I was getting a lot of client inquiries on this so I figured I would make a post: For anyone traveling with archery equipment for hunting purposes returning to the USA from foreign soil, US Customs has implemented a new inspection procedure that you need to be made aware of... US Customs will now be retaining your bow cases in their clearing offices that are usually in or adjacent to international baggage claim areas. Previously, this practice was reserved for firearms inspection only, but bows used for hunting are now being included in this inspection. It is now very likely that if your bow case resembles any type of rifle case or sports equipment container, it will go to this office where they will inspect the equipment for game blood, flesh, and bodily fluids. In Atlanta, the office is right next to the regular baggage carousel. It is all glass-walled, and the cases will be stacked up and readily visible. You will need your passport and the stamped receipt for clearing immigration to present to them. They will ask you to open the case, and they will spray your equipment including arrows and broadheads with disinfectant. If you pack your arrows and broadheads in a separate bag (like I did), they will likely ask you to present them for inspection/decon as well. Just make sure you don't have any questionable items packed in your bow case.... I inquired with the customs officers conducting the inspections and asked them when this procedure went into effect. The said it was new for 2017. I have also heard from several other traveling bow hunters that they have encountered the same inspection process returning from recent Africa hunts, so I guess it is here to stay....The good news is that they are clearing bow cases first, which is not making the rifle hunters very happy. I was first in line, and this process added about another 20 minutes on to our transfer time. The inspection took less than 5 minutes, but the officers did not get around to starting inspections until a line of two dozen hunters had formed behind me... I imagine the guys in the back of the line were there for at least an hour. This is important to keep in mind when scheduling your connecting flight from your arrival airport. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time.