Visions of bucks as big as steers and sporting a head full of antlers are running through my head as I'm sitting in the Air Canada boarding area at Newark International Airport. By this time, the thought that I might get a crack at one of the giant bucks is all that's keeping me motivated. At 4 a.m. on a Saturday morning, nothing seems to run smoothly, including the Air Canada baggage handling system.
When hunting buddy Slaton White and I got to the airport, the airline's baggage handler told us and other hunters heading in the same direction to unlock our gun cases and give him the locks. As we're waiting for the green light to go ahead through security, however, a TSA officer comes out of the X-ray room and angrily tells the handler to quit sending in gun cases that aren't locked. "I don't want them unlocked; let the people in Toronto worry about it," he says. My gun case finally comes out, and I see that it's wearing the two locks I put on it before I left home. Slaton's, however, is lockless. When the TSA guy asks Slaton about the lock, Slaton replies that the Air Canada baggage handler has it. Then the handler checks his pockets and admits he has lost Slaton's lock (he also locked the keys to another guy's lock inside his case).