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More Difficult to get Warthogs/swine into the USA

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    So what extra steps have to be taken to import swine into the USA. I have read that they have to come through a USDA approvied customs port because of risk of parasites/zoonotic diseases. Is it not possible to clear customs yourself or to have a broker take care of this? Must you have a taxidermist/vet certified person to do this?

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    as far as I have been aware all fauna & flora have to come thru a USDA port of entry, if the swine are already mounted I have never had a problem,
    I live near a port of entry so I have a local broker handle the paperwork and inspections then I go and pick up the crate, very smooth

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    I can only speak to Los Angeles POE but ALL "raw" (dip and pack) trophies will have to be released to an approved Taxidermist through a "licensed and bonded transport company" or the taxidermist themselves present at the POE. No release of dip and pack to customer allowed even though the Dept of Agriculture and F&W handbooks say that "ungulates" (plains game) can be released to the hunter. Have been through this twice now. Fully finished trophies can be released directly to the owner but the paper work has to show that. I have always had the swine dip and pack put in a separate box IN THE SAME SHIPMENT and labeled as such so if problems arise it can be separated from the others.
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    My taxidermist told me the same thing about wart hogs. That they need to be packed separate but can come with the same shipment. I quess this to mean a box within the box. One thing I have noticed is that the taxidermist in Africa wanted $2800 for a full body mount and mine here in the states wanted $1100. Every other mount was priced close to the same. Could it be in the skinning of the wart hog for the big difference?

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    No way, it's just the way they priced it, I think that price is crazy high !

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    I recently got mine in. My understanding is it just has to get separately packed and released to a USDA approved facility...which your taxidermist should be. It really wasn't an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enysse View Post
    No way, it's just the way they priced it, I think that price is crazy high !

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwaters View Post
    ........... One thing I have noticed is that the taxidermist in Africa wanted $2800 for a full body mount and mine here in the states wanted $1100. Every other mount was priced close to the same. Could it be in the skinning of the wart hog for the big difference?
    Two possibilities come to mind.
    The African taxi is indeed pricey or they are including an incredible base.
    The US taxi has no idea how hard a Warthog is to do, or he wants to do one for the entertainment of it.

    Make sure you compare the work not just the price.
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    I never toke a wart hog this time. I was just thinking about the next hunt. I am having my shoulder mounts done here. The price here was cheaper for some and a little higher for others. I think I would have lost the savings on shipping cost to have some done in Africa. I did have some backskins tanned over there and they were great.

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    Not sure I would want to "toke" a warthog anytime! Might not smell too good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRICKBURN View Post
    Two possibilities come to mind.
    The African taxi is indeed pricey or they are including an incredible base.
    The US taxi has no idea how hard a Warthog is to do, or he wants to do one for the entertainment of it.

    Make sure you compare the work not just the price.
    I have got the price $1250 from a taxidermist in SA, so it looks like $2800 is very high. So they either did a mistake giving lwaters the price or they really want to earn very good money on him

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