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I am very aware no guns or ammo are allowed but what about a compound bow? The dunes are a great place to target practice without losing or breaking arrows.
Post Tue May 16, 2006 3:37 pm 
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Man, you got me on that one.

The current wording is 'Arms, weapons, ammunition or explosives', so the question comes down to whether they consider a bow as 'arms', I suppose. Also, after searching around, some places have further sub-regulations on things like knives and the general heading 'weapons'.

Furthering the confusion, you can actually get permits to bring certain things in for hunting etc. but this takes hiring a broker and doing the paperwork. Again, everything I've read on this is all referring to guns, and no mention of bows, etc.

If I were you I'd run this by the Mexican consulate in Nogales or Tucson. They, in turn, might just send you to a cusoms broker, but I seriously have no idea where bows and arrows fall into this hierarchy of laws.

Let me know what they say, I'm really curious to hear the answer to this one

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Post Wed May 17, 2006 2:39 pm 
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R. Barnes

That is truly a good question. I don't know the legality of it, but I have routinely been taking archery equipment back and forth across the Mexican border for about 20 years. I was asked about a ShopSmith, other equipment, and bow parts in various stages of manufacture, by Aduana once, and nobody seemed concerned. I wouldn't take that as an answer to the legality question though.
I've taken things of questionable legality into Mexico before by asking the inspector if there was a "special permit" that I didn't know about, and if the inspector would be kind enough to pay it for me. A single $20 bill was usually accepted when offered. I don't know about the actual legality though. As my Mexican business partner once said, " In Mexico, anything can be arranged with money." Wink
Post Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:36 am 
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No, it is illegal so don't do something stupid as taking the bow with you. Cops would love to see a stupid gringo bring something like that so that they can extort money from you on fear.

R.Barnes shame on you for promoting bribery, {$20 bill was usually accepted when offered.} thats why country is corrupt because of people like you.
Post Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:41 pm 
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