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Hunting In Canada

Hi there I going bear hunting in a few weeks in Canada and was wondering if there is any thing I need to know as far as crossing the bourder. Also this is the first time hunting bear and looking for any pointers as far as if there is anything you suggest I take or need for a trip.

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Bring a bug jacket.

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CORMIER wrote:
Bring a bug jacket.

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Make sure you have your firearms paperwork filled out before you get to the border. Pack your guns last because the border guards will need to see the guns. Passports help but if you do not have one, have a photo ID (ie drivers lic) AND your birth certif. ( or a copy of your birth certif) . Do not assume that they will let you across the border with just a drivers licence.

Often the outfitter will have permanant stands at there bait sites but bring a portable stand anyways. Sometime the bears are keyed into the permanant stands and moving around the bait site helps.

Good luck and have fun.

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He's the link that explains what you have to do(have) when entering Canada with a firearm for hunting purposes.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wild/non_resident/non-res_firearm_regs.htm

Enjoy your trip, Good Luck

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I've been across the border at the crossing south of Winnipeg, MB. Both times, they kept asking about my criminal record and they spent 20 minutes to check it. Maybe I looked nervous or suspiscius. . . . Be warned: they won't let you drive if you have had a DWI (driving uner the infuence of alcohol or drugs). You can get a waiver at the border if it is an old charge, but it is entirely up to thier discretion.

Check with them before you get there to get a waiver. If you are driving with a buddy, maybe the other guy should drive. Say, "Yes, sir" and "No, Mam" and don't joke around or talk back. They take the job seriously and they do not have to let you in. They do not have to give a reason for denying entry.
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I would minimize the hassle by not bringing in tobacco or alcohol. They do allow a certain quantity, but it might prompt a search of your vehicle and cause another delay.

Also, you can stop on the American side and get a form that claims your valuables to re-enter the States. I did not really need it, because at that station they did not check my belongings coming back. . . . They did check my hunting license on the way back, so keep it handy if you shoot something.

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The card you refer to is a Customs Card. It only applies to articles that have an engraved serial number for proper identification. You can get the card at any customs Office anywhere. Easier than trying to get it at a Border Crossing. Unless thing have changed, there is no fee and no expiry for the card.

Hope this helps.

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That's right. Actually, I think I printed the customs card off the internet. I can't find it right now.

When I got to the border on the US side, the customs officer had to walk out to the car to check serial numbers on the scope, rifle, and binoculars. I will do it again next time, although any delay seems like a long time when you have a 24-hour drive.

I'm going back, don't know when yet.

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I just read a great article in Bear hunting magazine issue May/ June 2006 on the front cover it states Canadian Travel laws you must know. The article is on page 10 and talks about the authors bear hunting trip to Canada and how a new outfitter screwed up their hunt by not knowing the regulations. The author also goes on to blame himself for not getting a copy of the province's hunting regulations and reading them. ( they got into real trouble with the law) lost their trophy and had to go to court. Really great tips here for cross border hunters.

I am with an outfitter in Thompson, Manitoba Canada and here's some advice do lot's of research, ask lots of questions, get a copy of the regulation's for the province you are going to, know the rules before hand. Most hunter's are paying alot of money and want an enjoyable trip don't let anything spoil this hunting experience for you. We want you to get a trophy, but you have to work for it as well, come prepared and most importantly have fun!!!!
Chris

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Not well known but the officers that are sitting in the "booth". are either CustomsOfficer or Immigration Officers The Immigrations Officers are more concerned about your nationality/citizenship than what you are bringing in and vice versa for the Customs folks They don't really get along that well.
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When you get to the booth remove the dark sunglasses, they all hate that, not being able to look you in the eye. sureway of being detained/searched.

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Do you need a hunter safety card from the state you are from to hunt in canada.

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Hunter safety card: Check the regulations for the province you are hunting in. I checked Ontario Hunting regulations for 2005. On page 18, they require either an old hunting license from home, or a safety training certificate issued after January 1, 1968.

I have been to Manitoba, but can't find the regs. If I remember correctly, it is similar. Either bring an old hunting license from your home state (or country) or the safety card/certificate.

You should be buying the license from the outfitter, so they know. Or, the provinces have a lot of info posted on thier web sites.

Remember, it is your vacation, so do have fun! ! !

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