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Old 03-08-2017, 02:11 AM
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I'm doing a bear hunt in Canada.
Is it worth bringing a hand gun into Canada ?

I see there is paperwork available, but not sure a hand gun is needed. Would certainly make me feel better !!
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Short Track Hunter View Post
I'm doing a bear hunt in Canada.
Is it worth bringing a hand gun into Canada ?

I see there is paperwork available, but not sure a hand gun is needed. Would certainly make me feel better !!
Not if you want to stay out of jail. Canada don't like handguns. Besides if you're hunting bear with a rifle and can''t kill one with a rifle then what makes you think you can do it with a pistol? Very few people shoot a pistol enough to get really good with it.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:52 AM
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If you are taking a spring bear hunt in Canada, make sure you take twice as much bug dope as you think you will need. The black flies and skeeters will eat you alive.
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Old 03-08-2017, 07:09 AM
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Don't believe handguns are allowed for non residents.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:35 AM
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http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/f...s/5590-eng.pdf
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:13 PM
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Why do you think you would need a handgun? Have you ever shot a bear? They aren't that hard to kill. Do you think you could hit a bear with a pistol if you blew the shot with a rifle? Not sure I understand the mindset of dragging a handgun across the international border. What does your outfitter have to say about it? If you're an American and I'm assuming you are then by law you have to hire a guide in Canada. I'd be sure to get the outfitter's take before I did any paperwork.

But, to each his own.
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Old 03-08-2017, 02:03 PM
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Good luck on your spring bear hunt... Yeah, I do not understand why you would want to carry a side arm either. I just think it will draw attention from customs and the like resulting in red flags where they may have law enforcement watch you close as well as perhaps a harder time going threw customs on both sides going over and back.. But clearly the choice is yours..
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Old 03-08-2017, 02:07 PM
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if you going to try to take a hand gun into Canada pack a lot of extra cloths because you are going to be there a lot longer then you planned on
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Old 03-09-2017, 05:12 AM
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Did anyone actually read the non-resident firearms declaration .pdf ??
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Short Track Hunter View Post
Did anyone actually read the non-resident firearms declaration .pdf ??
Don't need to. I've hunted Canada for bear and I know that they don't like handguns even if legal. They bring too much attention by the authorities. Besides you don't need "back-up" if that is what you're concerned about since you'll have a guide with you. If you can't seal the deal on a bear with a rifle then you sure as heck aren't gonna do it with a pistol. Unless you practice a lot you're probably more dangerous to yourself and others with the pistol than a gut shot grizzly is.

So the questions remain: Why do you want to take the chance taking a pistol in and what does your outfitter have to say about it. If your outfitter is good with it then he/she will have all the paperwork ready to go and you wouldn't have to be on a forum like this asking questions.
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