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Thread: Bringing meat, capes, skulls back to Canada from USA

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    Bringing meat, capes, skulls back to Canada from USA

    I am going on an elk hunt in New Mexico in Nov.

    I have called border services and have gotten mixed information.

    If all goes well I am hoping to return with deboned meat and a bleached (euro mount ) skull and antlers. If thatís not possible at least meat and a skull cap and antlers.


    Can anyone she some light on what the actual regulations are for bringing these back to Canada. I will be driving.

    thanks in advance

    Chuck

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    Re: Bringing meat, capes, skulls back to Canada from USA

    I had no problems bringing back a pronghorn from South Dakota.

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    Re: Bringing meat, capes, skulls back to Canada from USA

    Did you have to bleach the skull beforehand?

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    Re: Bringing meat, capes, skulls back to Canada from USA

    Quote Originally Posted by 264mag View Post
    I am going on an elk hunt in New Mexico in Nov.

    I have called border services and have gotten mixed information.

    If all goes well I am hoping to return with deboned meat and a bleached (euro mount ) skull and antlers. If that’s not possible at least meat and a skull cap and antlers.


    Can anyone she some light on what the actual regulations are for bringing these back to Canada. I will be driving.

    thanks in advance

    Chuck
    The synopsis states: "do not return with
    intact carcasses or tissues able to carry
    CWD prions to B.C. Make sure to process
    carcasses and leave high risk tissues behind
    (brain, spinal cord, lymph nodes and organs)
    where you harvested."

    Checking in the Ministrywith the guy who deals with imports and exports of animals and parts of animals adds the following with regards to the skull: You must be diligent to REMOVE ALL SOFT TISSUE from the inside and outside of the skull. It must be thoroughly cleaned and then boiled and then bleached. It can be done by the hunter but perfection in cleaning it of infectious tissue is the objective.
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    Re: Bringing meat, capes, skulls back to Canada from USA

    Quote Originally Posted by 264mag View Post
    Did you have to bleach the skull beforehand?
    I have no idea... Nobody even asked to see the animal!
    Mind you that was in 2011... Guess things are different now!

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    Re: Bringing meat, capes, skulls back to Canada from USA

    Take a coat hanger and fully plunge the cranium of any brain matter. Stop at US Fish and Wildlife on the US side, fill out and have them sign your export documents, show these to Canada Customs along with your US hunting license and Canadian PAL and you should get waived through with minimal fuss. I was at the customs window in Coutts, Ab in fall of '17 with a skinned and quartered Wyoming bull and was through in less than 30 seconds. Having done this many times with deer, sheep and elk, most of the time I am waived through without leaving my vehicle. Occasionally an agent wants to inspect my firearms which can take 5 - 10 minutes.
    Grand Slam #1810

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    Re: Bringing meat, capes, skulls back to Canada from USA

    Thanks David...good information I needed.
    Cheers
    Steven

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    Re: Bringing meat, capes, skulls back to Canada from USA

    Thanks for the information guys.

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