Dan Doherty, owner of Jack’s Sport Shop in Kalkaska, said in 30 years of business he’s seen more and more hunters shy away from crossing the border because of higher costs and stricter gun laws. He suggests Michiganders planning hunting trips to Canada should consult with hunters experienced with the ins and outs of the country’s laws.
“It’s not friendly to non-residents at all,” he said.
The Kavanaughs pleaded guilty to avoid a long court proceeding and were banned from hunting in Ontario for four months in addition to their fines, fees and court costs. Sally Kavanaugh said after the experience they’re swapping their Canadian retirement plans for something closer to Michigan.
“We paid our fines that day,” she said. “We just wanted to get it over with and we’re selling our (property) as quick as we can.”