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Check the CITES lists of animal species prior to your hunting trip

CITES is an international convention that aims to monitor and control international trade across borders of wild animals and wild animal parts (trophies).

Completely in line with the basic principles of sustainable trophy hunting, the aim of CITES is to allow sustainable trade and, perhaps naively, to try to conserve wild populations through control. This means in practice that either special permits are required, or that it is absolutely forbidden to deal in the likes of certain trophies, skins or teeth/bones of the animal species listed.

The outfitter at each destination is most likely aware of the rules on export of trophies from their respective country, and they will know what un-huntable species are included in the CITES list. Nevertheless, it is still a good idea to get to know a little about the rules yourself.

After you have bagged the trophy, most trophy shipments can be arranged “painlessly” using, for example, a Danish shipping company. In addition to advising you on CITES issues, the shipping agent know everything about cases, in which you have to register as an importer of by-products before leaving the non-EU country.

Check the Washington Convention’s CITES lists before you travel

It is a really good idea to check the Washington Convention’s CITES lists before you travel

If the wild species you are hunting is on List 1, Appendix A it requires pre approval before you shoot the animal. Search for a specific animal species here.

If in doubt, talk to the outfitter about it and, as a precaution, contact a freight company.