Hey andypat, if I've been paying attention, I've been at this game as long as you. All I can add is this....if I know I'm not doing anything wrong or illegal, I'm going to do what I want to do, and the hell with the armchair "legal" advice. Don't get me wrong, I recognize that we all have opinions on what others should or shouldn't do, and I enjoy a good read on any fishing board as much as the next person in that regard. I've always tried to live by the rule of what a judge might do. And sometimes that's quite different from the man on the street trying to reflect on, or quote, this law or that law. If I KNEW first hand that anyone was ever arrested for the VERY SAME scenario that you and your friend have innocently been a part of lately, I'd avoid that situation in the future. Else I'd continue doing what I believe is legal. Here's something else I've done. When something like this comes up, I'll call the DNR and get their take on the matter. That's usually very helpful in cases where one "might" or "could" get into trouble. Go catch'em up!