Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

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SD: GFP Application Needed for Fishing Tournaments, Special Events

PIERRE, S.D.- South Dakota fishing tournament organizers must be
sure that they have filled out the proper Game, Fish and Parks
Department paperwork when planning those events.

Applications for fishing tournaments and special events must be
filed with GFP no later than 30 days before the events are
scheduled to take place.

“During that 30 days, the department can collect the necessary
signatures and take care of any special requirements,” according to
Dana Ertz, special events permits coordinator for GFP. “Some events
will require a proof of insurance or a special waiver. It is also
very important to use the current 2011 application, as it is date
sensitive.”

The 2011 application includes important information for
tournament organizers, such as the dates during the year when
fishing tournaments are not allowed to be held, as well as dates
when salmon and walleye catch-and-release tournaments are
restricted.

Completing the event paperwork as soon as possible helps all of
the parties involved avoid confusion.

“This advance notice helps us make sure that there isn’t another
event already planned at the same time at the same location,” Ertz
said.

Fishing tournament and special event applications are free and
may be found on the GFP website, or they can be obtained from a
conservation officer or park manager.

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