Continuing subscribers will remember our warning last year that the US Government's Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative would require a passport for US citizens to travel to and from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Well, the first phase of that requirement goes into effect January 1, 2007. At that point, all persons traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air Nexus card, or US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document. This requirement is only if you are traveling by air. However, by January 1, 2008, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State expect to implement the same requirements for all persons traveling by land or sea.
Most Hunting Report subscribers have passports, and have used them for years when traveling within this hemisphere. However, a minority of you may not have passports, or you may not be in the habit of bringing them with you on trips to Canada. So, take heed of this notice. Don't ruin a polar bear hunt this winter or a bear hunt next spring in Canada by showing up at the airport without a passport.