Driving To Alaska From Oregon With A Rifle

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  1. fishingAK14

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    I am moving back to Alaska from Oregon this October and will be taking a 30-06 and shotgun. Has anyone done this before and what, if anything do I need to do ahead of time to get over the boarder then back into the US with ease?
     
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    Don't. Ship it before you leave.
     
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    the ATF website:

    (B9) May a nonlicensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity? [Back]
    Yes. A person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in care of another person in the State where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner. Persons other than the owner should not open the package and take possession of the firearm.



    Or can do Canadian Customs paperwork when cross into BC
     
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    Taking guns across the border is not that big of an issue if you are prepared. You need to complete a registration form in triplicate, pay a fee (I think it was $25), and be prepared to have your guns examined. They should ideally be locked in a travel case and must have trigger locks on them. You will spend a little extra time at the border to get everything processed, but it isn't that bad. Just remember not to sign the forms until asked to or you will be completing them again.

    Jim
     
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    Thanks for the info guys. I would like to take it with my if possible, and not have to ship. Getting the paperwork done ahead of time with be on my list of things to do. Looking forward to another trip up the ALCAN.
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Considering the long friendly relationship Canada and the US have shared, you would think transporting firearms would be easy. Heck, both make big $$ from all the sportsman traveling to/from. Having to ship or fill out forms in triplicate is bull shit. A firearm and box of ammo should be no different than a 5 weight and box of flies... just sayin.
     
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    When I was in the Coast Guard I heard a few dos and don'ts about traveling through Canada. I've heard that you'll be just fine when traveling with a rifle or shotgun, just declare it at the border. Handguns however are a different issue and not worth trying to take through. Hope this helps.
     
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    In Canada we look at a firearm and ammo as being a lot different than a 5 wt rod and flies. From what I understand the US government thinks the same way as I have to get a permit from the ATF to cross into the US..

    I hope you enjoy the trip fishingAK14 it is a beautiful drive I did it years ago and would love to do again. Some great fishing up north as well. Our gas is $$$ way more than down south so be prepared for that little shocker.
     
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    This will be my third time North on the ALCAN, and I have been South twice. Each and every trip provides its challenges. I have not taken a firearm before and want to try to make it as smooth as possible. I love the drive and to anyone wanting to go, I have experienced the most animal activity in mid to late May. Plus there isn't as many tourists that early. Amazing drive either way.
     
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    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

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    I've done the above and it was a pretty smooth process. Just read the instructions on the form carefully and make sure you're in compliance with Canada's firearms transport laws and you'll be fine.
     
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    Like many of us, I have had my gun for quite awhile and it was acquired in a trade with a biddy of mine. Do you know if it needs to be registered to my name when I cross the boarder, or does that even matter with a rifle?
     
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    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

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    There's no such thing as gun registration in this state, so no.
     
  14. Whitewater

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    All the important stuff is here on the US gov't web site, scroll down and there is a link to the Canadian site.
    There are forms to fill out, a fee to pay, and possible inspection. Since they have the power to seize your
    guns, it's best to do it their way.

    The world has changed, guess transporting is not as easy or as it used to be.

    http://canada.usembassy.gov/traveling_to_canada/bringing-weapons-into-canada.html
     
  15. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    When I was a kid we used to up to Ontario for fishing. My dad would pack along a .22 revolver. The Canadian customs agent would place it in a bag and my dad was on the honor system to not open the bag until he returned to the U.S. Yes, things have changed.