Mixed Blessing: Lost Hunter Rescued in Michigan, Charged With Illegal Gun Possession

Being rescued was a mixed blessing for a man who got lost while hunting in Cheboygan County.

Howard Keshick became disoriented in Inverness Township in December. He called for help on his cell phone. Police and a Coast Guard helicopter braved high winds and blowing snow to locate him.

But the Cheboygan Daily Tribune reports authorities discovered Keshick was a convicted felon. So he was charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Police say he claimed he didn't know the law applied to his black powder muzzleloader.

Keshick on Wednesday was bound over for arraignment in circuit court.

Meanwhile, he is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 3 on charges including home invasion, property destruction and being a habitual offender.