Let me start by saying that I couldn't find the answer to my questoin via the serch feature on this forum. So hopefully some of you all have experience with this issue and can give me some instruction.
I am considering doing a black bear hunt in southeast AK. We are planning on driving to Prince Rupert and then ferrying (my pickup and boat) to Petersburg then boating to a remote forest service cabin. I want to take my hunting rifle and a large cal revolver with me. I understand that Canada is very strict about transporting firearms so I am trying to figure out a way to get my guns to Alaska.
I called the ATF office in Portland, Oregon today and spoke with a rep that was not really sure at first how to accomplish this since I have no way of shipping them to myself. She did some research, called me back and stated that it is perfectly legal to ship both my rifle and large cal revolver to a shipping hub in AK. She said go ahead and ship the guns to a UPS branch in my destination city. I expected the ATF agent to inform me that I must ship the revolver to a licensed gun dealer but she told me that large caliber revolvers are legal to ship – there is a restriction on auto loaders and many calibers. I specifically asked about .500, .460, and .454 and was told that these caliber revolvers are legal to ship with out a going to a licensed dealer. Unfortunately, she stated that they could not be shipped via US Postal Service.
This sounded good to me until I called UPS and was informed that they will not ship any revolver in this manner. Furthermore, the closest UPS hub is in Juneau which doesn’t help me much.
So, can anyone tell me how to get my guns to Alaska? Is there a freight company that can do this - one that ships to the small communities in SE AK? The only problem I can see with this (if even possible ) is that it may be hard to coordinate the timing since I will only have a week or two to drive there, hunt, and return.
Any/all advice is appreciated.