Progressive Farmer Offers Hunters Tips on Traveling During Hunting Season
BIRMINGHAM, AL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- -- With hunting season right around the corner, thousands of hunters are making final travel preparations for hunts. But new security regulations mean new precautions for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Before you board the plane or hit the road headed to your next hunting destination, Progressive Farmer magazine offers these tips:
Make safety a priority. Keep your firearm unloaded for safety reason above all else.
If you have a car, carry your gun in the trunk. For trucks,behind the seat or in the bed is best.
Carry it in its case, if at all possible.
Know the law. Contact the authorities in the state in which you plan to travel. All states have different laws regarding firearms in vehicles.
Familiarize yourself with regulations specific to the airline. Each carrier has different firearms restrictions, and regulations can and do change. Always call ahead or check your airline's Web site for its latest regulations before packing for your hunting trip.
Store firearms or archery equipment unloaded in a lockable hard-sided case.
Inform the ticket agent and security personnel that you are traveling with a firearm. Do this upon arrival at check in. You will need to open the case to show that it is unloaded and complete a short firearms declaration form that you sign and store with the firearm during transport.
Be mindful of luggage rules. A single gun case with a maximum of two guns inside will count as one bag of your total baggage allowance. Additional guns will be assessed an excess baggage charge.
Handle ammunition properly. It must be stored in the original packaging or securely packed in fiber, wood, or metal boxes and transported in a checked bag. No more than 11 pounds will be accepted.
Secure and store items such as knives in checked baggage. Be prepared to pick your gun up from airport personnel in their baggage-claim office after you reach your destination. For security reasons, many airlines won't put gun cases on the baggage carousel with regular baggage.
A trusted voice throughout rural America, Progressive Farmer magazine (www.progressivefarmer.com) is published by Birmingham-based Southern Progress Corporation, a Time Inc. subsidiary and leading publisher in lifestyle information and products.
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