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#6987560 - 12/07/17 06:39 PM Clearing African trophies through FWS.
Txhunter65 Offline
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Registered: 02/13/15
Posts: 727
Loc: Waxahachie, TX
I've been contacted by the shipping company and sent the master air bill. I'm having 7 European mounts and a rug sent back (all finished taxidermy) no swine, primates, or endangered animals. I'm filling out the 3-177 form now. The flights are going to Turkey to LAX then to Dallas. Haven't been given the specifics of coming from LAX to DFW. Lands in LA on 12/14. Just wondering what to expect once the create is stateside. Will FWS contact me once it's in LA or will I not be contacted till it gets into DFW? How is the process once I go up to DFW to claim them? Kinda looking for anyone who's cleared their own trophies to list all the things they wish they knew before they did it.

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#6988377 - 12/08/17 10:18 AM Re: Clearing African trophies through FWS. [Re: Txhunter65]
syncerus Offline
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Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 2502
Loc: Dallas, TX
I'll follow this with interest. I've used Coppersmith here in Dallas twice without issue other than $$$. My last trip included a warthog, so I didn't try to clear my own shipment.
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#6989403 - 12/09/17 01:15 AM Re: Clearing African trophies through FWS. [Re: Txhunter65]
Hopeless Place Offline
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Registered: 12/22/11
Posts: 64
I cleared trophies myself from New Zealand in 2015. It was a bit confusing but it took me about 2 hours total vs. paying Coppersmith $400+. Well worth my trouble. You need an FWS account https://edecs.fws.gov/

My trophies came in directly to Port of Anchorage, so it was super easy for me to drive over to the airport on lunch and clear them. If your port of entry is LAX and you're in Texas, you probably need to hire someone.

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#6990550 - 12/10/17 08:48 AM Re: Clearing African trophies through FWS. [Re: Txhunter65]
sparrish8 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1479
Curious when you hunt was and how long its taken?

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#6990610 - 12/10/17 09:46 AM Re: Clearing African trophies through FWS. [Re: Txhunter65]
Txhunter65 Offline
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Registered: 02/13/15
Posts: 727
Loc: Waxahachie, TX
Hunt was in May.

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