1st September, 2014 / Posted in Announcements

As hunting season gets into full swing, please take a second to remind yourself of Ravn Alaska’s policy of flying with a firearm.

Firearms and Firearm Declaration

A firearm is any weapon that will expel, is designed to expel, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. This includes:

  • Rifles, shotguns and handguns
  • Starter pistols and flare pistols
  • Antique firearms
  • The frame or receiver of any such firearm

The previous items may be included in your normal baggage allowance. Excess charges will apply for additional pieces of baggage or any baggage that is overweight. All items must be suitably packaged for transport.

There is no limit to the number or type of firearms (rifles/shotguns/pistols) per case. Different firearm types may be in the same case as long as each type is properly packed.

Travelers connecting to another carrier will need to claim their firearm(s) and ammunition at the final Ravn Alaska destination and then check it directly with the receiving carrier. We will not be able to check firearms through to another airline.

Passengers must identify all firearms during check in. You must read and sign a special tag for each firearm container. This declaration states that the firearm is unloaded and that weapon(s) and ammunition are properly packaged. Failure to declare firearms will result in fines from the United States government and local authorities.

Ammunition Allowance

Regulations allow for up to 50 pounds permitted if the ammunition is packed in the original manufacturer’s package or in a container designed for ammunition that is of sufficient strength to protect it from accidental crushing or discharge, for example wood, fiber plastic or metal. Ammunition must be no larger then 11/16 inches in diameter. Ravn Alaska will not transport fully automatic weapons.

Flights operated by Corvus Airlines (Dash 8 and Beechcraft 1900 Planes)
Bags/containers containing firearms, the frame or the receiver of any such weapon need to be identified and declared when you check in. All firearms must be unloaded. In addition, all required firearm components/parts must be carried in a locked, hard-sided container where only the customer retains the key or combination. The customer will be asked to read and sign a special tag for each bag/container holding a firearm(s)/ and or components. This serves as the declaration that each weapon is unloaded and both weapons and ammunition are properly packaged. The following items may be included in your normal baggage allowance.

  • Hard sided container(s) secured with shotguns, rifles, pistols, ammunition and additional shooting accessories

The hard-sided case must be secured in such a way that it does not allow for accidental or unauthorized opening. Multiple locks may be required on some cases to ensure the case cannot be opened. Customers are not required to place locks in every available area on the case, as long as the case is secure.

Flights operated by Ravn Connect (Smaller Aircraft)
Please check with the local Ravn Connect representative for the current firearm policies.


A maximum of 25 Kg (55 lbs.) of ammunition may be checked per piece of luggage (overweight charges apply over 50lbs). Ammunition must be securely packed in the original manufacturer’s package or in a container designed for ammunition and the container must be of sufficient strength to protect it from accidental crushing or discharging (i.e. wood, fiber, plastic or metal). Ammunition may be checked with or inside the gun case or separately from the firearm. The projectile must be no larger than 11/16″ in diameter, the size of a dime.

International Transport

International – For additional guidance and restrictions on international firearms transport, please check with a customer service representative from your transporting airline.

Canada – For additional information on firearms transported to or from Canada, please call the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000.


Fish or Game Meat

The Federal Lacey Act requires labeling on all seafood or game meat shipped across state lines. The State of Alaska requires special labeling for the following items leaving the state: unmounted antlers and horns, raw capes from big game and bear hides. Completing and attaching a “big game trophy export” tag from the state of Alaska may meet this requirement or it can be made by marking the outside of the container with the information.


Fish and raw meat will be accepted as part of the free baggage allowance. The fish or meat must be packaged in a leak proof container. Styrofoam containers are not permitted. Fish or game meat is not covered for loss or damage.

Ravn Alaska does not accept wet ice packaging. We recommend freezing or chilling meat or fish thoroughly before transporting for best results. These items are checked at your own risk for spoilage. Gel ice is recommended and up to 5 lbs of dry ice is acceptable. Dry ice must be declared at check in, and properly labeled on the package(s). Please read more about dry ice restrictions.

Game Trophies

Antlers and game horns are accepted as cargo only and these items require specific packaging for transport. All antler and horn tips must be protected to avoid damage to other baggage. Game trophies are not covered for loss or damage.