Originally Posted by cornchuck
I have heard of guys shipping their gear to their outfitters/guides ahead time for that reason. The firearms and ammo would already be there when the hunter arrives in camp. You might want to think about doing this. I know when ever I get chance to hunt out of my home state I will most likely drive. If possible.
You cannot ship your rifle to someone other than a valid FFL licensee. However, you can ship it to yourself utilizing the outfitters address, so long as it is not opened by anyone other than you.
I've been flying all over creation with rifles for years, and never had a problem with lost rifle cases. In the past few years, I have made a habit of shipping firearms via UPS with a significant amount of insurance on the package. I generally hunt with my business partner who also hold an FFL, and usually drives to where we hunt. He has more time on his hands....That way, I'm not bothered by TSA when they open the case for inspection and don't know how to handle Class 3 items.
I always carry my range bag and glass as a carry on bag. It has about $30k worth of stuff in it, so it doesn't leave my sight.