Hunting Equipment

Pre-registration

Although it is not mandatory to do so, we do invite you to pre-register your hunting equipment at least 24 hours before your flight by contacting Air Canada Reservations or your travel agent.

Please note, however, that pre-registering hunting equipment does not guarantee that Air Canada will be able to accommodate each item on your flight(s). Please reconfirm with the airport check-in agent at time of check-in.


At the airport

When travelling with hunting equipment, you are advised to be at the airport a full 30 minutes before the normally recommended check-in time for your flight.


Baggage allowance and charges

If checked in separately, each item within the hunting equipment category counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

If your baggage count (item in the hunting equipment category + number of bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed for your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

In addition, a fixed handling charge applies to antlers and horns as well as all accepted firearms. Please refer to the relevant sections below for details.


Special instructions

Select from the options below to view specific details that apply to the transport of hunting equipment.

Ammunition

Passengers travelling with a firearm, ammunition or cartridges must declare the items during the check-in process and complete a declaration form.

Only shells and cartridges are accepted and must be carried in checked baggage. Gunpowder and gunpowder pellets are strictly prohibited.

Ammunition allowance is limited to 5 kg (11 lb) per passenger. Allowances for more than one passenger cannot be combined into one or more packages.

View related information in the Firearms' section below.

Packing instructions

The firearm and the ammunition must not be packed in the same container.

Ammunition must be packed in a separate, secure and strong container made of wood or metal. The original fibreboard carton can also be used but it recommended that the carton be placed in a secondary package such as a resealable plastic container.

To avoid shock movement, the properly packaged ammunition must then be placed inside a suitcase and cushioned with clothing.

Antlers and horns

Antlers and horns are accepted as checked baggage only. Weight limit on antlers or horns is 32 kg (70 lb).

Charges

If checked separately, antlers and horns count as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type provided they do not exceed:
  • 32 kg (70 lb) in weight, and/or
  • 292 cm (115 in) in linear dimensions (height + width + length)
Additional checked baggage charges apply if:
  • antlers or horns exceed above size and weight limits, and/or
  • if your baggage count (antlers or horns + number of bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type.

Handling charge:
In addition to any applicable additional checked baggage charges, antlers and horns are subject to a fixed handling charge of $150 CAD/USD (plus applicable taxes) for carriage on Air Canada and Air Canada rouge flights, as well as on Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional, Air Georgian and Exploits Valley Air. The charge applies to one-way flights and for each way of travel on round-trip and multi-segment flights.

Please note that a single fixed handling charge is waived for Latitude and Business Class fare customers for travel within Canada, and between Canada and the US. Additional checked baggage rules still apply.

Packing instructions

The antlers or horns must be clean and carefully wrapped in absorbent material with all points covered, then suitably packaged in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping. Smaller antlers wrapped in a larger set count as an additional item.

Archery equipment bows and arrows

Bows and arrows are accepted as checked baggage.

Charges

If your baggage count (item in this category + number of other bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

Packing instructions

Bows and arrows must be suitably packaged in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.

Bounty

Bounty is accepted as checked baggage.

Hunters require a permit to transport meat from Canada to the United States. Please visit the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website for more information.

Charges

If checked separately, bounty counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type provided it does not exceed:
  • 23 kg (50 lb) in weight, and
  • 158 cm (62 in) in linear dimensions (height + width + length)
Additional checked baggage charges apply if:
  • bounty exceeds above size and weight limits, and/or
  • if your baggage count (item in this category + number of bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type.

Packing instructions

Meat and game must be transported in a leak-proof container or wrapped in absorbent material and then placed in plastic bags inside waxed cartons. Plastic bags alone are not sufficient for transport.

Firearms

Passengers travelling with a firearm, ammunition or cartridges must declare the items during the check-in process and complete a declaration form.

Restrictions

  • Accepted firearms: Only hunting rifles, shotguns, BB guns, paintball guns, biathlon rifles, air pistols and certain handguns are accepted as checked baggage.
  • Restricted firearms: Visit the Canadian Firearms Program and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) websites for essential information on government documentation required for transporting restricted firearms (e.g. handguns).
  • Travel outside Canada: It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with the firearm and ammunition regulations of each country on your itinerary.
    • Non compliance can result in the seizure of your firearm.
  • Only passengers age 18 and over may carry a firearm in checked baggage.
  • Passengers wishing to travel with a firearm in their checked baggage are advised to be at the airport a full 30 minutes before the normal recommended check-in time for their flight.

Packing instructions

The firearm and the ammunition must not be packed in the same container. One declaration form must be completed for each container.

All firearms:

  • Must be unloaded:
    • When checking in a firearm, you must sign a declaration form attesting that the firearm is not loaded.
  • Must be rendered inoperable by means of a secure locking device mechanism (i.e. a trigger lock), but only after the check-in process has been completed;
  • Must be packaged and locked in a specially designed, non-transparent case that cannot be easily broken into during transport.

View related information in the Ammunition section above.

Charges

Each of the following is considered an individual item when packed separately:
  • One rifle case containing no more than two rifles (with or without scope) plus 5 kg (11 lb) ammunition (packaged separately), one shooting mat, noise suppressors and small rifle tools;
  • Two shotguns and two shotgun cases;
  • One pistol case containing no more than 5 pistols.

If your baggage count (one individual item in this category + number of bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply, in addition to the fixed handling charge of $50 CAD/USD .

All accepted firearms are subject to a $50 CAD/USD handling charge (plus applicable taxes) for carriage on  Air Canada and Air Canada rouge flights, as well as on Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional, Air Georgian and Exploits Valley Air. The charge applies to one-way flights and for each way of travel on round-trip and multi-segment flights.

A single fixed handling charge is waived for Latitude and Business Class fare customers for travel within Canada, and between Canada and the US. Additional checked baggage rules still apply.

The Canadian government charges additional fees for bringing firearms into Canada. For more information, please visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

Fishing equipment
When packed separately, each of the following counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type:
  • fishing rod in rod case + tackle box
  • tackle bag + reels
  • landing net
  • boots

Waivers / Charges

Fishing rod in rod case:
No oversize or additional piece charges apply to a fishing rod in its case if it is carried with a tackle box.

All other additional checked baggage rules apply.

Packing instructions

The fishing rod(s) must be packaged in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.


Codeshare flights/flights with other airlines

Passengers who purchase travel on a codeshare flight or a flight with another airline may be subject to the baggage policy and other rules of the airline operating the first flight in their itinerary.

For the specific terms and conditions of any Air Canada codeshare partner or other airline sold on aircanada.com, visit the operating carrier's website directly.