Personally I would explain that I am going into a “KNOWN” bear territory in “ALASKA”. Make no inference about shooting a Canadian bear as they think more of their bear than they do of their beaver.
Not really so, shooting a beaver would be like shooting a bald eagle.
It's important to note however that if you actually need to shoot a Canadian bear, you must first verify it's passport or birth certificate! . .
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Okay..... so what your telling me is the government website is wrong, I'm misreading it or.....?
So I tell them I'm passing through BC on my way to Alaska and the gun is for hunting. Hmmm, so am I hunting in Canada or Alaska. Where am I hunting. What am I hunting for. The good thing about telling them the truth is I don't have to remember what I said or think about answers to questions they may or may not ask. I appreciate all responses (well all but the leave your gun at home people) but was hoping for something more concrete as far as the regulation I quoted or perhaps am misinterpreting.
In Canada you are not allowed to have guns or pepper spray (or ANYTHING ELSE) for personal protection FROM PEOPLE, animals is fine, people is right out.
There is special language that also allows certain guns (ie black powder, match, etc) for shooting in competitions.
PS That "ANYTHING ELSE" includes... Nunchucks, three-section staffs, knives, swords, etc. Some of these (hinged weapons) are just plan banned, period.
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Bird seasons not open in July.
Big game seasons not open in July.
Hard to use hunting as an excuse.
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If you have read and understand the government regulations, I would go with them and forget any and all things read in any post like this.
When we went in 2000 I called the Embassy here in Los Angeles and ask for claification and a copy of the application to carry my shotgun. I did have the shotgun in its case with a padlock and stored in the rear basement compartment. The shells were in the factory box in the closet back in the bedroom.
No problem entering above Glacier, just showed officer the permit, entering from Haines the officer commented that the gun wouldn't be much help stored that way, and a nice lady officer when we entered from Hyder gave me the third degree and said she didn't know how I had gotten into Canada in the first place and wanted to confiscate the shotgun and ammo.
Seems that each officer has their own idea of what should be allowed. It's like the regulations for bringing your pet thru Canada, ask ten people get ten answers.
We have entered BC several times at the I5 crossing both in the DWs Explorer and the MoHo and been asked each time about guns, I always answer the same way, "No guns, I don't wish to find out how nice your jails are and I don't want to lose my guns." Never a problem.
As far as what to do in AK, "just smile and wave boys, smile and wave", if you get stopped by the AK LEOs forewarn them you have a weapon and where it is. I never got to go to the back country places in AK that I wanted to see so I never unlocked it but on the Seward Hwy there is a birding area, a marsh I believe, a local shot a bear in the campground there because he felt it was a danger to his kids. Nosey people wanted him jailed, turned out he had a hunting permit for bear and it was bear season. He didn't want to use his tag so he didn't tell the LEOs at first but when the heat got too much he did and the LEOs closed the case and didn't bother to tell the news media for several days while the nosey folks made jerks out of themselves.
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I took a shotgun in 2010 and when asked why I was taking it I told him it was protection from bears.When I had finished he asked is that the only reason and I said yes.He told me if I had said protection from people I couldn't take it.I kept mine in the clothes closet with a trigger lock in place and the shells in my sock drawer.