Bill London, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game conservation officer, wrote one ticket this fall that he wishes he had been able to avoid.

It stemmed from his own mistake: shooting a sharp-tailed grouse out of season.After working in the Elk City area, London was settling into a newly assigned southeastern Idaho patrol district in early October when he wrote the wrong hunting-season closing date for the new area in his diary.

"This is a reason, but it is no excuse," he said. "The simple fact is, I wrote it down wrong."

After learning of his mistake, London immediately notified his supervisors and wrote himself a citation. He appeared in court, paid a fine and a letter of reprimand was put in his Fish and Game personnel file instructing him to be more careful in the future.