A russian hunter is coming out to hunt Dall sheep this fall. He wants to take raw trophy back to russia with him in checked baggage. USFWS office said that he will need to present the trophy in person, and he can get the export certificate right away. He does need a vet certificate for the country he is importing to (russia). The USDA vet told us that at this time raw trophy cannot be imported from US to russia because russia requires a special certificate that US cannot provide. Therefore only partially treated or treated trophy can be exported via Knight's or Alpha Fur. The hunter insists that he has the russian border covered (via some kind of a special permit I guess) and wants to know if raw trophy will be allowed to exit US without a vet certificate?
What do they ask for at the US border when a foreign hunter is transporting raw trophy with him? Does he necessarily need a vet certificate to exit US with the trophy, or is that only needed for entrance to another country?