3 Tips for Planning an International Hunt

Traveling outside of the United States for a hunting expedition is on the bucket list of many sportsmen across the country. Although international travel can hold its own set of hoops to jump through, flying with firearms can add another level of details you will want to plan for. Here are our top 3 tips for planning an international hunt.


Selecting an outfitter will ultimately decide when you are going to be able to go on your hunt. For every location, there are countless options – so be sure to research and ask around your circles for feedback. A great resource for trusted outfitters is Safari Club International (SCI). They will have a great collection of information for locations in Africa and New Zealand. Other resources you may want to explore are the listings on Outdoors International, as well as outdoor shows and events such as the SCI Convention and the Dallas Safari Club.


The thought of traveling with firearms can bring a lot of unwanted anxiety when preparing for your hunt. Although there are a lot of details you will need to note, there are less horror stories than you may think. Typically your outfitter will have rifle rentals you can look into, but in case you are flying with your rifle(s)—here are a few tips.

  • File with U.S. Customs before you go to ensure you’re able to return home effortlessly ( CBP Form 4457 )
  • Review individual country laws and regulations for additional forms and protocol for temporary firearm and ammunition importation.
  • Store your rifle in a secure gun case such as the Pelican Storm case your Pro-Series® Rifle arrives in. You will also want to use TSA approved locks for their multiple case checks. According to their website, the TSA has worked with several companies to develop locks that can be opened by security officers using universal “master” keys so that the locks may not have to be cut. These locks are available at most airports and many travel stores nationwide. The packaging on the locks indicates whether they can be opened by TSA.
  • Plan for extra time as the TSA will check your case and firearm(s) over very tediously.
  • Store your ammo separately from your firearm.

You can see the official rules and regulations through the TSA here.


In the midst of filing paperwork, it is beneficial to make sure your passport is up to date and meets the criteria of the location you are traveling to. Some countries require a minimum of 6 blank pages in order for entry.

If you are needing to renew your passport, you will want to fill out DS-82 forms here.

If you do not already have your passport, you will want to submit your forms well ahead of the time of your trip as processing can take up to 11 weeks (sometimes longer)

For more information on getting a U.S. passport, click here.

Best Pro-Series® Rifles for Top International Hunts

Dean Capuano, Sub7 Studios Crew, Josh Cluff—Swarovski Optik Quests

Argentina Water Buffalo

Suggested H-S Precision Pro-Series® rifle: PHR Pro Hunter in 375 H&H

Josh Cluff—H-S Precision

New Zealand Red Stag

Suggested H-S Precision Pro-Series® rifle: PLC Long Range Carbon Fiber Rifle in 300 PRC

Chris Haley & son—view trophy room

Nambia Kudu

Suggested H-S Precision Pro-Series® rifle: SPL Sporter Lightweight Hunting Rifle in 300 Win

Stephani Spiros—view trophy room

South Africa Cape Buffalo

Suggested H-S Precision Pro-Series® rifle: PHR Pro Hunter in 416 Rigby

Saskatchewan, Canada—@tandemxvisuals

Canadian Whitetail

Suggested H-S Precision Pro-Series® rifle: PLR Professional Long Range Hunting Rifle in 6.5 PRC

Photo by Ars Gadz

Kamchatka Bear

Suggested H-S Precision Pro-Series® rifle: PHR Pro Hunter in 375 H&H

Himalayas—Photo by Raimond Klavins

Nepal Blue Sheep

Suggested H-S Precision Pro-Series® rifle: PHL 6.5 Creed

Ross Murphy—view trophy room

Central Asia Marco Polo Sheep

Suggested H-S Precision Pro-Series® rifle: SPL 7MM Rem Mag

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