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Elk & Deer Hunting - How to Bring Home Your Deer Or Elk Hunting Trophy As Airline Luggage!


Trophy hunters who travel to their hunting destinations by airplane are always faced with the task of how to get their prized trophies back home safe and sound. The trophies at most risk of being damaged are antlered and horned game.

With a little pre-prep work before you leave hunting camp, you can make your trophy deer or elk rack strong enough to compete with all of the other Samsonite luggage and airline baggage handlers. While this article is mostly for hunters who travel internationally, this will also work for domestic airline travel too.

As in international trophy hunter, I have personally hunted and fished in 5 Continents. Airline travel is a necessary means of transportation to the majority of the destinations I have traveled to hunt. The ability to bring your trophy back as luggage can save you up to 6 months of time and up to $750 or more in import related expenses and shipping. Not all countries will allow this, but some do. The saving can almost pay for the taxidermy. I have brought back trophies as luggage from Canada, Mexico and Iceland. As of January 2010, some airlines have increase restrictions on antlers packaged as luggage. I highly recommend that you check with your preferred airline before you buy your tickets.

The Cape or Rug must be frozen solid.

One big factor you must consider is the ability to keep the cape or rug frozen from the time you leave your hunting destination till the time you get home. In a lot of cases this requires a good 24 hours for a hard freeze. The cape or rug should be folded several times to save space and frozen solid. Hunters taking their trophies on the last day without time to freeze in camp may want to consider staying an extra day, especially if you are traveling from a foreign country back to the United States or have many layovers. There is a new law in Mexico that states your cape must be frozen solid before you hit the border.

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