To appreciate flying into Canada with firearms, one must first separate the near-miraculous incompetence of Air Canada (which surpasses even that of United Airlines) from the antics of Canadian Customs and Immigration. The latter, as part of their training, are taught that 1) If there were no Americans in Canada, there would be no armed crime 2) Every American who comes to Canada with a rifle or shotgun also has a handgun somewhere in their possession (Taking a handgun into Canada for any reason is absolutely illegal.) and it is their job to find it. I was once detained at an airport in one of the western provinces by an Immigration official who insisted that I get a work permit in order to hunt deer and possibly write about it. By sheer chance I had with me the card of Canada's Minister of Tourism, who had recently visited the Field & Stream office and asked for our help in promoting tourism to Canada. I showed her the card and guaranteed her that her life during the coming week was going to be a lot more interesting than her life this week.