Discussion in 'Articles' started by Ryan, Jul 5, 2019.
Sorry you cannot shoot them but that is a very selfish and short sighted attitude.
2 sides to everything but this was lighthearted I believe. I now have Anthrax on one ranch due to feral hogs so a big problem. A problem that needs a solution.
Strange that Atlanta is concerned about the boots, but I've never had Dulles care.
Be aware if you travel to New Zealand they will inspect your hunting boots regardless of where you are coming from. Even though Ann wasn't hunting they inspected hers too. It was minimal effort for us to make sure we had cleaned our boots back home and before we left New Zealand. Same on our way to Zimbabwe and Mozambique and back.
I agree, Dulles, Houston, and Seattle have never looked at my boots or arrows but Atlanta does. More governmental disorganization, the right hand doesn't know what the left does!
Yes, they will check your boots going into NZ because of the environmental disaster of 'Green Slime' or 'Snot' which was brought into the Southern Island by an unsuspecting international fresh water fisherman. It is a horrible slimy weed which mostly sticks to rocks, branches etc in the streams and has destroyed a large portion of the pristine streams in the South Island.
Don't complain about getting your boots cleaned guys, it doesn't hurt and only takes a few minutes of your time. The people who live in the country will appreciate your concern.
New Zealand may be fanatical about it partly due to the green slime you mention. But from looking through the USDA Animal Products Manual (it's all online) they are also fanatical because they have no livestock diseases and I'm guessing want to keep it that way. It helps that they are an island.
Anyway, as the title implies and experience has shown don't think CBP will wash them every time so wash your boots before you leave anywhere you are hunting. Better to leave the dirt there. An ounce of prevention...
In Africa there is always someone in camp doing laundry and he or she will happily clean your boots to a pristine level Of course please tip them well.
They checked & sprayed our boots at Dulles when returning. Perhaps it was because we checked certain boxes on our entry forms. We sprayed everything with Permethrin when we packed up in the US and when we packed up in Africa.
I've hunted Africa 3 times, twice flying through Dulles and once through Atlanta.
On the two times through Dulles, neither boots nor firearms and 4457s were inspected by CBP upon my return. I simply went through Customs, picked up my baggage, and firearms, and went home (I lived in the area at the time).
My last trip (2018) was through Atlanta. Upon returning, CBP had our gun cases moved to a separate location and you stood in line awaiting inspection. While in line I overheard other hunters talking about washing their boots. I had no idea of what they were talking about. My Kenetrek Safari boots are about the most comfortable boots that I own and I wear them almost 100% of the time while on hunting trip and I was wearing them then.
When it was my turn to meet with CBP, my firearms and 4457s were inspected but there weren't any questions about boots or washing them. Since I had no idea of what the other hunters were talking about, I simply went on my merry way and went home.
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