bringing hunting trophies into india
Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:59 am
hi can anybody bring legally aqquired hunting trophies into india??i have a black bear head mount and i wish to bring it.is it legal??
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NairSaab wrote:Hi All,
Just wanted to update the law on importing hunting trophy to India. I searched a lot and called up many Government departments and ministry and the result is that I have the rules and regulations now. I have started the process (it seems my request is the first in my state) and hope to get my own trophy on the wall soon )
To import hunting trophy to India you have to first write a letter to the Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) of your resident state explaining the species (give scientific name) you plan to hunt and give an undertaking that you will not exhibit it in public. That is you have to say that it is meant to be placed in your house. The CCF should be convinced that there is no similar "look alike" species in India and they will then give you a permission letter. Once this is done, you have to send the copy of the letter to the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in your state and ask for an Import License. They will then get permission from CITES India. Once you get the license you can import the trophy. If you do this all at least 3 -4 months before you go on hunting, then you can bring it in your baggage (check with your airline if they allow carriage of hunting trophy).
So all the best and wish me luck
Below is a sample of the letter to CCF for importing hunting trophy to India
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden
Sub: Import of Hunting Trophy from USA
I will be in New York, USA from xxxx to xxxxx and am planning legal guided hunting of the species listed below. These species can be legally hunted and does not need any permits to be exported out of Unites States as hunting trophy as it does not fall in CITES and ESA as per U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
1. Odocoileus virginianus ssp. Borealis (Northern White-tailed Deer) or Odocoileus virginianus ssp. Virginianus (Virginia white-tailed deer or southern white-tailed deer)
2. Cervus canadensis (Elk or Wapiti)
The origin of the species is from United States of America. I plan to import to India as personal baggage or Freight, hunting trophy of the above species consisting of Head and Shoulder Mount with Antlers and the Skin. The purpose of the hunting trophy is for personal use at my house. This is not for public exhibition or such purpose.
I also accept to abide by any rules and regulations as per direction of Government of India / Kerala and concerned Ministries / Department in this matter.
Please consider my request at the earliest and issue me a permit for importation of Hunting Trophy.