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|Were you happy with this year’s Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season?
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Does Wisconsin have too many fishing tournaments?
|Too Many Fishing Tournaments … ???|
|BACKGROUND: 80,000 competed in Wisconsin fishing tournaments in 2010
MADISON — Eighty-thousand anglers competed in 595 fishing tournaments in Wisconsin in 2010 and reeled in $3.9 million in prize money, according to statistics from the state’s fishing tournament permit system.
Larger fishing tournaments have had to get permits since the mid-1990s, but a 2004 law directed the Department of Natural Resources to update rules as tournaments increased. DNR worked with an advisory group to revise the rules to establish limits on the size and number of tournaments on some lakes and rivers to minimize concerns such as crowding, the spread of invasive species, and indirect fish mortality.
In 2010, there were 637 applications for tournaments; all but one were approved, although some applications were withdrawn or the forms incomplete, and some events were cancelled. “Based on what we’ve seen so far, there doesn’t seem to be any major issues with the capacity limits — tournament organizers are getting the lakes and dates they wanted,” says Jonathan Hansen, one of the fisheries biologists who works on tournament permitting issues.