The following are some specific travel tips:
Firearms and Ammunition
Firearms, firearm parts, and ammunition may only be transported in checked baggage, not in carry-on baggage. See Transporting Firearms and Ammunition for specific packing requirements.
Air carriers have their own additional requirements for transporting firearms and the amount of ammunition an individual may place in checked baggage. Travelers should contact the air carrier regarding its firearm and ammunition policies.
Bows and Arrows
Bows and arrows are prohibited from carry-on luggage, but may be packed in checked luggage. Sharp objects packed in checked luggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security screeners.
Chemical repellants can be carried in checked luggage if the volume is less than 4 ounces and has active ingredients of less than 2 percent. Most bear repellants exceed these limitations. We suggest buying such items at your destination and leaving them behind upon return.
Hunting Knives and Tools
Hunting knives and certain tools are prohibited from carry-on luggage. These items should be packed in checked luggage. Sharp objects packed in checked luggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and screeners.
Fishing rods are permitted as carry-on and checked baggage. However, please check with your air carrier to confirm that rods meet size limitations for carry-on items. Ultimately, it is the carrier's decision on whether rods and poles can be transported as carry-on baggage.
Fishing equipment should be placed in checked baggage. Some tackle is sharp and dangerous. Expensive reels or fragile tackle such as flies should be packed in your carry-on baggage.
Spear guns and spears are prohibited in carry-on luggage and should be packed in checked luggage. Again, sharp objects packed in checked luggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury.
For more information regarding prohibited items and security-related travel tips, see the TSA's Air Travel Information Web page.