Boarder crossing problems
If your wife is going to hunt and carry a firearm, she must fill out her own firearms declaration form (cafc 909)and carry the completed form anytime she is in possession of the gun including when she is hunting.
Also, I have hunted in Ontario for 10 years and have never brought a weapon into the crossing station. As a matter of fact have been told not to bring them in. The border agents have always checked my guns outside on a table next to where you will be instructed to park.
It's really a simple process as long as you don't have a criminal record. Good luck and let us know how the moose hunts goes. I'm thinking about doing one myself.
go to this link. It appears the cost is 25 CAD. It was my understanding that the declaration had to accompany the hunter. I think you should get the phone number from this link and give them a call for your question. Better you find out for yourself then rely on what I am telling you.
Its not to complicated. Complete form CAFC 909 EF, in triplicate. "DO NOT SIGN" you will do that in the presence of the customs officer once he inspects your long gun. You can bring up to three rifles in for yourself on a single form for the same fee. Last I crossed it was 50.00 Canadian.
Now don't think you can bring in multiple rifles on a single form for multiple hunters. Each hunter must have his own completed deceleration regardless of the number of long guns brought in as it must accompany your hunting license.
I've not a a problem crossing in. Tell the customs agent you have rifles to declare, you will be told to park and bring them inside. I have the rifle in a hard case and open it in front of the customs agent the action is open. When ready you will then sign the CAFC 909 EF in the presence of the agent.
Now coming back you will have to declare your moose, fill out more paper work, it takes longer to come back in and declare your animal then it does to cross in from my experience.
One thing that happened on my brothers last trip, on the way back in they took his iphone and went through all his photo's, and messages. so heads up there. He protested and they basically said TS. Other than the violation of his personal privacy no issues.
Good luck GF