys were posting out east about "traps". Me being from the midwest I had never heard that term trap as we call them tip ups here. That was the first thing I learned here and have learned and laughed a whole bunch more since then.

After last years short time on the ice I'm chomping the bit for a much colder and longer ice season. The early forecasts for winter are much more promising for good ice this winter than last year so bring the deep freeze on! Looking forward to this season with more anticipation than ever and I hope every iceshanty ice addict here gets their fill of ice time this coming season!


Scott
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: walpy on Aug 23, 2016, 02:18 PM
Thanks for everything you've done and created Scott!

As a new member, and ice fisher, this site has been invaluable to me!
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Post by: Deal Ninja on Aug 23, 2016, 04:55 PM
Congrats Sir.  Very well done.  Happy anniversary to the Ice Shanty.  Mark
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Post by: OldSailor on Aug 23, 2016, 07:33 PM
Alcoholics have AA--- We have IS!! Thanks Scott!!! :icefish:
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: 3300 on Aug 23, 2016, 07:47 PM
cool info indeed and a big thanks for doing it!

cheers!
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Post by: Old Goat on Aug 23, 2016, 09:47 PM
love reading through all the previous posts a ice fishing library thanks
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Post by: perch_stalker on Aug 23, 2016, 10:38 PM
Wow! I never realized just how old this site was. It's pretty cool to go back and read the older pages and all of the stuff that has changed, and even some of the old tricks that still work today. Thanks for creating a site that us diehard ice freaks can use throughout the year to get our fix! I'm an addict and this site helps with the withdrawals of not being on the ice! I wish ice fishing would last for 9 months instead of 3-4 each year, and the last few years have been much shorter than that even. I sure hope this winter lasts a long time.
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: masoneddie on Aug 24, 2016, 02:18 AM
Just want to say Thank You for creating the site Scot!!
 Many of us here share the same passion/addiction as you do. The wealth of information shared here from members has undoubtably helped me become a much better fisherman and continues to do so on a daily basis.
It's pretty awesome developing friendships with other ice fishermen/women all over the country as well.... :thumbsup:
Swing by and have a cup of "cawfee" on the 9:45 thread sometime...... ;D
Happy Birthday IceShanty!
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: mr.clean on Aug 24, 2016, 02:43 AM
Happy Birthday ! Scott thank you for creating this website I've learned many things since becoming a member and also have met and fished with a few other members. May Ice Shanty continue to grow and be around to reach it's 40 TH birthday.
Steve
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: Spider1 on Aug 24, 2016, 05:18 AM
Scott, thanks for coming up with that crazy idea! Happy Birthday to IceShanty and many more to come!



 :tipup:
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Post by: mushroom_capd_1 on Aug 24, 2016, 06:04 AM
Awesome website!!! Here's to 20 more years! :icefish:
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Post by: iceman260 on Aug 24, 2016, 06:52 AM
Happy 20th birthday ice shanty and many more, great website, thanks scott.
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Post by: Idahogator on Aug 24, 2016, 12:40 PM
Happy twentieth Ice Shanty/Scott.        :clap:

My short time here has been life-changing.       :bow:
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: Newt312 on Aug 24, 2016, 02:41 PM
Thanks SCOTT the site is great
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Post by: Icer for life on Aug 24, 2016, 06:27 PM
I do not write a lot, but i sure like to read a lot.  Sometimes the crazy cyber world we live in is too much, but never too much for IceShanty.com.  Thanks Scott, it has been a pleasure to be a regular on this site!

Happy Birthday indeed!!
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Post by: missoulafish on Aug 24, 2016, 10:53 PM
Thank you for a great site Scott!!!!
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Post by: UFCreel on Aug 27, 2016, 09:35 AM
Yes thank you for a great site. Charlie
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Post by: muskyon46 on Sep 02, 2016, 10:44 AM
Happy 20 I.S. and a big thanks for keeping it goin Scott  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Ice Scratcher on Sep 02, 2016, 11:50 AM
Big congrats!!!

Haven't been here for even half of it, but loving every minute of it!

Here's to many more!! :icefish:

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Post by: NH Trout Fisherman on Sep 02, 2016, 04:34 PM
 :thumbsup: :clap:
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Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 02, 2016, 04:46 PM
Congratulations Scott..
But me and my bride are celebrating 28 years today......   ;D
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Post by: iowapackfan on Sep 04, 2016, 01:45 PM
A truly fantastic web site. I've gained so much knowledge here and that is what makes the sport of ice fishing much more enjoyable.  Thanks again!
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: corny13 on Sep 04, 2016, 04:39 PM
Thanks Scott for all you have done as well as the multiple moderators and IS regulars that have been here ...forever!!
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: lake snake on Sep 06, 2016, 12:29 AM
 Thanks Scott for all you do. :thumbsup:
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Post by: 1MOFISH on Sep 09, 2016, 10:56 AM
wow! its a great idea to have a"ZUCKERBERG MOMENT" fo sure!thank you Scott and be blessed for 20 more.
GOD BLESS
mo
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Post by: tomertim on Sep 09, 2016, 11:38 AM
Haven't been on here long, but what a great site!
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Post by: P Meyette on Sep 09, 2016, 03:17 PM
awsome web site enjoy it alot keep up the good work and go for another 20 years
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Post by: BJ on Sep 10, 2016, 07:38 AM
Been on here for 15 years and its the best site ever. Thanks Scott for such a great site and all the things you do. And for giving The Goatboys a place to call home!! :bow:
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: Bean on Sep 10, 2016, 08:38 AM
Congrats on 20 years Scott!!!  Time sure flies.  Glad I found this site 14 years ago. Have learned a lot from here and made several new friends.  Kind of funny looking back just 10 years ago and seeing videos I posted. I made 2 viewing formats on several of my videos... dial up or broadband.  :o
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: Wheres Walleye on Sep 12, 2016, 06:16 PM
Happy 20th Scott! I wouldn’t have learned as much or had nearly as much fun over the years, Thanks for not only acting on a great idea but also for everything you and the moderators do to continually grow and improve an awesome site. :clap:
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: rdhammah on Sep 12, 2016, 08:24 PM
congrats! and to think, without you, so many of us wouldn't have a Smitty Sled! Not only that, but we'd all be going stir crazy during the off season
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: aquarium234 on Sep 15, 2016, 03:50 PM
Love it keep this page running I love reading the chat it's interesting and people here have been incredibly helpful😂

I
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Post by: Chris338378 on Sep 15, 2016, 04:55 PM
HAPPY TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you for making this great site.   :tipup: :tipup: :tipup: :tipup:
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 20, 2016, 03:44 AM
72,500 members
3,100,000 posts
231,000 topics

Pretty impressive Scott.

Not too bad for a punkin growin ice fisher. I remember finding the site shortly after I got my first home computer. Had a CPU the approximate size of a suitcase. And a monitor that weighed like a small piano. Ahh yes.....and the good old dial up connection. I think it had a mouse and enough wire behind it to make $100 in salvage alone.

That was 13 years ago. Now I sit here with an iPad on my lap and use my phone to check in once in a while.

Wonder where we'll be in another 20?

Rg
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: Beerslushy on Sep 22, 2016, 10:06 PM
This will only be my second ice season here but I love this place!  Thanks for this great site.  Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: tipman14 on Sep 29, 2016, 11:51 AM
 :clap:  :thumbsup: love the site congrats on 20 years.
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: Lavman on Sep 29, 2016, 03:08 PM
Congrats IS and THANK YOU Scott for creating this, it is wonderful  @) @)
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Post by: pooley on Sep 29, 2016, 05:30 PM
Congrats Scott!!! Thanks for an awesome site!
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Post by: fishonone on Sep 29, 2016, 07:13 PM
congrats  :clap: :clap: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 08, 2016, 02:06 PM
Congrats Scott.........see you at the 40 year mark.......This is the Best Site on the net.......
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Post by: anglure on Oct 10, 2016, 11:20 AM
BIG CONGRATS on the 20 yr anniversary and THANKS for enabling my hardwater addiction to further heights !  :thumbsup: :woot:
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Post by: blizzardfisher on Nov 03, 2016, 09:57 AM
Congratulations and thank you! Here's to many more years of continued success and a fantastic board
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Post by: Thearcher1340 on Nov 03, 2016, 08:29 PM
Great board n thanks hoping for another 20 years
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Post by: JTank on Nov 04, 2016, 09:18 AM
Congratulations!! This site/forum started in the dial up days! Just had a flashback and not a good one. ;D
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Post by: trundog on Nov 04, 2016, 09:23 AM
Congrats on 20 years!!!  Next year we'll be legal drinking age
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Post by: lippy on Nov 05, 2016, 12:51 PM
great site thanks Scott and thanks for all the hard work keeping it going.
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Post by: redwulf1 on Nov 27, 2016, 08:58 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Great site Scott ! It's helped to increase my ice fishing opportunities with all the boards you created.
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: appleye on Nov 27, 2016, 01:56 PM
Thanks for creating such great community and a pace to teach each other! One of my favorite places to troll and learn new stuff!
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Post by: FlamDragger on Nov 28, 2016, 03:32 PM
Thank you for creating my favorite web page.  I've learned more about the hard-water sport of ice-fishing, than I could have ever imagined!  I'm hoping to apply my knowledge real soon!  Stay safe, and thanks again.
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: Reb on Dec 04, 2016, 07:28 PM
Holy cow Scott,
You just made me feel OLD !!!!   Its hard to believe its been 20 AWESOME years that IS has been around. Congrates !!!  Great job
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: mistertwister on Dec 08, 2016, 08:17 PM
20 years is something to be proud of :tipup: thank you for creating an awesome site for all of us! After seeing it's been 20 I can't believe I've been popping my head in here for 11 years! Can't wait for many more seasons
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Post by: Mrap_3531 on Dec 09, 2016, 09:25 AM
Hope to learn a lot now that I have registered
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Post by: trundog on Dec 09, 2016, 09:30 AM
Welcome Mrap!
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Post by: IceMonsters on Dec 13, 2016, 12:18 PM
Thanks Scott!! Best site ever!
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Post by: ice fiend on Dec 16, 2016, 07:46 PM
A slot limit on pike in general seems like a great idea for all waterbodys
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Post by: winnisquam guy on Dec 18, 2016, 08:10 AM
Congrats on a great site. Has a community feel to it and I enjoy every time I log on
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Post by: madewitt4 on Dec 18, 2016, 06:44 PM
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: poot_818 on Dec 21, 2016, 09:05 PM
Truly an awesome website had no idea it was 20 years of amazing ideas all under 1 website! Love logging on each day to find out the latest news!
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: HIMO on Dec 22, 2016, 02:08 AM
I have been a member for 14 years now, and a Moderator for a good amount of that time. I have had the pleasure to fish with Scott and he is a really great guy. Happy Anniversary IceShanty, and thanks to Scott for having such  a great idea. that's was right up there with Steve Jobs and his buddy Wozniak.

                                                                          HIMO
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Post by: pooley on Dec 22, 2016, 10:04 AM
Thank you Scott!
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Post by: Hoppes on Dec 23, 2016, 03:57 PM
Now I know!  Been here for awhile, have done a few meet and greets and learned a great deal from others!  I look forward every year to hopping on IS and catching up.  Good job, tight lines
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: hounds on Dec 28, 2016, 04:46 AM
Great Site, full of creative and sharing individuals, look forward to learning with the site each and every season since 07............Thanks to all who take the time to pass on their passion here.  Its much appreciated :)
Title: Re: Iceshanty Celebrating 20 Years
Post by: IRS on Dec 31, 2016, 09:07 PM
Awesome Community....Happy Birthday! :thumbsup:
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Post by: 67f100 on Jan 03, 2017, 07:49 PM
Thank you Scott for making a great idea happen.  I really enjoy the site.  We also had a very limited ice year last winter.  Bring on the cold!! Best wishes,  67f100 on Mass Ice Shanty
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Post by: Dyetto2 on Jan 03, 2017, 09:47 PM
Newbie here! Thanks so much
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Post by: cohoov77 on Jan 04, 2017, 07:34 PM
Hi, I'm very interested in fishing with everyone but unfortunately I was on family vacation and wasn't paying attention and now u notice the deadline to sign up for tournament was 4 days ago. My question is do you allow anyone to join late. Please inform me. Thank you very much and looking forward to hearing from you.
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Post by: perch-monkey on Jan 06, 2017, 12:50 PM
 :clap:
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Post by: MartyMarPlv on Jan 09, 2017, 04:52 AM
Congrats on 20 years! Thanks for everything you do.
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Post by: rivereddy on Jan 09, 2017, 10:33 AM
Truly, a job well done.  I get the biggest kick out of seeing peoples' faces when I tell them about
this small closeknit  ice fishing forum....... with about  75,000 guys on it!

fish on,

rivereddy
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Post by: Skawdee on Jan 18, 2017, 12:57 AM
Thank you, Scott, for creating a diamond in the rough! Even up here in poe-dunk Wyoming, we have a few regulars on for Jackson Lake and Palisade in ID. It's been very nice to be social with other fishers of men!

- Scott (Cool name, btw)
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Post by: Jigger on Jan 18, 2017, 06:59 PM
Awsome job Scott and all the moderators this is a top notch site thanks for everything
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Post by: Infidel03 on Jan 19, 2017, 12:02 PM
New here. Looks like a great place for info.
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Post by: Jchively on Jan 20, 2017, 09:37 PM
Thanka
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Post by: jmw5964 on Feb 06, 2017, 04:38 PM
Congrats on 20 and hopefully many more🎉
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Post by: zwiggles on Feb 20, 2017, 11:59 AM
Neat story& thank you!