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From: Pat Lefemine
15-Mar-07
Join Jake Ensign as he returns to the FAR NORTH to hunt the great Polar Bear one last time....

From: skipmaster1
15-Mar-07
Go get 'em Jake! This time it will be cake, you'll be home before you even get cold. we're pulling for you!

From: Ivorytip
16-Mar-07
Jake: It's a great feeling when you hear the arrow exit the other side and you're all alone on the ice; I'm pulling for you from here in Texas. Best of luck; you've earned it!

From: Shiras
16-Mar-07
Good luck. Hope this is as enjoyable as last years saga.

From: medicinemann
16-Mar-07
Pat,

I'm going to try the satellite phone through the day until I get through, or figure out what the problem is. We'll get it eventually....I am pretty sure that it is weather-related.

Jake

From: Pat Lefemine
16-Mar-07
Good luck! Pat

From: Deerman1
16-Mar-07
go get um' Jake!

From: richie bland
16-Mar-07
Jake, thanks for the PM. I finally got my bear delivered to my house a couple of days ago. It looks great. I copied the pose of the bear that is in the Yellowknife airport. I couldn't get a seal for the mount but I have the bear chasing a couple of arctic fox. If you continue to have phone problems send me a PM with the number of the hunt coordinator and I can call him daily and get a report of how your hunt is going (through your daily shortwave radio reports) and I can report those on Bowsite. Good luck. Keep your boots near your bed when you are in your tent. I shot my bear, as you know, wearing my underwear and one boot. Somebody had moved my boots during the night and I only found one during the hectic struggle to keep the bear out of the tent. I still have a few toes that haven't warmed up yet! richie

From: Pat Lefemine
16-Mar-07
Richie, check your PM.

I will need to have the report recorded for me - from Jake, to be able to run it as a feature article. Hopefully we can get whatever logistical issues worked out so we can broadcast the hunt like last year.

Pat

From: medicinemann
16-Mar-07
Richie and Pat,

I just tried again, as well as a couple other numbers. So far....no luck.....but I'm as persistent as well....I'll get something figured out.

Jake

ps - Richie, I spent the last two months jogging barefoot in the snow.....really.....just in case I got into a similar situation. So far, things seem to going well. Isaac stopped by my room this morning....we had a good conversation while he was there.

From: Pat Lefemine
16-Mar-07
Jake, can you just call the number on a land line and leave the report? If not, leave it here and I'll link to a text message. Pat

From: medicinemann
16-Mar-07
Pat,

Once I leave for the hunt. we'll be out on the ice....no land line phones for about 50-100 miles. I'll keep trying with the sat phone.

Jake

From: Pat Lefemine
16-Mar-07
I may be Italian but I'm not Stoopid ;)

Your hunt is running as our feature article right now with a couple thousand people wondering how to follow your hunt. So if you could post an update today, from the land line, that would be a big help to me.

I realize once you get on the ice there are no land-lines.

From: cassmann
16-Mar-07
To Pat Lafemine I have a message for you from Jake and I tried to call you from the number he sent me. If you will send me your e-mail address I will forward the message to you. Thank you. Cassman

From: medicinemann
16-Mar-07
Pat,

I was FINALLY able to reach your answering machine this afternoon. After I concluded the call, I when to turn off the phone and the phone was already off. Did you receive any of the message? I don't see it posted on the forum yet.....

Jake

From: WWT:Jordan
16-Mar-07
o, thats bad. you need to keep those batteries out of the cold and in that pizza bag....how is that bag doing, by the way?

-Jordan

From: Pat Lefemine
16-Mar-07
Got it! It's online right now. It did cut off on us but no need to re-send. We got a bunch of it. Stay warm.

Pat

From: HerdManager
16-Mar-07
-28 in a flannel shirt???

You da man!!

17-Mar-07
Jake: It's in the 80's in Phoenix and I can't wait to hear about a successful hunt. Go get a big one!!

From: iowaPete
17-Mar-07
Running barefoot in the snow?? -28 degrees?? You are a braver man than I, GungaDin.

I hope yours is a record-breaker! Best of luck.

iowaPete

From: medicinemann
17-Mar-07
It is Saturday morning and I am at my assistant guides house (Isaac). As I look over the computer and out his front window, I can see Walter (Ulik), Isaac, and Jack getting the dogs into their harnesses. it is a bright, sunny, still day here. It's about -25 and the conditions are PERFECT. Last year we used 8 dogs...this year it looks like we'll be using seven....I just hope that a couple of them are good "bear" dogs. Some dogs are great at pulling, and some are great at bringing the bear to bay. Both of Ulik's good bear dogs died last year, so I don't know which dogs will be released if we cut the track of a good boar.

From what I can tell, it looks like we'll be heading south towards the Prince Albert Sound. They have been seeing quite a bit of bear sign down there. Spirits seem rather high right now.....and I believe that we'll be going about 40-50 miles south of Holman (Ulukhaktok). The satellite phone will work great today, so I'll post a message this afternoon sometime during our travels, or perhaps when we stop to make camp for the evening.

Isaac's sled box might be a little shorter than Jack's was last year, and I am a little on the tall side. It might be a tight fit!! However, Isaac has been a very helpful and cooperative assistant guide so far. I'm sure that we'll get something figured out. In fact, Isaac brought me over here last year and had me get into the qamituk box, just so he could figure out how to re-arrange things, so I might fit comfortably. I also got to use his computer for a while.

I didn't bring many hunting books to read this year...but I did bring my journal. Since I am sure there will be some days where we are confined to the tent, my journal will probably get a LOT of attention. Maybe I can post the results of the journal on the forum upon my return.

So far, I really like my chances. I wish that Ned Greer was coming up here sooner than the end of April....just in case the weather breaks.

Isaac's wife, Agnes just told me about a polar bear walking right across the small bay in front of the house this summer. It walked right into town, and laid down in front of a group of people. Probably trying to figure out which one was the slowest runner?!!

HMMMMM....Now there are eight dogs on the harness.....

I have seen several women carrying small children on there backs, in specially made harnesses to hold the baby in place, under their coats....kinda like a papoose. Then they tie a strap under the babies butt, so it can't slide out from the under the coat. It's pretty cool looking.

That's all for now.....oh, the population of Ulukhaktok is about 450 people.

Jake

From: WWT:Jordan
17-Mar-07
South of Holman? i thought you told me you were going into that inlet and out to the west.

Have you even started hunting yet or are you waiting until the time is right?

-Jordan

19-Mar-07
The ride in the sled that is pulled behind the machines can be bone-jarring at times, to say the least. It is very nice to hit smooth ice. Easier on your butt, back and neck. Pat, where you have "see where Jake is hunting" area, you have stated that Jake is hunting Wyniatte Bay which is PB02 area. In fact Jake is hunting a different area this year. It is PB01 and is located on the South side of Victoria Island and can go west and north up the Prince of Wales straight I believe. Wyniatte is on the north side of the island. It took us three days to cross the island last year just to get to the hunt area. That route of travel was over land and was very rough riding. Come on Jake, suck it up!! This year should be a piece of cake compared to last. Just kidding. Nobody knows exactly what you are going through. Rough ice can vary. Having six foot mounds to negotiate can be harder to traverse than smoother ice. I imagine Jake is excited to see smooth ice(and lots of it) compared to last year. A guy can cover more ground and travel easier with smoother ice conditions. Jake chose to hunt this area for the reason of being able to cover more ground. Last year we were confined to a small area within Wyniatte Bay. In Wyniatte, there were beautiful rocky walls and cliffs which made it pretty to look at. It will be much different where Jake is at now. Flat compared to last year, but with more bears? We will have to wait and see. Sounds like he is seeing some sign!!!! Ned Oh, the fumes of the machine can be troublesome at times. Feels like your huffing gas and drinking it as well. The dog team will be refreshing hopefully.

From: Tom inPA
19-Mar-07
Has anybody heard from John MacPeak?

From: WWT:Jordan
19-Mar-07
I talked to Jake and he called bowsite again, but i dont know when the admins will put it up..

-Jordan

From: WWT:Jordan
19-Mar-07

WWT:Jordan's embedded Photo
WWT:Jordan's embedded Photo
I made a picture in Photoshop of Jake and hopefully his bear above.....NOTE! it's not real and purely to make Jake feel good in knowing that everyone wants this bear for him...

-Jordan

From: WWT:Jordan
19-Mar-07
sorry for the triple post but, i said in the previous post that he called bow-site and he keeps getting cut off He wants to say that the hand warmers were not working as well as they did last year and because of this he is having trouble with the electronics and keeping the batteries warm. Also as a result of this he is being cut off and would like me to post this information...The hunter that went up before him with the gun got his bear, no details on this yet though. The weather has been holding up though, no wind and sunny. Also his headache went away when he was out of the fumes. He'll try to post a SAT phone update soon.

-Jordan

From: DJ
20-Mar-07

DJ's embedded Photo
DJ's embedded Photo

From: Pat Lefemine
20-Mar-07
Jordan, we post it every evening. It may not be 5 minutes after he sends it but it is within the hour.

Pat

So is that where he is hunting? I need to verify so I can update the feature. Thanks.

20-Mar-07
Pat The circle in the above picture is PB02. This is where we hunted last year. PB01 is not within the circle and is located south of the island and includes most of the area where the letters Holman(Ulukhaktok) are positioned. Jake called me personally as well. I wasn't able to answer but he left a great message on my home phone answering machine. Sounds like they had great weather yesterday and covered 30 miles of smooth ice. He mentioned there was no wind and that they did not see a bear nor any tracks. It is apparent that he is sharing a tent with Jack Katoyak. They were laughing and having a good ol' time. Isn't that what it is all about? Good luck Jake!! The weather is on your side currently. Hope it continues for you. Ned

From: richie bland
20-Mar-07
Pat, he is hunting south and hopefully a little west of Holman. The rough ice he encountered is quite common in that area, but generally as you head further south you can find a gap to then turn west. I encountered my bear last year 67 miles in a straight line from Holman, but it took a 130 mile trip to return because of the loop we had to make to go south before we could turn back east. The bears like to hide in the rough ice when they are resting, but they prefer to travel on smooth ice. We actually followed a set of bear tracks to lead us around the rough areas. His assistant guide Isaac was with me last year and I would guess they are trying to do the same thing this year. His biggest danger if he does find a way to travel further west, is a strong easterly wind will create some gaps of open water(leeds) across his back trail. It's a scary scenario when you are sitting still on the ice with gps in hand and realize you are actually moving a few feet per hour. The Inuit can actually tell where newly formed open leeds have been created by recognizing a particular type of low lying dark clouds that form above. They can spot this from as far away as 20 miles and try to find a way around. West winds are definitely your ally in this area as they tend to completely stabilize the ice. richie

From: DJ
20-Mar-07

DJ's embedded Photo
DJ's embedded Photo
Pat, I re-posted the sat image above because I too was a little confused about where Jake was when he said, "I believe that we'll be going about 40-50 miles south of Holman (Ulukhaktok)." Perhaps this map of the hunting districts will help. You'll see Ulukhaktok down in the lower right of I/PB/01. Perhaps Ed can take us from there.

From: FlatbowMB
20-Mar-07

Photo ShariFlatbowMB's Link
Sorry for not keeping you guys current with the pics. Here is the region S.W. of Ulukhatok (Holman). The other polar bear thread has a close up earth google pic or the village of Ulukhatok.

From: FlatbowMB
20-Mar-07

FlatbowMB's Link
Here is a zoom in sequence of topo maps of the Holman region:

From: FlatbowMB
20-Mar-07

FlatbowMB's Link

From: FlatbowMB
20-Mar-07

FlatbowMB's Link

From: FlatbowMB
20-Mar-07

Photo Sharing aFlatbowMB's Link
Ulukhatok village and airport.

From: FlatbowMB
20-Mar-07

Photo Sharing aFlatbowMB's Link
Closeup up of village. Maybe Jake can point out which building is the outfitter's base.

From: Pat Lefemine
20-Mar-07
Sorry for being dense. Please circle the area Jake is hunting in on the map. I'll post that in the feature article so we can have accurate information.

Thanks

Pat

From: Genesis
20-Mar-07
and which side of the house he sleeps on.......:)

From: Deerman1
20-Mar-07
what was all that background noise in day 4???

From: Bou'bound
20-Mar-07
go get him jake we are pulling for you. thanks for the update and keeping the news flowing. you are a day closer to glory!

From: Arrowflinger
20-Mar-07
Jake, What kind of equipment are you using? You may have already said and I over looked it. I wish you good luck, and a safe hunt. Go get him!

From: FlatbowMB
20-Mar-07
Wish I could help more, but whenever I click on the daily podcast links, all I get is a blank page. I can only surmise what is going on from this thread.

From: Fabow
21-Mar-07
That goes for me too, Podcast isn't working for me so I'm reading this thread using my imagination just to get a feel of the hunt

this gets my blood flowing (cabin fever I guess)

From: GregE
21-Mar-07
The Podcast symbol doesn't do anything but the daily reports open right up in Windows media player They've been playing fine for me.

21-Mar-07
I have been clicking on the date daily. All I get is a blank page. No media player comes up. Am I doing something wrong? DAVE

From: DJ
21-Mar-07
I've had no problem with the daily reports opening although the background noise makes it sound like Pat's answering machine is either in a cafeteria or airport terminal. ;^)

From: Pat Lefemine
21-Mar-07
It's an airport terminal. This last one was in a sushi bar at the Detroit airport.

Unfortunately, my phone recording device still picks up ambient noise on mute. That's what I get for using a cheap radio shack phone recorder.

PS - Rest assured, I'm not one of those girlymen sushi guys. This was my first, and last time eating that crap. I'd rather be eating seal steaks with Jake than that raw fish garbage that all these yuppies are eating around me.

From: DJ
21-Mar-07
The webmeister doth protest too much, methinks.

Having spent a lot of years in airports, I feel your pain, man.

21-Mar-07
Funny Pat!....

The windows media player has been working fine for me. Maybe instead of just "left" clicking on it, try "right" clicking on it and "Open with" media player or another application.

I've been downloading these and saving them to a file to mail to Chuck "Thunderflight" in Iraq because he can't open them on line becasue of military rules. I can also try and email them to someone if they want...just PM me with you email address. Just trying to help....

From: WWT:Jordan
21-Mar-07
Also going along with what AK said, You can right click (or CRTL and click on a Mac) the podcast you want to download and select "save file as" or something to that nature and then select where you want to save it to and click save, and it Should start downloading.

From: WWT:Jordan
21-Mar-07
Also a feature of the brand of Satellite phone that Jake has, is that it supports SMS messaging. BUT i don't think that Jake would want 500 messages from people saying "HI JAKE!". So what i'm also tring to say is that i have done this once and i'm not sure if it worked. So if anyone has a message to send to jake on the Ice PM me with it and i may send it. Also i don't know if Pat wants this.

-Jordan

From: TD
21-Mar-07
Pat, sushi is just a method of preparing food, usually most anything (spam is big around here!) wrapped in seasoned rice and/or seaweed. People confuse it with sashimi, which on the other hand is raw fish, usually high grade tuna (yellowfin, bluefin) When done right with FRESH high quality fish and a good wasabi dipping sauce it's pretty good. When done wrong it's called bait. Good to see your sense of adventure is alive and well!

As for the yuppies by you in the restaurant, you're on your own!

Good luck Jake, hope the weather breaks for you soon. I must really be the pits sitting around the middle of nowhere watching the snow blow around.

From: primitve
21-Mar-07
I would imagine that he is standing outside with shorts, sandals, and a beer.

From: Bou'bound
21-Mar-07
if so he'd rather be standing outside with shorts, sandals, and a beAr.

From: Stekewood
21-Mar-07
Pat, Didn't the airport have any place that you could get oatmeal instead?

These reports are awesome. There is something uniquely exciting about hearing it, without being able to see anything. It really lets the imagination take over. Reminds me of the stories of families huddled by the radio, before TV was around.

Look forward to each day, and hope Jake cuts a big track!!!!!

From: FlatbowMB
22-Mar-07

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Thanks for the tips on saving, then playing the podcasts guys, now I'm able to tune in. Today Jake mentioned that he is somewhere in the middles of Prince Albert Sound, which the area circled on the above map. He's staying much closer to Homan than last year.

I also came on some interesting pictures and commentary of the Holman region which I linked above

From: FlatbowMB
22-Mar-07

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From: Genesis
22-Mar-07
primitive,and no underwear. Maybe this is the beginning of "commando shed hunting excursions" do consider,lots of west coast guys are looking for opportunities for fellowship......:) lol

From: primitve
22-Mar-07
Yes that would work, but would have to hire Murray to do the hunt and tell him to use the term "here's a bone" when he finds a shed. I think you might have something there Genesis. Any suggestions where I should advertise such a hunt?

From: WWT:Jordan
22-Mar-07
Why would he want to stay closer? i would think, because he realy wants this bear, that he would go further from Ulukhaktok because at least i would think that the bears would be out there more....some one clarify why...

-Jordan

22-Mar-07
Hello Jake. From your friends Dottie and Chris who you met on the way to TX. We have been thinking about you and I was very happy to literally hear your bear hunting reports. We're very excited to be able to follow along with you on your journey. Best of luck!

From: Pat Lefemine
22-Mar-07
I don't have the Thursday update yet, but I did get a 2nd update from yesterday that he left last night. They found 2 sets of tracks and were able to trap a seal and butcher it. What a neat hunt!

From: Benton
22-Mar-07
Sounds great! Hope all are safe, and I have a hunch that success is right around the corner!

From: FlatbowMB
23-Mar-07

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Jake mentioned in the last report their that they'll be hunting around the Horizon Islets. These Islets are too small for my version of Google Earth to depict, but they are on the Canadian Topographic Map System. Here they are based on maximum resolution they zooming out:

From: FlatbowMB
23-Mar-07

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23-Mar-07

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23-Mar-07

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23-Mar-07

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From: Pat Lefemine
23-Mar-07
We did not receive an update from Jake for Thursday. As soon as I get Friday's I'll put one up.

Pat

From: BakHos
23-Mar-07
I hope he is to busy skinning a bear. Go Jake!!!

From: Pat Lefemine
23-Mar-07
Still no report as of 9:30PM on Friday. Hope this is means good news.

Pat

From: Pat Lefemine
24-Mar-07
Still nothing as of 8:00 AM. We'll wait as long as Monday but if we don't receive any updates by then we'll have to assume the sat phone batteries are dead and we'll have to move forward with our feature calendar. I hope that doesn't happen as this feature is getting a lot of traffic.

Also, if anyone is communicating with Jake directly, please contact me and let me know what's up.

Thanks, Pat.

24-Mar-07
"I've been downloading these and saving them to a file to mail to Chuck "Thunderflight" in Iraq because he can't open them on line becasue of military rules."

Surprisingly I can down load them....8*)

Thanks I appreciate the help though. 8*)

From: Bou'bound
24-Mar-07
chuck send you send a squadron or an unmanned drone or something over the artic to check on jake.

From: Jumping Frog
24-Mar-07
Pat, I talked to Jake on the 21st at 11:30pm. He neaver mentioned that the phone was a concern. But he did make the call short to save the bateries. He said the next day they were going to get an early start over the rough ice. No other detail...

24-Mar-07
Just heard from Jake. You will not be disappointed the way it sounds!!!!!!!!!!!! ATTA' BOY

24-Mar-07
Hello everybody, Jake left a message on my home phone. He must be doing just fine. His message was a jovial one without any details. However, I begged him to call me if he was successful. We will soon find out I am sure. I wonder if the spirit of the bear has prevented him from updating. Good news is that he has at least checked in with someone. It is currently 6:45p.m. in Iowa. If he was successful, I couldn't be happy for him. Hope I steal your thunder Jake but the suspense has been killing me. Oh how I wish I was there right now!! Ned

24-Mar-07
I meant to say that if he was successful, I couln't be MORE happy for him. AND I hope that I did not steal your thunder. Sorry about the typo but I am excited!!

From: Hawkarcher
24-Mar-07
Freud would say your typo was no accident, Ned. Kidding.

From: Deerman1
24-Mar-07
Go Jake,

Your cheering section has to be one of the largest ever!

From: cassmann
24-Mar-07
Your the man Jake, My money is on you and you won't come home without abear!

From: BuckSlayer
24-Mar-07
The suspense is killing me! I talk about Jake and his hunt to my friends (those not on the bowsite, yea they do exist, who knew) and they think I'm nuts. Then I tell them Jake is hunting Polar Bear....with a BOW! They then think Jake is nuts. I come home everyday and straight to the computer for the newest update. This is driving ME nuts! Did you get the bear? What's going on out there? We're all root'n for you Jake!

From: 2dog
25-Mar-07
Congratulations Jake!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your story, I enjoyed every second of it.I can't wait for the full story.

From: WWT:Jordan
25-Mar-07
:) yay Jake! well hopefully next time im over at his house ill be able to do an interview with him for my podcast!....and one more thing Jake contacted me via phone and told me the story behind why he wasn't posting on the SAT phone, I have the story recorded and i am waiting to upload it and make sure it hasn't been posted.

-Jordan

From: MaBow
25-Mar-07
Congrats Jake! We are all proud and envious of you.

From: BakHos
25-Mar-07
I told you all he was busy skinning a bear LOL. Way to go Jake!!! Congratulations!

Janez

From: skipmaster1
25-Mar-07
YES! I actaually clapped when I heard the recording. i am so pumped. Congrats Jake. I knew you'd pull it off this time. I don't blame you for not calling, I have heard the same thing about the spirit of the bear. way to get it done

25-Mar-07
Awesome!!!!

I can't wait to read the details and see the pictures!!!

From: alaska1171
25-Mar-07
Congrats Jake.

From: Bou'bound
25-Mar-07
So very well deserved to Jake. Great job. Can't wait for the photos and details. You did great and we are all thrilled for you and appreciative you shared with it with us all

25-Mar-07
Awesome!!!!

I can't wait to read the details and see the pictures!!!

From: nehunter
25-Mar-07
Great Job! Many Congrat's to you Jake.

I think I have listened to you more this week than I have my Wife!!

From: 4wapati@home
25-Mar-07
Conrats Jake! What a great accomplisment. And most of all, thanks for taking us all along. It was great to be part of the adventure. I can't wait to hear thr rest of the story! Thanks!

Jeff

From: Deerman1
25-Mar-07
YEEEEHAAAWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: HeadHunter®
25-Mar-07
JAKE...plain any simple...CONGRATS!

From: FlatbowMB
25-Mar-07
Congratulations, Jake!

From: Stonebreaker
25-Mar-07
Fantastic news! Congratulations Jake! Thanks for letting us tag-a-long.

25-Mar-07
Well done! Thanks for sharing.

From: Chuckster
25-Mar-07
WOW- Congratulations Jake. You my friend have made a lot of sacrifices for this hunt and I am very happy it paid off for you.

From: INbowdude
25-Mar-07
Jake, My congratulations. Talk about determination and grit. No small feat on many fronts. You da man! Mike

From: muskeg
25-Mar-07
Sweet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Got Elk
25-Mar-07
This story has been like crack, always leaves me wanting a little more. Now, I can step away from the pipe, good job Jake!

From: chip
25-Mar-07
Congrats on a great hunt. Two years in the making and you finally did it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

From: Ivorytip
25-Mar-07
Fantastic news Jake; savour it. Elle's next!!!

From: Treefarm
25-Mar-07
Congratulations Jake, good thing the bear didn't get you (they were able to roll it off of you). I bet this was your expression when you saw the boar :()

From: Arco&flecha
25-Mar-07
Congratulations Jake, waiting to read the whole story.

25-Mar-07
Yep! Awsome Jake, can't wait to hear the story and see some pictures! Have a safe...and warm...trip home!

From: Stekewood
25-Mar-07
Way to go Jake. Thanks for sharing it with us!

From: TradTech
25-Mar-07
OUT FREAKIN'-STANDING!

Congratulations Jake!

Looking forward to the story and the pics!!!!!!!

From: FINGERS
25-Mar-07
Congratulations! Enjoyed it. Can't wait to hear more details. Have a safe trip.

From: Gator
25-Mar-07
Been away from the computer for last couple of days. That was the news I was hoping for.

Congratulations an can't wait for the details.

From: Buckhammer
25-Mar-07
Congratulations Jake! Can't wait to see some photos of that monster!

From: CPAhunter
25-Mar-07
Excellent!!!!!

Hope he got it on video.

25-Mar-07
Words cannot express my happiness for Jake and his incredible spirit. With all this support how could he fail.

From: Bearman
25-Mar-07
I will have to say that I really enjoyed this hunt and like everyone else was pulling for Jake ! When I had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night I was even on here looking to see if he checked in !

Wonderful ! and way to go Jake !!

bearman

From: medicinemann
25-Mar-07
Hello everyone, Jake here.

I've just returned to Ulukhaktok and I am staying at my guides house until my flight leaves.....which will either be Tuesday or Thursday. We have a big pile of fur in the middle of the floor, and I believe that many friends and neighbors are coming over to either offer congratulations or to help us skin/flesh the bear.

It would appear that I really got "bit" by the cold yesterday. My left hand (which held the bow) was probably uncovered for 30 minutes at -30. When my fingers work better and I can explain, you'll understand why.....in the meanwhile. the tips of the fingers on the left hand are still numb (36 hours later) and they are pretty badly swollen, and hard to the touch. The natives expect me to some degree of feeling restored by tomorrow.

If anyone with any medical background would like to offer any information, I'd love to hear from you. I've had my share of frostbite before, but nothing like this ....

As soon as my fingers work better, I'll give you my Paul Harvey imitation of "The REST of the story". Right now, everyone is skinning and fleshing. so I am going to go join in......at first estimate, it looks like the skull will be about 24 inches plus or minus an inch.

Gotta run,

"Sausage fingers"

From: Phantom
25-Mar-07
Thanks for sharing! YOU DA MAN!!!

From: BuckSlayer
25-Mar-07
Congrats Jake! I can't wait to hear the whole story. Must be an amazing feeling to have accomplished your long time goal of taking a polar bear. Now to the hand issue. I'm not a doctor, but i live in one of the coldest provinces in Canada, Manitoba, and know a thing or two about frostbite. As a guy that works outside in winter i've been exposed to many of the temps you were expieriencing there. I'm sure most of the people living there will help guide you in the right direction but here are some things that worked for me. First thing is not to put your hand in snow. This is a myth and will do nothing to help you recover from frostbite. Don't rub the area especially if the skin is blistered. This could just cause more skin damage to the now very delicate tissue. Keep hydrated. No Alcohol. This dehydrates the body. Make sure not to refreeze the area. Avoid contact with steel. Soak the hand in warm water 104-108 degrees F. Slowly flex the fingers to encourage circulation. And last, i usually apply Aloe Vera lotion very gently every few hours for a least a few days. It sometimes takes a few days till real feeling returns.

From: Bou'bound
25-Mar-07
take care of those fingers there jake. you're going to need them to type one heck of a long detailed story on the events that led to the demise of that artic monster.

From: BuckSlayer
25-Mar-07
Hope this works for you. I forgot to mention, see a doctor for sever frostbite. Again, congratulations. I'm sure the little bit of pain and discomfort is well worth it. Great Job!

From: Mr Wapiti
25-Mar-07
WOW after following this for the last couple of years this is nice to have an ending with a bear. You know you could have walked away without one but success was gifted to you. many congrats on the hunt and the determination.

From: FlatbowMB
25-Mar-07
Good advice Chad. Frostbite must be taken seriously. I'd also suggest getting ahold of someone at the nearest medical facility (Inuvik? Yellowknife?) ASAP and making them aware of the situation.

From: BB
25-Mar-07
Jake, that's just fantastic. We are all proud of you and happy for you. Those few minutes of excitement will last a lifetime. That's why we do it with a bow. It's so exciting. Congrats. BB

Sounds as if you had a GREAT GREAT bowhunt. BB

From: mmbowhntr
26-Mar-07
Great job Jake. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

MM

From: cassmann
26-Mar-07
Hi Jake Congratulations on that big white monster. I knew you would get one this time because you are always so persistent. The snow is now gone in your home town and all the trout streams have been freshly stocked by the conservation department. The turkeys are gobbling and strutting around just waiting for you. We have been hunting and fishing together for a number of years so please come back safe and we'll start scouting for turkeys. I can't wait to see the video of the bear hunt and hear your stories. Cassman

From: jer
26-Mar-07
CONGRATS!What an adventure,I couldnt wait to get home from work to check for your reports on the hunt. What kind of mount are you going to have done?

From: Bou'bound
26-Mar-07
and when can you get him back in the USA?

From: Owl
26-Mar-07
Very nice, Jake. You have frost bite and lost the feeling in the tip of your left hand but you sign off with a "Yeeha!" :):)

That says it all. A wonderful and momentous occasion. Thanks for taking us along. Can't wait to see the pics and hear the details about baying and killing such a critter. Wow!

From: fuzzy
26-Mar-07
Way to go Jake!

Not to take it (the frostbite)too lightly, but with a multiple-arrow close bowhunt encounter with a great white bear, sounds like you came off with a fairly minumum of injury!

This has to have been the experience of a lifetime, and you certainly have earned it!

From: WWT:Jordan
26-Mar-07
Bou'Bound, He can bring back the skin and skull and stuff like that to be taxidermy-ed but its illegal to bring back the meat.

From: bohuntr
26-Mar-07
Yeeeha is right Jake!!!! Way to go man!!!! Can't wait to hear the unabridged version of ths story and see some pics!!!!

From: dm/wolfskin
26-Mar-07
A big thumbs up! Mike

From: OOBuck
26-Mar-07
There are only 30 polar bears listed in the most recent edition of Pope and Young book. Thats quite an accomplishment Jake, You are in an elite group of men to take a great white bear, Congratulations......

From: Pat Lefemine
26-Mar-07
Jake knows how thrilled I am for him but I don't mind adding to the public comments just the same. I had a polar bear hunt booked and cancelled it when the prices began to rise and the outlook for importation was growing dim. So it's been fun living his hunt through his sat calls. He made an awesome choice to go back and do it one last time. Now it's Ned's turn in April - We'll be pulling for you too Ned!

I hope I'm wrong, but this could be the last couple of guys to ever shoot an importable polar bear. That's why I'm proud to have Bowsite participate from the communications end anyway.

As soon as I get photos and any additional details, I'll post them on the story and alert you here.

Great job again Jake!

26-Mar-07
Great Job Brother! Stuff that big boy and put him in mom's basement and we can make good on that fib you told Timmy Johnson in first grade! It's cool to see and hear you on this website - I'll be watching for your pics! Congrats! LJ P.S. Isn't there something you would like to hunt for in Hawaii (with your lovely sisters)?

From: sharpstick
26-Mar-07
Way to go Jake!

I think it is great that we can all be along on this hunt with you, it is something 99% of us will never get to do.

Again, congratulations.

Sharpstick

From: TD
26-Mar-07
Congrats on the bear. A great tale of perseverance! Never quit, never give up! Thanks for taking us along.

Take care of that hand.

Can't wait "for the rest of the story"! LOL!

From: HeadHunter®
26-Mar-07
I'd like to Thank You Pat for doing these wonderful things for bow hunting and bow hunters! You and your site are trully a modern day Icon and the use of cyber-space have been a great impact on POSITIVE hunting for all of us that love that Tradition and Heritage of hunting. THANK YOU!

Jake....congrats again and Thank You for the daily updates and memories and stories. We can't wait to get The Rest of the Story and some guarded photos....and The Book soon to be published...or at least The Story!

From: Neil Summers
26-Mar-07

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Congarts to Jake. Mark Buehrer and I were pulling for you all the way since the problems from last year.

Bowhunting Safari Consultants has booked 17 clients on polar bear hunts, and 14 clients had harvested bears with no firearm intervention. In 2005, our first client in 15 trips came home without a bear, and working closely with the outfitter, we were able to get him back up on the ice in 2006 where he was successful. In 2006, Jake, alohttpng with one other client were unsuccessful and again, working closely with the outfitter, both got a chance to return and Jake cashed in.....Awesome.

From: 6-GOLD
26-Mar-07
nice going Jake it sure was nice to follow along on your hunt. 6-Gold

From: medicinemann
26-Mar-07
Neil,

I meant to ask you and Mark....have either one of you ever hunted polar bear with Adventure Northwest?

Jake

From: JM
26-Mar-07
Jake,

Where are the pictures?

John

From: medicinemann
26-Mar-07
Jake here. I'm staying at the home of my guide until my flight leaves tomorrow afternoon. BEFORE skinning and fleshing, when the hide is stretched more, the bear squared 276cm by 257cm. I think that is about 9'0" paw to paw, and about 8'8" head to tail, so he should square about an honest 8'10" with no "tugging". The skull is looking to be somewhere in the 24.5 to 25.0 range (green score).

I have some feeling in two of the three fingers that were frozen. but the pinky is still completely numb. I have been immersing the hand in warm water on and off all day.I'm packing tonight (with one hand) and flying to Yellowknife for a day and half. While there, I am going to try to accelerate the process of exporting/importing the hide into the US. I have already contacted Lisa at the USFWS service, and I'll be talking to Boyd at Adventure Northwest tomorrow.

My digital camera cable is at home, so no photos for a while....but here is some of the rest of the story....when we started to approach the bear on the sled, and the dogs are going crazy, I'm trying to get my bow out of the case while we're moving along at a pretty good clip. That's when I discovered that the quiver clip on the bow was split in two. That's also about the time that I noticed that the rubber tubing for the peep sight was snapped in two. Did I mention that the release was frozen shut? Wanna guess what happens if you think that you can pull apart a frozen METAL release (at -30) with your teeth and orthodontia while bouncing around in the back of a sled with a Polar Bear practically running along side? Then I fell off of the sled!! Needless to say, my shots were instinctive and with fingers, and THAT's why it wasn't a one shot kill.

Murphy must have been laughing his butt off....but I got the last laugh, and he who laughs last, laughs best.

From: Bou'bound
26-Mar-07
tell us jake. did you hit the bear or did he die laughing at you?

assuming you actually had to shoot, how far were the shots.

From: iowaarcher74
26-Mar-07
Good Job Jake,That away to bring it home...One of Ned's friends from Iowa here. I know Ned's looking to do the same real soon. Thanks for the great posts and looking forward to the story..Your next Ned.. As you say...RIGHT ON....jay

From: Elkstuffer
26-Mar-07
Congrats Jake!!! Can't wait to see the pic's & hear "the rest of the story". Way to go. Come home safe.

From: Lawt
27-Mar-07
Well done Jake. There is nothing better than a hunting story with some twists. The unpredictability is why we love it...can't wait to relive it w/ you. When do you expect to be home?

From: Buckshot
27-Mar-07
What a trip!!! Getting updates from you was the highlight of my day at work. As like many others, even though I was physically at work, I was up there with you in my mind. Thanks for the adventure!!

From: Owl
27-Mar-07
Jake,

I would love to hear more about your "acclimation training." The harsh climate, to me, is the most facinating and daunting aspect of this hunt - not to dismiss the superhuge, toothy critter ya'll were purposely aggravating:)

From: Butternut40
27-Mar-07
Jake, great job. Look forward to hearing the rest of the story.

From: duckhntr
27-Mar-07
Great Job Jake!!!!!

ps Just say the word and I can hook you up with a sweet recurve :)

Greg

From: medicinemann
27-Mar-07
I continue to have trouble posting long updates to this thread. I'll try one more time....and then bag it until reaching a different facility.

First, if anyone ever tried to hunt in the arctic while wearing orthodontia....contact me....because you have to wear a muffler over your face, and you'll have your gear zipped up as far as it goes, it really presses the braces into your gums. Then add to that the jarring motion of the qamituk, and you can get some pretty significant sores on the inside of your mouth. Take orthodontic wax!!

Second, I have now eaten Polar Bear.....and it is excellent!! I just wish that I was allowed to take it back into the US. The red meat was GREAT. The natives prefer the feet, which is more like knuckles and cartilage-which I also tried. Make mine red meat, please.

I leave for Yellowknife today, and I'll be escorting my guides grandson, Cameron, for the trip. We'll have a blast. When I arrive in Yellowknife, it is time to get serious about the CITES paperwork for importation of the hide into the US. I'll also visit Robertson's and Adventure Northwest.

Because of limited flight availability, I won't get home until Thursday. I'll try to post photos at that time. Hopefully, this post will make it to the forum....

27-Mar-07
Wow. After everything that happened last year and this year, then major equipment failure at the critical moment, it must feel like a dream to have accomplished what you did.

Can't wait to hear the entire story.

27-Mar-07
Congratulations Jake, Thanks for sharing you hunt with us. I will never get to go polar bear hunting but felt like I was in your camp because of you phone calls. I’m looking forward to hear all the details. Again congratulations and thanks for sharing your campfire. And thank you Pat for making this all possible.

From: richie bland
27-Mar-07
Jake, congratulations. As tough as it was to go home without a bear the first trip, you can now appreciate how wonderful it is to accomplish your goals the second time around. As with anything the more effort required, the greater the trophy. Here is something to talk to Greg at Robertson's about; he recommended to me an expeditor in Edmonton that helped me with paperwork, etc. This person also knows quite well a USFWS officer that works at a small importation port in the States. That person is the only USFWS officer at that port and that allows you to talk with this person ahead of time and he will even review all of your paperwork and approve it before the shipper gets your bear to him. That means there is no surprises. He even does the Dept of Ag and other dept inspections. Once my bear was shipped it arrived at his office, was cleared without delay and was sitting at my house in 3 days time. I basically had the confidence of knowing there would be no problems before my bear was inspected. In fact, I knew the exact hour on which day the inspection would occur and I was sitting by my phone with plans for him to call me if there was any questions. Give me a call when you get stateside. I owe you a drink!! richie ps. when Ned gets his bear then none of us have to worry about being Bowhunting Safari Consultants first unsuccessful polar bear hunter. That is one title I was glad to give up.

From: MEAD
27-Mar-07
This was cool to follow. Congratulation on the successful hunt

MEAD

From: cornfed
27-Mar-07
Congrats!

27-Mar-07
I'm currently taking odds and booking bets(if anyone is interested)on the chances of another polar bear hunter wearing braces in the arctic and potentially having the same trouble you did......(note to self....no metal in my mouth at -40c.) Thanks for the advice though! :->

Congrats on your bear, it was a great story to follow.

From: medicinemann
27-Mar-07
Northern Whitetails,

I couldn't agree with you more....the odds are against it....but if I save ONE person from getting the same kind of hamburg that I have on the inside of my mouth, it will have been worth it!!

Now that I am back in Yellowknife, I am going to find a bar, order a Crown Royal and 7-up (Yes, damn it, I going to mix it!!), and have a couple drinks - strictly for medicinal purposes, mind you!

Tomorrow, we'll start the paperwork process.....thanks for the tips, Richie......are you going to P&Y. I'm ready to collect on that drink!!!

JM...tell me about your bear!!

Jake

From: FlatbowMB
27-Mar-07
How're the fingers doing?

From: JM
27-Mar-07
Medicinemann,

I was lucky enough to take this bear on the 7th day of the hunt. We caught the bear out in a huge section of smooth ice near a pressure ridge, there probably wasn’t any rough ice for a couple of hours on a dog sled in any direction (we printed out a satellite photo of the area before we left). We had him bayed up in some of the ice along a pressure ridge and he was taking lunges at the dogs who jumped away just in time. The bear was backed into the ice and I tried to swing around to get a quartering away shot but as I kept moving to the bears left he kept turning toward me. Eventually he was facing me at 30yards and there was nothing between us but air so I decided it was better to move back and place the dogs between me and the bear. I got back on the bears right side and he started paying more attention to the dogs again than me. I still couldn’t get a quartering away shot because the ice blocked the shot. Finally I got a clear broadside shot so I settled the pin behind the shoulder and released. The arrow hit a little back from what I was aiming but I knew it would kill the bear. I quickly shot twice more and the bear stood up and fell over on his back. I didn’t have a tape measure but my guide said that he was sure that he was over 9 feet and said that he thought that he would be closer to 10 than 9 for whatever that is worth. Anyway he is a heck of a bear and I was thrilled with the experience.

John

From: JM
27-Mar-07

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John

From: JM
27-Mar-07

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Medicinemann,

I took a different tactic against the cold than you did. I assumed that water freezes at 32F degrees and I was pretty sure that I would freeze at -30F so I elected to stay warm, no frozen fingers for me : )

John

From: medicinemann
27-Mar-07
JM,

You're KILLING me!! Tell me that you shot your bow with those pizza bags on your hands! I was disappointed that the natives didn't cook more of the polar bear than they did...it was excellent. Now, I have learned the REST of the story. Most white men can't eat that much polar bear without it really upsetting their digestive tract (at least, for the first couple times). They gave me just enough that it wouldn't make me sick. They had it just about perfect...I almost got the runs the next day.....but managed to "gut it out" .....excuse the pun.

I wish that I had the opportunity to wear some caribou hides for my hunt, but they didn't have any that would even remotely begin to fit me. Those suckers are impervious to the cold and the wind!!

Congrats on a great bear!!

Jake

From: JM
27-Mar-07
Medicinemann,

I took the coat and the gloves off and I had some glove liners that I found at REI that were light enough to shoot with but had some wind proofing. I wore the liner from the Northern outfitters jacket under the caribou jacket so I wouldn’t freeze when it came time to shoot. I also kept my release on all the time with it stuffed inside my sleeve or glove plus I kept it with my camera inside my sleeping bag at night.

John

From: medicinemann
27-Mar-07
JM,

I slept with my release on....it never left my wrist during the hunt. Too bad the damn thing FROZE!! LMAO!! Are you going to P&Y?

Jake

From: JM
27-Mar-07
Medicinemann,

I will definitely be at P&Y.

John

From: Tom inPA
28-Mar-07
Jake and John: Congrats to both of you guys. First one is on me at P&Y.

From: medicinemann
28-Mar-07
JM and Tom in Pa,

I am not a member of P&Y, but I understand that I am still allowed to attend. Now that I have free time, I think that I am going to attend. Tom in Pa....I'll take you up on that first one!

Jake

28-Mar-07
JM, congratulations!!!! You two guys make it look easy. Hope I have an opportunity at some point. I told Jake that I have been having many dreams about no bears and melting ice. Hope Jakes hand is doing better. Ned

From: medicinemann
28-Mar-07
Ned,

The fingers are starting to come around a little bit. The pinky is still completely numb, and really swollen, but it is the yellowish color of a blister now. The other fingers look normal, they just have no feeling for the last joint.

I'm flying out of Yellowknife in a couple hours for Edmonton. I'll spend the night in Edmonton, and then fly to Buffalo tomorrow evening. I should be home by 8;30PM, Call whenever you wish and we'll talk in detail.

Jake

28-Mar-07
Jake, I have a continuing education class Thursday night from 6-9 my time. Probably won't be home until 9:30 or 10. Would you try me on the cell around 9 and I can call you back on it to save you a phone bill. If you are going to be up later than that I can call you from home later that night. I have to go to the other side of Iowa early Friday morning for my college roomemate's wedding(I told him he is making a huge mistake) and will be there until Sunday afternoon. I've got to talk with you and don't want to miss ya. Maybe I could claim disability if I get frostbite.

From: medicinemann
28-Mar-07
Ned,

I'll be home by 9:00PM EDT, and I'll be home all evening unpacking. Call me whenever you get home.....it's not like I have to get sleep because I have to work the next day. Just call.....but be prepared to run up a phone bill.....we've got a lot to talk about. Did you get the list that I e-mailed you earlier?

Jake

From: CPAhunter
29-Mar-07
Does anyone else think Jake just might be the toughest S.O.B. on earth? I would venture to guess you are still on cloud nine and the frostbite is no big deal Jake! Congrats again!

From: SERBIANSHARK
29-Mar-07
Absolutely congratulations, and glad your back safe.

dan

From: Orion
29-Mar-07
Alright its Thursday night already! Get off the phone with Ned and get some pictures up here OK! Just Kidding - I guess I can wait a little longer. I'll check back in 10 minutes.

29-Mar-07
Way to go Jake. We can't wait to see the pictures!

Dottie and Chris

From: medicinemann
29-Mar-07
Orion,

It's about Midnight and I just got in. Will try to post some photos tomorrow......

Jake

30-Mar-07
Look'n forward to seeing them!!!

How is your hand?

From: Shuteye
30-Mar-07
Al Gore is gonna be pissed.

From: bohuntr
30-Mar-07
Shuteye, now that there is funny !!!! All along I have been thinking how awesome it was that Jake got his bear this time around and I failed to even see some of the side benefits!!! Sorry Al if it makes you feel better maybe you could go out to Idaho or Montana and hug a couple of wolves!!!

30-Mar-07
Shuteye...maybe since Gore invented the internet he can find a way to delete them! LOL!

Can't wait to see some pics Jake!..hope the fingers are doing ok!

From: TD
30-Mar-07
"Al Gore is gonna be pissed." ROTFLMAO! I spit my coffee on my screen!

Hope the fingers are better, waiting on some pics and the (whole) story. Thanks!

From: Bou'bound
30-Mar-07
come jake photos please............you're killin' us.

it's taking longer to upload the photos than it did to kill that creature.

did you really get one??????????????

30-Mar-07
Jake, My name is nick I met you at HCH in jamestown. I work there and u gave me this website. Thanks alot its a great site and i followed ur hunt from start to finish. Congrats on ur Bear it sounds like a heck of an experience. Nick

From: medicinemann
30-Mar-07
Bou'bound,

I'll be posting photos on the forum on Sunday evening. I have to make sure that they are high definition, per Pat's request. I have four photos in particular that I want to post...1.) Me and the bear 2.) the ring seal that was caught with the seal hook 3.)The guide and me on the dog sled out on the open ice, and 4.) A photo of the dentition of a mature 9' polar bear boar......you ain't gonna believe it!!

Jake

30-Mar-07
Jake, Sorry for our impatience, but we've been waiting a year to see these pictures! Glad you scored and had a good time. How are the fingers?..Ron

From: Bou'bound
31-Mar-07
I want to see the one of you falling off the sled while you were running along side the monster bear while you were untangling the release from your braces and getting frostbite. can you post that one for us too??????????

From: JM
31-Mar-07
It took me a minute but I think “4.) A photo of the dentition of a mature 9' polar bear boar” means he took a picture of his teeth.

When does Ned head out on the ice?

John

From: Pat Lefemine
31-Mar-07
I think Ned heads out in a week or two, but he does not want to do the sat-call feature like Jake did.

Pat

From: JM
31-Mar-07
Pat,

I can understand Ned’s feelings about doing the call. There is a tremendous amount of pressure to be successful on a hunt like this if for nothing else than the monetary cost and this year there is also the prospect that this will be the last year that a bear can be imported into the US. There is something to be said to just sitting back on the dog sled and enjoying the ride and not having any other responsibilities than to hunt. Good luck to Ned!!

John

From: medicinemann
31-Mar-07
JM,

Ned and I both got "bit" last year by the conditions in Wyniatte Bay. I have talked to Ned about this, and while Ned is not a superstitious person, the Inuits have a culture that is based on hundreds of years of tradition.

I think that many of the elders still have a deep respect for the "spirit of the bear", and the intervention of technology may interfere with that respect or that tradition. Since he will in close quarters with his guide, the decision not to use the gear to post anything to the forum probably isn't about having less responsibilities......it's out of respect for the culture of the Inuits.....and the spirit of the bear....IMHO.

Tell what steps you have taken regarding importing your hide into the US.

Jake

From: medicinemann
31-Mar-07
Ned heads out on the ice around April 19-20th....depending on weather, and how quickly his guide wants to get going.....

From: Orion
01-Apr-07
No pictures yet. Must still be working them up in photo-shop to get them just right. Next thing you know they will be expecting us to beleive Neil Armstrong realy did walk on the moon.

From: medicinemann
01-Apr-07
Orion (Mark),

I'm trying my hand at writing about this most recent escapade. I'm going to insert four different photos into the body of the letter, and then paste the whole thing to this thread. It may be late in the day, but I really do hope to have the whole thing done and posted by the end of the day. My house looks like a small WMD was detonated here, and I am trying to clean, then write, then clean some more, then write some more, etc.....but I'll get something on here. I think that you'll find the story worth the wait. Everyone that I have told it to has been quite entertained.

I spoke with a friend of mine yesterday that is a physician. Apparently, (if I understood him correctly), I killed the nerves in my left hand's fingertips. They grow at a rate of about 1 mm per month, and my friend estimated that it would take about six months for me to regain the feeling in the seven fingers that have been affected. The four fingers on my left hand, and three fingers (that a fingers shooter would use) on the right hand are numb all of the time. It's like walking around with your arms asleep. It seems to have affected my typing skills a little bit as well.....but we'll git ur done.

Jake

From: Bou'bound
01-Apr-07

Bou'bound's embedded Photo
Bou'bound's embedded Photo
I understand Jake is incapacitated so we will use this one to tide us over..............

From: Orion
01-Apr-07
Does anyone see the irony in all this? I recall back in my youth gathering around the living room TV, listening to a garbled intermittent radio signal and finally seeing the images of the lunar landing and Armstrong’s leap for mankind. I was in total awe and thought WOW! Could I do that someday?

Now flash forward 38 years and I am gathering around my computer screen daily listening to garbled intermittent radio messages and anticipating the images that will make me say WOW! Could I do that someday?

I’ve always laughed at the conspiracy theory that Armstrong never landed on the moon and the whole thing was just a hoax by NASA to justify their existence. Now today, on April Fools day 2007, Jake and Pat are going to do the same thing. The more I think about it the more I want to believe it was all a hoax. I really didn’t miss out on the great adventures in life did I?

From: Pat Lefemine
01-Apr-07
I have the photos. To save space I have them uploaded to this page. Nice Job Jake !!!!!

From: Pat Lefemine
01-Apr-07

Pat Lefemine's Link
Hit the link

From: medicinemann
01-Apr-07
Pat,

That was hilarious!!

Jake

From: Orion
01-Apr-07
I rest my case!

From: SERBIANSHARK
01-Apr-07

SERBIANSHARK's embedded Photo
SERBIANSHARK's embedded Photo
got the inside scoop, the bear knew him. here's the bear greeting jake.

From: Pat Lefemine
01-Apr-07
ROTFLMAO !

From: Orion
01-Apr-07
Man Jake if you don't get your version of the story on here soon it's going to get ugly!

From: SERBIANSHARK
01-Apr-07

SERBIANSHARK's embedded Photo
SERBIANSHARK's embedded Photo
jake, you never said your guides had wresting skills!!!

and man those are the best looking guides i have ever seen....you lucky dog...

why are you hopping around on that picture? are you trying to get a better angle for the shot?

From: medicinemann
01-Apr-07
What goes around, comes around.....

OK, everyone - now for the "Rest of the story".....

I'm simply going to type directly from my journal.......

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 - Left for the Buffalo airport at 0330. Flights are uneventful. Met Jeff Langer in Edmonton. Went shed hunting and had dinner together...sure a lot better than sitting in the airport with a seven hour layover. Arrived in Yellowknife around 2130 hrs. Glen Walsh was waiting. Glen took me to the Hotel where I dropped off my gear. He also picked up some hand warmers ("MY HOT") for me, they are different from the ones that were used last year....I hope that they work OK. The ones that I used last year were designed to last for up to 12 hours....they were called HEAT TREATS, made by Heat Factory, I believe.

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Glen picked me up at 0700 hrs. Went to Adventure Northwest (AN), and used their computer for a couple hours. Paid Terry for the hand warmers and one other outstanding bill. Glen took me to the airport.

Arrived at the airport in Ulukhaktok at 1330 hours. Walter Olifie, Isaac Aleekuk, and Jack Kataoyak were waiting there for me. I went to the hotel and checked in. Bought my polar bear license and my wolf tag (just in case we got a repeat of last year). Went to the Helen Kalyak high school and said "hello" to the people that let me use their computer equipment last year.....Harold Reardon and Chip Bryant.

Friday, March 16th, 2007 - Weather not good enough to travel. Stayed at school most of the day and used one of their computers. Isaac came over later in the day and took me over to his house. Met his family and used his computer some more (as the school had closed for the weekend). Went back to the hotel around 2130 hrs.

Saturday, March 17th, 2007 - Isaac picked me up and took me to his house while Walter, Jack, and Isaac made preparations to depart. I had some toast and coffee- and used his computer. Met his wife, Agnes, and his grandson (or nephew?), Dustin.

Departed around 1100 hours. Sure was an easy ride compared to last year, but still bone jarring and bumpy as hell. It seems to be about 10 degrees colder than my hunt to Wyniatte Bay, obviously a function of traveling north one month earlier in the season. Saw there sets of tracks on the way to our proposed camping area....all are fairly fresh, and in the 6-7 foot range.

Meat and soup for dinner. Sun set around 1945 hrs. No northern lights. The traveling conditions sure are different from year - at least, so far. We didn't have to travel 270 miles (one way) over the rocky interior of the island. There are many stretches of reasonable smooth ice.....but where there IS rough sea ice, holly cow....it is a turquoise or aquamarine color, and in some places it must be stacked 20 feet tall, or higher. Climbing it to glass can be dicey, even dangerous....because if you slip or slide, and fall onto a lower piece of ice and use your hands/arms to break your fall, your bowhunt could end sooner than you want. We saw a raven, supposed to be a sign of good luck.

Sunday, March 18th, 2007 - I saw another raven. Tried to go to Walter's favorite spot to glass for bears, which is west of the lowest E-W trending lobe of Victoria Island.....NO WAY! That frigginf sea ice muct be 30 feet tall and wraps around the landmass as far as you can get. We aren't getting to the open ocean by going THIS way. We turned around and headed back towards Prince Albert Sound. We cut the tracks of a sow and a cub and a nine foot boar!! His tracks were older than the sows/cubs......I'm guessing 3-4 days old. Lots of smooth ice in some places....just not where we wanted. Fatty steak and mashed potatoes for dinner. Good food. Saw one arctic fox.

Monday, March 19th, 2007 - For the third day in a row, we have bluebird weather. Not much wind and sunny, but still quite cold....probably -25 to -30 degrees all day. Saw that raven again....no bears seen yet, and no tracks of any sort seen today.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 - We continue to cover a lot of ice hoping to either find a way to the open ocean ice, or some fresh bear tracks. We seem to be spending quite a bit of time in the general vicinity of the Horizon Islands. The newer, thinner ice seems to be further to the west. The Inuits believe that there may even be some open water.....this is based on the a particular type of cloud formation that is sometimes visible very low on the horizon. Walter instinctively seems to continue to be most interested in heading as far west as we can get. I think that everyone is surprised by the amount of snowmobile that we have seen....probably from the previous hunter and his guide(s). No really fresh tracks, no really mature bear tracks. We set some seal hooks in the breathing holes of some ring seals....we need meat to feed the dogs. No luck catching one of them yet, either.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 - Out travels today brought us within a couple miles of the Horizon Islands...this is the closest that we have gotten to them yet. While glassing from a high point on the rough sea ice, we saw two sets of fairly fresh bear tracks - a sow and 6' cub. We also spotted a seal that out of the ice. Walter stalked within gun range and shot at the seal. Based on blood at the hole, it was obvious that he had hit it somewhere....but it made it to its hole escaped.

Walter was probably 5 miles from us (we were watching the stalk through my spotting scope). Upon his return he told us that he had seen the freshest tracks of a mature boar since we hit the ice. He's out there somewhere!!

Upon returning to camp, we swung by the seal hooks that we had set, and sure enough, we'd snagged a a ring seal!!The Ring Seal is about 5 - 5.5 feet long and probably weighed about 100 pounds. Jack Kataoyak pulled up on the rope that bound the treble hook to the cross brace that was straddling the hole (above the breathing hole, out on the ice). When the seals head cleared the water, Walter hit him in the head with blunt end of a hatchet.

As Jack tried to pull the seal out of the hole, the treble hook pulled through his flipper. However, since the animal dazed by Walter's blow to the head, it remained at the top of the breathing hole just long enough for Jack to re-snag with the treble hook, and for Walter to turn the hatchet blade around and hit him right between the eyes. Needless to say, now we have a quite a blood trail near the seal's breathing hole.

One the seal was dead, we tied the seal hook to the back of a sled and dragged it back to camp....with the dogs going berserk the entire time. If a bear should happen to cross this trail, we will definitely have a visitor.....and we finished the butchering exactly 34 yards from the front of the tent. My bow and arrow is just outside the tent, to the left of the tent flap....and my release is strapped to my wrist.

About 2200 hours that evening, in the last minutes of twilight, the assistant guide, Isaac, is outside making a nature call when I hear him yell from just outside the tent!! He had swung his headlamp around and saw a pair of beady eyes over the seal kill......false alarm....it was just an arctic fox. But for a few minutes, it REALLY got the blood pumping.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - In the event that I needed to make a "nature call" today, I build myself an "igloo outhouse". It took me about 20 minutes, and while it was no work of art, it was very effective in shielding my butt from the wind, when the appropriate time did arrive.

It's another gorgeous day in the arctic today. We covered a lot of ice, but only saw a few old tracks UNTIL late in the day when we ventured slightly west of the Horizon Islands. We immediately started to see newer, fresher, and even BIGGER tracks. I just know that we'll check this area out tomorrow, as Isaac told Colin, the hunt coordinator (via short wave radio) what we had found later in the day. It is still rather unnerving to see the ice "flex" in front of the weight of the sled.....the ice is about 5 inches think in the area where the highest concentration of seal sign and bear tracks were observed. Where the ice has cracked, the fissures has filled with salt water that has just started to refreeze.

Friday, March 23rd, 2007 - I woke up this morning to what the Lnuits would call a white-out. Visibility was about 1-2 miles, as opposed to the normal 20-30 miles. It's only about -30, but the wind gusts are reported to be in the 40-60 range over the radio.....nasty windchills!! When I came out of the tent this morning, I could see another group of qamituks, dogs, and snowmobiles about 600 yards to the north.

Apparently, when Isaac radioed our succeess in finding fresh bear sign, the newest hunter's guide (Louie), must have been monitoring the radio. After a brief "discussion" with Jack Kataoyak over the 600 yard span, the other group packed up and headed east....directly away from the area where we were preparing to go. 3,000 square miles of ice, and we have the only two polar bear hunters (one with gun, one with bow), separated by 600 yards.....jeesh.

1400 hours - your KOLD weather update....the winds have died down, the sun is out, and we are going scouting to the west of Horizon Island!!....as we are going to scout just as far as we can go.....but we aren't pulling camp. We've sent Jack back to Ulukhaktok to get more naptha for the Coleman stoves, a new lantern, a better sleeping bag for Walter, and maybe a little more fuel.

Evening update- Wow!! We found some newer, thinner ice west of the horizon Islands. There were seals working on their tan lines (well, OK, they were just sunning themselves on the ice), and quite a bit of fresh bear sign....mostly sows and cubs.....notice the word, "mostly"? There is a BIG bear out there, but he seems to be reclusive, and he is hanging around the rough sea ice most of the time....that is his best cover.....

It is quite interesting, but still unnerving to see the ice "flex" under the weight of the qamituk. However, the guides have tested the ice with this long metal probe, and it is 5-6 inches think. They are quite comfortable traveling on that ice...I guess that the ice from fresh water has a completely different yield strength from that of ice which has frozen from sea water.....

We only spent a couple hours in the area before heading back to camp(because of the inclement weather earlier in the day). Nonetheless, you can bet that we'll be back here tomorrow......weather permitting. Because of our incident with Louie his morning, our evening report to the hunt coordinator might have omiited some of our more interesting findings of the afternoon.

Satruday, March 24th, 2007 - Obviously, we are pretty pumped up by the number of seals and the amount of fresh bear sign that we saw yesterday. We left camp around 0930, a full hour earlier than what I had become accustomed to....and I was elated to get an "earlier" start....that tells me that my Inuit guides are almost as excited as I am. After travelingabout 45 minutes, we've probably covered about 6-9 miles over the ice. Suddenly, I can see a trail of bear tracks ahead of the sled. We are going to cross them.In view of the recent high winds wiping the surface of the ice clean of tracks, you've got to assume the these tracks are less than 6 hours old.

When we get up to the tracks, the front paw is about 8" to 8.5" wide. The rule of thumb for them, is that once a track exceeds 5", you take the with of the track (in inches) and one to it....that is squared size of your bear.....remember, this is JUST a rule of thumb(ROT). We're looking at the tracks of a 9' to a 9.5' foot boar polar bear that crossed out path with less than a six hour head start. You know that the tracks are pretty damn fresh because you still were the hair from the bottom of the bears paw dragged the snow out of the track. That is one of the first parts of the bear track to fade with time.....

Walter turns the sled and we begin to follow the tracks. We are going as fast as we can go, trying to catch up to the bear that made these tracks!! I can't help but notice that we running parallel to some incredibly rough sea ice....only 250 yards to the east of us (on our left), as we are heading south, about 8 miles west of the Horizon Islands.We had running for about 20-30 minutes, when suddenly I hear something yelled in INUIT, and it ends with the word that I desparately wanted to hear.....NANOOK!!

I peer around, and all I can see, about 150 yards ahead of us, is an igloo......with feet!! This frigging bear is so damn big, and so wide, that I thought that the curve of his ass was a small igloo!! It seemed like it took FOREVER to close this 150 yards- including one quick stop to release two dogs to bay the bear. As we started to FINALLY gain on the bear, I'm told to get my bow ready.

I RIP open the bow case and grab my bow. In order ot do so, I had to remove the huge "mittens" that I have been wearing for the past 8 days. I have a sheer pair of polypropylene gloves on underneath. My Mathews Custom Safari bow has a wooden handle, but it doesn't go all the way around the bow where I grip it. Because my hand was rather warm inside of the Northern Outfitters (NO) bulky handgear, there was probably just a little bit of moisture. At -32C, grabbing your bow with a slightly damp, warm polyproylene glove is probably NOT the best idea. However, when you are gaining on a 9' polar bear, adrenaline has something to say about what is cold, and what is not cold....besides, this isn't going to take that long, and I have been "acclimating"......RRRRRIGHT!!!!

When the fingertipshit the front of the bow grip where the composite handle was exposed, I could feel the instantaneous "bonding" of fabric and bow. I was SO pumped, I couldn't have cared less - at the time. We're now less than 100 yards from bear and the two dogs that were released are closing fast - Nine foot bears don't run per se.....they have this shuffling waddle, but they can still cover the ground - as the dogs close. I go to clip my 6 arrow quiveron the the side of my bow. That is when I notice that the quiver clip which is attached to the bow, has split in two, vertically. No where to clip the quiver. NO PROBLEM.....a little thing like this or a cold hand doesn't even qualify for Murphy's law - yet. I pry my glove (and fingers) off of the front of the bow, and slide the quiver into my grip - suddenly my fingers are acting rather sluggish, but they hold the quiver, and when I grip tight, they "reattach" to the front, non-wood composite part of the bow handle.

At this time, I hear yelling - I don't remember anything but an Inuit voice telling me to get an arrow into that bear because he's going to turn and head towards that rough sea ice ANY second.....and now it is only 100 yards away. I slide my SCOTT Mongoose release out from under my sleeve where it was been residing for the past 8 days. Remember that moisture on the glove on my left hand? What do you think happens to a metallic archery release when it goes from the inside of a nice warm sleeve (on the arm of someone who has been acclimating - HA!!) to -32C with a 10 mph windchill? That's right sportsfans ...it freezes instantly!! My left hand is holding the bow and the quiver (I hope), and it is virtually "welded" to them by the frozen moisture....therefore, I can't open the release with my left hand. My release is strapped to my right hand - that isn't going to work either.What else can I use? (remember this is all happening while moving at 10 mph trying to catch up to a 1,000-1,200 pound carnivore).

How many of us haven't tried to pry something open with our teeth at one point in time or another?Remember the kid in the Christmas movie (something about a BB gun) that licks a frozen flagpole? That scene is painfully etched in my mind, but we all KNOW what I have to do.....despite a mouthful of orthodontia, despite bouncing along in a qamituk at 10mph, despite being parallel to a half ton carnivore, despite the fact it is only 100 yards away from sea ice that is 20 feet tall and will hide him like a pine thicket hides a trophy deer.....I have to get that release on the string without gluing it to my mouth first. I try to open the release, in the back of a bucking bronco...er....qamituk WITHOUT touching the non-enamel portions of my mouth. Needless to say, the damn thing got caught in the braces. MURPHY'S LAW is now fully engaged, and gaining momentum. What would any serious bowhunter do at this point in time? You say "Screw the release".

So I did.....I sure hope that my orthodontist (Jim Larson) doesn't ever read this - I pulled the release out of my mouth....not knowing or caring about what braces may or may not be attached to it. Plan "B", we're now a fingers shooter for the remainder of this episode....but despite shooting 5,000 arrows to prepare for this hunt.....not ONE arrow was shot with fingers.

Things are getting exciting now. The dogs have closed on the bear and just as the sled almost comes to a halt, I jump off.....just in time to see the bear backhand one of the dogs with the backside of his paw. The 100 pound dog does a double backflip (I scored it a 2.4 for level of difficulty) and SCURRIES behind the sled, with #2 dog in close pursuit. Remember, how many of the dogs in ULukhaktok died over the last year? This included Walter's two prima donna bear dogs.....and the stand-ins have decided that this wasn't in the agreement when they signed on for a wilderness adventure. Again, I hear an INUIT vioce screaming "JUST GET AN ARROW IN HIM!!"

The bear is now 20 yards away and is starting to turn and head for the rough sea ice. I draw with my fingers and notice that the rubber shrink tubing that rotates my peep sight, has pulled off of the back of the peep post. No quiver holder, no release, no dogs, and now....no sights. MURPHY is now on the ice, soiling himself. I have a large, thick beaver hat on my head. When I draw the bow, my fingers anchor point is on the OUTSIDE of the hat, an inch away from my head, which I instinctively (excuse the pun) know will make me shoot to the left. The bear is running from left to right......and my fingers are so sore from all this typing, that I think I'll finish this tomorrow or the day after - I hope....as I am leaving for Tortola on Tuesday evening. See? It's not NICE to bust someones chops when you want the REST of the story......

I sure hope these fingers can recover over the next day or two, as I 'll be in Tortola for a week, with no computer..... stay tuned.

From: Bou'bound
01-Apr-07
great job jake! we knew you'd do it

From: medicinemann
01-Apr-07
Bou',

TRUST me when I tell you that the story hasn't even gotten interesting yet!! Stay tuned.....

Jake

From: 2tuna
01-Apr-07
OoooooWheeeee... GREAT freaking post!!! ( and a bit of a plug for the traditional shooters in the audience today)

Now, drink a quart of good black coffee and get this thing DONE.

Please!

From: medicinemann
01-Apr-07
2tuna,

As much as I typed today, I have that much MORE to type before I complete this article. I'll complete it, and include photographs - tomorrow. I'm glad that you have enjoyed it thus far....I'll clean up the typos before finishing it tomorrow.....

Jake

From: FlatbowMB
01-Apr-07
Great read so far! Thanks.

From: noraCAnora
01-Apr-07
Congrats Jake ! !

Wow! Thanks for taking us along with you on the hunt! ! Looking forward to the picturs...

Ned's little sister Nora.

From: BuckSlayer
01-Apr-07
UNFREAK'N BELIEVEABLE! Just when the story is getting GOOD, now we got to wait....AGAIN! Great story so far Jake. You have your audience right where you want them.

From: primitve
02-Apr-07
Jake.... With a recurve or longbow you would of been done with the story. Geesh. Congrats on the bear, I was in BC for a week so its good to get caught up! Post the damn pictures you savage.....

From: FlatbowMB
02-Apr-07
Don't worry Jake - we've got your back!

By the way, was this the brand of release that you were using....?

From: FlatbowMB
02-Apr-07

Photo Sharing andFlatbowMB's Link

From: medicinemann
02-Apr-07
Flatbow,

UR Killing me!!

Actually, the day that I got my braces, my friend (who also happens to be my orthodontist) told me that the PINK rubber bands would move my teeth faster.....needless to say.....I told him that we'd be using clear bands.

Luckily, I'd been warned about that particular practical joke.

Jake

02-Apr-07
All I can say is "wow".

Love a good story. I never get good stories from people with all the details. Can't tell you how disappointed I am when a buddy kills a deer and I ask "what happened?". They say "I shot him".

It's ALL in the details.

02-Apr-07
Jake, Hope your hand is doing better. You have me thinking about that alot. I will have to remember to cover my hands immediately after the shot(s) in order to prevent frostbite. I can't afford to mess with my fingers. I need them to work. Good thing you are retired. They should be fine by the time you shoot your elephant. In response to updating the forum, I would still like to do it in some capacity. I have already talked with Jake about it. It does not have to do with technology but with respect to the Inuit culture and belief. I am not superstitious, however, I want to abide by their belief in most respects. Jake may be willing to update my hunt as often as he can. I would like to call him daily if the opportunity arises and seek advice along with moral support. I can inform him about what is happening and he can post it on the forum. We all know that Jake is a talented story teller. It would be a Jake's discretion. If he can and is willing, it would be a neat way for everybody to be included with my hunt as well. Crap have to go for now. Ned

From: CPAhunter
02-Apr-07
Holy Sh*t!

From: dennisomfs
02-Apr-07
...can't add much but heartfelt congrats for a hard earned trophy and a whale of a tale!!

From: TradTech
02-Apr-07
....edge of my seat reading this great story...scroll down looking for at least another paragraph...notice that the end can't be crammed into a sentence or two...crying outloud in wincing mental anguish!!!!

...it's one of those "stay tuned" closures!

ROTFLMAO!!!!

Jake - ya' really know how to keep us "at bay"!

Great story...thus far! LOL

From: Jumping Frog
02-Apr-07
Message from Jake...He's having trouble getting on the internet..If he cant restore service by tommorrow he wont be able to finish the 'story' untill next week. Sorry

From: tylers dad
03-Apr-07
excuses, excuses!!!

From: medicinemann
03-Apr-07
Jake here. I am at the public library because I lost my ISP yesterday afternoon. I have a service call in for today....it's looking pretty "iffy" right now, and I leave for Tortola tonight. I'll be back on the 11th. I have the rest of the story typed in my word processor, I just don't have the photos inserted into it yet.

I might be able to copy the remainder of the article to a disk, and swing by a public library before I head to the airport, and post it to the forum. Should I wait to post it next week, and include the photos? Or do I post the text of the story now.....and post the photos upon my return next week?

Any thoughts one way or the other?

OH, Gary Young, the gun hunter that was up there when I left, scored on an 8.5 ft bear yesterday....I don't know exactly where he got his bear.

From: chip
03-Apr-07
Hey Jake-This waiting really sucks!!!!!!!! You are nothing more than a tease. The only way to make it right with us is to fly us down to Tortola and over Pina Coladas tell us the remainder of the story. If I am not mistaken you are hunting elephant this summer. I trust you will have the kinks worked out by then. Have a great time in Tortola.

From: Orion
03-Apr-07
We've already seen the pictures. Pat posted them remember. Now the story.

From: Jimbob
03-Apr-07
lets here the story, I can't wait any longer

From: SERBIANSHARK
03-Apr-07

SERBIANSHARK's embedded Photo
SERBIANSHARK's embedded Photo
the story please....or else....lol

From: Benton
03-Apr-07
Post the story if you can!

From: CPAhunter
03-Apr-07
I wouldn't bother with the rest of the story Jake. We already know how it ends anyways :)

03-Apr-07

juneaulongbow's Link
Thought some of you may be interested. We have a House Resolution up today regarding Nanook.

From: medicinemann
03-Apr-07
I have hopefully corrected the typos that were in the first half of the article, and this is the entire story from beginning to end. You'll have to scroll down if you don't want to re-read the first half which was already posted.....

I'll be back from Tortola next Thursday. I'll post the photos and some narrative for each picture upon my return. I hope that you enjoy the article. OK, everyone - with no further adieu, now the rest of the "Rest of the story".....

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 - Left for the Buffalo airport at 0330. Flights are uneventful. Met Jeff Langer in Edmonton. Went shed hunting and had dinner together...sure a lot better than sitting in the airport with a seven hour layover. Arrived in Yellowknife around 2130 hrs. Glen Walsh was waiting. Glen took me to the Hotel where I dropped off my gear. He also picked up some hand warmers ("MY HOT") for me, they are different from the ones that were used last year....I hope that they work OK. The ones that I used last year were designed to last for up to 12 hours....they were called HEAT TREATS, made by Heat Factory, I believe.

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Glen picked me up at 0700 hrs. Went to Adventure Northwest (AN), and used their computer for a couple hours. Paid Terry for the hand warmers and one other outstanding bill. Glen took me to the airport. Arrived at the airport in Ulukhaktok at 1330 hours. Walter Olifie, Isaac Aleekuk, and Jack Kataoyak were waiting there for me. I went to the hotel and checked in. Bought my polar bear license and my wolf tag (just in case we got a repeat of last year). Went to the Helen Kalyak high school and said "hello" to the people that let me use their computer equipment last year.....Harold Reardon and Chip Bryant.

Friday, March 16th, 2007 - Weather not good enough to travel. Stayed at school most of the day and used one of their computers. Isaac came over later in the day and took me over to his house. Met his family and used his computer some more (as the school had closed for the weekend). Went back to the hotel around 2130 hrs.

Saturday, March 17th, 2007 - Isaac picked me up and took me to his house while Walter, Jack, and Isaac made preparations to depart. I had some toast and coffee- and used his computer. Met his wife, Agnes, and his grandson (or nephew?), Dustin.

Departed around 1100 hours. Sure was an easy ride compared to last year, but still bone jarring and bumpy as hell. It seems to be about 10 degrees colder than my hunt to Wyniatte Bay, obviously a function of traveling north one month earlier in the season. Saw three sets of tracks on the way to our proposed camping area....all are fairly fresh, and in the 6-7 foot range. Meat and soup for dinner. Sun set around 1945 hrs. No northern lights.

The traveling conditions sure are different from year - at least, so far. We didn't have to travel 270 miles (one way) over the rocky interior of the island. There are many stretches of reasonably smooth ice.....but where there IS rough sea ice, holy cow!....it is a turquoise or aquamarine color, and in some places it must be stacked 20 feet tall, or higher. Climbing it to glass can be dicey, even dangerous....because if you slip or slide, and fall onto a lower piece of ice and use your hands/arms to break your fall, your bowhunt could end sooner than you want. We saw a raven, supposed to be a sign of good luck.

Sunday, March 18th, 2007 - I saw another raven. Tried to go to Walter's favorite spot to glass for bears, which is west of the lowest E-W trending lobe of Victoria Island.....NO WAY! That frigging sea ice must be 30 feet tall and wraps around the landmass as far as you can see. We aren't getting to the open ocean by going THIS way. We turned around and headed back towards Prince Albert Sound. We cut the tracks of a sow and a cub and a nine foot boar!! His tracks were older than the sows/cubs......I'm guessing 3-4 days old. Lots of smooth ice in some places....just not where we wanted it. Fatty steak and mashed potatoes for dinner. Good food. Saw one arctic fox.

Monday, March 19th, 2007 - For the third day in a row, we have bluebird weather. Not much wind and sunny, but still quite cold....probably -25 to -30 degrees all day. Saw that raven again....no bears seen yet, and no tracks of any sort seen today.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 - We continue to cover a lot of ice hoping to either find a way to the open ocean ice, or some fresh bear tracks. We seem to be spending quite a bit of time in the general vicinity of the Horizon Islands. The newer, thinner ice seems to be further to the west. The Inuits believe that there may even be some open water.....this is based on the a particular type of cloud formation that is sometimes visible very low on the horizon. Walter instinctively seems to continue to be most interested in heading as far west as we can get. I think that everyone is surprised by the amount of snowmobile tracks that we have seen....probably from the previous hunter and his guide(s). No really fresh tracks, no really mature bear tracks. We set some seal hooks in the breathing holes of some ring seals....we need meat to feed the dogs. No luck catching one of them yet, either.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 - Our travels today brought us within a couple miles of the Horizon Islands...this is the closest that we have gotten to them yet. While glassing from a high point on the rough sea ice, we saw two sets of fairly fresh bear tracks - a sow and 6' cub. We also spotted a seal that was out of the water and laying on the ice. Walter stalked within gun range and shot at the seal. Based on blood at the hole, it was obvious that he had hit it somewhere....but it made it to its hole escaped.

Walter was probably 5 miles from us (we were watching the stalk through my spotting scope). Upon his return he told us that he had seen the freshest tracks of a mature boar since we hit the ice. He's out there somewhere!!

Upon returning to camp, we swung by the seal hooks that we had set, and sure enough, we'd snagged a ring seal!! The seal is about 5 - 5.5 feet long and probably weighed about 100 pounds. Jack Kataoyak pulled up on the rope that bound the treble hook to the cross brace that was straddling the hole (above the breathing hole, out on the ice). When the seal's head cleared the water, Walter hit him in the head with blunt end of a hatchet.

As Jack tried to pull the seal out of the hole, the treble hook pulled through his flipper. However, since the animal was dazed by Walter's blow to the head, it remained at the top of the breathing hole just long enough for Jack to re-snag it with the treble hook, and for Walter to turn the hatchet blade around and hit him right between the eyes. Needless to say, now we have a quite a blood trail near the seal's breathing hole.

Once the seal was dead, we tied the seal hook to the back of a sled and dragged it back to camp....with the dogs going berserk the entire time. If a bear should happen to cross this trail, we will definitely have a visitor.....and we finished the butchering exactly 34 yards from the front of the tent. My bow and arrow is just outside the tent, to the left of the tent flap....and my release is strapped to my wrist.

About 2200 hours that evening, in the last minutes of twilight, the assistant guide, Isaac, is outside making a nature call when I hear him yell from just outside the tent!! He had swung his headlamp around and saw a pair of beady eyes over the seal kill......false alarm....it was just an arctic fox. But for a few minutes, it REALLY got the blood pumping.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - In the event that I needed to make a "nature call" today, I build myself an "igloo outhouse". It took me about 20 minutes, and while it was no work of art, it was very effective in shielding my butt from the wind, when the appropriate time did arrive.

It's another gorgeous day in the arctic today. We covered a lot of ice, but only saw a few old tracks UNTIL late in the day when we ventured slightly west of the Horizon Islands. We immediately started to see newer, fresher, and even BIGGER tracks. I just know that we'll check this area out tomorrow, as Isaac told Colin, the hunt coordinator (via short wave radio) what we had found later in the day. It is still rather unnerving to see the ice "flex" in front of the weight of the sled.....the ice is about 5 inches think in the area where the highest concentration of seal sign and bear tracks were observed. Where the ice has cracked, the fissures have been filled with salt water that has just started to refreeze.

Friday, March 23rd, 2007 - I woke up this morning to what the Lnuits would call a white-out. Visibility was about 1-2 miles, as opposed to the normal 20-30 miles. It's only about -30, but the wind gusts are reported to be in the 40-60 range over the radio.....nasty windchills!! When I came out of the tent this morning, I could see another group of qamituks, dogs, and snowmobiles about 600 yards to the north.

Apparently, when Isaac radioed our success in finding fresh bear sign, the newest hunter's guide (Louie), must have been monitoring the radio. After a brief "discussion" with Jack Kataoyak over the 600 yard span, the other group packed up and headed east....directly away from the area where we were preparing to go. 3,000 square miles of ice, and we have the only two polar bear hunters (one with gun, one with bow), separated by 600 yards.....jeesh.

1400 hours - your KOLD weather update....the winds have died down, the sun is out, and we are going scouting to the west of Horizon Island!!.... we are going to scout just as far as we can go.....but we aren't pulling camp. We've sent Jack back to Ulukhaktok to get more naptha for the Coleman stoves, a new lantern, a better sleeping bag for Walter, and maybe a little more fuel.

Evening update- Wow!! We found some newer, thinner ice west of the horizon Islands. There were ring seals working on their tan lines (well, OK, they were just sunning themselves on the ice), and quite a bit of fresh bear sign....mostly sows and cubs.....notice the word, "mostly"? There is a BIG bear out there, but he seems to be reclusive, and he is hanging around the rough sea ice most of the time....that is his best cover.....

It is quite interesting, but still unnerving to see the ice "flex" under the weight of the qamituk. However, the guides have tested the ice with this long metal probe, and it is 5-6 inches think. They are quite comfortable traveling on that ice...I guess that the ice from fresh water has a completely different yield strength from that of ice which has frozen from sea water.....

We only spent a couple hours in the area before heading back to camp(because of the inclement weather earlier in the day). Nonetheless, you can bet that we'll be back here tomorrow......weather permitting. Because of our incident with Louie his morning, our evening report to the hunt coordinator might have omiited some of our more interesting findings of the afternoon.

Saturday, March 24th, 2007 - Obviously, we are pretty pumped up by the number of seals and the amount of fresh bear sign that we saw yesterday. We left camp around 0930, a full hour earlier than what I had become accustomed to....and I was elated to get an "earlier" start....that tells me that my Inuit guides are almost as excited as I am. After traveling about 45 minutes, we've probably covered 6-9 miles over the ice. Suddenly, I can see a trail of bear tracks ahead of the sled. We are going to cross them. In view of the recent high winds wiping the surface of the ice clean of tracks, you've got to assume the these tracks are less than 6 hours old.

When we get up to the tracks, the front paw is about 8" to 8.5" wide. The rule of thumb for them, is that once a track exceeds 5", you take the width of the track (in inches) and add one to that number....that is squared size of your bear.....remember, this is JUST a rule of thumb(ROT). We're looking at the tracks of a 9' to a 9.5' foot boar polar bear that crossed our path with less than a six hour head start. You know that the tracks are pretty damn fresh because you can still see where the hair from the bottom of the bears paw dragged the snow out of the track. That is one of the first parts of the bear track to fade with time.....

Walter turns the sled and we begin to follow the tracks. We are going as fast as we can go, trying to catch up to the bear that made these tracks!! I can't help but notice that we running parallel to some incredibly rough sea ice....only 250 yards to the east of us (on our left), as we are heading south, about 8 miles west of the Horizon Islands. We had been running for about 20-30 minutes, when suddenly I hear something yelled in INUIT, and it ends with the word that I desperately wanted to hear.....NANOOK!!

I peer around, and all I can see, about 150 yards ahead of us, is an igloo......with feet!! This frigging bear is so damn big, and so wide, that I thought that the curve of his ass was a small igloo!! It seemed like it took FOREVER to close this 150 yards- including one quick stop to release two dogs to bay the bear. As we started to FINALLY gain on the bear, I'm told to get my bow ready. I RIP open the bow case and grab my bow. In order to do so, I had to remove the huge "mittens" that I have been wearing for the past 8 days. I have a sheer pair of polypropylene gloves on underneath.

My Mathews Custom Safari bow has a wooden handle, but it doesn't go all the way around the bow where I grip it. Because my hand was rather warm inside of the Northern Outfitters (NO) bulky handgear, there was probably just a little bit of moisture. At -32C, grabbing your bow with a slightly damp, warm polyproylene glove is probably NOT the best idea. However, when you are gaining on a 9' polar bear, adrenaline has something to say about what is cold, and what is not cold....besides, this isn't going to take that long, and I have been "acclimating"......RRRRRIGHT!!!!

When the fingertips hit the front of the bow grip where the composite handle was exposed, I could feel the instantaneous "bonding" of fabric and bow. I was SO pumped, I couldn't have cared less - at the time. We're now less than 100 yards from bear and the two dogs that were released are closing fast - Nine foot bears don't run per se.....they have this shuffling waddle, but they can still cover the ground - as the dogs close.

I go to clip my 6 arrow quiver on the the side of my bow. That is when I notice that the quiver clip which is attached to the bow, has split in two, vertically. No where to clip the quiver. NO PROBLEM.....a little thing like this or a cold hand doesn't even qualify for Murphy's law - yet. I pry my glove (and fingers) off of the front of the bow, and slide the quiver into my grip - suddenly my fingers are acting rather sluggish, but they hold the quiver, and when I grip tight, they "reattach" to the front, non-wood composite part of the bow handle.

At this time, I hear yelling - I don't remember anything but an Inuit voice telling me to get an arrow into that bear because he's going to turn and head towards that rough sea ice ANY second.....and now it is only 100 yards away. I slide my SCOTT Mongoose release out from under my sleeve where it was been residing for the past 8 days. Remember that moisture on the glove on my left hand? What do you think happens to a metallic archery release when it goes from the inside of a nice warm sleeve (on the arm of someone who has been acclimating - HA!!) to -32C with a 10 mph windchill? That's right, sportsfans ...it freezes instantly!! My left hand is holding the bow and the quiver (I hope), and it is virtually "welded" to them by the frozen moisture.... therefore, I can't open the release with my left hand. My release is strapped to my right hand - that isn't going to work either. What else can I use? (remember this is all happening while moving at 10 mph trying to catch up to a 1,000-1,200 carnivore).

How many of us haven't tried to pry something open with our teeth at one point in time or another? Remember the kid in the Christmas movie (something about a BB gun) that licks a frozen flagpole? That scene is painfully etched in my mind, but we all KNOW what I have to do.....despite a mouthful of orthodontia, despite bouncing along in a qamituk at 10mph, despite being parallel to a half ton carnivore, despite the fact it is only 100 yards away from sea ice that is 20 feet tall and will hide him like a pine thicket hides a trophy deer.....I have to get that release on the string without gluing it to my mouth first. I try to open the release, in the back of a bucking bronco...er....qamituk WITHOUT touching the non-enamel portions of my mouth. Needless to say, the damn thing got caught in the braces. MURPHY'S LAW is now fully engaged, and gaining momentum. What would any serious bowhunter do at this point in time?

You say "Screw the release". So I did.....I sure hope that my orthodontist (Jim Larson) doesn't ever read this - I pulled the release out of my mouth....not knowing or caring about what braces may or may not be attached to it. Plan "B" is now engaged – we are now a fingers shooter for the remainder of this episode....but despite shooting 5,000 arrows to prepare for this hunt.....not ONE arrow was shot with fingers.

Things are getting exciting now. The dogs have closed on the bear and just as the sled almost comes to a halt, I jump off.....just in time to see the bear backhand one of the dogs with the backside of his paw. The 100 pound dog does a double backflip (I scored it a 2.4 for level of difficulty) and SCURRIES behind the sled, with #2 dog in close pursuit. Remember in previous threads that I mentioned that many of the dogs in Ulukhaktok died over the last year? This included Walter's two prima donna bear dogs.....and the stand-ins have decided that this wasn't in the agreement when they signed on for a wilderness adventure.

Again, I hear an INUIT voice screaming "JUST GET AN ARROW IN HIM!!" The bear is now 20 yards away and is starting to turn and head for the rough sea ice. I draw with my fingers and notice that the rubber shrink tubing that rotates my peep sight, has pulled off of the back of the peep post. No quiver holder, no release, no dogs, and now....no sights. MURPHY is now on the ice, soiling himself. I have a large, thick beaver hat on my head. When I draw the bow, my fingers anchor point is on the OUTSIDE of the hat, an inch away from my head, which I instinctively (excuse the pun) know will make me shoot to the left. The bear is running from left to right………

I swing the bow, led him about two feet and released the arrow. The elevation of the arrow was perfect, but between the fact that the bear was running away from me (from my left to my right),AND the fact that my revised anchor point made me shoot to the left, my lead was insufficient. The RAGE two bladed broadhead hit him in the rear, right ham. The bear turns and bites the arrow off, then he starts to run again. I start to run after him, while trying to get another arrow nocked. Again, I stop and swing through the boar and release. He is about 30 yards away and as soon as I release I can tell that the arrow flight is higher……and I still haven’t led him enough. The Rage broadhead hits him in the general vicinity of the kidney. Again, he turns and snaps the arrow off….and continues to run. I make it back to the sled and hop on, and the guide starts to take off……but the start is jerky and I lose my balance and fall off of the sled. I watch as the guide manages to get in front of the bear…..who stops and decides to turn around and head back in the direction that he came from…..which happens to be RIGHT where I am standing.

I now have a 9 foot polar bear with two arrows in him running back in my direction. Since I kept shooting to the left, I realize that if he really does charge me, I have a slim chance of hitting him in the spine if I hold the bow upright. I cant the bow horizontally, like a crossbow and prepare to shoot if he crosses an imaginary line I have drawn at 4 yards. At that distance I am confident that I have a pretty good chance of hitting his spine (by just sighting down the arrow shaft) just above the head. The problem is that the bear is so tall, I have to let him get REALLY close before I can release. Luckily, at 7 yards, he turns to his right (my left)…..and as he starts to head away from me, I shoot my third arrow (with a Spitfire broadhead versus a RAGE broadhead) and hit him directly in the ear. I am shooting a 450 grain arrow from a 95 pound bow, which hits him in the ear and he doesn’t even act like it hit him!!

He continues his turn and I can see that he is heading for a 20 ft high wall of sea ice. I cut a diagonal and start to try to close the distance, while nocking my fourth arrow. At 35 yards, I stop, draw, swing and release……the arrow flight looks good……and just as the arrow is going to hit him in the vitals, his right leg comes back and I hit him either on the shoulder or the upper leg bone, instead of vitals. He roars and makes it into the sea ice.

I am NOT embellishing when I tell you that I am following a 2’ wide blood trail that Helen Keller could follow. As I am approaching the 20 foot wall of ice, I see one of my arrow stuck in the snow at the top of the ice ridge. Since I am down to my last 2 arrows, I thought that it might be a good idea to go get that arrow. I get about 1/3 of the way up to that shaft, when I realize that I can’t see OVER the ice until I get right up on top. I back up, circle downwind, and peek around the ice ridge. The boar is laying about 2 feet behind the arrow, with his paw out and ready to swipe…..just like when they hunt for seals!!

If I had climbed up there and grabbed that arrow, he would have had me….no doubt. Instead, now he realizes that I outflanked him and he turns, drops down off of the sea ice, and runs in front of me. He is heading for the really big sea ice now. I take a “Hail Mary” shot at 45 yards and miss him completely. I the grab the arrow that he was hiding behind, and stick it in the quiver.

I slide, fall, and curse my way down the rough ice and get back on his blood trail. I am following blood, constantly searching for anything out of the ordinary. Suddenly, I see the bear and he is standing right on one of the rifts that has filled up with water. This rift might run for 30 yards, and has about 3-4 feet of water in it, and has about 2” of ice on top of the water. He literally jumps right on the ice, breaks through and is now standing in 4 feet of water, which is on top of the 1-2 ft of thicker ice beneath it. His vitals are covered by the water…..then it dawns on me, he is using the cold water to numb the pain of his wounds.

He is starting to weaken, but he takes a deep breath and completely submerges under the ice and follows the sluice of 4’ deep water. He is literally walking on ice, in water, under 2” inches of newer ice. The water in the sluice is starting to look like cherry Kool-aid. I run to the front of the sluice, and when he reaches the end of the water, he breaks through 2” of ice with his head!! As soon as he comes up for a breath of air, I shoot my 6th arrow. The arrow hits just to the left of his head, entering at the base of the neck and travels through his body. I am guessing that it stopped somewhere aft of the right side of his liver (because of the angle, when I shot him). He immediately takes another breath and submerges, reversing his direction under water. He makes it back to his entrance hole and climbs out of the water. I am standing across the rift from him at about 25 yards. Half of his body is red from the various wounds……he look at me, and the first time since this entire encounter started, he lays his ears back and starts to turn toward me……luckily for me…..he is so weak from blood loss, that he collapses right there next to the water. I walk to about 10 yards and shoot my 7th and final arrow into him. It is a double lung shot, but the bear still breathes for about 5-6 minutes before finally succumbing to his injuries.

By now, the guide and assistant guide have caught up to me. After 4-5 minutes, they allow me to approach the bear. There were pieces of arrow everywhere, and while it wasn’t the humane, one arrow kill that I had hoped for – I had taken a polar bear with only archery gear, luck, and some perseverance.

I knelt beside the bear, and said a prayer for his spirit. Then, the guide helped to get the bow out of my worthless left hand, and I put my big, bulky glove back on…..about 30 minutes after I had removed them. I tried to help to set up the bear for some photos….I even had the bear pin me to the ground as we tried to roll him over (I slipped as we were trying to roll him over, and he landed on top of me). However, he was so wet, it was so cold, he was so big, and I was so pooped that after a couple photos, we just decided to skin the animal right away, as he was starting to freeze right before our eyes. When I finally picked up the wet fur and head to put it on the sled, I am guessing that it weighed about 150-160 pounds.

As previously mentioned, with no stretching whatsoever, the bear squared about 8’10” – after getting him skinned and fleshed, he squared about 9’2”. The thumb on my left hand works fine, but all four fingertips (especially the pinky)are still numb even 8 days after killing the bear. The index finger, middle finger, and ring finger on the right hand are also slightly numb, but not as bad as the left hands fingers.

I realize that many people may second guess my decision to shoot at such a magnificent animal when my gear had been so badly compromised. However, it was my second polar bear bowhunt, it was not only the only boar that we had seen on the hunt….it was the only bear that we had seen…..and there is a real possibility that after this year, polar bears may never be importable again.

I also realize that these considerations may not actually justify my decision to shoot. I am just explaining why I chose to do so. It was the diciest, most extreme bowhunt that I have ever been on in my life – but I got my polar bear! Who yah!!

I actually submitted my paperwork yesterday for the CITES importation permit. Hopefully, within about 60-90 days we’ll have that bear in the states, where the taxidermist will do my full mount.

I hope that you enjoyed the article….it has been a lesson in humility, to say the least.

From: Stonebreaker
03-Apr-07
Absolutely awsome !!!!! Thanks Kake and congratulations!

From: 2dog
03-Apr-07
Great story Jake, thanks for taking the time to write it up. I can't wait for the pictures.

From: sharpstick
03-Apr-07
Great story Jake, can't wait for the pic's.

Sharpstick

From: TD
03-Apr-07
Thanks for the story! Couldn't make it simple could ya! Very extreme to say the least.

Those who never start never finish. Those who give up never win. Those who cannot adapt will never overcome. You gave it your all and in the end you won out.

Not just "congrats", Congratulation. Super trophy.

Now, as for the pictures...

From: Bernie1
03-Apr-07
Running after a wounded Polar bear with a bow in had! I thought I was a little crazy but you take the cake. I’m kind of surprised you didn’t get your head bitten off! Were the guides or dogs around at all?

Great story, Congratulates!

From: medicinemann
03-Apr-07
The guide was trying to keep the sled and dogs in play, but when the dogs turned chicken, the guide just tried to stay in the vicinity....they sure do bark a lot when they see a bear - but they were never far from the sled after the leader got backhanded....

From: Butternut40
03-Apr-07
Excellent! In reading your story I got caught up in the hunt and just for a moment felt as though I was chasing this bear and shooting arrows.

Thanks again.

From: primitve
03-Apr-07
Wow...that is flippin crazy. You were lucky he didnt die under the ice and swept away. I am sure you would of dove in to recover him though. What a great scenario for a recurve though! Have fun in the warm weather Jake, looking forward to the pictures.

From: hobbes
03-Apr-07
Although it did not go completely as planned, you've given us the full story instead of sugar coating the events. Sounds like a story and lessons you won't soon forget. Congrats on following through to the end.

From: CPAhunter
03-Apr-07
Yep, Jake is the toughest *** around! I am speechless.

03-Apr-07
Excellent story!!!!!!!!!!

I have a couple of "loose end" questions.

1. Did the lead dog that got swatted get injured bad? It sounds like he survived the smacking he got.

2. Do you know if the other fella who got his bear is going to post a story and pics somewhere?

John

From: medicinemann
03-Apr-07
Coastie John,

1. The lead dog is fine.....ONLY because I couldn't catch him at the time!!

2. If you are referring to JM, he DID post his story in this thread on 3/27/2007.

From: Pat Lefemine
03-Apr-07
I love it when guys tell the real story. I've seen these adrenaline-induced firefights before and there is no doubt that they happen. I applaud your candor.

Congratulations again!

Let me know if you want me to try and photoshop any of your photos. It sounds like the pics may not have been ideal.

From: Phantom
03-Apr-07
Great- Great adventure- thanks for your play by play of the hunt. You have experienced something most of us will only dream of. Congrats!

From: bohuntr
03-Apr-07
Holy crap Jake what a story!!!! Thanks for giving us the real version and not the sanitized version!!! What a completely out of control adrenaline rush experience!!! Wat to get it done!!!! Dan

From: TradTech
03-Apr-07
Whewwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Outstanding Jake.

Exactly what butternut40 said!!!!

From: SERBIANSHARK
03-Apr-07
What a rush. A mans man to say the least. That was job VERY well done my friend.

Congratulations jake.

From: JM
03-Apr-07
Jake,

Wow!! What a story! I know how impressive a mature Polar bear looks as he is running directly at you at about 60 to 70 yards with a group of dogs on his tail, but 7yards, that is a little close for comfort. Congratulations on a great bear and I am looking forward to the pictures.

We should have talked a little about our bow setups before our hunts. I knew that you shouldn’t use the black rubber tubes as they become too hard and won’t stretch enough in the cold; Stacey Frost had the same problem. On my backup bow I used a Vital Bow Gear peep that uses a bungee cord instead of rubber to align the peep and it worked fine when I was practicing. On the bow I hunted with I used T.R.U. NOK with a peep aligner which also worked great. I kept my release on all the time during the day with the head tucked between my glove liner and the heavy gloves you see in the picture I posted earlier, I didn’t have a problem with mine freezing up. One thing that I would change if I hunted in similar conditions is the vanes that I used because they became very stiff and brittle. I only got 7 or 8 practice shots through snow before they broke apart.

After reading your story maybe you will need to change your handle to “Frostbite” : )

Congratulations!!

John

From: JM
03-Apr-07
Jake,

By the what can you hunt in Tortola?

John

From: FlatbowMB
03-Apr-07
Wow! Thanks for telling like it was!

From: Gator
03-Apr-07
What a great hunt/story. You should be easy to locate at the P&Y convention. Likely the only one who'll appear to be floating some distance above the floor.

Congratulations.

From: Benton
03-Apr-07
Great job Jake...On both parts - the hunt and the sharing it with the rest of us who will almost certainly never have a similar experience. We all have special hunts...No doubt, this will always be one of yours....Thanks for sharing it with us...

From: Greg
04-Apr-07
Great Job Jake.....I followed your story last year as well as this year. Its always been a dream of mine to go on a Polar Bear Hunt. If the oppertunity to import the trophy dosen't close I will definatly try to put together a trip.

I'm going on my first Griz hunt in May, hope its not as eventful as your hunt.

From: FINGERS
04-Apr-07
Great story, thanks for telling it straight up.

04-Apr-07
Wow! You are lucky to be alive.

Awesome story.

From: SERBIANSHARK
04-Apr-07

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jm, You asked what do they hunt in tortola. Well i have just got ahold of some secret undercover footage of what Jake's been up too.

From: chip
04-Apr-07
Shark-You have waaaay to much time on your hands!!!

From: Walt
04-Apr-07
OK guys. Where do we go to say what we really think about this hunt???

04-Apr-07
What does that mean Walt. Say what you want to say here.

From: dm/wolfskin
04-Apr-07
I guess where every you would like to go. Mike

From: Tank
04-Apr-07
That was quite possibly the best story I have ever read on this site.

Congrats, although I have never met you I feel like I was their with you. That was great.

From: Horn Donkey
04-Apr-07
What I really think about this hunt is that it is what dreams are made of. The vividness of detail in his retelling of the story put us there, but being honest with ourselves, we know that what Jake did is super human. Furthermore, its something most of us don't have the guts, time, effort, money, or desire to even try.

He overcame adversity with tenacity, enginuity (SP?), and an Ahab like desire to do this or die trying. I'm sure some elitist snobs will have something to say about the manner in which he killed the brute, but I'm sure Jake could gives a rats a**!

Jake, your story is so unbelievable its got to be true. Reminds me of Robert Ruark, or Peter Capstick. Fantastic piece of writing! Hope your fingers get better.

04-Apr-07
Right on Horn Donkey!!!

From: HuntinHabit
04-Apr-07
This was an amazing hunt to follow. Congrats to Jake for getting his bear, and for surviving! I'm just dying to hear Walt's opinion though.

From: Horn Donkey
04-Apr-07
Walt--I forgot to mention that I would have shot him once through the heart, broadside @ 20 yards. 8^)

04-Apr-07
Walt, Thanks for your opinion. You can state your mind and be positive about it. I guess when a guy is willing to share an adventure of this magnitude to the public and be honest about it, he will be open to criticism. Jake will not get any from me.

From: Bou'bound
04-Apr-07
Walt -

It has no affect on the sport of hunting. Hunters understand and anti's hate us. The non-hunters who matter are not visiting here. If this was being shared on CNN live it would be a different deal.

I'm just waiting to find out if he shot more bears than pictures on the hunt. So far we have 1 bear and 0 pictures.

04-Apr-07
Jake- you truly have a way with words and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your hunt. I can't imagine being able to overcome all the adversity and still be able to continue, let alone be successful, with the hunt. It must have been like a dream finally coming to fruition when you sunk that last arrow into the bear. I was smiling for you as I read those words, how sweet it must have been for you! It truly took alot of determination and the heart of a true hunter to see this hunt through it's completion; Something which obviously not every person who calls themselves a hunter has. You won't hear any criticism from me, but rather applause for accomplishing the hunt of a lifetime.

Respectfully,

Cheryl Napper

04-Apr-07
The truth about this whole situation is that we all know that Jake would have and DID do everything in his power to kill that bear as quickly and humanely as possible but unfortuantely his release didnt work and his peep tube broke. But he overcame those problems and got the job done. I belvie that real hunter is someone that will give a full effort towards the animal and who truly enjoys and is passionate about the sport. And I dont know Jake that well but I know a few people that know him pretty well and believe me he is as real as it gets. I dont know about any of you guys but I dont plan on running barefoot in the snow to prepare for a hunt anytime soon. ?.... The bottom line is Jake wanted this more than I might have ever wanted anything and I commend him for that alone regardless of how many arrows he shot and how he shot them. Congrats Jake!!! and thanks for the pic great bear!!

From: SERBIANSHARK
04-Apr-07
"Walt, Thanks for your opinion. You can state your mind and be positive about it. I guess when a guy is willing to share an adventure of this magnitude to the public and be honest about it, he will be open to criticism. Jake will not get any from me."

I couldn't have said it any better my friend.

From: BuckSlayer
05-Apr-07
I wonder how the "elitist snobs" think primitive man or the pioneers or any of our Native peoples got the job done? Don't think it was pretty, don't think there were any judgements or criticisms about how "ethical" the kill was. Bottom line, it was a success if they brought home the game they set out to get. Just cause we have the newest and best technology available doesn't mean that all our kills will be sweet and pretty. I admire Jake for "get'n it done" no matter what. That in no way means he had no respect for his quarry or he broke some high code of ethics. Jake displayed more courage and put more effort into the success of his hunt than I dare say most of us will ever. His ordeal with the cold is a small testament as to just how far he was willing to go to succeed on this hunt. When you are willing to sacrifice your time, money, maybe even a limb for a lifelong goal and then just when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel you stop cause, well, it's just not turning out quite as "perfect" as someone who was not even there thought it should be. Well my friend, you're an idiot!

Just my opinion. Who am I though? For that matter, Who are YOU? Great job again Jake on your success! Sorry to all of you who I offended in this rant. Please PM me if you have to reply.

From: Benton
05-Apr-07
"Just cause we have the newest and best technology available doesn't mean that all our kills will be sweet and pretty."

Sometimes the newest technology can be a hinderance in making pretty kills. This hunt certainly adds fuel to the traditionalist argument that simplicity is better.

But no point in second guessing success in the most extreme of environments a bowhunter will ever encounter.

More than anything, Jake's story shows that mindset and mental determination are far more important than tackle....I'm inclined to think that with the resolve Jake demonstrated, he'd have killed that bear with a club!

It is a hell of a thing to still believe "I can do this" when your equipment has failed you, and you're staring down a 1200 pound predator in an environment that is so extreme and unforgiving.

From: Diablo
05-Apr-07
Jake, I don't know you but have a lot of respect for you because you told the story the way it happened. A lot of folks might come out and tell you what THEEEY would have done if...bla bla bla.

The truth isn't always pretty. Congradulation and I can't wait to see the pics...good or bad!!!

Joel

05-Apr-07
I thought Jakes story was great!!

I for one appreciate his honesty about how it went down too. It's refreshing to hear someone tell the real story vise what you'll read in magazines or see on videos by hunting icons.

Congrads Jake!!

From: FlatbowMB
05-Apr-07
Benton said.

"Sometimes the newest technology can be a hinderance in making pretty kills. This hunt certainly adds fuel to the traditionalist argument that simplicity is better."

I would agree. In extremely cold environments, simplicity definitely has its benefits. That is why alot of inuit prefer air cooled 2- stroke snowmobiles, for example. Late in the deer season where I am, the temps can be between -30 and -40 C. There is definitely a whole lot less to go wrong with my longbow at those temps than with modern tackle.

Kudo's to Jake for overcoming the unexpected equipment SNAFUs, and doing what it took to the harvest the bears. As for any elitists that want to sniffle because it wasn't the one-shot-one-kill deal, and didn't meet their 'ethical' standards, I would say this; Unless you have bowhunted in - 30C or colder conditions, you would have no credibility criticizing this hunt.

From: primitve
05-Apr-07
Most who have hunted alot have similiar stories (not necessarily with polar bears) and have endured gong show shots and recoveries. The build up for this moment, for Jake, was immense. He was on total overdrive, and if the guide would of told him not too shoot, he wouldn't have. Split second decisions in the field happen a lot, and obviously Jake made the right decision. I am sure he would of wanted a quicker outcome, but it doesn't always happen that way. Great story Jake, you are a flippin maniac! Now get those pictures posted for us you savage....

From: iowaPete
05-Apr-07
Great job, Jake. Thanks for sharing EVERYTHING!

iowaPete

From: Kiteman@work
05-Apr-07
RESPECT, ADMIRATION, AWE.....AND GOOSEBUMPS!

These words and feelings were swirling within me as I read your account!

The truth is not always pretty, but it is still the truth. You are to be commended for telling it, and for your undaunted PERSERVERENCE! You should also be commended for not following through with your arrow retrieval when you wanted to. That probably kept this from being a post-mortem tale!!!!

TO HELL WITH MURPHY--JAKE could not be stopped!

HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS!

....and thanks for sharing!!

Stan

From: coach
05-Apr-07
When did god or anyone else for that matter give anybody the right to decide what is and is not "morally and ethically" right for another person. As long as Jake was within the limits of the law and he did everything in his power to make sure that he did what he thought was right then I have no problem with him. Jake should be very proud of his accomplishment and I am sure he will sleep well knowing he did what he could. Walt has every animal you ever shot been a one shot kill? have you never lost an animal? I have, but I spend hours, sometimes days looking for that animal and that lets me rest easy in the knowledge that i did everything I could because I felt that I owed it to that animal. Everyone is different and everyone has opinions but dont push your morality or your code of ethics on us and I wont push my religion or political opinions on you. Coach, and yes I am a high school football coach and teacher.

From: medicinemann
05-Apr-07
Jake here. I'm in Tortola...thawing out!! I woke up this morning and have regained the feeling in the ring finger and the middle finger on my right hand. Two down, and five to go!!

I am quite flattered and pleased by many of the remarks that have been posted on Pat's thread. Walt's commenta are also welcome.....I spent several years in the military to help preserve the freedom for all of us the express our thoughts without worrying about the soup nazi tracking us down.

Whether you agree with my tactics and decisions or not is not what matters to me, what IS important is that we have a forum where we can all connect. We can share ideas, tactics, and experiences. The feedback has guaranteed that posting my story was the right thing to do....and you can rest assured that I will do so in the future as well......

Walt, we may have differing perceptions and we may have made different decisions (if you had been in my place)....but we both share an interest in archery. I just hope that if I continue to be blessed with other hunting adventures, that you would be willing to consider reading of other exploits....because of a mutual desire to bowhunt, and the fraternity which includes both of us.

Have a great day everyone.....gotta go, my banana pancakes are getting cold!!

Jake

From: coach
05-Apr-07
Walt, I am not calling anyone names. Just trying to make the point that everyone is different and no one has the right to tell someone else what is or is not right for them to do as long as it is legal. As for your Wal-Mart scenario, no that would not be a good hunt for me, but everyone has there own definition of what constitues a good hunt. For me a good hunt is being out in nature enjoying spending time in the woods with my son and my father. If I kill something then that is a bonus. Maybe I went to far in my earlier post or maybe you took what I said to hard, the bottom line is that Jake enjoyed what to him was a successful hunt and I support him wholeheartedly.

From: elknuts2
05-Apr-07
Jake, that was one of the most incredible stories I've read in a long time. THANK YOU for sharing it with us.

From: Holdout4big1
05-Apr-07
Where is Walt's opinion? I went over this a couple of times, I must be blind, I don't see where it is?

From: walkerhound
05-Apr-07
Well said, Jake. I can't guarantee I'd even hit a polar bear with an arrow, but I'd have sure practiced hard to make an ethical kill, as you have. There are some things you can control, and some things you can't. The fact that you stuck with him and brought him down is the accomplishment - that you didn't just leave him wounded, kicking yourself for making a bad shot is ethical in and of itself. Also, your concern for the humane kill is evident, an unethical hunter as Walt described wouldn't have had feelings at all about a bad shot. Walt, your concern for a humane kill is also evident, but there may come a time when you have to critique yourself - hopefully you won't be so hard on yourself. As primitive said, most of us here have made a bad shot from time to time, just check out all the whitetail topics asking for help and advice tracking a wounded animal. My first buck was a gutshot, but I found him and made a promise to take more care in the future. My worst harvest ever was a doe that took 5 slugs to bring down, all lethal shots individually - it tore me up and I gave up shotgun hunting after that. Live and learn, the next time you have a chance to take an animal that great I'm sure you will have learned from your mistakes and will be better prepared. It's been said before, we must all hang together or else we'll surely hang separately. -N

From: Pat Lefemine
05-Apr-07
Debate Free people. Don't make me climb back up this thread.

From: coach
05-Apr-07
Sorry Pat. I love this site and I agree, we must ALL stick together.

From: Spike
05-Apr-07
I don't get it Pat, so by "Debate Free", fellow bowhunters like Walt are not allowed to throw their two cents in? If so it should be called the "Boot Kissing Only Board", and I don't think Jake would respect that. Jake has proven on more than one occasion to be a man of integrity, courage, and above all, honesty. Putting himself and his story out here for the world to read is a great example of that.

Jake read Walt's post and handled it with (as no surprise) class, respect and an aire of professionalism. He was frozen like a popcicle, FEET away from angry claws bigger than his head - I don't think another bowhunter's constructive criticism is going to bother him.

Congratulations on living your dream Jake. You are the Man!

From: Pat Lefemine
05-Apr-07
Spike,

You are wrong. Jake did not start the thread, I did. So it was my right to designate this thread debate-free. Read our rules.

This option is in place because there was a group of guys who would feel it their duty to tear down other hunters in the name of "ethics." This happened on just about every possible hunting situation; fences, traditional/modern archery, baiting, using dogs, long shots, expandables, etc. It was getting out of hand so we imposed this option to keep threads clear of that nonsense when the topic owner requested it. We clearly state the reasons for this in our rules posted above.

It's not boot-kissing. It is respect. Both for the person who is sharing his story honestly, and for our rules. Posting here is a privilege, not a right. If you don't like our rules, there are lots of other sites that will let you beat up other hunters' all day long. Bowsite is not one of them and we are proud to have run out most of the toxic people who can't help but tear other people down.

From: chip
05-Apr-07
If you guys want to take cheapshots at Jake why don't you remember he is a bachelor sitting on some beach on Tortola having banana pancakes for breakfast, Pina Coladas or whatever for lunch and is surrounded by the Atlantic loaded with gamefish. Right know it is in the 30's here in NJ and is snowing a bit. I'll bet you even Pat would have some choice words for Jake around now. Happy Easter guys.

From: Spike
05-Apr-07
Thanks for the reply Pat, although I'm not sure what I'm wrong about, it was more of a question. Also, I hope I'm not considered a Basher here because I have only admiration and respect for Jake and his accomplishments. Regardless, sorry if I offended anyone.

From: JM
05-Apr-07
Walt,

Even though I am sure that your comments didn’t bother Jake, this thread is designated as debate free and as such is not the proper place to criticize whether it is constructive or not. I think the majority of the people posting here on this thread respect that. If you feel the need to express your opinion then you can start your own thread and tell us what you would have done and debate any issue that you choose.

John

From: Walt
05-Apr-07
John

My original comment was: OK guys. Where do we go to say what we really think about this hunt??? The next response was "What does that mean Walt. Say what you want to say here". That's how this got started. It was not my intention to "tear down other hunters in the name of ethics" as Pat described. I can only hope I have not been placed on his "toxic person" list.

From: Tail Chaser
05-Apr-07
Great Story !

Thanks for sharing Jake !

From: Horn Donkey
05-Apr-07
Walt--

You are quite right that you didn't start all this stuff up. You asked a simple question.

Sorry to have started a firestorm...

Richard

05-Apr-07
I apologize to Walt also. I didn't realize it was a debate free site. I also agree with JM in that if Walt is looking to express his opinion, he could start a new thread. It is great to hear that Jake's hand is getting better.

From: TD
05-Apr-07
Well, after he escorts the last little spring break hotty out of the area, I'd like to see some pictures. Maybe between funny colored drinks with umbrellas in them.

Is that positive enough? LOL!

Jake, you're killin us here...

From: primitve
05-Apr-07

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Hotties probably, colored drinks with umbrellas....more than likely.....pictures of his bear...unlikely. His priority at this point is sand, sun, administering suntan lotion, and wearing his fur lined speedo. Its 20 f and snowing in Edmonton, not jealous of Jake whatsoever. Jake sent me this picture yesterday.

From: Marc
05-Apr-07
Best looking Inuit guide I've seen so far!!

From: TradTech
05-Apr-07
"Best looking Inuit guide I've seen so far!!"

...that's debatable...LOL!

From: bigbuck
05-Apr-07
Am I missing something? Are there pictures to follow? Great story!

From: primitve
06-Apr-07

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I am joking about Jake sending me the picture, I am just trying to get him away from the Crown Royal and Coke and respond. He is now preparing for his African hunt by running on the beach with his King of the Mountain wool and 1200 thinsulate boots. One must prepare for the heat of Africa.

From: medicinemann
06-Apr-07
Primtive,

You aren't far from the truth. I AM trying to acclimate to the heat, but I am not even going to begin to mention the limits of my depravity when it comes to physical training.....like working out in the sauna at the YMCA (they'd skin me alive if they knew....)

However, now that the polar bear bowhunt is behind me, I will tell you that my garage will have more room in it....now that I have sold the stainless steel, commercial, vertical freezer that I bought at a Rotary auction. I bought it used because it could go to -40. I SHOULD have put my bow in there, and experimented with grabbing it with various gloves. Instead, I just climbed in (in a pair of shorts, or less) and tried to read a book. The stories my garage could tell!!

And....since I have female companionship with me on this trip, I wanyt to state for the record, that the photo of the blonde lovely that was posted, is NOT anyone that I know or have met. Primitive later admits that, I just don't want to get in trouble (when for once, I didn't deserve it!!).

I learned that the USFWS actually submits each and every application for a polar bear importation permit to the federal registry. It is literally posted to a public forum where people can question or debate each and every application. After 30 days from the initial posting, upon approval ( and "token" $1,000.00 importation fee), the most difficult task will be complete. Then we find an expediter to help us get it across the border at an approved port of entry.

Jake

ps - found a dead tarantula on the road this AM when I walked back from my morning swim.

From: medicinemann
06-Apr-07
BTW, I will return from Tortola LATE on April 11th. I'll post about 6-7 photos of the polar bear bowhunt, along with a detailed narrative of each photo on the 12th or 13th. If you enjoyed the article, you'll probably enjoy the pictures are well......

From: CPAhunter
07-Apr-07
Jim Shockey is on the sportsman channel as we speak hunting polar bears. Sat 1:00 pm CST

They have a bear in camp that they just shot

From: GH-1
07-Apr-07
jake congratulations on your successful and exciting polar bear hunt. And I want to thank you for taking us along with you on your hunts the past two years.We were all excited for achivement.Looked forward to your dailey updates. Thank you Ron (GH-1)

From: Bogey
09-Apr-07
Jake, Ive been on this site for several years now and your "live hunts" the last two years have been some of my favorite features. CONGRATS, and thanks for telling the story as it happened!!

KEEP 'EM COMING PAT, THESE FEATURES ARE GREAT!!!! This is as close as allot of us will ever get to these types of hunts.

From: jer
09-Apr-07
Yes,congrats Jake and Im sure that none of us can wait until you post some pictures of that bad boy! What other adventures can we look forward to you taking us on?

From: TradTech
10-Apr-07
Jake - it's 4/10, 10:25 pm eastern time...not that I'm counting down time...but I'm counting down time for the pics to arrive...4/11 is just around the corner! ;?)

From: Bou'bound
11-Apr-07
what about the other guy that was up there after jake trying to get one?

From: medicinemann
11-Apr-07
Ned Greer will be starting his hunt around 4/19. He will have the same guide that I did.....Walter Olifie, who just helped his second hunter of the season (a gun hunter, I believe) fill his tag on the first full day of hunting.

From: medicinemann
12-Apr-07
BTW, I'll be posting some photos and a brief narrative of the pictures later today (It's after midnight and I just got back from the Caribbean).

From: Diablo
12-Apr-07
Can't wait!!!

From: Bou'bound
12-Apr-07
yipeee pictures are coming. we can't wait jake!

hurry up we have been waiting a long time for this.

From: medicinemann
13-Apr-07
I just spent several hours at a friends house trying to put together the photos and a brief narrative of each picture. We tried to post it to the forum, and it wouldn't take it.

Pat, I copied the narrative and the photos to a DVD. Either give me your e-mail address (and we'll try that) OR give me your snail mail address (and I'll send the DVD to you). My fingers are STILL numb (and peeling), and I'm not asking my friend to retype everything again. He missed the first game of the Sabres series helping me with the pictures and the text!!

I know that everyone has been waiting for the pictures....I'm doing the best that I can!!

Jake

From: primitve
13-Apr-07
Just start with the pictures, we have the text already. Scan and post, or plug and post. Just post some pics before we forget what a madman you are!

From: Sully
13-Apr-07
This whole thread is a lot of bunk ! I watched Al Gores Movie and he proved that there is no more Ice in the Arctic and all the Polar bears are dead !!!!!

I'd post more but I'm moving to high ground to avoid the giant tidal waves from rising sea levels !!!!!

Congratulations Jake , Very kool stuff ( No pun intended )

From: ncsa197
13-Apr-07
Jake- No one in their right mind should expect you to give up a Sabres playoff game. We can wait for the pics. Just let us know if the taxidermy (when complete) will ever be displayed in the Buffalo-Rochester-Erie area.

From: Pat Lefemine
13-Apr-07
I've got them along with Jake's story. I'm going to update site this afternoon with the entire story and all the photos. They are awesome!

Pat

From: medicinemann
13-Apr-07
Pat,

I'm glad to hear that you got the photos. I'm even MORE glad that I won't have to retype them!! There is at least one typo in the photos. The word hundred is mispelled (houndred). If you can correct that, it should be good to go.

Jake

From: medicinemann
13-Apr-07
By the way, I just learned the other day that my guide, Walter Olifie took out a second bowhunter (Jim Wondsell) who was successful on the first or second day of his hunt!! Congrats Jim!!

Walter is also going to be taking Ned Greer next week!! Jack Kataoyak will be the assistant guide.....Ned couldn't have two better Inuits to hunt with......

From: medicinemann
13-Apr-07
I just spoke with Glen at AN, he said that Jim Wondsell's bear was killed by the third day, maybe not the first or second......and that it was close to a 10 footer.

From: medicinemann
13-Apr-07
I just spoke with Glen at AN, he said that Jim Wondsell's bear was killed by the third day, maybe not the first or second......and that it was close to a 10 footer.

From: Teucor
13-Apr-07
When are the pics coming?

Jake N

From: medicinemann
13-Apr-07
The photos and text for the photos were sent to Pat this morning. I'm sure that Pat will post them as soon as he can.

From: Diablo
13-Apr-07
AAAAARGH!!! I'm dying over here!!!

From: FlatLndr
14-Apr-07
Why do I here the Jeoperdy theme going in my head

From: Bou'bound
14-Apr-07
the time it took to kill that bear pales in comparison to the time it has taken to post a couple photos.

i don't think he's killed it yet. he's still up there trying. there was no trip to tortola. he stayed in the artic trying to tag out.

good luck jake get him today and let us know how you make out.

From: medicinemann
14-Apr-07
FlatLndr and Bou'bound,

They're posted now. Go to the feature hunt section and look in the bottom right corner....

From: Bou'bound
14-Apr-07
looking good jake. i never imagined they would have teeth that impressive.

From: Diablo
14-Apr-07
WOW...WOW! Thanks for sharing this with all of us and again congrats! You da man!!!

From: Bearman
14-Apr-07
Yes Jake you are da man ! And you did it the Jake way ! eat your heart out Trad Barta !

Impressive choppers !

Did you see Al Gore up there checking temps when you froze your fingers ?

Beautiful animal ! bearman,

From: Stekewood
14-Apr-07
That's great stuff!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations once again.

From: city hunter
14-May-07
Hi jake wow what a story i just finished reading it wish i was there for that one .Intense is the only word. IM glad u got youre bear and he didnt get u. To me it dosent matter how many arrows it took Just the fact that u killed such a beast under those conditions with the odds stacked against with youre bow,u stood youre ground and did what u had to do.WOW louis,

From: medicinemann
14-May-07
Louis,

It took 28 days to get back in the seven fingers that were affected. Some recovered faster than that....but 28 days was the longest that it took to recover (the pinky finger on my left hand was the last one to get feeling restored). I've been told that my hands may be temperature sensitive for the rest of my life. I sure hope not, but I'll have to wait until next winter to really put tha theory to the test.

I hope the hear from the USDFW in the very near future about my paperwork for the CITES importation permit. My 30 day waiting period should just about be up. The expediters in Canada should just about be done with the bear hide, too. I'm looking forward to getting the skull, it was really quite impressive.

Jake

From: medicinemann
30-Sep-07
As a follow-up to a thread that Pat started just before my polar bear bowhunt, I wanted to let everyone know that I received my polar bear skull last week. It lloks awesome.....and the hide is now at the taxidermist.

I leave a week from today for a brown bear bowhunt in Alaska. If I am lucky enough to fill my tag, I'll have the grand slam of bears with my bow and arrow. I'll be bowhunting in Wide Bay (out of the Aleutian Peninsula), in the very spot where Chuck Adams and Archie Nesbit both got 10 footers.

Jake

01-Oct-07
Good Luck on the Brown bear hunt Jake, glad to hear you got your animal imported. Thanks for a great story. WTA

From: CPAhunter
01-Oct-07
Good luck Jake, send pictures!

From: Ibow
01-Oct-07
Start a new thread ... this one takes too long to load. 8~)

Best of luck to you!

From: Bou'bound
10-Feb-11
Jake can you put a couple of the photos back on this thread. what a story revisted.

From: medicinemann
10-Feb-11

medicinemann's embedded Photo
medicinemann's embedded Photo
Bou',

I can tell that you are getting pumped-up for your muskox hunt up north, you are re-reading old arctic hunting threads!

I hope that this photo is what you wanted......the rest are available on the Bowsite forum.....which includes a great video of Tom Hoffman's polar bear bowhunt where the bear charges the dogs. Just click on the bear icon at the top of the forum page, then look for Polar Bear hunt #3 OR go to the home page and click on Features. Then drop down until you get to March of 2007.....doesn't seem possible that almost four years has passed since that hunt.

From: Waterfowler
11-Feb-11
Wish I had one of those in my house.... :(

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