With the approach of the fall hunting season, hunters who plan to travel by air are reminded that sporting firearms can be transported as checked baggage on the nation's airlines for domestic and international travel as long as you comply with certain requirements.
While every airline has its own specific requirements, all of them must include those requirements mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration.
- You must sign a declaration that your firearm is unloaded.
- Your firearm must be transported in a hard-sided container.
- The container must be locked and the key or combination must remain with you during the flight.
- The container must be transported in an area (other than the cockpit) that is inaccessible to passengers.
- Ammunition must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
Source: Code of Federal Regulations / Title 14 - 108.32 and 175.10 as of May 30, 2003.
A complete list of the specific requirements for transporting firearms on 18 individual U.S. airlines is now available online, thanks to travel advisor Terry Trippler. To view information about this and other travel advisories, visit "Trippler On Travel" at www.cheapseats.com.
The Payson team of Levi Armstrong and Joe Jones won the AllStar Bass Summer Nights Team Championship last weekend at Apache Lake . The pair pocketed $2,500 in prize money.
The team fished crankbaits around Burnt Corral and in the river to catch four bass weighing a total of 15.10 pounds, including the event's Big Fish — a 6.20-pounder.
The Apache Junction team of Curtis Palmer and LeRoy Moss caught the only six-fish limit of the tournament and weighed 12.90 pounds, including a 3.43-pounder to finish in second place. They shared a total of $2,050. They fished Texas-rigged worms in the upper end of the lake.
Third place went to Paul Frei of Phoenix and Sam Schattenberg of Scottsdale for four bass weighing 7.82 pounds, including a 3.47-pounder. They received $930. The pair fished crankbaits in the back of shallow mid-lake coves and up in the river.
Rounding out the top five teams were Randy Droll of Apache Junction and Shaun Joslin of Tempe with three bass weighing 5.99 pounds worth $900, and Frank Buessing and Reggie Frieswyk, both of Gilbert, with two bass weighing 4.40 pounds worth $400. Contestants faced high winds and intermittent monsoon rains during the hours of the tournament, making it tough fishing for most of the field.
If you're interested in competing in team and couples bass fishing tournaments, the 2003-04 AllStar Bass team tournament circuit starts Oct. 4, and the couples circuit starts Nov. 15. If you own an aluminum boat and would like to compete against others with aluminum boats, then BestBet Aluminum Boat team bass fishing tournaments start Oct. 11.
For more information about AllStar Bass and BestBet fishing tournaments, call (480) 894-2775 or visit the Arizona Hunter & Angler magazine Web site at www.azha.com and click on the AllStar Bass or BestBet logos.
CLUB MEETING DATES
The Scottsdale Sportsman's Club will be holding its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, in the Eldorado Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road at Oak Street.
Big game hunter, guide, speaker and outdoor writer Mike Cupell will present a seminar on elk behavior in the rut and techniques for the successful scouting, calling and hunting of elk.
Although the meeting is open to the public, a $5 admission is required for non-members and seating is limited. Contact Al Larson at (480) 994-4750.
The Chandler Rod & Gun Club will be have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10, at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.
They will be discussing squirrel hunting in preparation for the start of the season and the club's annual trophy squirrel hunt on Oct. 18-19. Raffles and door prizes are available. A $5 admission is required for non-members over age 17.
For more information, visit www.chandlerrodandgunclub.com or call (480) 357-8029.