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Contributors to this thread:
Tyler 04-Jun-24
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Charlie Rehor 04-Jun-24
Tyler 04-Jun-24
longsprings 04-Jun-24
TMac 04-Jun-24
njbuck 04-Jun-24
Bigwdswanderer 04-Jun-24
Treeline 04-Jun-24
bohuntr 04-Jun-24
Beav 04-Jun-24
Dino 04-Jun-24
APauls 04-Jun-24
Will 04-Jun-24
Insheart 04-Jun-24
t-roy 04-Jun-24
butcherboy 04-Jun-24
bluedog 04-Jun-24
Bowfreak 04-Jun-24
VAMtns 04-Jun-24
Stoneman 04-Jun-24
Scoot 04-Jun-24
Kurt 04-Jun-24
Willieboat 04-Jun-24
bowhunter24 04-Jun-24
Supernaut 04-Jun-24
caribou77 04-Jun-24
TREESTANDWOLF 04-Jun-24
Schmitty78 04-Jun-24
Tyler 05-Jun-24
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BULELK1 05-Jun-24
midwest 05-Jun-24
Boreal 05-Jun-24
t-roy 05-Jun-24
Bowbender 05-Jun-24
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Chekmate 05-Jun-24
APauls 05-Jun-24
Insheart 05-Jun-24
Rgiesey 06-Jun-24
WV Mountaineer 06-Jun-24
ND String Puller 07-Jun-24
grape 07-Jun-24
Bou'bound 07-Jun-24
Lewis 07-Jun-24
carcus 07-Jun-24
Footshooter 07-Jun-24
drycreek 07-Jun-24
Charlie Rehor 07-Jun-24
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VAMtns 08-Jun-24
Medicinemann 08-Jun-24
TMac 08-Jun-24
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Westgak 09-Jun-24
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From: Tyler
04-Jun-24
I decided to post this for those of you who miss the old Bowsite such as myself.

Prologue: April of 1999 as a 10 year old I was invited to an archery birthday party in Winnipeg. The friend that invited me came from a hunting family, his father was an avid whitetail bowhunter. I fell in love with archery from the first arrow and returned home that day to ask my parents if they would buy me a bow. That spring or summer one day they came home with a second hand silver eagle compound and a dozen aluminum arrows. I was now target practicing daily in the yard shooting a haybale with a judo point and a paper target after a few weeks I thought I was getting good at this! By mid summer I tell mom and dad I want to bow hunt! They didn’t even know people actually bow hunted. Their response was, well we have 100 acres that has deer, black bears and an assortment of small game, they said “do your best”. I turned 11 that fall and started to hunt. Hanging stands, building brush blinds, I had no clue what I was doing but I didn’t care! My parents soon found out their friends son who is 15 years older than I, also was a bowhunter, so I now had a mentor. Jeff took me under his wing and answered my millions of questions and helped forge the bowhunter I am today. Jeff also steered me to Bowsite.com where I would lurk the forums reading away. Consumed by Bowsite and bowhunting I had created a list of a few animals I really wanted to bowhunt Mountain lion, caribou and mountain goat were what really peaked my interest. It was now 2004 and I was still yet to take my first big game animal with a bow. Jeff told me I should try bear hunting as it’s easier than whitetails, and once I got my first animal with a bow it would become much easier. so with instruction I set up a bait and stand in the back 40 and would sit every night after school watching bears eat old bread that I’d collected from subway dumpsters and beaver carcasses that were saved from my winter trapping season. Looking back at old photos I passed some really good bears not knowing any better but I think I was just consumed by watching them. On the second last day of the season I decided to shoot a bear, a young sow which I made a great 25 yard shot on. I was now hooked for life. It wasn’t long after that bear season that I added to my bucket list of animals that I wanted to bow hunt “The Polar Bear” The years ticked by and I was able to take several whitetails and mule deer and even booked a couple successful archery pronghorn hunts in South Dakota, at age 15 and 17. In 2008/09 I booked my cat hunt Utah and after a few attempts and 13 days I took a great Tom. In 2013 I started guiding full time as a career and kicked off with central Canadian barren ground caribou. I started that season with camp maintenance and as a resident of Manitoba I was able to take 2 tags of my own up. I took 2 caribou bulls in late August that year before the hunts started, I have had the pleasure of guiding for caribou every year since. In 2016 I had a friend of mine hunter host me in BC for a late season mountain goat hunt. Another incredible hunt shared with a good friend as well as my father. Day 11 I was successful in taking a nice Billy. This left my list rather empty apart from the polar bear which seemed like a long shot that would ever achieve such a hunt. The years ticked by I followed the great polar bear stories on Bowsite and spoke to dozens of hunters in camp over the years about their polar bear hunts. I had the itch real bad for the past 4 years but just want able to justify spending the money as I don’t make a lot of it as a guide outfitter. After having kids 18 months ago some things changed for me and I decided I needed to not put this on hold any longer. It was mid October I was guiding a good repeat client and friend of mine Taylor for woodland caribou and we were sharing camp with Mr Tom Foss as I do with most of my clients I had brought up my dream hunt and asked Tom of details of his bear hunt. Taylor spoke up and said to me well I’m not going to the Arctic to hunt one of those damn things unless you’re backing me up Chubb (my nickname/lastname) he said line it up let’s go. That was the push I needed. We killed a booner caribou that week and I kept thinking about what Taylor had said. Season ended early December and I started sending e mails to the guys that offer polar bear hunts even though I was already fairly certain I would book with Jo Verni as I had been recommended him several times by a few different hunters. I called up Jo in hopes to line things up for 2025 and next minute we are on the fast track program for April May 2024 2 hunters 14 days out of Hall beach. Everything gets lined up and by late March a month before our hunt there is a hiccup and we get moved to Pond Inlet. We take the change in location with a grain of salt and go with the flow. 25 days and counting now!!

From: Tyler
04-Jun-24

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The 3 of my 4 bucket list animals

From: Tyler
04-Jun-24
With a ton of shooting everyday all winter long in southern Manitoba I was feeling confident in my clothing and shooting while dressed up. My gear was all up to scratch and I packed everything up about 4 days before go time. The first part of the journey was to fly to Ottawa and overnight at Taylors go through his gear as well as some joint items for the hunt. Some running around for our guides that afternoon getting skidoo parts some headlamps and a few other random hard to get items followed by a steak dinner at the keg and we were ready to rock! Early AM flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit with a short layover and onto Pond Inlet everything was smooth as could be! We even got hot cookies and milk as a snack on the plane! We arrived in Pond and so did all our luggage. Our outfitter picked us up and we went to the conservation office and got our licenses and tags sorted out. We checked into the Inns north and were meant to head out mid morning the following day. Things were feeling very real now!!! A good feed and an early night was on the cards.

From: Tyler
04-Jun-24

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04-Jun-24
Great thread. Nice to hear your story.

From: Tyler
04-Jun-24
Will finish over the next week or 2. Off to bed here now as I’m back in the southern hemisphere gearing up for buff season!

From: longsprings
04-Jun-24
My kind of story's Thanks

From: TMac
04-Jun-24
Look forward to hearing all about your adventure

From: njbuck
04-Jun-24
Cant wait to follow along. Congrats on making your dreams become reality!

04-Jun-24
Awesome story! Thanks for sharing!

From: Treeline
04-Jun-24
Awesome! Ready to see this one unfold! Thank you, Tyler!

From: bohuntr
04-Jun-24
Really looking forward to this. Thanks for posting!

From: Beav
04-Jun-24
We all miss the old Bowsite! Thanks so much for sharing this, can't wait.

From: Dino
04-Jun-24
Awesome thread Tyler! Keep it coming, mate!

From: APauls
04-Jun-24
Some guys are hunters and some guys are killers. Tyler might look friendly but when he buys a tag that means somewhere out there is a heart that has limited a limited number of beats left.

From: Will
04-Jun-24
Very cool!

From: Insheart
04-Jun-24
Great story, throw in a few more would be nice. :)

From: t-roy
04-Jun-24
Great start so far! Definitely looking forward to an “old school” Bowsite story. Keep it coming!

From: butcherboy
04-Jun-24
Can’t wait for the rest! What breath of fresh air with an actual bow hunting story.

From: bluedog
04-Jun-24
Thanks Tyler!

From: Bowfreak
04-Jun-24
I'm tuned in. I can't wait to hear the rest!

From: VAMtns
04-Jun-24
Been following all the Black Bear hunts , Now a White Bear hunt , Awesome

From: Stoneman
04-Jun-24
Thanks for taking the time to put a hunting story at the top. Looking forward to the rest of the adventure.

From: Scoot
04-Jun-24
Love it! Looking forward to this.

From: Kurt
04-Jun-24
Tyler is a great guy to hunt with as well as an excellent guide, story teller, cook and outfitter!

Thanks for writing this up...it should be an interesting tale of the "last" (haha, I bet it isn't) bucket list hunt! You can always find another critter/hunt that you just have to experience!

From: Willieboat
04-Jun-24
Thanks for taking the time to do this. Looking forward to the rest of it.

From: bowhunter24
04-Jun-24
A big grin on my face, thanks for taking us along on your journey good luck!!!

From: Supernaut
04-Jun-24
This is awesome, thanks for taking us along!

Looking forward to more.

From: caribou77
04-Jun-24
I’m afraid this may be posted on the wrong site! If there’s no politics or people whining then what’s the point of posting! :) in all seriousness thank you! So happy to see a real adventure story again.

04-Jun-24
Subscribed and thank you for taking us along the ride.

From: Schmitty78
04-Jun-24
Awesome! Looking forward to the rest of the story:)

From: Tyler
05-Jun-24
Lucky Day 1. The plan was to wake up and have a late breakfast around 9 then load our gear up fuel all the machines and head out of town around noon. After a restless night due to excitement we went for breakfast at 7 which was the earliest it was served. The food at Inns North was excellent and the hotel Manager Jimmy a guy from Winnipeg was great to deal with! We had our meal and patiently waited to hear from our main guy Lee who was one of our dog mushers and main go to guide. A great dog musher he was as he had just completed a 6 day dog sled race from Arctic bay to pond inlet placing 3rd overall. After countless coffees and no communications by 11 AM I was getting very anxious. Despite my feelings I know how things work in the north and having worked alongside Inuits before I know that they operate on their terms so we remained calm. By 12 Lee had called and said the the weather was now whiteout and indeed it was. With temps at -29 and 50kmh winds it was not nice out there despite the beauty morning we had. Lee felt it was best to call the departure off and try again tomorrow. As much as we wanted to get out there we knew they were making the right call. We strolled around town and found out that the Qamutiik cup final men’s 18+ hockey was on tonight Arctic bay versus Pond inlet. We joined the masses at the arena for puck drop at 8:30 and had a great time watching the local talent. Some great players on both teams but Arctic bay took the cup as they seemed to have a few strong younger guys that wouldn’t tire out. The interesting thing was there was zero contact due to the remoteness of the community Injuries were not welcome it was a nice change to the normal rough game as I found it made the game faster paced compared to normal. We headed back to the hotel around 11 pm with still full daylight outside and the town buzzing with activity from the events over the past couple of days. Tomorrows plan was the same as todays late breakfast and depart town late morning.

From: Tyler
05-Jun-24

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It appeared we wouldn’t be eating many pb and j sandwiches on this trip!
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It appeared we wouldn’t be eating many pb and j sandwiches on this trip!

From: Tyler
05-Jun-24
Glad some of you guys are tuned in and enjoying as I’ve enjoyed many stories here over the years! Sorry for the bad grammar punctuation etc to be honest a lot of this was done by voice text in the back of the Qamutiik! I could edit it but time is precious at the moment!

Haha Adam after 15 years of friendship you know me well!!!

Thanks for the kind words Kurt as well as the motivation sharing your bear hunt stories with me back in buff camp! Hahah I have to laugh as it’s almost like you spoke to My wife as she’s always known I was going to do this hunt it was just a question of when. Once it was booked I said well that’s it for me this is my pinnacle, she rolled her eyes and said this is just the start!!! Turns out she knows me well too!

From: BULELK1
05-Jun-24
Heck of a Thread.

Thanks for sharing,

Robb

From: midwest
05-Jun-24
THIS is Bowsite!

From: Boreal
05-Jun-24
Good stuff! I'm locked in!

From: t-roy
05-Jun-24
Malkins jam! A Canadian staple!

Off to a great start, Tyler!

From: Bowbender
05-Jun-24
Wow....just wow. Thanks for sharing!

From: bowhunter24
05-Jun-24
Question, did you spend the time in the walk in freezer before you left???

From: Chekmate
05-Jun-24
Great story Tyler. Watching for the continuation.

From: APauls
05-Jun-24
I'll be here till the end. Dude grew up in a freezer lol. We've hunted bunnies at -50, no need to prep on that side.

From: Insheart
05-Jun-24
Nice, hopefully you get to put a bright red stain on a white coat, good luck!

From: Rgiesey
06-Jun-24
Tuned in.

06-Jun-24
I love it!!!!!

07-Jun-24
Bring it Tyler!

Think I might become a peanut butter and jelly smuggler geez ;)

From: grape
07-Jun-24
Awesome Tyler. Thanks!

From: Bou'bound
07-Jun-24
Great story. Well done !!

From: Lewis
07-Jun-24
Good stuff here thanks for letting us tag along Lewis

From: carcus
07-Jun-24
Awesome, thanks for sharing Tyler

From: Footshooter
07-Jun-24
Can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

From: drycreek
07-Jun-24
I’m looking forward to the rest of this !

07-Jun-24
World wide hunter. Go get em..

From: Tyler
08-Jun-24

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My ride
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Locked and loaded! These dogs couldn’t wait to get in the qamutiik in the mornings and couldn’t wait to get out in the evenings
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Locked and loaded! These dogs couldn’t wait to get in the qamutiik in the mornings and couldn’t wait to get out in the evenings
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Moments before we’re actually polar bear hunting!
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Moments before we’re actually polar bear hunting!
Lucky Day 2. Both Taylor and I slept better that night as some of the excitement had mellowed out. We had our normal breakfast around 9 and waited to see what the plan for the day was. Lee picked us up around 11 and we headed down to the qamutiiks to load all of our gear up it was still very overcast and blowing snow not quite as bad as the previous day but the forecast was calling for improved conditions. Once we were packed up we decided to break for lunch as if the anticipation wasnt killing us!! After a big fried chicken lunch we set off at around 1:30pm in less than ideal conditions. Light blowing snow and overcast made for poor visibility. The qamutiik ride was everything I imagined it would be. While being beat to oblivion I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face or stop laughing to myself for that matter as I’d heard so much about this type of travel for so long. I was also laughing because I don’t think Taylor really knew what he had signed up for and could only imagine what he was thinking at that point in time. The first 20kms was rough to say the least. After about 70kms and a couple hours we made it to the floe edge. The edge had changed drastically according to Lee who had completed the dog sled race just a few days earlier. A large portion of ice several kms worth had broken free making the water much closer to land. We continued to travel East toward Clyde river about 30 minutes later I heard the word Nanook!!! I got out of the box and stood up on top and glassed the boar as he covered some ground spooked from our commotion. My initial thoughts were a young 6 foot bear not that I know what I’m doing when it comes to polar bears but having lots of experience with black bears and having seen several polar bears in Churchill and on the Hudson bay coast in my life I knew this was not what we were looking for. I went and looked at the tracks and to my suprise they were larger than expected. I couldn’t really make out the pad in the fresh snow as the snow would sort of fall back into the track not leaving a clear impression of the pad. these tracks were 9 inches wide. That was the actual total width of the mark in the snow. This was a good gauge for me. I didn’t think to measure the stride and really regret it. About an hour later we came to a stop and I got out and could see 2 sets of tracks. The guides were speaking in their native tongue so I just went to look for myself. I was really hoping it was a boar and sow not a sow and cub track. The first track I got to was a solid12 inches wide. It had a fair bit of fresh snow in it which would mean it was about 24 hours old at the most. The guides seemed excited and there was a quicker pace to their actions at this point. We started to follow these tracks weaving back and fourth through the pack ice. It appeared the sow was seal hunting and the boar was just following. At one point they stopped where the bears had killed and eaten a seal I only got a glimpse of the scene from the qamutiik window before we kept on. At 8pm and about 30kms later I spotted the bears the boar dwarfed the sow. I got Out of the qamutiik and got the binos on him and instantly thought he was a good mature boar in the 9 foot range. 3 dogs were immediately turned loose while a dog team and sleigh were organised. Prior to the start of this hunt I told Taylor he was up to shoot first. As a full time guide I enjoy taking part in others hunts just as much as I do for my own hunts. It may seem strange to put myself second on the hunt of a lifetime but for me I was after the adventure and experience more than killing a bear so if I didn’t get one after 14 days so be it.

3 dogs were released immediately and they were on that bears ass in no time! They knew the drill. Taylor, Lee and the dog team were assembled, Lee released the break and they shot off like a rocket towards the bear who had now stopped to face the 3 dogs. I grabbed my .375 h&h as an extra backup and phone for video and jumped on a snowmobile and followed. We parked about 100 yards off the bear and Taylor and Lee were already in bow range they had ridden the sleigh right into 35 yards. I approached slowly behind Taylor and lee filming the whole time. The first shot was at 27 yards with a slight quartering to angle, on impact it looked good with lots of blood sighted, Second shot appeared low and forward. The bear started to move from Right to left and now the dogs lost interest and departed the scene. It was the 3 of us and the bear. The third arrow was too far back as the bear was still moving. However it made him lay down immediately and the final arrow finished him off quickly. I think I was just as in shock as Taylor was. It was truly something words can’t describe. The guides seemed very excited too having done the hunt with the bow. After many thanks to our crew and a few moments with the bear we did the photos skinning and quartering of the beast. For me as a guide this was a highlight as I don’t see myself skinning many more polar bears in my lifetime. We loaded up and traveled a good hour or so back to Baffin Island. They picked a sheltered cove area to park up and set camp By the time we were all In the tent it was 1AM. A quick supper of Peak chicken curry and off to bed it was.

From: Tyler
08-Jun-24

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Stopped for a tea break
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Bannock, coffee, tea whiteout conditions were easing up now
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Bannock, coffee, tea whiteout conditions were easing up now
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The floe edge
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The floe edge

From: Tyler
08-Jun-24

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Bylot Island migratory bird sanctuary
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The first bear track. We saw the bear as well but he was about 500 yards and moving through the rough ice so didn’t get a photo
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The first bear track. We saw the bear as well but he was about 500 yards and moving through the rough ice so didn’t get a photo
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A bit hard to see as it’s a frame grab from video but you can see the 3 dogs on right chasing bear in mid of pic
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A bit hard to see as it’s a frame grab from video but you can see the 3 dogs on right chasing bear in mid of pic
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Brake released and Lee running to jump aboard!! Taylor shitting his pants I think.
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Brake released and Lee running to jump aboard!! Taylor shitting his pants I think.

From: Tyler
08-Jun-24

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In tight and at full draw
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In tight and at full draw
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1 second after 1st arrow
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1 second after 1st arrow
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4 seconds after 1st arrow
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4 seconds after 1st arrow

From: Tyler
08-Jun-24
Hate to Leave it like this but it’s 11pm I gotta get some sleep and I’ve got some editing to do on upcoming photos!

From: Insheart
08-Jun-24
WOW just WOW. What an adventure!

From: t-roy
08-Jun-24
Wow! Great pics, Tyler! Can’t wait for more!

From: Willieboat
08-Jun-24
Thank you so much for doing this thread ! Incredible!!!!

From: VAMtns
08-Jun-24
DANG RIGHT

From: Medicinemann
08-Jun-24
I can pretty much guarantee that Taylor is going to thank you a thousand times over the remainder of your respective lifetimes for taking the pictures that you have shared. In the photo that was taken 1 second after the 1st shot, it looks like you can see blood flying in the air. Any chance that we might be able to see the video as well? I WISH that I had more action photos/videos of my hunt, even if some of it was classic Murphy's law. Thank you for sharing....sure does bring back memories!! Now that Taylor's hunt is over, I am looking forward to the story of YOUR hunt!!

From: TMac
08-Jun-24
Good stuff

From: Bou'bound
08-Jun-24
A flippin’ ‘mazin’

From: caribou77
08-Jun-24
Super pics. Loving this

From: Stoneman
08-Jun-24
Really good write up and photos ! Thanks Tyler!

From: Westgak
09-Jun-24
Very cool write up Tyler!!!!

Can’t wait for the rest.

09-Jun-24
Looking forward to the rest of the story. Thanks for taking the time to bring Bowsite back to it's roots.

From: Fields
09-Jun-24
Wow, those pics make it real!!!

From: PeteO
09-Jun-24
wow awesome story and pics. Thank you

From: BULELK1
10-Jun-24
Un real ----->

Can't wait,

Robb

From: Dino
10-Jun-24
What an incredible adventure!!! So wild and rugged!

From: bowhunter24
11-Jun-24
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!! Thank you and good luck times ten!

From: Bou'bound
11-Jun-24
OK....................... come out of hibernation and finish this story off!

From: Supernaut
11-Jun-24
WOW!!!!!

This is awesome!!!!!

From: iceman
11-Jun-24
hell yeah!!!

From: Treeline
11-Jun-24
These are the kind of hunting stories that made Bowsite great! Thank you for sharing!

Congratulations Taylor! Great pictures, Tyler!

Looking forward to the rest of the story!!!

11-Jun-24
Awesome stuff so far

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24
Sorry for the delay. I’m on the road to buffalo camp and have more or less been out of service for 3 days. Still another days drive before I get to camp and setup my wifi.

Jake yes the first photo has blood pumping out as it was a heart shot! I’m not going to post the video online unfortunately.

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24

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Full draw for shot 2
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Full draw for shot 2
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Release with arrow in flight
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Release with arrow in flight
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Impact point if your eyes are good enough
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Impact point if your eyes are good enough
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Nearly complete pass through
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Nearly complete pass through

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24

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The crew of great guides and even better guys
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The crew of great guides and even better guys
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Hard at work in a moment I imagined doing for a long time
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Hard at work in a moment I imagined doing for a long time
Taylor doesn’t want to have his face shown with the bear so here is a few without him in it.

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24

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The sun almost setting as we finished up quartering the bear 10:30pm
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The sun almost setting as we finished up quartering the bear 10:30pm
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Camp setup 12:20AM
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Camp setup 12:20AM
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Dogs tied up for the night
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Dogs tied up for the night

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24
Lucky Day 3 I woke up at six, I guess I was a bit excited that it was me who was actually polar bear hunting now! I tried to lay still and go back to sleep but it just wasn’t happening. I didn’t know what the schedule or plan for the day was and could appreciate how hard the crew worked the day before but I had to get up and get behind some glass. I snuck out of the tent at 6:30 climbed the hill behind camp and started glassing. It was a beautiful morning I just couldn’t be in the tent regardless of the fact I didn’t spot any bears I was in Awe of the place I was sitting. Taylor got up not too long after me and the rest of the crew were all mobile by 10. We had bacon and eggs for breakfast, packed up camp and hit the road again by 12 o’clock. We cut one fresh track early on from a smaller bear. We didn’t pursue. We then stopped at an iceberg and I climbed up it and set up my spotting scope immediately spotted a bear that I guessed to be about 7-7.5 feet. Not a shooter. We cut two other sets of tracks from smaller bears that we didn’t pursue, we also saw a sow with two cubs just before we had an afternoon break at 5:30 PM. For afternoon break they busted out narwhal muktuk. I was excited to try it which was very short lived. Partly frozen and very chewy the flavour started off not too bad then slowly graduated to something I didn’t want in my mouth. Being too proud I thought I better swallow this now. It got halfway down and the flavour was so overpowering that it came straight back out, I repeated this 3 times trying to get it down but I just couldn’t Luckily for me I think the guides had thought I’d finished it and didn’t see me spit it out! Taylor was more of a man and managed to keep it down despite a few gags! We stayed at this iceberg for a while and the guides set off in a few different directions looking for bears. With little success they returned a couple hours later reporting having seen 2-3 tracks from small bears. We traveled on to what I would call a funnel area between the floe edge and Baffin Island. At a guess the area was maybe 4kms wide from land to open water. I thought this was a good spot to be to glass for travelling bears as I could see to the land and to the water and the ice was mostly flat where you’d have to see a bear if he was there. We set camp up here beside an ice berg and while everyone was getting settled in I climbed the 30 foot berg with my scope and found a bear straight away. I watched this bear hunting seals for about an hour. Stomping its front paws trying to break ice it was quite special. I told the guides about the bear I said it was either a female or young male and I wasn’t interested in it. They recommended I have a closer look so we did. We drove the skidoo fairly close and the bear climbed an iceberg to safety. at this point I was very confident on my estimate of the bear and just took my phone and scope into 50 yards for some photos. We hit the tents at 11:45 PM for some well earned rest.

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24

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Was very cozy in the tent!
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Was very cozy in the tent!
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The morning glassing session
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The morning glassing session
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Camp in the morning light
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Camp in the morning light
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The afternoon glassing iceberg
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The afternoon glassing iceberg

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24
I’m not sure why but my favourite photos like the one just above and a few of the others the colour goes all funny once posted on here. The blues are so vibrant in the originals and the pics don’t even do it justice. Looking around everyday felt like I was on a different planet.

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24

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The Muktuk
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The Muktuk
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Moments after him telling me it wasn’t bad lol
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Moments after him telling me it wasn’t bad lol
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The view from the iceberg. The grey haze in the distance was the floe edge the bear was about 2kms out
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The view from the iceberg. The grey haze in the distance was the floe edge the bear was about 2kms out
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The wind was howling and I struggled to get my scope steady for pics at such a distance so a bit hard to see but there is a bear there.
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The wind was howling and I struggled to get my scope steady for pics at such a distance so a bit hard to see but there is a bear there.

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24

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The best part of glassing here was coming down. Lee made a slide for big kids as you can see on the right side
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The best part of glassing here was coming down. Lee made a slide for big kids as you can see on the right side
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Parked for another night
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Parked for another night
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Camp set 10pm
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Camp set 10pm
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Bear through the scope
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Bear through the scope

From: Tyler
12-Jun-24

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A closer look
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A closer look
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Such an incredible sight
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Such an incredible sight
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Not sure why the colours go so strange on some photos.
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Not sure why the colours go so strange on some photos.

From: midwest
12-Jun-24
Incredible adventure. Photos are just fantastic!

From: Nomad
12-Jun-24
Awesome!

From: Mark Watkins
12-Jun-24
AMAZING Tyler!!!

This is epic Bowsite!!!

Thank you!!!

Mark

From: Westgak
12-Jun-24
Fantastic write up and pictures!

Thanks Tyler

From: Supernaut
12-Jun-24
Epic!

From: Bou'bound
12-Jun-24
You have to share every photo taken of you get a chance. Spectacular.

From: t-roy
12-Jun-24
Spectacular photos, Tyler!

From: Lewis
12-Jun-24
Extremely entertaining thanks for letting us tag along Lewis

From: APauls
12-Jun-24
Epic hunt. Epic-er thread. All the pics make it an incredible read. What an awesome story.

From: Shug
12-Jun-24
Pretty effn cool

From: Treeline
12-Jun-24
The photos are awesome here! Would love to see them with the colors correct!!

From: Who Cares
12-Jun-24
Quite an adventure! Fun to read.

From: Nick Muche
12-Jun-24
One of the best threads to ever be on Bowsite! Incredible!

From: Old School
12-Jun-24
This is the only way I’ll experience a polar bear hunt. Thanks for the great recap.

From: Insheart
12-Jun-24
Agree with all that's been said, simply outstanding!!!!

From: Chekmate
12-Jun-24
Looking forward to your next post. Enjoying your adventure.

From: Tyler
13-Jun-24
Lucky Day 4 today was a huge travel day to the south east we explored a lot of rough ice climbed plenty of icebergs and glassed a lot of country. One thing I found interesting glassing for these bears was they could literally be anywhere. For instance when you’re glassing for moose or elk there would be specific land features that I would glass first maybe a tree line or a body of water. With these bears they could be close or as far as you could see. The could be on the flat ice or rough ice. The could be in the mountains on land they could be swimming in the ocean or floating on by on a piece of ice so glassing was a constant 360 degree scan. We travelled more and more, we followed flow edge and and explored fjords and even drove around Dexterity Island. we cut lots of older tracks. The best being an estimated 7 foot bear. With a huge effort with over 150 miles on skidoo and 14 hours clocked we didn’t lay eyes on a bear. A complete turn in events from the previous day. We returned to the same camp for a hot meal of caribou stew we all told a few hunting stories their favourite hunt was the Narwhal it was fascinating hearing their tales. Later that evening I was gifted the nick name Paulu which means mittens. I was wearing a pair of muskox mitts which were a gift to me from a muskox hunter I guided in 2015 made from the back skin of his bull. My crew of guides loved the mitts so I gained the name Paulu. A good nights rest was in order, I was excited for tomorrow!

From: Tyler
13-Jun-24

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The floe edge
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The floe edge
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Guide meeting
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Guide meeting
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Each iceberg was so unique shape size and colour. They were amazing to look at
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Each iceberg was so unique shape size and colour. They were amazing to look at
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Old track raised up from the wind
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Old track raised up from the wind

From: Tyler
13-Jun-24

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A bit stuck! I helped push plenty of times!
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A bit stuck! I helped push plenty of times!
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Tea break #87
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Tea break #87
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The dark vertical line is pure ice no oxygen in it who knows how old!
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The dark vertical line is pure ice no oxygen in it who knows how old!
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Southern end of dexterity island
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Southern end of dexterity island

From: Tyler
13-Jun-24
The last pic above I forgot to add we were cruising along at about 40 MPH. David and I were following Lee and his dog team. Lee was wearing binos around his neck and the binos had hit the kill switch on the skidoo handlebars towing a 24 foot Qamutiik weighing I’d guess around 500 lbs all he could do was steer to one side he chose left as the qamutiik passed him it rolled his sled and sent lee flying I was watching through the front window as it happened. Luckily lee was ok it could have been a lot worse! This is why they like clients in Qamutiiks and not in the back of skidoos much safer they figure

From: Tyler
13-Jun-24

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You guessed it another tea break!
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You guessed it another tea break!
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Sunset
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Sunset
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Was pretty beat after that day. Was a very cold night below -25 at a guess happy to be back at camp and looking forward to some rest and what tomorrow brings
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Was pretty beat after that day. Was a very cold night below -25 at a guess happy to be back at camp and looking forward to some rest and what tomorrow brings

From: Smtn10PT
13-Jun-24
wow, great photos and story, keep em coming!

From: APauls
13-Jun-24
Heck yeah man. Hanging on every word. Don't finish it too fast. Keep the foreplay rolling.

From: Supernaut
13-Jun-24
Keep it coming, love it!

From: Boreal
13-Jun-24
This is Legendary!

From: csalem
13-Jun-24
Really good story. Thanks for sharing

From: csalem
13-Jun-24
Really good story. Thanks for sharing

From: TMac
13-Jun-24
Good stuff waiting patiently for the next post!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
14-Jun-24
Alan sent me some pictures from his polar bear hunt and told be a bit about yours. T-roy mentioned this thread last night. Your pictures are fantastic. I'm hoping to make it to the end before we meet up in two weeks and then I can an in-person re-cap!! You won't be serving Gene and I any Muktuk will you?

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