Airline travel tips for hunting season

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Photo by Iliya Samsonov  Story by Tania Moffat

Ten things you need to know if you have been hunting or fishing and are flying home with weapons or bounty:

1.) Arrive early to check in as you will need to declare your firearms and show proper documentation.

2.) Airlines have different regulations for how firearms, ammunitions, meat, antlers and other bounty must be packaged for travel; check with your airline directly. Firearms must be unloaded and stored in a locked heavy duty container separate from the ammunition. Know that you may be subject to additional fees.

3.) You are responsible for ensuring all permissions, documents, and requirements have been obtained and satisfied prior to travel. Some destinations may restrict or deny firearms entry.

4.) Antlers and hides may not be accepted on all airlines, so you may need to make cargo arrangements. Antlers must be packed according to airline specifications and you may be subject to an additional fee per antler. Most guides can assist with arranging shipping to and storage in Winnipeg.

5.) Ammunition must be securely packaged and packed separately from your firearm. There are weight, quantity and packaging restrictions to be aware of.

6.) Tazers and stun guns are prohibited for transport on most airlines.

7.) Archery items are acceptable as checked baggage provided they are packed in a rigid hard-shell container for shipping.

8.) Perishable items such as bounty require special care. Permits may be required to transport meat and other bounty to other countries.

9.) Rods and tackle boxes may be transported as cargo. They must be packaged according to the airline requirements and may be subject to additional fees.

10.) If you have booked a codeshare flight ensure that you are aware of each airline carrier’s rules and regulations as they may differ.