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Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Lopez, Sullivan County
Re: Transporting firearm/ammo into Canada
We went through 1000 Islands and at Niagra Falls. No problems. However, on the way home, at 1000 Islands, the USA guy gave us a hard time. Two issues.
1.) we didn't have a gun registration proving that we bought our rifle in the USA. I had all the proper paperwork (in triplicate) and presented it to the Canadians at Niagra Falls. I went through three rounds of people, they all looked at my paperwork, signed, stamped it, etc.... I presented it to the guy on the USA side at 1000 Islands and he asked for my USA registration. When he asked me how I could prove I didn't buy the gun in Canada, I showed him that I have official papers that are signed, dated and stamped that prove I brought it with me when I came to Canada a week earlier. He said that wasn't good enough.
2.) We never even saw a bear, let alone shoot one. My tags were never filled out and I had no paperwork for shooting a bear, since we never even saw one. He asked me if we shot a bear and I said no. We were given a roast by the outfitter. The guy searched my cooler and found the roast. He asked why I lied to him about not getting a bear. I told him that we did not get a bear. We were given a roast as a gift. Every question he asked me after that was followed on his part by: "why should I believe anything you say when you lied about the bear?".
The guy told us that he would have thrown the book at us if it wasn't "Canada Day" and he was too busy. Not sure how many people leave Canada on Canada Day, but I was glad to get out of there.