So often we go here on the BOC as our information highway because we can tap into the wealth of information it provides quickly like a fast food. When it comes to rules and regulations we can be of help but as we have seen here in the past many factors have over come our personal responsibility to check for our selves and make THE CALL. Lets not assume everything we see here as the gospel, hey were human. If I were to comment on a subject and was in error that could result in a citation, I would hope that a fellow BOC member would shed some light on it, then it is my responsibility to check and verify with the appropriate agency by making THE CALL. When the mandate for a safety course completion for those within a certain age limit went into affect in order to drive a boat, our entire family went thru it. I didnt want to leave it for interpretation should my daughter move the boat with the trolling motor. Plus, we became informed of Missouri boating and safety laws. Thru talking with if the U.S. Coast Guard, I also found out under federal regulations, wearing a personal floatation device is mandatory for 12 and under verses 7 and under for Missouri Regulations. This is what the BOC is all about, to provide a platform to inform and better equip each of us in the recreation that we so dearly love. After talking with both our Conservation Dept. and the Illinois D.N.R. hopefully can shed some light as to the riciprical agreement our two states share. Anyone can fish anywhere on or from the bank of either side of the Mississippi river with a with a valid fishing license from either state. This only applies to the Mississippi. One needs a license of the other state if they fish any feeder creeks or rivers flowing into the Mississippi from the other state. Thats it in a nutshell folks. I asked the Illinois D.N.R. about parking and ramping from their state and they said thats part of riciprical agreement for fishing the Mississippi. They all got a laugh when I told them thats how it was told me but wanted to hear it from them or other wise the Pruitt fish record would belong to Missouri cause he had to park and ramp from the Missouri side to fish below Alton. If we go up into the Illinois to fish, we need an Illinois license, if someone from Illinois fishes the Missouri, Salt or any tributaries in Missouri then they need a Missouri license, its that simple. There have been other issues brought up here on the BOC, folks make THE CALL, it might save you some money later.