I goofed. It was an honest mistake.
Every month, after the Missouri Conservation Commission meets, they send out a news release summarizing what the Commissioners decided in the way of adding or subtracting rules and regulations, who gets the attaboys (Department awards) and who gets a thumbs down (the list of license suspensions and revocations.)
We summarized and reported that news on page 6 of the April Traveler, including a passel of new squirrel hunting regulations, which a sharp-eyed Traveler reader called us out on.
The squirrel hunting changes don’t go into effect until March 1, 2010.
Nowhere in the news release was a date given for the changes. I assumed (wrongly) that because they were mixed in with other things (like the attaboys and suspensions which are effective immediately) the entire news release applied present tense. It doesn’t. I was so busy chasing the belly boat portion of the story to find out if those were Southeast Missouri lakes, I neglected to notice the lack of an effective date on the squirrel regs.
Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. It’s just a squirrelly error on my part. And the regs still will take effect– just next year.