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#1 McBruce

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 02:15 PM

Its been a busy day. I just found out that Hawkins Taxidermy is closing its doors on their 100th anniversery. This concerns me just a bit, since I have a bear hide with them. I know when Mark, Pat & Myself did our bear hunts, Mark got his rug back in right about a year. Pat is going on 2 years and has been told 10 days every 2 weeks for 3 months now. His Bear went in almost a year ahead of mine. So today I called to find out a status on my bear and was informed that the outfitter didn't provide proper paper work. ( Ok I've hunted 3 trips with these guys and they have stayed in my home ) So I shot them an email. They are hot, that they are being blamed for a paper work issue that according to the outfitter isn't true. He in turn suspects something is going on with Hawkins closing its doors. So apparently my hide and Pats rug will be picked up by the outfitter in the next couple of weeks, along with all other rugs and hides that are there and are going to a diffrent shop.
( ok take a deep breath )

Now I have a fall tripped planned back to Sask. and am doing a combo moose hunt, bear hunt.
I was going to have Hawkins handle any hides or mounts that I might get on this trip and that is obviousely out of the question now. So I'm thinking of hauling the moose ( if I'm lucky enough to score ) back down since I will be driving.

I have been all over the internet today, between customs and other gov agenanceys and some state there is an issue with bring back the head, due to the possibility of CWD. Others state you need certain import papers, yet others state you have to cross at approved boarders ( however it doesnt tell you which ports of entry are approved )

SOOOO I thought I'd put it out here to someone who has recently done a trip to canada and brought back their trophy to have it handled down here rather then up in canada. ....

anyone have any experince doing this?
any of you guys from canada know of a good place that I could send a bear and or a moose and then have the mounts shipped back?

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 07:33 PM

I wouldn't worry....it took me 2 1/2 years to get my black bear back from the taxidermist. I was a wreck at the time, but it looks great so oh well.

My biggest issue was not getting firearms into canada, but getting them back into the U.S. Be sure to register your firearms with US customs BEFORE YOU CROSS INTO CANADA. All you need is one form to get into the country (available from the canadian game and fish as well as the canadain border website), but the US needs proof you owned the guns prior to crossing into Canada. As far as bringing trophies back, i brought 8 caribou back from Quebec not too long ago and as long as you have the tags and forms given to you after you check the animal in.....you will be fine. The don't hastle you too much about the game. Check with the USDA on current regs as it pertains to the skull, brain, and spinal material. Different animals have different regs. As for caribou, it didn't matter.....this is not the case with moose and deer. I work for the USDA as a wildlife specialist, so contact me if you need specifics.
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 01:18 PM

If I were you I'd give Huck's friend Paul E. a call at Front Range Taxidermy. I'm pretty sure he has dealt with this issue before.
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 03:47 PM

Thanks guys.
On the issue of rifles. I've gone back and forth across the boarder with firearms before. Both flying and driving, To date, no one on the USA side has ever questioned my firearms. I also fill out the Canadian paper work before going up, sign and pay at the boarder going in and coming back, they have never even asked to see the paper work.

The mount issue. It is sounding like my best bet is to use the new taxidermist that the outfitter is using. I do have some stuff down at Pauls now Leo....so I'm planning on giving him a call anyway...good point and I'll be sure to ask him. But it sounds like there are infact issues with bringing the skull back. Meat is no issue. trophy unprocessed there is going to be, so best bet it have it processed up north and shipped down then.

Its getting close...I need to go get some range time in with the rifle :)

Thanks guys.
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 06:33 PM

Bruce it shouldnt be too bad bringing back your trophy. Just strap the log on top of your trailer and make sure it does not have any leaves. Lol
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:47 PM

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 07:04 AM

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Dang pretty one at that, congrats!
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Posted 07 August 2008 - 10:48 AM

:rofl: :rofl:

Bruce: The range is open and the safety officer is retired. Make it a date and we'll try out the new "secret weapon" and get some photos before shaming the flatlanders. o:)
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