Any Regulations for with Traveling with Bow

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  1. bashaw

    bashaw AH Senior Member

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    I'm headed to Namibia to hunt with Kowa's Safari's. I'm a Rifle hunter mostly and will rent a Rifle from Kowas, after I found out how much Condor Air fee is. Part of my hunt is a Cull hunt so I'm thinking about taking my Bow for some practice on the cull animals. My Bow fits n standard size case so it's not oversized and I don't see anything that says I need to declare my Bow and arrows. Sounds easy to me, BUT! let me know what the traveling Bowhunter has experienced flying.
     

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    If you go through Amsterdam they do not allow broadheads.
     

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    Flying through Frankfurt
     

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    7 years ago went on our 1st safari to Kowas. Went thru Frankfurt. No one looked in my bow case coming or going. Anytime anyone asked I just said it’s a bow and they said ok. Rules may have changed now.
     

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    Enjoy your bow hunt. Your intended route should be fine.
     

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    I flew thru Frankfurt in 2014, no issues. Last year Dulles to Ethiopia to Windhoek, no issues. My bow was taken to security in Windhoek as they thought it was a gun, but a quick check and they gave to me with no issues.
     

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    I flew through Frankfurt last year with Condor to South Africa, 2016 and 2013 to Namibia with a bow on other airlines, never an issue.
    As mentioned above Amsterdam doesn't do broadheads and isn't gentle about it. Otherwise you should be fine.
     

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    We left our cases unlocked when we checked into the airport, since they look like gun cases. We showed the gate agent they were bow cases then locked them up with TSA locks, and zip tied the remaining hasps.
    In RSA coming home we didn't show them they were bows, just declared them as such. Locked them and checked them. They did have duck tape and "BOW & ARROWS" written on it on the back of the case. I believe that was applied in Jo'Berg at the airport.
    We did put clothing in our bow cases returning home as well.
     

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