Border Opening Announcement
The Canadian government has announced
that beginning August 9th, 2021, Canada will once again allow U.S.
Citizens, who have been double vaccinated, to travel to Canada for
non-essential purposes, such as hunting and fishing with Canadian
Outfitters. (see official announcement here)
If traveling by air, prior to your return to the USA, you will need to
have proof of a negative Covid-19 test. This testing is now available
for $93 per test at the Saskatoon airport through Nobel HSSE Rapid
testing service (Book by calling 306-483-2480 or nobelhsse.com). When booking your test, you NEED to mention you are traveling or are booked with Otter Creek, as we have already
booked a time slot for our groups to be tested with Nobel.
Pre-processing letter for non-residents
If you wish to process your firearm before entering Canada, please download the following document.
NOTE: This only applies if you are flying directly to the Saskatoon airport from a US departure.
Non-Resident Firearms Declaration
You will need to fill out and submit a Non-Resident Firearms Declaration.
All hunting and fishing licenses are included in our trip prices. We will purchase your licenses for you ahead of time, all we require from you in order to do this is a copy of your drivers license. If you have hunted in Saskatchewan since 2013 when the automated licensing system was put into use we would need your Sask. HAL account number in order to purchase your license.
Be ready for security screening at the airport
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has certain rules that you should be aware of. To avoid any unpleasant surprises during pre board screening at the airport security checkpoint, here are some guidelines to follow. If you are traveling via a commercial airline, knowing these steps will make your trip to us much simpler and worry-free.
Rules for packing rifles, bows and crossbows
Firearms are only permitted in checked baggage. They must be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided case and declared to the air carrier. Bows, crossbows and arrows must also be transported as checked baggage. Ensure that they are placed in a hard shell container designed for shipping. Declare these items to the airline agent at check-in.
Check for loose bullets
Cartridges and ammunition are not allowed in carry-on baggage. They can only be placed in checked baggage and must be properly packed with approval from your air carrier. Additional screening for loose bullets in pockets or carry-on bags slows down thousands of passengers every year.
Pack your gear properly
- Knives and Sharp Tools must go in checked baggage
- Flammable Liquids such as liquid fuel or small propane tanks are prohibited from flying. If you must bring these items, ship them ahead of time or purchase them at your destination.
- Bear Spray and other animal repellents are also prohibited from flying.
- Important items like licenses, tags and GPS devices should be placed in your carry-on baggage.
- For a complete item list of what you can and can not bring, please refer to CATSA’s website by clicking here.
Questions or Concerns?
For more information on specific rules and restrictions and the paperwork required to travel with rifles and ammunition, you should contact your air carrier or by contacting the CATSA directly.
- Contact CATSA by calling: 1-888-294-2202
- CATSA’s Questions, Comments, Complaints form
- Ask CATSA a question via Twitter Follow @catsa_gc
- Ask CATSA a question via Facebook CATSA’s Facebook Page
- On the Go? You can also download CATSA’s mobile app for more screening tips.
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