Bird Flu putting a crimp in Canadian bring-homes

The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has posted that American hunters cannot bring home game birds harvested while hunting in any one of at least 63 hot zones in Canada.

This is due to restrictions by APHIS aimed at preventing the spread of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, i.e., bird flu. Now, these zones include some in Alberta (20 zones), British Columbia (nine zones), Manitoba (one zone), Ontario (20), Quebec (five), and Saskatchewan (nine), meaning more than likely the most popular areas are impacted. To find out if their spot is on the list, sportsmen can go to and search for “Highly pathogenic avian influenza zones” and enter the name of the hunting area in the search box.

Of course, millions of these Canadian birds will eventually end up in the United States on their own. They have had a habit of flying south in the Fall for a few years now.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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