Advisory For Hunters: What You Can And Can't Bring On A Plane

With hunting season beginning and many hunters travelling the country by air for their annual hunting excursion, CATSA has released some details explaining what hunters can bring on a plane, and what should be left at home. In addition, always check with your airline about what they'll allow you to transport.

Advisory for hunters:
Know what you can and can’t bring on the plane

With hunting season underway across the country, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is advising hunters to be aware of packing restrictions so they can start their excursions on a positive note.

When screening officers come across bullets, rifles, knives, and similar hunting gear at pre-board screening checkpoints, additional screening procedures must be performed. These measures take time and can create unnecessary delays for both hunters and fellow travellers.

Of all hunting-related items, bullets are the most common prohibited item found in passenger baggage. Last year, screening officers uncovered close to 1,000 bullets (including casings, replicas and real bullets) among passengers’ belongings.

Firearms and ammunition can be placed in checked baggage, but passengers are required to declare these items to their air carrier at the check-in counter. They are not permitted in carry-on luggage.

If you are a hunter preparing for a trip by air, you can help to ensure a smooth screening process by following CATSA’s packing guidelines and being mindful of security regulations when packing your gear.


  • Bear sprays and animal repellants (pepper spray) are prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage.
  • Make sure guns are unloaded and are securely locked.
  • Pack rifles, shotguns and ammunition separately in checked baggage.
  • Store ammunition securely in a marked container, separate from the firearm.
  • Securely wrap bows, arrows and knives in checked baggage.
  • Declare your firearms and ammunition at the air carrier check-in counter.

You can also visit our Pack Smart page. Being prepared will help you to experience a faster screening process, avoid surrendering items and guarantee that your valuables make it through with you.


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