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Polar Bear Hunt 2014 Parvo Free Nunavut
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Jimmysharpstick 09-Apr-15
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09-Apr-15
Upon returning from my January Coues deer hunt, I decided it was time to start seriously planning my April polar bear hunt. I made a call to First Air to again check prices. Great news, my $5600.00 from Ottawa to Resolute was on sale for $3000, but the sale was only on for three more hours. Problem was we had never set exact dates for the hunt.

I quickly made a call to Dan at Americana. He made calls to Grise Fiord, locked in dates and got back to me in time to get the sale price. Now I could book my flight to Ottawa. The airlines have lost my bags numerous times over the years, so in order to reduce the chance of a reoccurrence, I decided to eliminate the flight from Milwaukee to Chicago by driving to Chicago. I was going to book the last flight of the day, but decided to book the second to last flight, then in case something happened I could possibly get on the last flight.

Airfare done. The next several months were spent taking care of every little detail. I borrowed Northern Outfitter clothes but knew that they're boots were warm but hard to walk in from a muskox hunt so researched and bought Baffin Endurance -100 boots. Forgot extra liners so that was another order. Hand and foot warmers for me and the video camera batteries. Borrowed a white suit for stalking. Two digital cameras and two disposable cameras. Skinning knives, optics, gifts for guides,.300Win Mag bullets the guides wanted and on and on.

And of course I needed a new bow for this trip. I always take two bows and it was time to update- Carbon Spyder 34. The bow came in 10 days before the hunt but I couldn't order the Hogg Father until I took my other Hogg Father off my other bow to see how it would balance on the lighter carbon bow. Balance was great so ordered a custom built sight. Spott Hogg got the sight sent out amazingly fast by UPS. UPS lost the sight for three days so I had to meet the driver at a Harley dealer the morning I left for Chicago. At least I could take the sight along and maybe be able to use my new bow.

I consider myself a little anal preparing for a hunt but no, I did not go off the deep end and sleep in my walk-in freezer to get used to the cold. Sorry, Jake, couldn't resist!

From: SteveB
09-Apr-15
Sounds like a real adventure coming up!! A hunt most will never get to do. Enjoy and take loads of pics to share!

From: PAstringking
09-Apr-15
Can't wait to hear about your trip.

From: Bowboy
09-Apr-15
Take lots of pictures and please post your adventure when you get back!

09-Apr-15
So now its April 29th. I met the UPS driver, my backpack and duffel are finally under 50 lbs. each, bows are packed and my carry-on is stuffed with optics, cameras and a few other items. Time to leave for O'Hare. Left in plenty of time and arrived three hours early. Got to the UNITED gate two hours early. Nothing could go wrong on this "hunt of a lifetime." A half hour before departure- Flight Delayed. Then, we found our crew. Then, we lost our crew. Flight Cancelled. I scrambled to find a flight but nothing tonight to Ottawa. My only hope was standby on the last flight of the night- the one I was originally going to book!!!!

I asked what my chances were and they said not good. I was gut punched. Tomorrows early morning flight from Ottawa to Resolute was nonrefundable with no exceptions. Flights are only available Thursdays and Saturdays. My hunt was blowing up. I asked, How many people in front of me? Six. How many seats? One, but you never know. On my first big game hunt I came up with the saying, "When things go wrong, suddenly they go right". The six people were all travelling together and I got the seat. I told the people at UNITED that my bags had to fly with me. They told me not to worry, this is what we do. We all waited forever for the plane to leave the gate. I figured it was my fault as they had to get my bags on.

I arrived in Ottawa at midnight but none of my bags did. UNITED had no idea where they were.

09-Apr-15
This hunt was last April and I took lots of pics. I'm a slow typer. You'll have to be patient with me.

09-Apr-15

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I arrived at my hotel just before 2;00AM. Up at 5;30AM to get back to the airport to learn progress on my bags. UNITED still had not located them. The ladies at First Air understood my dilemma, UNITED didn't seem to care. Finally, a lady from First Air suggested I get on the plane to Resolute and she would personally locate my bags with UNITED and send them north. I was headed to Resolute (-25F) in a pair of jeans and a hoodie.

From: kota-man
09-Apr-15
Bucket list hunt for sure.

10-Apr-15

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From Ottawa, the plane makes multiple stops for passengers, cargo and fuel on the way to Resolute.

10-Apr-15

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Never saw an unhappy Inuit child. They must be doing something right up there.

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First stop Iqaluit and a chance for an update on my baggage.

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The airport in Iqaluit, the capitol of Nunavut.

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First stop, the restroom. This was posted above the urinal. I guess they have their social issues too. Proud to say I didn't bring this home for a souvenir-the poster or the STD!

From: Nick Muche
10-Apr-15
Sounds exciting, what an adventure....!

From: BULELK1
10-Apr-15
How exciting---can not wait!

Good luck, Robb

From: Russell
10-Apr-15
An epic adventure you partook in last year. Awesome that you’re sharing this with us. Can’t wait to read and see more of the hunt.

From: Reflex
10-Apr-15
Man, this is awesome!

From: Mark Watkins
10-Apr-15
Bring it!!!

Mark

From: rattles33
10-Apr-15
Damn, my work productivity just took a dive!

From: OFFHNTN
10-Apr-15
I love these threads!!!

From: huntmaster
10-Apr-15
We have drama already and you haven't even started hunting yet!

From: sureshot
10-Apr-15
Seems like getting there is a little more than "half the journey " on these types of hunt.

Looking forward to the rest of the story!

From: T Mac
10-Apr-15
Guys you want a polar bear fix during the lull go to Features and day 7&8 of Brad Mongold's 2011 Polar Bear hunt audio is some of the best there is. I just listened again, it's phenomenal.

10-Apr-15
My next order of business was to check on my baggage. While I was introducing myself, Karine, the person in charge of baggage for First Air stops me and says "I know you. You're missing three bags from a UNITED flight. I have some good news but mostly bad. We have located one bag but no word on the other two."

Right then I saw someone walk across this tiny airport wearing Sitka gear. I said to Karine, "I think I know that guy." She asked, "You know Tom?" (tthomas) I replied,"Well, kind of." She had been working with Tom with his rescue dog from his polar bear hunt. Tom and I had never met but knew who each other was.

We walked over to talk with him and as Karine was explaining my situation Tom looked me in the eye and asked, "What do you need?" I told him all I had was what I was wearing and some optics in my carry-on. In the middle of this crowded airport Tom opened his bow case and said, "Here's two bows, some arrows and a release. Then he opened his duffels and gave me everything I needed-base layers, Sitka clothes, mittens, sleeping bag, granola bars and boots he'd borrowed from madtrapper. It all smelled like polar bear so I figured the gear would be lucky. Once again, "When things go wrong, suddenly they go right."

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Karine is on the left. I wanted a picture of this mother and child so Karine set it up so I didn't look like a creeper. For more info on tthomas and his rescue dog, look up- Polar Bear 2014-thanks tthomas

From: Drnaln
10-Apr-15
People like tthomas make the world better!

10-Apr-15

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Now on to Pond Inlet. The fuel truck in Arctic Bay was broke down so we had stop here fuel.

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On to Arctic Bay.

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Its mind boggling how vast Canada's north is. Next stop Resolute.

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Hope to see one like this.

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Hotel parking lot. Every space has a plug in. $340.00 a night. Includes dinner and breakfast.

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May 1- After 3 days of travel, I arrive in Grise Fiord. Native name for town means "Place that never Thaws." 720 miles north of the Arctic Circle. I'm met by Marty, standing next to this 7 ft. narwhal tusk. They sell for about $200.00/ft. We have a bowl of caribou soup and he takes me to the "hotel." I go to the only store in town and buy a toothbrush and paste.

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Marty introduces me to my guide, Kavavow, and we repair his sons snowmobile for the trip. I am told that Kavavow is the most respected man in town. He, Joanie and his son will leave tonight for basecamp with the sled dogs and all the gear- a 13 hour, 120 mile trip. I will make the trip tomorrow with Jaypettee, his son Mark and the local game warden who has never seen that part of his jurisdiction.

I get all my licenses that night. I meet Jaypettee who will be my "Taxi" to camp tomorrow and Marty brings over my outerwear. Jaypettee asks me if I'm an early riser. I say "Yes." He says "Good, we'll pick you up at 9:30."

10-Apr-15
Sorry guys Image tools isn't working for me.

From: Chief 419
10-Apr-15
Definitely an adventure hunt. I'm tuned in.

10-Apr-15

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The next morning I'm up early waiting for 9:30 so we can get this hunt started. They arrive at 12;30. Most important thing to take on a hunt is patience. Its -26 degrees and my three pair of goggles are in my lost bags!!! But I have a pair of sunglasses. We load up and the hunt begins.

11-Apr-15

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Rules are that I must ride in the kamituk pulled by a snowmobile. They put a mattress in the front of the kamituk under the canopy if I wanted to get out of the wind. I couldn't see in there and I was taking in every bit of this trip that I could so I sat on the side rails for the for the (correction-150) mile trip. Sitting on the rails was far better because the exhaust from the snow machine collected inside the canopy. I rotated from side to side depending upon which cheek was sore.

Travel was slow, bumpy, cold but do-able.Three hours into the journey we stop for a snack, coffee and a pee. My pee landed four feet left of my left foot. Ya, pretty windy and ya, I know about peeing downwind!

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Load up and we're off again.

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Scenery was fantastic.

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We see our first seal and he scoots down into his hole. More on seals later.

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We travel on to our next rest spot and take time for food and coffee. Inuits love their coffee.

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From: bnt40
11-Apr-15
Great thread. At least you didn't have to sleep in the kamituk.

11-Apr-15

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We travel on for several more hours towards basecamp when finally we find what I've been looking for.

11-Apr-15
Great pics! C

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And more. This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. It's 1:30 in the morning. This time of the year the sun never sets. This is as low as the sun gets.

Base camp is less than an hour away.

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Last stop before camp to get water. They locate a piece of a glacier(fresh water) that has dropped into the ocean and freezes in. Climb up with a length of sharpened rebar, break off chunks, carry back to kamituk. Melt back at camp.

From: T Mac
11-Apr-15
Awesome recap so far

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From: bghunter
11-Apr-15
Great story. I gotta say though after this long cold winter in WI, these photos make me never want to see snow again :)

11-Apr-15

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We arrive at base camp a little after 2:00AM. Kavavow arrived just minutes before us. These cabins on tracks had sat empty all winter and had a half inch of frost on the ceiling and walls. As the cabins warmed, it literally rained in them. Everyone was so tired we pulled out sleeping bags(thanks Tom) and crashed for the night. We'd deal with wet sleeping bags and clothes in the morning.

Twenty-four hour daylight had my time clock messed up and I only slept a few hours, I climbed up on top of the cabin, sat down in the glassing chair(left side of cabin near smoke stack) and started looking for bears. Today we would stay in camp for three reasons. Kavavow believes in staying in camp for 12 hours so there is no questioning the 12 hr. before you hunt rule even if you don't fly. He is the most respected man in Grise. Second, we needed to get organized to head out on the ice tomorrow and last, we had white out conditions and couldn't see safely out on the ice.

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The sled dogs slept as I glassed in -20 temps.

From: JW
11-Apr-15
This hunt will always just be a dream for me. Thanks for taking us along! Love the pics!

From: Bowboy
11-Apr-15
Great pictures keep them coming!

From: sureshot
11-Apr-15
Great pictures keep them coming!

From: KJC
11-Apr-15
What an adventure! Anxiously awaiting the next post!

From: Medicinemann
11-Apr-15
Talk about having a rush of memories!!!! I am going to enjoy this thread immensely...

11-Apr-15

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And that brings us to the reason that I am posting this thread. Please take the time to read.

tthomas has gone out of his way to help me out on this hunt. Now I must pay it forward. Remember Jaypettee, my Taxi driver that got me to base camp? He is one of the best guides in Nunavut for polar bear. He has been reduced to the "taxi driver" because of another outbreak of Parvo in Nunavut which killed the majority of his sled dogs and about half the dogs in Grise Fiord. Several of the dogs on my hunt survived the outbreak and were not yet 100%. Jaypettee has been hurt financially by this loss. There are not many good jobs in the north. He and many residents of Nunavat have also lost animals they truly care about. Most residents cannot afford the vaccine.

Dogs commonly travel from town to town by airplane so the virus spreads easily throughout Nunavut. The government does not have a program to help with this problem. My goal is, with Pat's permission, to raise money through Bowsite in conjunction with Pope and Young and start a program to provide vaccines to the residents of Nunavut at no charge.

This is not a fundraiser so a bunch of rich guys can hunt polar bear. Sled dogs are also used in everyday life in the north and are an important link between today's Inuit youth and their heritage. Nunavut regulations require nonresident hunters to travel by dogsled once the hunt begins. Pope and Young requires sled dogs for travel to be considered fair chase. No sled dogs, no fair chase. Sick dogs, compromised hunt.

A plan is in place. My vet has found a program with the vaccine manufacturer where we may purchase at a greatly reduced price. He has also calculated the amount of vaccine needed. Distribution will be through First Air and Ken Boerek Air. Nurses have volunteered to vaccinate dogs.

All we need to do now is raise some money. Pope and Young has agreed to handle the money aspect of this program so you know the money is going to a credible organization. You may mail checks to:

Pope and Young Club 273 Mill Creek Rd P.O. Box 548 Chatfield, MN 55923

Make checks payable to: Pope and Young Club and include Parvo Free Nunavut on the check so funds are placed in the correct account. You may also call P&Y and contribute with a credit card AFTER the convention beginning April 21. I will also be at the convention to answer any questions.

No contribution is too small. If every "lurker" on Bowsite contributes $5.00, this will be an ongoing program for years to come.

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Thank you and please contribute. Now let's get back to the hunt!

From: midwest
11-Apr-15
Good stuff!

11-Apr-15
$100 check on its way. Rocky Mountain Wildlife Studios

From: grazak
11-Apr-15
Great Thread, thanks for bringing us along..!

From: dmann
11-Apr-15
Great thread, can't wait to read more. Great thing you're doing to help those dogs. I'm sure you'll get many donations.

11-Apr-15
Thanks FullCryHounds and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Studios for getting the ball rolling. Very nice contribution- I know how hard you work for your money! Jim

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The cabins sit on solid ground on the shores of the frozen ocean. White-out conditions varied throughout the day from zero visability to at times, miles. I had brought my 15x56 Sworo's and a tripod and I had to occassionally have to ask to use my own binos. The guides really enjoyed using them. If it was 90 degrees warmer it could have been a pretty good party up there.

By 11:00 that night the only life we had glassed up were seals sunning themselves next to their holes. This was just base camp so I didn't expect to see much. I was short on sleep and my eyes were shot from glassing all day. I told the guides I was headed for my (Tom's) sleeping bag. They were going to glass for a bit longer and then do the same. My notes said I was in my bag (Toms) at 11:10. At 11:20 I was woken. "We got two bears" is what I heard.

I jumped out of bed, got dressed and climbed up to the glassing chair. The bears were way out and all we could tell was one was bigger than the other. That is exactly what we were looking for as the rut was on and the big boars should be with the smaller sows. It could also be a sow and cub. They asked me what I wanted to do and I said ":Lets go."

Our sleepy little camp instantly became organized chaos. Dogs were barking, excited to work. Everyone had a job to do, mainly hooking up the dog team.

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Some dogs hitched up with no problem. Some were obviously "biters" so they had a pole with a hook on it and Joanie (pronounced Joe-on-ee or Joe-wan-ee anything but Joan-ee) would hook the collar and then they could safely work with the dog. The biters must have been good pullers to put up with the biting.

12-Apr-15
I don't think I have introduced you to Kavavow, the head guide. He is Tall. His mother is Inuit and father from India. Soft spoken, doesn't get too excited about anything except for when we were after a bear. 58 years old and very respected in town. He drives the fuel delivery truck for a job- one of the few good jobs. He is hunched over the dog. Kavavows son Michael in the background.

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12-Apr-15
I head for Tom's bow case and pull out his bow and release which I have never shot. I tried to find something to shoot arrows into in town but couldn't. I did find some foam insulation still banded together at a government building in the middle of town that really tempted me but I was a guest in their town and decided against it. I could only find a handful of arrows left over from Tom's hunt. Later he said he thought there were more in there. Tom, what was the final outcome as to the actual number of arrows in there?

Regardless, I had 5 or 6 arrows and 2 of them were missing a vane. I was afraid to shoot any arrows through snow blocks for fear of shaving off more vanes or worse, losing one. I knew the kind of bow hunter Tom is, so I knew the bow was tuned and sighted in properly. He had also given me instructions on his bows such as "The top pin is 30 yds" in the airport.

From: Bill in MI
12-Apr-15
Great read- keep it coming.

Question- in the mountain ridge photo there seems to be a lot of tracks. Yours? If not, what are they from?

Thx Bill

12-Apr-15
They never leave camp without food or survival gear even if it appears to be a short trip. With everything loaded, I am finally in the dogsled. Snow on the ice is deep and tough on the dogs. It is slow going but steady. After some time, we get close enough to the two bears to determine that it is in fact a sow and cub. We head back to camp.

I wish I had more pictures of this part of the hunt but I was videoing as much as I could, fingers got cold, video camera got cold and nothing turned out well.

We arrive back at camp somewhere around 5:00AM. Everyone is tired and ready for some sleep. Jaypettee greets us and says, "Aahh, we found two more bears over there."

We climb up to the glassing chair and again, could not tell if they were a sow and cub or "husband and wife" as Kavavow called them. They asked me again, "What do you want to do?" "Let's go." These bears were acting differently than the sow and cub and I had a hunch this was a "husband and wife."

Jaypetee, Mark and Jon Neely the CO have to head back to town so we say our goodbyes and we take off again.The dogs are tired and progress is even slower. We get closer and determine that yes, it is husband and wife. Now, is the husband big enough?

From a long distance away we can tell that the sow is hunting seals meaning she is standing motionless at a seal hole staring intently, waiting for a seal to pop out. The boar is laying down in the wide open 200 yds. away from her. We have no idea how big he is.

Long before this adventure began ,I vowed to myself that I would not shoot a bear bayed up by the dogs. I must stalk him. I am now soul searching. I am on a hunt that I can do only once. I don't have my own equipment. I have a bow that I have never shot with a very limited number of arrows. Polar bears are not afraid of people in many situations. If I stalk a bear with an unfamiliar bow and don't make a perfect shot things could go haywire. I don't want a poorly shot bear to charge and put guides at risk or have a bullet in the bear. What distance can I ethicly shoot at a stalked bear with this bow? I struggle with the situation as the dogs pull closer.

I make a decision. The right thing to do in this situation is to allow the dogs to bay up the bear. I am disappointed to say the least.

We approach and the sow takes off to our right. The boar just lays there. I am trying to video but the camera won't focus and my fingers are freezing. I need my fingers to shoot. To hell with the camera!

12-Apr-15
Bill in Mi, Those are polar bear tracks.

12-Apr-15
We find his tracks. They are the biggest I have seen. The tracks did not look huge to me but I have only brown bear and grizzly knowledge to fall back on. This is the first time I can match a set of tracks to the bear. The boar stands up and Kavavow says, "Big bear!" There is excitement in his voice. I ask, "How big?" He answers, Nine and a half to ten. Maybe bigger." "Are you positive?" "Yes. We don't pass up on this bear to find a bigger one." I'm making sure. "We have many days left." Kavavow assures me, "No, nobody passes up this bear." I agree to shoot.

The dogs excitement level has increased with the scent of the bears but soon they see it.

Polar bears are magnificent animals and I feel fortunate to be here.

The dogs gain on the bear and Kavavow cuts the dogs loose.

The bear bays up and because of the situation I do not get the adrenalin rush I am so accustomed to. Part of it may have been the pressure to make the shot this animal deserves with an unfamiliar weapon. One of the dogs gets too close and the bear almost pulls him in. My first shot is right behind the shoulder but sixteen inches high. Now I don't know if I made a bad shot or if that is how Tom's bow shoots for me. I aim slightly lower and the next arrow hits two inches lower than the first. I quickly aim underneath his belly and release the fatal shot.

12-Apr-15

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Kavavow, Joanie and Michael are all very happy. We are all happy. We work hard to position the bear for pictures. Pictures are difficult because blood instantly freezes to the hair. We take lots of pictures and then I begin skinning. My skinning knives were lost in my baggage. Their large knives were cumbersome for me so they joined in and got the bear skinned before it froze. The hide froze almost instantly. By now we are all experiencing sleep deprivation and we head for camp.

e all are happy

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The bear squared out at 9 1/2 feet with no BS factor. I cannot call him a ten footer but many would.

12-Apr-15

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Skull is 25 6/16. He's a good bear.

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Stay tuned for the seal hunt to follow shortly.

From: Zackman
12-Apr-15
Congrats on a beautiful bear and great adventure!

12-Apr-15
Wow, that escalated fast. I can't imagine doing that kind of a hunt with a bow you don't know. Nice work, way to adapt and congratulations!

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By the time we got back to camp I got a second wind so I cleaned the skull. Polar bears have longer teeth than brown or grizzly bears.

12-Apr-15
I have read on other threads about how some guides treat their dogs. The dogs on my hunt were given the utmost of care. Class act all the way around.

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polar bear for dinner tonight.

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Jeffrey, another guide, truly loves his dogs.

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From: grazak
12-Apr-15
Congrats on your Great White bear..!!!

From: sticksender
12-Apr-15
Beautiful animal, fabulous adventure. You should have no regrets of any kind. Count yourself as a lucky and blessed man. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

From: Ron Niziolek
12-Apr-15
Great bear. Great story!

From: Bowboy
12-Apr-15
Congrats on a great bear and thanks for posting!

From: Mark Watkins
12-Apr-15
Whoooooop! Congrats on a great bear and adventure!

Mark

From: Drop tine
12-Apr-15
Great bear for a great guy. Congrats on a fantastic adventure.

From: Jimbo
12-Apr-15
Congratulations on your bear. Thanks For sharing. And, my hat is off to tthomas... what a great guy to do what he did for you. Good stuff.

From: razorhead
12-Apr-15
I would have no intention on killing a polar bear, even if I could afford it..... but this thread was so cool...... thanks for taking me on your journey....

this is why I love bowsite

From: trublucolo
12-Apr-15
Great story & nice pics, sounds like a lot of great people all along the way. Congrats on the bear!

From: T Mac
12-Apr-15
Excellent adventure thanks for sharing! tthomas never ceases to amaze me! Congrats to all involved!

12-Apr-15
tthomas truly is the hero in that story.

12-Apr-15
Congratulations on your Polar Bear! Great story looking forward to the seal hunt. One question now, who has your bear until the U.S. government pulls their head out of their back side?

12-Apr-15
Amazing

13-Apr-15
Good read! Congrats. Thanks for posting the story.

From: Mad Trapper
13-Apr-15
Well done Jim!

13-Apr-15
Congrats! An exceptional trophy, What an adventure! Thx for sharing your great story and pics. (Honestly I was not expecting the story to end so quick) Thanks also to tthomas, what a class act!

Def a hunt and adventure many of us will never get to experience in person, but have experienced on bowsite.

From: njbuck
13-Apr-15
Amazing bear and amazing adventure. A huge congrats. Just another act of TThomas being a true world class gentleman.

From: KJC
13-Apr-15
Nanuq! Congrats on a great adventure! I really enjoyed your write up. Thanks for posting!

From: MathewsMan
13-Apr-15

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Congratulations on the experience of a lifetime.

Here is a map of Nunavut. Amazing people, culture and way of living. We were up there Caribou hunting last year, even in September it was frigidly cold.

From: OFFHNTN
13-Apr-15
"He's a good bear."

ARE YOU NUTS? That is an AWESOME bear!!! Beautiful coat and BIG!!! I can tell you are a bit bummed with having to use the dogs, but c'mon man! Once in a lifetime trip and given all the "set backs" with your bags and bow I would be ecstatic!

From: tthomas
13-Apr-15

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What a wonderful read. Thanks for sharing. I didn’t want to wade in on this thread to detract from your sharing your story. Glad it all worked out for you. I don’t post much on Bowsite any more after being called an elitist bowhunter (because I posted that if you want to kill a sheep with your bow, then you should leave your gun at home) but I thought I would make an exception as it might add to Jim’s story, not take away.

Just a bit more from my recollection as our meeting in the airport only lasted a few brief minutes.

1. When I met Jim at the airport, I did know him but probably was not as friendly as I should have been. I had my rescue husky to deal with and was worried sick about her. She was in a broken down kennel and I had just had taken her off the ice and then still had several flights still to go. I was a bit stressed, as was my newly adopted husky. She smelled like the inside of a rotten seal, I probably wasn’t much better as I didn’t think she smelled so bad. Also they were calling for Jim’s flight to board but the young lady was going to hold it for him as I sorted out what gear he was going to take. I was worried about my flights, and had a scared and wild husky at my feet, in the middle of an airport. I was worried about her health and she was not at all housetrained, nor airport trained. 2. Jim and I are close to the same build so I knew my gear and my bow should work for him. In my hurry, I didn’t explain that there were extra arrows at the bottom of the SKB double bow case. There were two bows and there were at least another six arrows in the bottom, but it was clear when I got the case back that he didn’t get that deep. I wish I would have been clearer. Also I can shoot the two vane arrows as good as the ones with three vanes. 3. I left my backpack Griz Archery target with my guide as he had another bowhunter coming in. I was worried about that hunter as I was told there was an archery target in Pond Inlet but it was a piece of crap. I didn’t anticipate giving all my gear to some bowhunter in the airport. 4. I had googles but my guide’s grandson lost his on the ice and I gave mine to him so that is why Jim didn’t have mine.

I love Jim’s saying “when things go wrong, suddenly they go right”. It is rare when an opportunity to do some good presents itself. On my trip north, I was presented with, not one but two. I didn’t have to look far. The first was rescuing that beautiful and crazy husky. She has a good life now. The second was when Jim came over and asked if I was Tom Foss and Karine, the person who was in charge of baggage for First Air explained that his luggage was lost. It was an easy decision to just give Jim my bows and my Sitka duffel. I wish I wasn’t so rushed and could have spent more time with Jim.

All worked out well. Jim got to hunt and got a huge bear. We named that husky Juno and she is one charming and lovable dog. She was 36 pounds and now weighs 52. Just last night she ate Kaiser (120 pounds) and Kenzie’s (55 pounds) raw food as it was thawing on the counter. She gobbled five pounds of frozen beef in only a few seconds. I guess she thought she was back on the ice. I still love her, though just now we thaw the food in the sink where she cannot get to it.

She got busted up a bit on the ice, but now she is safe. I write a few posts on the Sitka website and the one about Juno, has been sitting in my drafts for several months. It was pretty emotional being on the ice, not knowing if or how or what I could do to save her. Sharing and writing that story has been hard. Its been almost a year so hopefully I can share it soon.

Straight arrows.

From: Florida Mike
13-Apr-15
Thanks for the update Tom. Yea I got tired of the crap too so I dont post much either. I'm glad Juno is well. Youre a class act! I just wish you were 6'4", LOL. Mike

From: tthomas
13-Apr-15

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Thanks for the kind words Mike.

Wouldn't it be great if we could get some of these dogs sent down south rather than ending up cracked over the head and tossed in the dump.

What a beautiful and wonderful dog Miss Juno has grown into. I can not image my life without her or how I could have looked at myself in the mirror if I had not brought her home.

It is a wonderful thing that Jim has started here. My other dog Kenzie had all her brothers and sisters die of Parvo. She survived and we rescued here as well.

13-Apr-15
Way to go Tom. Proud of what you did for everyone and Juno. Great job!

13-Apr-15
I def miss seeing and reading posts from such an exceptional bowhunter and class act as Tom.

13-Apr-15
hunt'n addict- Canada has my polar bear!!

First of all, the U.S. policy of non-importation angers Canada. Who are we to tell Canada how to manage their bears. The polar bear research team was staying in the same hotel as me. I asked them their opinion on hunting polar bears(which could have gone really wrong) and the lead researcher told me he has no problem with hunting. Most populations are increasing, a few are stable. They are trying to figure out what the populations will be 50 yrs from now.

Second, residents don't like the fact that the U.S. hurt their local economies for a year or two. Lucky for them, the rest of the world also hunts.

Third, northern community residents laugh at our stupidity. Each community is allotted the proper number of tags for the area. Residents shoot the majority of the allotment, the rest are sold as trophy hunts to add to their local economies. No trophy hunts-the residents just shoot more until the quota is met. Often times residents shoot sows because they are easier to sew into clothing. Trophy hunters tend to shoot boars. Which is better for the population?

13-Apr-15
Just to clarify, I have no issues with residents shooting sows. It's a tough life up there and if they need sows for clothing, shoot away. I was wearing polar bear boots. Warmest footwear I have ever worn.

13-Apr-15
tthomas, I'm glad you waded in. You need to wade in more. We like to hear from you. Pat, perhaps at the meet and greet when the "Creative Fluids" are flowing, we can figure out how to deal with idiots and name callers so people like tthomas and bigdan want to post. We shouldn't need to have thick skin to survive posting on here.

Tom, glad Juno is doing great. Understood, Juno was and should have been your focus in the airport but I did think you were the quietest Canadian I had ever met!!!! Couldn't get anything out of you about your hunt!

From: sureshot
13-Apr-15
tthomas, Glad to see you around, I was just beginning to wonder if you had left.

From: bigguy
14-Apr-15
Awesome story. Thanks for taking us along. Congrats on the bear!

From: BULELK1
14-Apr-15
Thanks for sharing a great hunt.

Team Foss is alive and well!!

Good luck, Robb

From: Ace
14-Apr-15
Great story Jimmy, congrats on a beautiful bear.

Tom, the only thing you do when you stay away from here is make sure that this place isn't quite what it once was, or what it could be. What you did for Jimmy was awesome, and even though I know it was just you being you, please know that to some of us, it was one of those little reminders, that there are great people out there, the entire world isn't ruled by the jerks.

Haters are gonna hate, liars are gonna lie, and some people should just stfu and or keep their opinions to themselves. I'm truly sorry that you feel as if the best thing for you is to not post much. You're a class act, and one hell of a bowhunter, and a great storyteller as well.

Bowsite is diminished by your absence, and while I can understand it if you choose to not post, PLEASE do not feel as if the name callers speak for all of us. I'll go so far as to say that I don't think they speak for very many of us.

Thanks so much for the update on Juno, it sure brought a big smile to my face.

From: mountainman
14-Apr-15
Wow! Great story! Every aspect of it is special. For a man to just hand over his equipment to help a fellow hunter out like that, that's a special kind of person. Congrats on your bear. Nice pictures. Tom, I'm glad you managed to get Juno home. She is one lucky animal, she won the dog lottery.

From: Toby
14-Apr-15
Great adventure!!! Congrats!!!

From: Db1
14-Apr-15
Congrats Jim on a great bear! Grise is a unique place. Glad it all worked out and you ran Into Tom..good stuff

From: Mr.C
14-Apr-15
very epic adventure Mr Jimmy! congrats and thanks for sharing...thats a good looking dog Mr Tom and I hope you both smell better hahaha MikeC

From: OFFHNTN
14-Apr-15
Jim, how long did it take to finally track down your bags or what ever happened to them?

14-Apr-15
They showed up in Resolute after I had killed the bear I ended up having five bags for the trip home with Tom's bow case and duffel and no, they did not charge me for any of them.

From: MT
25-Jul-15
Great story, combined with tthomas' story. Epic trips.

From: Mr.C
27-Jul-15
were you able to bring the hide and skull home! I heard not to long back after reading your story and sharing it with friends that you could not? If so then what

Mike

From: tthomas
14-Apr-17
Jim

With Trump in charge, any hope to get your bear home? Removing the restriction might also help us in our fight to keep grizzly bear hunting open as well. Closing the British Columbia griz season is a hot topic in the current B.C provincial election right now.

Of course there is not science to close the season and even less science not to allow polar bears to be imported to the US, but who am I to tell a government what to do. They didn't let me vote in the last election :)

From: Scar Finga
14-Apr-17
Jim, Very well done Sir! What an adventure! I still want to hear about the seal hunt, so hurry up:)

Tom, Don't let the belittlers get you down, there are a lot of good people on here and you are definitely one of them, we hope to hear more from you! BTW, That's one lucky pup, and you are a good man for taking her in!

God Bless,

Scar.

From: Genesis
14-Apr-17
A tthomas post is a rare gem ...... just like they always have been

From: Yeager
14-Apr-17
Congratulations on a most amazing hunting adventure. It just kills me, though, how one can ethically and lawfully go on a hunt of a life time, only to be tarnished by unethical acts of our own government. I know an individual that I've measured a few animals for that was lucky enough to take his polar bear in the last year before the U.S. banned their imports. Hope this ends and you get to have your well earned trophy where it should be. Great story!!

From: TD
14-Apr-17
Great story to read again..... keeping the faith, finding a way to make it happen (and fate always seems to do what it does..... especially if there's a Foss around..... heheheh...) Would be pretty awesome to be able to lay hands on your bear. They are on the right track... if they can follow it up with the right action..... there's a chance.

How did the Parvo Project turn out? Any word from up north?

14-Apr-17
Tom, Good to hear from you. Once Trump got elected, I couldn't wait to see who would be Secretary of the Interior. I assume Trumps kids got involved and got it right with Ryan Zinke from Montana. I have talked to people in the know from SCI and it is on their agenda. Maybe Pat could set up a meeting with Don Jr., Zinke and me and we'll get it done! Meanwhile, many bears wait in Canada. Changing the law would also create jobs for us taxidermists! When will politicians in your country and ours realize the importance of hunting, economically, for the safety of our wildlife and wild places, and for our kids? Most kids that hunt and fish turn out pretty good- wouldn't you say! Wish you could vote in our elections- many aliens do.

Scar, Some day I will post the seal hunt but by law I had to hunt with a gun. I'm not a gun hunter but it was fun.

TD, I had everything setup with veterinarians, transportation, distribution, a pharmaceutical company and never received a donation. P&Y did not want to get involved either so I let it go.

Tom, Hope you post again- you have a great following here on Bowsite. I think we have eliminated most of the rif-raf.

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