Summit Treestands
Getting Into Mexico
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
CFMuley 04-Dec-20
kota-man 04-Dec-20
Heat 04-Dec-20
CFMuley 05-Dec-20
wildwilderness 05-Dec-20
midwest 05-Dec-20
altitude sick 05-Dec-20
Shuteye 05-Dec-20
Grey Ghost 05-Dec-20
sticksender 05-Dec-20
Chief 419 05-Dec-20
DL 06-Dec-20
IdyllwildArcher 06-Dec-20
SDHNTR(home) 06-Dec-20
Mad Trapper 08-Dec-20
Bowboy 08-Dec-20
Brotsky 08-Dec-20
wkochevar 08-Dec-20
Rob in VT 08-Dec-20
rock50 19-Dec-20
paul@thefort 19-Dec-20
greg simon 19-Dec-20
trophyhill 16-Feb-21
CFMuley 16-Feb-21
trophyhill 16-Feb-21
sticksender 16-Feb-21
elkmtngear 16-Feb-21
Bowboy 16-Feb-21
'Ike' 16-Feb-21
CFMuley 16-Feb-21
blacktail 18-Feb-21
CFMuley 18-Feb-21
Heat 18-Feb-21
Spiral Horn 18-Feb-21
CFMuley 18-Feb-21
From: CFMuley
04-Dec-20
I am currently waiting on a passport, but I need to be in Mexico yesterday. I would be flying to Tucson and driving over the border. I’ve heard you can get in with a drivers license and a birth certificate, but I’ve also heard otherwise. Anyone know for sure or have any advice?

From: kota-man
04-Dec-20
You might be able to get in with a DL and BC, but I’d be more concerned about the US side letting you back in without a passport.

From: Heat
04-Dec-20
US authorities can hold you up until your identity is established, but I don't believe they will refuse entry to an American citizen with a DL and BC. If you have an expired passport bring that too.

From: CFMuley
05-Dec-20
I have an expired passport. It may be iffy, but I’m going to give it a shot. Worst case scenario I get stuck in Mexico and guide deer hunts until I can figure out a way back. ??

05-Dec-20
I have never been checked going into Mexico!!

Only the US cares who comes back ;)

From: midwest
05-Dec-20
"Only the US cares who comes back ;)"

Not after Jan. 20. ;-)

05-Dec-20
^^^ good one. Wait till Jan 21st and stroll In. You’ll get free health care, college, maybe AOC will hook you up with free taxidermy.

From: Shuteye
05-Dec-20
I used to work some in Mexico. Back then my drivers license and birth certificate was all I needed. I worked at a chemical plant as a chemical engineer problem solver. I really liked the Mexicans. They treated me very well and were great to work with. Great eats too. I never saw so many different kinds of fresh fruit in my life. Had some baby goat and it was really good too.

From: Grey Ghost
05-Dec-20
CFMuley,

How long have you been waiting on your renewed passport? I applied for one last Feb, and was told it would be take about a month. Then Covid hit, and I still haven't received it. I had to send my expired passport in with the application, so I don't even have that, either.

I'm wondering how many others are in the same boat.

Matt

From: sticksender
05-Dec-20
I think it's hit & miss. Going in, it's possible they'll wave you through without even asking for ID. Returning to the US, your best bet might be to drive back through as a passenger with some Mexicans. I came back in with two Mexican nationals last Nov and the US agent quizzed only them and asked for their ID's. He merely looked at me and asked if I was a US citizen, and then I was good to go.

From: Chief 419
05-Dec-20
You can apply for a quick, business related passport. It was normally a 4-5 day turnaround, but Covid has all bets off. I think the border agents should be able to decipher that you're a citizen, or not. Give it a try and report back to us if you become a Mexican citizen.

From: DL
06-Dec-20

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I wouldn’t screw around with it.

06-Dec-20
There was a change a few years back. You used to be able to walk into Tijuana and back without so much as anyone questioning you. Now you need a passport.

From: SDHNTR(home)
06-Dec-20
Passport only! Deal with it all the time on Fishing boats.

From: Mad Trapper
08-Dec-20
Sent mine in for renewal in May and received the new one 3-4 weeks ago.

From: Bowboy
08-Dec-20
I also sent my renewal in on May 26th received it back in the middle of August.

From: Brotsky
08-Dec-20
Passports? We don’t need no stinking passports!

From: wkochevar
08-Dec-20
yep, dont need them cuz most of the rest of the world you'd really want to go to still aint letting us in....

From: Rob in VT
08-Dec-20
Sent I my renewal in June and received it back in September.

From: rock50
19-Dec-20
Two weeks ago I was planning at trip where I had hoped to be in Hermosillo Mexico on January 22 to hunt Coues deer with an outfitter friend.

Before I committed to the date, I thought I better check my passport, sure enough it expired on 22APR2020.

The Department of State's website says due to COVID, three day service is only available for "life or death situations", requiring a death certificate or signed statement from a hospital or medical professional explaining the circumstances.

Expedited service is available in 4-6 weeks (plus $60); normal service is 10-12 weeks.

I called a private passport expediting service which claims they can help deliver your passport sooner. They explained even with their help it would be closer to six weeks delivery, especially with Christmas/New Years Day holidays.

Regretfully, I will postpone the trip until next year.

I mailed the renewal application yesterday, it will be interesting to see how long until the new passport arrives.

An observation...............the passport renewal form has only Male or Female as a choice for "SEX". How do our gender confused citizens make that choice? What about the other 55 kinds that are supposedly out there?

From: paul@thefort
19-Dec-20
Pass Port? What is the big deal, lots of people crossing the border with out one :)

From: greg simon
19-Dec-20
rock50, you do realize now that you have rescheduled your trip your passport will arrive January 21. Good reminder, I need to check my passport expiration date.

16-Feb-21
If in doubt, pose as an illegal alien......

From: CFMuley
16-Feb-21

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It all worked out in the end

16-Feb-21
Great buck!

From: sticksender
16-Feb-21
Good one, congrats.

And what about the passport issue? Did your's arrive in time, or did they let you in/out without one?

From: elkmtngear
16-Feb-21
That's a monster 3x3 !!!

Did you arrow him under his left eye ??

From: Bowboy
16-Feb-21
Great buck! What's the story on the left eye area?

From: 'Ike'
16-Feb-21
"I’d be more concerned about the US side letting you back in without a passport."

Not anymore, you just have to know the right people! :-)

From: CFMuley
16-Feb-21
I ended up rescheduling and had my passport by the time I went, but some other guys with us had birth certificates and it wasn’t a problem at all. We flew into Tucson, drove from there, and then drove back to Tucson for our flight home. Crossing the border was as easy as could be both times.

Full disclosure, it was a rifle hunt. I only had 3 days to hunt and ended up killing this buck on the third day at noon. He was the first mature buck I had seen and he only gave me a split second opportunity. He started to run right as I got my scope on him, but I was able to sneak a bullet through the brush as he hit a small clearing. I tried to put one more shot into the back of his neck as he was running directly away, but the bullet barely skinned him below his left eye causing that wound you can see. I should’ve held off on that shot as he was already hit well, and it ruined the cape, but all’s well that ends well.

From: blacktail
18-Feb-21
Nice heavy horns. Being a 3 point takes nothing away from a great buck.

From: CFMuley
18-Feb-21
Thank you! I’m a sucker for big 3’s! I was on a management hunt so he was the perfect buck to find. My pockets aren’t deep enough for a trophy hunt!

From: Heat
18-Feb-21
Congrats, that is a cool deer!

From: Spiral Horn
18-Feb-21
Congrats!!! Gnarly old warrior.

Bowhunted Muleys in Sonora just over a year ago and had pretty much the same experience. Border crossing into Mexico was a cinch - they did make me open the bow case just to ensure it wasn’t a rifle. We brought my hide and horns back on the outbound trip. Now, there they went over every single piece of paper, permit, licenses, passport, etc. No hassle and they were nice, but everything was thoroughly triple-checked.

Know you’all had guys in camp with just DL and Birth Certificate. But I cannot imagine trying to go through the return trip without a passport, as the number was required on just about every document and I had to show it to a bunch of folks as we cleared back into the USA.

Were you traveling with rifles and did you bring the hides back with you?

From: CFMuley
18-Feb-21
We had a rifle, but we just had the skull cap of my buck as the cape wasn’t good. We had 2 guys stop us on the Mexican side to check the rifle, and they checked it pretty thoroughly. It was a 300 prc and they kept saying the ammo we had was not for the rifle, even though it clearly was. At one point one of them slipped a .28 nosler out of his pocket and tried to say we brought that as well. Overall it ended up just being a minor hiccup. A little bit of arguing, and a bribe of a couple hats and we were good to go. The US side glanced at our stuff pretty quick and we were on our way.

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