If you hunt abroad and live near Houston, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; or Memphis, Tennessee, you'll be glad to hear that the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) is working to create officially designated ports of entry in those cities. A designated port of entry, of course, is a city in which the USF&WS has established a full-service office for the express purpose of regulating wildlife trade. These are the cities through which hunters, taxidermists, international shippers and brokers may import or export wildlife products. There are currently 14 designated ports stretching from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York City.
The USF&WS was still in the process of gathering public comment on the proposed new ports at this writing, but officials were confident their recommendations would stick. Obviously, the advantage to hunters in the creation of these new ports of entry is that they will be able to ship their trophies directly into these cities and save time, money and the hassle of added shipping from ports of entry that are farther away from them. A final decision on these new ports will not be known for several months.