If your travel checklist doesn’t include a call to your air carrier to inquire about specific rules and restrictions for firearms and ammunition, you should add it. They will provide you with information on everything from packaging to required paperwork when preparing for your trip.

Firearms can only be transported as checked baggage. They must be unloaded, packed in a locked, hard-sided case and declared to your air carrier. Ammunition and cartridges can also only be transported in checked baggage. This may sound obvious, but every year thousands of hunters are stopped at security checkpoints with loose bullets in their pockets or backpacks. This inevitably leads to additional screening and delays. Ammunition must be properly packaged and approved by your air carrier. Bows, crossbows and arrows can also be transported as checked baggage. Make sure to declare them to the agent at check-in.

Other hunting gear that must go in checked bags includes knives, axes and other sharp objects. Note that flammable liquid fuel such as cooking-stove gas or small propane tanks is prohibited from flying under any circumstances. Mail it ahead, purchase it at your destination or ensure your outfitter has it on hand. Important items such as cameras and optics, medication, licenses, permits or tags should be transported in your carry-on baggage. Transport Canada allows a maximum of two carry-on bags per person, but your air carrier may have other restrictions on the number and size of carry-on items. Contact them or visit their website for details.

If you are unsure whether an item is allowed to fly, you can contact CATSA by phone (1-888-294-2202), through their website catsa.gc.ca or on Twitter catsa_gc.

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