Ice fishing tournament organizers reminded to apply for a permitOrganizers of ice fishing tournaments will want to apply for a permit for their 2013 event as soon as possible, and they can use a new online feature aimed at making the process faster and more user friendly.
Organizers of ice fishing tournaments will want to apply for a permit for their 2013 event as soon as possible, and they can use a new online feature aimed at making the process faster and more user friendly.
Organizers need to apply at least 30 days before their scheduled event, and they can now create a user account where they can store their information and use it to populate new applications so they don’t have to retype the information every time they apply, says Hadley Boehm, Department of Natural Resources tournament database coordinator.
They also will be able to log back in anytime to see the status of their permit applications and to pay online. “The idea is to make applying for tournaments online faster and more user-friendly,” she says.
The new feature is aimed at tournament organizers who frequently apply for tournament permits, or people who apply for a traditional tournament every year, Boehm says.
Tournament organizers are still able to apply by printing out a tournament application and sending it and the application fee in to DNR. Download the application form and find more information by going to DNR’s home page, dnr.wi.gov and searching for “fishing tournaments.”
Organizers need a tournament permit in cases in which any of the following apply:
The tournament involves 20 or more boats, or 100 or more participants;
The tournament targets any trout species on waters classified as trout streams;
The tournament is a catch-hold-release tournament with an off-site weigh-in;
The total prize value is $10,000 or greater, or
The tournament will have fewer than 20 boats but will allow participants to cull bass.
In 2012 Wisconsin has received 573 tournament permit applications; 114 of them for ice fishing tournaments. So far for 2013, 215 applications have been received, of which 69 are for ice fishing events. Those numbers are similar to figures for 2011 and 2010.