Bringing rifle back to US from MX hunt

Shooter264

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He didn't explain what the form is for or why I should complete it, but I plan to look it up. I think the whole mess is just liberal US beauracracy at work, harassing citizens who hunt. I will say this, Canadian customs was much worse on our way into the country, It took us fully 3 hours to get through the whole 4 stage mess before we could check into our flight to Whitehorse on Air North. Fortunately, our outfitter had warned us to allow 3 hours between flights, and we had 4 hours.
100% agree I will do everything to stay out of Vancouver when traveling to Canada. I’m fortunate to live in Wyoming so I always drive Calgary and jump on Air North there. Last time I flew through Vancouver all my luggage got trashed and my gun went missing for about 2 weeks. I spent 3 hours w US customs and almost missed a flight. Fortunately it was on my way back from the hunt. I had the opposite experience you had, Canadian customs was a breeze the US side was a pain in the rear!
 

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If your gun is already in Mexico and you don’t already have a signed 4457 you are likely going to have some complications. Do you have,in hand, your Mexican gun permits? If so, you may be able to finagle your way through customs. If you don’t have your Mexican gun permits - How did you get the gun to your outfitter? I’ve had both rifle and shotgun permits for years for Mexico, Canada, UK, etc for years, so know the drill.

You can’t get a 4457 without your gun - in hand - on this side of the border. The best thing you can do is have the purchase receipts for the rifle And scope in hand before you leave home. That gives you some plausibility when they ask for your 4457 - And they will. I have never crossed the border in either direction without having to present my firearms to customs.
 

Korhil78

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I just returned from Canada, and the US Customs agent in Vancouver told me to complete an ATF Form 6 (online) before my next trip outside the country.

You would use that if you were bringing guns from Canada to the US with the intent of moving to the US from Canada. It would
Make zero sense to fill out a ATF form 6 if you already have registered guns in the US and live in the US and are just going hunting in Canada and then returning to the US.
 

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He didn't explain what the form is for or why I should complete it, but I plan to look it up. I think the whole mess is just liberal US beauracracy at work, harassing citizens who hunt. I will say this, Canadian customs was much worse on our way into the country, It took us fully 3 hours to get through the whole 4 stage mess before we could check into our flight to Whitehorse on Air North. Fortunately, our outfitter had warned us to allow 3 hours between flights, and we had 4 hours.
Your mistake was going through Vancouve, Calgary is the best port of entry when flying to Canada. Vancouver has a bunch of socialist gun hating costum agent. I’ve come back through Calgary and Edmonton many time. In Calgary I’ve seen US hunters ahead of me get through in less then 30 minute. Vancouver even without firearms it’s a hassl.
 

Tulsa Reiner

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Your mistake was going through Vancouve, Calgary is the best port of entry when flying to Canada. Vancouver has a bunch of socialist gun hating costum agent. I’ve come back through Calgary and Edmonton many time. In Calgary I’ve seen US hunters ahead of me get through in less then 30 minute. Vancouver even without firearms it’s a hassl.
I most definitely will!
 

ml williford

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You will show up to the port of entry and have the rifle in a case. Present it to the Customs officer at the port and they will run a NCIC check on the rifle. They will then fill out a CBP form 4457 which is a “Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad” for you. You then get in your vehicle and go the Mexican custom guys and present that form to them (they will kick you back to the US if you don’t have it). You will do this going in and going out of the US.

Also, if you are brining a head or a hide back into the US, you will need to call the US port of entry ahead of time and ask them when their “AQI” will be on so they can inspect it. It’s like the Customs version of fish and game. They only work certain days so if you don’t call ahead and find out when they will be there, you can’t get back to thE US with the head and hide and will have to wait hours or days in Mexico for when they will be working.
When we come back into the US the skulls have to be completely clean of any brain matter. We boil them clean and pick everything out. This is the toughest part of coming back from MX. US customs is a bitch with skulls.
 

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