Sitka Gear
Semi-Live Polar Bear Hunt
Bears
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From: BowJangles
06-Apr-22
A few weeks back I just missed out on a last minute Polar Bear cancellation hunt. Well around 1pm today I got another call. A group of Hungarians can't get out of the country and another spot became available. I snatched it up instantly and called Jake to tell him that I wouldn't be returning his suit just yet.

I just booked my ticket to Ottawa and my first hunting day will be May 5th. It's a little late in the season so the conditions will be quite a bit different than my Musk Ox hunt.

It'll be a 10 day hunt out of Hall Beach, Nunavut. Jake will be relaying messages for me to keep the thread moving while I'm out of cell service.

This will be a recurve primary hunt with the compound in the case as a backup.

Wheels up in 27 days..........

06-Apr-22
Wow!

From: caribou77
06-Apr-22
Can’t wait for this! Congrats again my friend!

From: midwest
06-Apr-22
wowzer! good luck!

From: huntinelk
06-Apr-22
Congrats on getting the deal this time around. Looking forward to the story.

From: Bou'bound
06-Apr-22
Now you’re hunting. You get one of those with a recurve and it will be the greatest kill in bowsite history. Bar none.

From: Nick Muche
06-Apr-22
You’re on a roll! What a fantastic opportunity that came up for you, good luck!!

From: Bou'bound
06-Apr-22
Now you’re hunting. You get one of those with a recurve and it will be the greatest kill in bowsite history. Bar none.

06-Apr-22
Lightning does strike twice!

From: tkjwonta
06-Apr-22
That's incredible Eric, can't wait to hear the story!

06-Apr-22
This will be fun!

From: Shug
06-Apr-22
Wow is all I can say

From: t-roy
06-Apr-22
Looking forward to this, Eric!

From: Inshart
06-Apr-22
Holy smokes Eric, kind of like the Ever ready bunny, you just keep on going. :) Good luck!

From: Medicinemann
06-Apr-22
About 24 years ago. Ricardo Longoria posted his longbow polar bear bowhunt on Bowsite. I believe that Pat posted it as a feature hunt, but I am not positive of that. You might want to check it out......

From: Medicinemann
06-Apr-22
double post

From: Medicinemann
07-Apr-22

Medicinemann's Link
hope this works.....

From: BowJangles
07-Apr-22
@Bou.....challenge accepted!

@Jake I dug up that post earlier. He was dropping 50 yards bombs with the longbow! Epic hunt to say the least.

From: Bou'bound
07-Apr-22
Jake is right i forgot about that one.

Bojangles will be the greatest kill in bowsite history. Bar none - American

Richard will be the greatest kill in bowsite history. Bar none - non-American

Jake your bear still stands as the greatest kill in bowsite history. Bar none - by a guy with his D-loop tangled in is braces - any nationality.

See there is room for everybody here

From: iceman
07-Apr-22
Livin' the dream!! Excited for you, bud!

From: deerhunter72
07-Apr-22
Congratulations and best of luck to you!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
07-Apr-22
Can't wait to follow this one as well. Congrats!!

From: Rut Nut
07-Apr-22
WOW! You must have done something right this year Eric! ;-)

This will be a SEASON FOR THE AGES....................as they say!

Looking forward to the story...................

07-Apr-22
Hot dang!!! You are on a roll!

Hope you have a great hunt. Please post as you can. I’m following. Looking forward to your recap.

From: njbuck
07-Apr-22
sweet! cant wait to read about this. Best of luck!

From: Shiras42
07-Apr-22
Can't wait to follow this one! Good luck!

From: Overland
07-Apr-22
Looking forward to following along. As a bit of a teaser, mind posting pics of your setup?

From: BillyD
07-Apr-22
Have yourself a season Eric! Thanks for taking us along for the ride. Best of luck!

From: boothill
07-Apr-22
You are quickly becoming the new go to guy on Bowsite it seems Eric, well you and T-Roy anyway. Gave us all some really cool hunts to follow for awhile. Congratulations on snagging another hunt and we all look forward to the reports and pictures to follow.

From: Potro
07-Apr-22
Best of luck and keep us informe

From: drycreek
07-Apr-22
Good luck !

From: Plum lake
07-Apr-22
Ultimate hunt. Can’t wait to read the updates. Have a safe and successful hunt.

From: Fallfreak
07-Apr-22
Can't wait to follow this one!

From: JohnMC
07-Apr-22
Jake that links is a cool read had not seen that before!

From: APauls
07-Apr-22

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Good luck but watch out. Some of them throw a wicked right cross.

From: maxracx
07-Apr-22
Good luck, can't wait to see how this unfolds.

From: JohnMC
07-Apr-22
Adam you name them C Rock and W Smith? Cool picture!

From: APauls
07-Apr-22
Hahahaha John! It's all the rage these days

From: BowJangles
07-Apr-22
Thanks fellas! The nervous excitement of this one isn't likely to go away for quite a while. I've got all my flights booked and the outfitter has been super helpful answering my barrage of questions.

Seeing how comfortable I was on the Musk Ox hunt takes a huge weight off my mind gear-wise. The temps on this hunt look to be much milder. I threw about 45 arrows today and they're still flying straight! I plan to shoot daily until wheels up on May 3rd.

@Overland, As far as my set up, I'm running a 58", 50# @ 29.5" Tall Tines recurve and shooting Black Eagle Vintage arrows with an Iron Will S200 up front. I use the cheap-o lighted nocks off ebay and IMO they're far superior to nockturnals or lumenoks. The on/off switch is much easier to use, they're super bright and they never come out of the pack dead like nockturnals. They're a fraction of the cost, are just as robust and overall just work better than the name brand stuff. I also shoot using a Bodnik speed glove which I really like!

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07-Apr-22

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07-Apr-22

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07-Apr-22

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07-Apr-22

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07-Apr-22

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07-Apr-22

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07-Apr-22

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From: hdaman
07-Apr-22
Good luck Eric! You're one of the few contributing bowhunting topics to the Bowsite!

From: BowJangles
07-Apr-22
Thanks Hearst! That's all I'm here for!

From: Bowboy
07-Apr-22
Good luck and take lot's of pictures.

From: Bou'bound
07-Apr-22
this is like the good old days on this site. people trying to kill stuff. the concept is great and may catch on!

From: beemann
07-Apr-22
Hunting stories on Bowsite....WOW what a concept.... Good luck to you.

From: Bou'bound
07-Apr-22
Now you’re hunting. You get one of those with a recurve and it will be the greatest kill in bowsite history. Bar none.

07-Apr-22
There’s a well known Trad hunter in Griese Fiord right now. Wonder how he is doing?

From: Overland
07-Apr-22
Great pics of your setup. Thanks! Will you have the option of another Mux Ox if the stars align and you shoot your bear early in the hunt?

From: Chief 419
07-Apr-22
Can’t wait to follow along on this one. Best of luck!

From: BowJangles
08-Apr-22
@wildwilderness last I saw he made it there but without his luggage. I'm sure he's tagged out by now.

From: midwest
08-Apr-22
Eric, Randy is an old hunting buddy of mine. I haven't heard a thing...I hope you're right!

From: huntinelk
08-Apr-22
Last I heard, as of a couple days ago, one of the current hunters had spent 6 days weathered in at the cabin. There are 2 hunters there now, not sure which one it was.

From: Rut Nut
08-Apr-22
Oh boy....................6 days stuck in a cabin on the Arctic ice?! : (

From: Ambush
09-Apr-22
Just looking back at your goat hunt. The pic of you standing in front of the two polar bears was prophetic!

From: BowJangles
09-Apr-22

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They’ve been calling my name for a while….

From: BowJangles
09-Apr-22
@Overland, I didn't ask about the Musk Ox but I'm sure it's an option. Honestly I'd love to tag an Arctic Fox. I think they're really awesome looking animals. If one gets in range the Traverse is coming out of the case. While taking one with the recurve would be cool but I'm not so sure I could hit such a tiny target at what I assume would be 30-40 yards.

09-Apr-22
How do you like those Vintage arrows by BE? Looking at making a change this year with my setup as well.

From: BowJangles
09-Apr-22
Duplicate

From: BowJangles
09-Apr-22
@EmbryOklahoma I really like them. For whatever reason my bow likes an underspined arrow. Every chart on the planet says I should be at .400 but my bow likes .500’s. They fly like darts!

From: Lucas
09-Apr-22
Good Luck!

From: BowJangles
20-Apr-22

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Just spoke to my outfitter. He gave me a little teaser. A Brazilian fella just hunted Hall Beach where I’ll be and took a GIANT!! He taped out at 9.8 feet and it shows!

From: BowJangles
20-Apr-22

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20-Apr-22
Eric you must be itching to leave. Good luck!

From: Rut Nut
20-Apr-22
WOW! Huge bear!

Brazilian eh? Yeah, he looks a little chilly! ;-)

You must be “chomping at the bit” Eric..................

From: Rocky D
20-Apr-22
Wow, congratulations and good luck!

Love to see that green and yellow fletching on a background of white fur!

From: Bou'bound
20-Apr-22
Well that’s one 9 1/2 footer you won’t get. Yours Will be bigger!!!!!

From: Bowboy
20-Apr-22
I bet your having a hard time sleeping!

From: BowJangles
20-Apr-22
@Bowboy I'm drawing down on polar bears in my sleep!

@Bou' it does suck that he'd out of circulation. Maybe I'll get lucky and stumble upon his dad/granddad. We'll know more in 13 days......

From: Bearman
01-May-22
Can't wait to hear how it goes. Best of luck.

From: Rut Nut
01-May-22
I just texted Eric as he was kind enough to help me out with those lighted nocks he is using (and had previously mentioned in this thread.)

He sounded excited and said he leaves for his adventure on Tuesday!

GOOD LUCK Eric! We’re pullin’ for ya! : )

From: t-roy
01-May-22
Wheels up, shortly! Looking forward to it, Eric!

From: Medicinemann
01-May-22
They just reported a polar bear being spotted near Madeleine-Centre, Quebec....more or less due west of Newfoundland!!

From: Shug
01-May-22
Ken Taylor ( on here) worked occasionally as polar bear security in Quebec protecting guys working I believe in oil fields… I know he said a couple are shot yearly by natives

From: BowJangles
02-May-22
Thanks Troy! I'm a little over 24 hours out from my first flight. The weather at Hall Beach looks very mild compared to my last arctic hunt. High 20's most days with lows in the teens. I'll definitely be able to get more updates out in those temps. Turns out my fingers didn't like the -30 temps in Kuglugtuk and was only able to get messages out when I was in the tent for the night.

Really hoping this all comes together!

From: BowJangles
02-May-22
Just got word from the outfitter, the hunter in camp tagged out two days ago. That's good for 2 reasons. 1: The guy got his bear, 2: I'll be able to hunt the day I arrive instead of having to wait an extra day! Weather looks solid Wed-Fri with 50% chance of snow Sat and Sun.

From: Bou'bound
02-May-22
You've got some good things coming your way and the story will be great. safe travels and have fun.

From: BowJangles
02-May-22
Thanks Bou!

From: Rut Nut
02-May-22
Sounds good Eric! Have fun!

From: huntinelk
02-May-22
Anxiously waiting for the play by play on this trip

From: Inshart
02-May-22
Shoot straight, Good luck!

From: Ambush
02-May-22
Dead Bear Walking!!! This is going to be a great story. Good luck Eric!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
02-May-22
Good luck and safe travels again!

From: Kurt
02-May-22
Shoot straight! Have a great hunt! Memories for a lifetime in the making!

02-May-22
Awesome Eric. Can’t wait for upstairs and stories! Shoot straight!

From: Chief 419
02-May-22
Good luck Eric. Looking forward to following along.

From: Old hunter
02-May-22
Son we have traveled this road together many times, can't believe the time has past so very fast. Enjoy your hunt and soak up all of what Alaska has to offer. Good luck and safe travels. Thanks for all the memories, proud Father!!!!!

From: Kurt
02-May-22
Dad, (Old Hunter)...last I knew the only polar bear hunting for an American is in Canada....Nunavut and Northwest Territory....mainly Nunavut. Alaska has polar bears but no hunting them unless you are a native.

That said, it is so cool to support your son on his hunts! You lit the fire very well! Hope Eric gets nice one!

From: BowJangles
02-May-22
He knows the hunt is in Canada. We've talked about it everyday since I booked. The cheese slid off his cracker years ago! lol

From: Old hunter
02-May-22
My Bad Son, yes we have talked daily about this hunt, this is what you have to look for in 35 yrs. Yes the cheese has slipped off the cracker, when I can find the cheese.

From: Bearman
02-May-22
Great stuff Dad/Son. Can't wait to follow along on this epic adventure.

From: Beav
02-May-22
Good luck and be safe!!

From: Ambush
02-May-22
And if you can’t be safe….

…..GET IT ON VIDEO!!!!

From: Shug
02-May-22
Great hunt and safe travels pal!!

From: Rut Nut
02-May-22
LOL! : )

From: kota-man
02-May-22
Good luck…Can’t wait to hear about it…

From: BowJangles
03-May-22
The time has come! At the airport and all checked in. Flights are all on time and the weather in Hall Beach looks as good as can be expected for this time of year. Let’s go!!!!

From: Bearman
03-May-22
Come on Man, let's Do This!

From: huntinelk
03-May-22
Good luck on smooth and safe travels. Also, great snowflake detector post on IG...

03-May-22
Exciting!

From: Bou'bound
03-May-22
When do you hit the ice

From: BowJangles
03-May-22
Snowflake detector! Lol. I had to put them on notice!

@Bou, I land at Hall Beach tomorrow at 4:30pm. The outfitter purchased my tag for me so I’ll be hunting ice bears as soon as I can get changed. I can’t say enough good things about Joe. He’s been top notch throughout this entire process.

From: BowJangles
03-May-22
Just got to the hotel in Ottawa. Wheels up for Hall Beach at 8am!

From: BowJangles
04-May-22
Annnnd the fun begins. First flight to Iqaluit got cancelled. Next flight out is at 12:45. The flight after that got pushed as well so I won’t be arriving in Hall Beach until 7:30. Not looking like I’ll be getting out today unfortunately. I mean, is it really polar bear hunting if you’re not getting flights cancelled and plans shifted?

From: Rut Nut
04-May-22
LOL! Hang in there Eric! : )

From: Mad Trapper
04-May-22
Patience is the hallmark of a hunter of the great white bear. Inuits are not driven by schedules. Good Luck! Shoot straight.

From: BowJangles
04-May-22
@Mad Trapper, technically my first hunting day is tomorrow and I’ve got 10 days. There’s plenty of time and I expected some hiccups along the way. Just keeping my fingers crossed that the flights go as scheduled and I can make it to town tonight.

From: Treeline
04-May-22
Good luck!

From: maxracx
04-May-22
Hurry up... and wait!!! Best of luck on your adventure!!!

From: BowJangles
04-May-22
Double post.

From: Shug
04-May-22
I know a guy here in NJ that took one a few weeks ago…

He was actually in the process of packing up to head back empty handed on the last day .

The guide started yelling outside that a bear was coming… he grabbed his bow and shot a bear they green scored at 26 8/16

Don’t wait that long

From: Shug
04-May-22
I know a guy here in NJ that took one a few weeks ago…

He was actually in the process of packing up to head back empty handed on the last day .

The guide started yelling outside that a bear was coming… he grabbed his bow and shot a bear they green scored at 26 8/16

Don’t wait that long

From: Kurt
04-May-22
Heck, mine was day 11 of a 10 day hunt. Do what it takes!

And Shrug, that is a whopper of a bear! Be curious what it ends up drying at!

From: BowJangles
04-May-22
26 8/16 would out that inside the top 5! Monster!!

We’re finally about to board to head up to Iqaluit. More to come…..

04-May-22
The Weather doesn't care! enjoy the hunt

From: BowJangles
04-May-22
26 8/16 would out that inside the top 5! Monster!!

We’re finally about to board to head up to Iqaluit. More to come…..

From: t-roy
04-May-22
Fingers crossed for the flight out, Eric!

From: Bearman
04-May-22
I gotta a feeling...(grin)

From: BowJangles
04-May-22
I made it to Hall Beach along with all my gear and will be heading out at 9am. This seems like a huge win. I meet my guide, Enoki and his wife, Ruthie at the airport. They seem like super down to earth folks. We got my gear loaded and we headed to the hotel. Afterwards we discussed gear, arrangements for setting up camp and the hunting plan. We’ll be setting up shop about 125 miles from town in an area that’s known for good bears. I gave him my size expectation (8.5”+) and he said that we’d have no problems seeing a bear of that caliber. The weather for the next 4 days looks perfect and I’m hoping it holds up. Once I take off in the morning I’ll be sending updates to Jake so he’ll be running the show from there. I’m feeling really good about this!!

From: BowJangles
05-May-22
The adventure begins!

From: BowJangles
05-May-22

BowJangles's embedded Photo
BowJangles's embedded Photo

From: Rut Nut
05-May-22
Sounds great, Eric! Shoot a “BIG un!” ;-)

From: Bou'bound
05-May-22
Make a memory.

From: Pyrannah
05-May-22
fantastic!!!! good luck to you!

From: Goelk
05-May-22
Wow cannot wait to read all about the adventure. Awesome!

From: BowJangles
05-May-22

BowJangles's embedded Photo
BowJangles's embedded Photo
We’re official! Enoki is getting groceries and we’re rolling.

From: Inshart
05-May-22
Get on em Eric, Good luck.

From: Shiras42
05-May-22
Best of luck and looking forward to following along!

05-May-22
Get em Eric!

From: Beav
05-May-22
This is great! Stay safe!

From: x-man
05-May-22
Holy Cow, I feel old now...

From: deerhunter72
05-May-22
These polar bear hunts are spoiling us all. Good luck!

From: Bou'bound
05-May-22
Connecticut live hunts eat your heart out!!!!!

From: huntinelk
05-May-22
Eric is on the ice

From: Medicinemann
05-May-22
I am simply going to re-type Eric's Inreach messages as I get them...then I might add some color commentary.....

First msg from Eric.....The hour we spent waiting is going to be one of the highlights of this trip! We're back on the trail and looking to make camp around midnight. Second msg.....three hours in we had a hiccup. Bad fuel filter. We had to stop and Enoki's son-in-law had to drive a new machine out. third msg.....we're two hours from camp and he's got almost no gas. This could get dangerous fast. fourth msg.....Well this is a mess. One of the guides snuck alcohol, dropped the bottle and went to look for it....at this point, his safety is a concern. Weather is cold and clear.

From: Medicinemann
05-May-22
While these challenges obviously sound serious, this is part of everyday life in the Inuit culture. This isn't Enoki's first rodeo. The Inuits are amazingly resourceful people. As Eric looks back on this hunt, these challenges and setbacks will all be part of the "adventure".

From: t-roy
05-May-22
Yikes! Hopefully this gets sorted out quickly…and safely!

From: Beav
05-May-22
Well at least we didn’t have to wait for some drama! Hang in there and hope things go smooth from here.

From: Medicinemann
05-May-22
I'm gonna crash early tonight (10:30 pm here) and go turkey hunting early in the AM. I'll check for more InReach messages before I head out in the morning.....

From: kota-man
05-May-22
So far a normal polar bear hunt…

From: Treeline
05-May-22
SNAFU. A grand adventure! Off to a stellar start!

From: Medicinemann
06-May-22
About to head out the door to chase a gobbler......here's Eric latest InReach message.....

Just made it to camp. Several fresh tracks in the area. Enoki said that one was easily over nine feet! Super excited to see what a full day of hunting brings!!

From: Medicinemann
06-May-22
It sounds like all of the waiting, anticipation, and recent drama have now been put to rest. Let the "games" begin!! I'll check for more updates from Eric after my morning gobbler hunt.

From: Bou'bound
06-May-22
I guess running out of gas is better than running out of dog food

From: APauls
06-May-22
Northern FN people can live for months or years in conditions most of use think are bordering on death without a worry in the world. What we think is concerning is daily life for them. Most are tougher than we can imagine. You kind of need to have that baseline in mind when you step into their world.

From: Kurt
06-May-22
Adam is correct....Inuits are the most resilient people I've met...one assistant guide I met walked for 3 days in a blizzard back to his village. Snowmobile broke down on a solo wolf hunt and weather was too bad for search and rescue to go look for him. Was a bit of a local hero after that.

From: Bowboy
06-May-22
Good luck! Can’t wait for the daily updates.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
06-May-22
T-roy your Stan story this morning was great but I'm gonna give the nod to Eric so far!

From: Medicinemann
06-May-22
Eric's morning msg...... Just got up. Had a great 8 hours of sleep and weather looks great! Everyone is getting breakfast and coffee then it's off to chase that 9 footer!

From: Medicinemann
06-May-22
Eric's most recent message....

White out conditions to me and the Inuits are two totally different things. The weather looks fine to me but the clouds make it hard to see tracks. They consider that a white out. My guide Joey and I set out to glass on a high point about 2 miles from camp. Not 20 minutes later we spot a sow with two cubs. Likely heading for camp. Dog food consists of fermented walrus meat. It STINKS but bears apparently love it. No doubt they're heading to investigate. Maybe poppa bear won't be far behind. Enoki said the last bear was shot near camp probably under the same circumstances. Winds picked up close to 40 mph so we are heading back to camp waiting for better weather.

From: Medicinemann
06-May-22
Walrus meat preparation is a significant undertaking, because they are so large..... I have watched several videos on Youtube over the years, and it is an eye opening experience.....

From: Kurt
06-May-22
Jake, don't they leave it covered up with sand/rocks on the beach to "ferment" most of the summer? Wrapped in its own skin?

From: Medicinemann
06-May-22
Yup....some leave it buried for up to a year. They even cut long pieces of the walrus hide into strips, and sew the large chunks shut (encasing the meat within the hide) using the hide strips as "thread". It is a major undertaking as a bull walrus can exceed 3,000 pounds. I watched one video years ago, where they used the village's front loader to dig the pit where it would be buried....then positioned the walrus in the pit, and covered it up with the front loader as well. If you ever see a walrus that has recently surfaced from a deep water feeding dive, they are a bright orangish-pink color. I would have never guessed that.....probably the body redirecting bloodflow during such times.... There are several walrus hunting/processing related videos on youtube (from the 1920's to modern times) showing the event ....some even show a bowhead whale being processed the same way....

From: midwest
06-May-22
Thanks for the updates, Jake!

From: Medicinemann
06-May-22
Most recent update(s)....Still tent bound. The weather has cleared a bit but not enough to get out and about. The guides are saying bears should be checking camp out tonight. Apparently, anything with food around for 24 hours or more will get attention.

From: Kurt
06-May-22
Thanks Jake for the updates and the walrus fermentation process! And the weather rules all up there.

From: Medicinemann
06-May-22
Tonight's update.......Fermented walrus.....it's definitely dog food. They gave it to them this morning. I tried it as well. Not my favorite. LOL. They're amazed by the recurve. I showed them pics of my muskox kill and made believers out of them. Still in this tent. Tomorrow looks about the same weather wise. They still expect a bear to show this evening. We'll see. The younger guide, Joey, said that we'd look for tracks tomorrow regardless of weather. I'd prefer to ride. This sitting is killing me. Apparently, Jo have outfitted over 300 successful bear hunts and not a single guy has used a recurve. Joey is definitely the easiest to talk to. Overall, it is a solid experience. They're confident we'll get on a great bear and well before the 10 day mark....That along with the fact that I sound like a banjo when I speak makes communication a bit awkward. Ike is quiet and really only speaks the native language. Windy and snowy. Visibility sucks. The Inuit's are great! The main guide, Enoki, is an older fella and he's a little hard of hearing....

Apparently. there is some "lag time" between some of Eric's Inreach messages....some more so than others. As a result, some of the comments are somewhat out of order, so you'll have to parse them together in your head.

From: Bearman
06-May-22
Good stuff. Enjoy the updates.

06-May-22
Exciting!

From: Medicinemann
06-May-22
I loaned Eric my Transalaskan coveralls and all white anorak for his muskox hunt (and now his polar bear hunt). They really can't be worn above 10 degrees Fahrenheit or you'll overheat. The great thing about the anorak is that not only is it white....it is completely windproof. I have been checking the weather for the Hall's Beach area, and it sure looks pretty warm, relatively speaking.....but you have to keep wind chill in mind as well.....hopefully, that will help explain the following update.....

"I was in your suit today. The wind was killer. 40 mph plus and I was snug as a bug. First day was clear skies and 27. I had my layer Kuiu gear and was comfy."

From: Stekewood
07-May-22
Thanks for being the relay man Jake and thanks for the info on then Walrus and Whale videos. Spent the better part of last night watching them. Fascinating stuff.

From: Rut Nut
07-May-22
Yeah THANKS Jake! Following from my Turkey set up. ;-)

Sounds like some drama and haven’t even spotted a bear yet! : )

From: Medicinemann
07-May-22
Eric latest......They're running a generator at night so I'm able to recharge in the evening. Really nice set-up they have. Well no bear came in last night and more of the same today. Bad weather and just waiting. With all the snow at least all the tracks will be fresh. Hoping to get out today and look. Weather today is crappy. Next three days after that look good. Fingers crossed. Hoping like hell it happens!! So far, the two most interesting things of the hunt are the walrus meat and Enoki's dog fur boots. Msg from later in the day..... I'm polar bear hunting!! I know....I'm just sitting in a tent, but still, this is crazy. I'm actually in polar bear country!! Weather looks to be clearing!! Enoki says we're gonna be heading out if it clears a bit more. We're leaving in two hours to check for tracks. Weather has cleared slightly. The next three 3 days looks much better weather wise.

From: Medicinemann
07-May-22
Eric's latest messages......Heading out. I left the compound in camp. It's a recurve hunt and I have to start acting like it. Eric message a couple hours later......On the tracks of a nine foot bear!! Eric's message ten minutes later.....We caught up to him.

From: Medicinemann
07-May-22
I doubt that Eric would be taking the time to text if they were in the middle of a stalk. I'm guessing one of three scenarios....1.) They've seen the bear and decided to pass. 2.) The dogs weren't able to bay the bear and it has taken off. 3.) It's on the ground dead, and they are taking photos before texting....

07-May-22
Hopefully option 3 :)

From: HUNT MAN
07-May-22
I like option 3

From: Bearman
07-May-22
Oh damn, hoping for some pics.

From: Rut Nut
07-May-22
I just got an excited InReach message! ;-)

07-May-22
Something happened...

From: Rut Nut
07-May-22
Something GOOD happened! : )

But I’ll let Jake take it from here.................

07-May-22
I got the text as well

From: carcus
07-May-22
Exciting!

From: Rut Nut
07-May-22
Yep! I can’t wait to hear the details and see the pics! : )

From: Medicinemann
07-May-22
Eric's message.......one arrow from the recurve at 25 yards and the 9 footer is down! Pics are done. Skinning him out now. Scars all over him! 113.5 inches nose to tail. 9.45 feet!!

I have to chuckle....half of Bowsite knew about the kill the same time that I did.....I don't know why Eric had me posting his messages.....he was probably sending them to everyone....(I even texted him and busted his chops about it) LOL!! Congratulations on an expedition/adventure that you'll cherish for the rest of your life....

From: HUNT MAN
07-May-22
Well done!!

07-May-22
Jake, Perhaps your spelling and grammar is better. Congrats Eric!!!

From: Ron Niziolek
08-May-22
Excellent!

From: t-roy
08-May-22
Awesome! Can’t wait for the recap and the pics!

From: Rut Nut
08-May-22
Jake- I only got one message that simply said....................”I KILLED A POLAR BEAR WITH A RECURVE!!!!”

So you were “THE man!” ;-) Thanks for keeping us updated along the way!

08-May-22
When was the last polar bear killed with a recurve? What an awesome accomplishment!

From: Bearman
08-May-22
This is exciting.

From: Medicinemann
08-May-22
I know that Rick Duggan killed one with a recurve about 15, maybe 20 years ago. Ricardo Longoria and Nathan Andersohn killed polar bears with longbows. Ricardo about 25 years ago.....Nathan more recently.

From: Medicinemann
08-May-22
Looking forward to the photos as well!.....

From: Rgiesey
08-May-22
Fred Eichler with a recurve

From: Shug
08-May-22

Shug's embedded Photo
Shug's embedded Photo
Here’s a list of P and Y entries of stick bow kills.. I’d think a few more have been taken since it was published as well as some not entered..

Congratulations E pretty frikn cool

From: Rut Nut
08-May-22
I would imagine Eric is on a very short list! ;-)

So COOL!

From: caribou77
08-May-22
Congratulations my friend, simply amazing, completely jealous but a harder working man is difficult to find. My hats off to you.

08-May-22
Short list indeed

From: Rgiesey
08-May-22
Doc Keeler from Wyoming. Bill Negley George Thiele from the north slope killed two according to Bob Munger

From: Beav
08-May-22
What an accomplishment! Congrats!

From: Ambush
08-May-22
Poor Eric gets ripped off on a lot of his hunts. Couple hours for a muskox. A day for a polar bear. He's gotta be feeling a bit down.

It's gonna be another great story and hopefully some great pics inspired by the last Wilderness Polar Expedition!

08-May-22
wow=0ne arrow=recurve=polar bear down=WOWx10

From: SBH
08-May-22
Can't wait for pics. Thanks for the updates Jake.

08-May-22
Congrats for sure!

Randy of Safari Tuff traditional archery gear just killed a Polar Bear out of Griese Fiord with a recurve as well last month.

08-May-22
Awesome!

From: Inshart
08-May-22
Outstanding, simply outstanding! Well done Eric, as others - I'm also looking forward to the pics.

From: Kurt
08-May-22
Cool! Congratulations to Eric!

Add Nate Andersohn to the P&Y list of longbow polar bears posted.

From: MaBow
08-May-22
Congrats Eric!!! Thanks for letting us follow along!

From: Bou'bound
08-May-22
Epic and earned

From: goelk
08-May-22
EPIC !

From: Hawkeye
08-May-22
Congrats buddy!! Incredible accomplishment!

From: midwest
08-May-22
Congrats Eric! Looking forward to the pics!

Regarding stick bow killed Pbears, my old hunting bud Randy Cooling killed one with his Black Widow a few weeks ago.

From: Rgiesey
08-May-22
Cmon Eric where are your priorities. I keep checking for the pics. Nothing I wanted to get my hands on more than a polar bear

From: Kurt
08-May-22
Cool! Congratulations to Eric!

Add Nate Andersohn to the P&Y list of longbow polar bears posted.

From: Medicinemann
08-May-22
Latest Eric updates......I brought calipers with me to camp and just got a green score on the skull:25 14/16". I have no idea if that is good or bad. We got back to camp around 1AM. I green scored the skull, had some noodles, and we all crashed.

Just broke camp and heading back to Hall Beach. Weather looks solid. Should take about 9 hours.

From: Medicinemann
08-May-22
I wonder if they were able to get any video....? I texted him that question.....but no answer yet....

From: ki-ke
08-May-22
Incredible experience! Congrats isnt enough!!

Thanks for sharing. You as well Jake!

From: Medicinemann
08-May-22
Per Eric.....Guide took a picture instead of using the video tab. It's a great pic though!!

From: Old hunter
08-May-22
Thanks Jake for keeping us up to date on the progress of this adventure. Spoke with Eric and he is off the chart with excitement. He has this hunt well documented and will share with everyone once back. Thanks to the Bowsite family for all the support.

From: Bowboy
08-May-22
Congrats can’t wait for the pictures.

From: Oryx35
08-May-22
Pretty epic! The list of traditional polar bears is short and well regarded. I'm looking forward to the full recap.

From: BowJangles
09-May-22

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I’m fresh off the ice, showered and about to crash. Once I’m into some decent signal I’ll give the full run down. Hats off to Jake for keeping the updates posted and as always the support from the fellas here has been amazing! Thanks to all that followed along. More to come….

From: Beav
09-May-22
What a photo!

From: tkjwonta
09-May-22
Wow, that pic is more than worth the price of admission. Can't wait to hear more details Eric, congrats!

From: Mad Trapper
09-May-22
Congrats!

From: steff
09-May-22
congrats! Looking forward to the story!!!

From: Nick Muche
09-May-22
Great photo Eric!

From: Old Bow
09-May-22
Awesome !

From: Beav
09-May-22
What a photo!

From: Boreal
09-May-22
WOW! That's what bowhunting dreams are made of!

From: njbuck
09-May-22
Wow that picture is amazing! Congrats on the adventure and great bear. I cant wait to read more about this.

From: Dyjack
09-May-22
Amazing!

From: Rut Nut
09-May-22
That pic looks surreal!

From: Shiras42
09-May-22
That is an awesome photo! Can't wait to see more. Congrats from one trad guy to another. EPIC and thanks so much to Jake for the updates!

From: t-roy
09-May-22
Now THAT’S a teaser!! Can’t wait for the rundown!

From: goelk
09-May-22
Great job! Thanks for sharing ! Great pic

09-May-22
Congrats Eric, what an adventure!

From: Ambush
09-May-22
WOW!!!

And I see a lifetime supply of Kuiu gear coming Eric's way.

From: bigeasygator
09-May-22
Dude…what a pic…and based on social media there are quite a few more awesome ones to come!

From: bowhunter24
09-May-22
Thank's Eric for taking us with you awesome pic looking forward to the rest of the story! Thank you Jake as well!

From: maxracx
09-May-22
Awesome photo!!! I will wait impatiently for the story. Congrats!!!!

09-May-22
Wow. Awesome pic eric!

09-May-22
Great photo!! Congrats! This is the year of the polar bear...

From: hdaman
09-May-22
Congrats Eric! Your accomplishments with the bow have placed you with some pretty elite company!

From: huntinelk
09-May-22
Great pic, anxious to see more. Congratulations again

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
09-May-22
That picture is fantastic. I'm sure the recap will be as well! Congrats!!!

From: Twowolves
09-May-22
Congratulations Eric. Epic pic

From: TD
09-May-22
Holy my.... Congrats on the bear and can't wait for the "the rest of the story....". wow.......

From: Inshart
09-May-22
YUGE pat on the back Eric! ....... Holy Crap, right there I would be so nervous my arrow would go way over it's back.

From: SBH
09-May-22
Geez…..Very impressive. Huge congrats man. Can’t wait for the full recap.

From: Bearman
09-May-22
What a great photo!

From: Rocky D
09-May-22
What a moment captured in time!

From: Medicinemann
09-May-22
Are the dogs on the other side of the bear? I'm wondering what he's looking at, instead of checking out the KUIU sandwich behind him......?

From: Ron Niziolek
09-May-22
Loved the updates and wow, what a cool photo!

From: Grunter
09-May-22
Look forward to all the details! Thats one you wont forget. Congrats on a successful trip!

From: Treeline
10-May-22
A huge Congratulations, Eric! Gonna be one hell of a great story when he gets to it here… Can’t wait!

From: Helgermite
10-May-22
Just Awesome! Eric's name will be on the list with some pretty good company!

From: Bou'bound
10-May-22
He's so good it takes longer to post an update than it did to kill the darn bear!

From: Ambush
10-May-22
^^^ Maybe has to be careful, he may be wanting to publish the story.

From: 2xLung
10-May-22
Kuiu verde green works in the arctic? Just kidding. Cool pic and congratulations!

From: Rut Nut
11-May-22
LOL Bou! I was thinking maybe the weather is causing travel issues.................................

From: BowJangles
11-May-22
Ok, so I'm back and semi-settled in so let's do this!

The total trip took 7 days door-to-door and aside from Air Canada dropping the ball on my final flight home yesterday all the travel went off without any issues.

I'll pick the story up with my arrival at Hall Beach.

I arrive at Hall Beach around 9:30pm on the 4th. I'm greeted by my primary guide, Enoki and his wife Ruthie. We exchanged hand shakes, grabbed my gear and headed to the Inn's North hotel. Once I was there and checked in we got down to business. Enoki is an older fella. His hearing isn't the best and he preferred his native language to English. These two factors made communicating awkward at times. I told him I wasn't interested in using the compound but would if I absolutely had to and that any mature boar we encountered was going to fit the bill. I also told him not to put a bullet hole in the bear unless I was on the verge of getting mauled. More on that later. He said that getting on a bear wasn't going to be an issue and that he'd meet me at 9am the next day to get started. At this point I'm as giddy as a school girl! Enoki takes off and I start the business of assembling my bows and organizing gear.

I'm up the next morning at 7am. After my last shower for what could be 10 days I throw on my base layers and head to the kitchen for a couple of PB&J's and a coffee. Enoki shows up at 9am sharp. We walk over to the Wildlife Office which is right next door to the hotel to get my license. My paperwork had already been filled out and after a quick signature I had a Polar Bear tag in my pocket! Enoki took off to buy food for the trip while I got all my gear rounded up and checked out of the room. Around 11am it was game time. The other two guides, Joey and Ike had joined Enoki and we were ready. Ike took my street clothes and bow case to his place while Joey, Enoki and I set out to the edge of town to get the dogs loaded. Ike shows up 15 minutes later and it's go time! We've got about 125 miles to cover before we're in bear country and that translates into an 11 hour qamutiik ride for me. At one point I literally though I had cracked my teeth. It was the most brutal 11 hours of my life. If any of you guys are on FB or IG check out my videos. Just search Eric Bethune on FB or thejuggernock on IG and check out The Qamutiik Chronicles. I get all my gear secured and squared away and off we go.

The most dangerous part of this hunt wasn't being 25 yards from a 1000lb Polar Bear it was the Qamutiik ride to camp! Just brutal!!!

So we're under way and about 2 hours in when we stop. I jump out to take a leak and move my toes around. Apparently Enoki's snowmobile has a fuel injector issue. His son in law is going to have to drive another one out and swap it for the one that's busted. The couple of hours we spend waiting was one of the best times of the trip. Enoki told stories about hunting animals most folks only dream of; Narwhal, Caribou, Whales, Seals and Polar Bears. He told storied about the specific of the hunts and the details were amazing. Apparently Polar bears aren't very useful to the Inuit and therefore not hunted often. The fur is too thick and heavy to be made into clothing and the meat isn't as fatty and as useful as Seal meat or Caribou hides. That made sense to me. He lamented about the fact that he still has the passion for hunting but that his body wouldn't allow him due to injuries and age. He truly loved the hunt and I could tell this was a way for him to still take part in something he was passionate about throughout his life. I couldn't disappoint him.

Lunchtime came while we waited and things got pretty interesting. Joey and Ike break out this basketball sized lump of meat and start trimming off slices and eating them. I was instantly intrigued. "What are you boys eatin?" I asked and Joey hits me with it...."fermented Walrus meat". This thing looked like a ball of hell but I wanted some immediately! I'll try anything once and fermented Walrus mid-polar bear hunt with the Inuit was right up my alley. "Y'all mind if I take some of that for a test drive?" Joey cuts off a generous chunk and I throw it back. There's really no way to church this up, it tasted like chewy, greasy, rotten meat. It was not my favorite! I got it down but had fermented Walrus meat burps for the rest of the day. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt and won't go back! No more walrus for me. Before long we had the snowmobiles swapped out and were back underway.

From: BowJangles
11-May-22

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From: BowJangles
11-May-22

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From: BowJangles
11-May-22

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From: BowJangles
11-May-22

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11-May-22
This is cool!

From: BowJangles
11-May-22

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From: BowJangles
11-May-22

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From: Rut Nut
11-May-22
Finally! : )

Is that dog food in that bag, or people food?

From: Bearman
11-May-22
Fun start.

From: goelk
11-May-22
good stuff ! Keep them coming!

From: Grunter
11-May-22
You look pretty comfy riding in the qamutiik! 11 hours would be rough. Awesome pics, thanks for sharing your adventure. Look forward to the rest of it.

From: KY EyeBow
11-May-22
FRozen walrus meat USED TO BE on my bucket list,,,,,,, not! Carry on!

From: BowJangles
11-May-22
Once the snow mobile issue was sorted we were back on the trail. Several hours pass and its more of the same, crazy bumps, getting thrown around, stopping to have tea and stretch then load back up for more torture. We get to around the 9 hour mark and we get a bit of excitement. The younger guide, Joey, who had been bringing up the rear comes flying by us after lagging pretty far behind for a while. I didn't think much of it at the time. Then we pass him again and he pulls up the rear for a bit before flying back by us again. At this point I'm kinda wondering what's going on. About 30 mins later he comes by us like a bat out of hell, heading in the wrong direction and without the dog sled attached. Enoki and Ike stop and I pop out of the qamutiik to move around a bit. Enoki approaches me and says "I'm sorry but Joey is drunk and he took off." Ummmmmm WHAT???? WTF is happening? Why is he drunk and where did he go? I had a million questions. For the most part Joey acted as a translator of sorts. Communicating with Enoki was tedious. In a nut shell he said that Joey had brought some "Mickey" (Inuit slang for booze) on the ice and was drunk. He'd dropped the bottle and took off to find it. We all stopped to gas up at the same time and we were all due to refuel. Knowing that, my attitude shifted from being pissed to being concerned. I've heard all the horror stories about how poorly the Inuit deal with alcohol so this situation could easily get dangerous knowing he was drunk and low on fuel. We waited for 30 minutes before Enoki took off to try and find where Joey had gone. 40 mins later we see them. Thankfully he had found his bottle and was safe. Once he got back he hooked the dogs up and progress resumed. There was a really cool cabin close by and I was able to get some pretty good pics while we waited.

At this point we had crossed most of the land we needed to cross and were close to getting back on the ocean. Oddly enough the ocean was FAR worse than the land. I would have bet the opposite and I would have lost big! About an hour before we made camp we crossed the tracks of a good bear that were a few days old. It was the first bear sign I'd seen and it was mind blowing! The tracks were the size of a dinner plate. Unreal!! After getting my ass kicked for another 2 hours we made camp. I told Enoki it was gonna take a court order to get me back in that qamutiik for the ride home. Unfortunately my razor sharp wit was lost on him. lol

We set camp up on the carcass of a polar bear they had killed a couple of weeks back. There were lots of fox and raven tracks around the carcass as well as fresh bear tracks of a 9 footer by their estimation. Needless to say this was exciting! We unload the gear and start setting the sleeping tent and the outhouse tent. It was a little after midnight when we got done, the skies were clear and the view was unbelievable. I'm not sure what it is about the arctic but it has an appeal unlike any other place I've been. The Musk Ox hunt had the exact same feel. Of all the places I've hunted the arctic is the only place that I'm definitely going to go back to hunt. Once the tent was set up we had steak and rice for dinner and called it a wrap. The plan was to get up and at 'em after everyone was well rested and fed. Tomorrow was going to be the first day of actually hunting bears and I couldn't have been more excited!

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11-May-22

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From: greg simon
11-May-22
I believe I'll leave that walrus meat in the bucket!!! Excellent so far! Not so patiently awaiting the rest;)

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From: Bearman
11-May-22
Great write up. Can't wait to here more. That little cabin looks a bit harsh. Lol

From: Rut Nut
12-May-22
Fantastic pictures! I can only imagine your anxiety level when you found out Joey was drunk/missing and you might have to abort your hunt to do some search and rescue! : (

From: Inshart
12-May-22
You know when you get into a good story and just can't quit ..... this is MUCH better than that. Cool pics, looking forward to the "Paul Harvey".

From: BowJangles
12-May-22
The morning of Day 2 starts with the sound of Ike chopping ice to melt for tea/coffee. I stepped out of the tent to take a peek at the weather and to me it looked great! Cloudy with no wind or snow. Apparently the Inuit consider that "white out" conditions since the light is a bit diffused and makes tracks harder to see in the snow. Enoki said we'd be staying put for the day. Hearing this I think back to my buddy John Hedges' maxim "Don't Guide the Guide" and reassure myself that they know Polar Bear hunting......and I don't.

The forecast for rest of the day didn't look great but I was still hoping to get out for a bit. Joey was a bit of a night owl and got up a couple hours later than Enoki, Ike and I. Once he was up he asked if I wanted to go out and scout for a bit. Does a fat baby fart?!? Of course I wanted to go out! At this point the wind had picked up a bit and some flurries had started but we set out anyway. We drove 2-3 miles from camp and found a good spot to glass. By the time we got there the wind had picked up considerably and thankfully I was in the coverall's Jake had loaned me. The weather was a little tricky on this hunt. High's most days were in the mid to high 20's. At those temps the coverall's were a complete no-go. I would have burst into flames within 10 minutes. On the days with temps in the 20's I ran a couple of base layers, my Kuiu Super Down Pro set with my Kuiu Yukon Rain gear set on top of everything. This really worked out well. It was a great combo of warmth and wind-proofing. Since we never got out in the mornings when temps were the coldest the coverall's didn't see much action. The wind on top of the knob was stiff! It made holding the bino's tough and the flurries had picked up as well. Nevertheless within a fairly short amount of time I see them! A sow and two cubs were walking single file and appeared to be heading in the direction of camp. They actually stood out really well against the ice. They appear as yellowish blobs and I picked them up fairly quickly. Not long after that the wind and snow had taken a turn for the worst so Joey and I pack up and head to the snow mobile. Halfway back to camp we were in a full blown blizzard. We could still follow the snow mobile tracks back to camp so navigating wasn't an issue. The blizzard persisted for the rest of the day and while no more hunting was going to happen I had seen Polar Bears in the wild for the very first time. This was super encouraging! The rest of the day was spent in the tent playing Mahjong on my phone and updating the weather on my Garmin every 26 seconds. We ended the day with chicken and rice and turned in around 11. The next days forecast was a carbon copy of today's weather. My anxiousness was growing.

The morning of Day 3 I was the first one up. I grabbed the Garmin to update the forecast and got good and bad news. The good news was the weather was supposed to break the next day and continue to improve for the next two days afterwards. The bad new is I was gonna be playing Mahjong for the entire day. My hopes were still high that a bear could stroll into camp and Joey was constantly providing reassurance that we'd catch a good bear. I tried to keep my anxiousness in check as best I could. Arctic Char and rice was on the menu for dinner. It was delicious!! I had a very "clean" taste to the meat and I really enjoyed it. Bed time came around 11 again. The Garmin was showing a break in the weather the next afternoon and I was keeping my fingers crossed that the forecast would hold up.

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12-May-22

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Day 4 starts with me sticking my head out of the tent at 6am. More cloudy skies and wind. Ugh!! I play a few phone games and check the forecast on the Garmin before the crew is up and at 'em. Oatmeal, granola bars and coffee get us started for the day. The same routine as the first 2 days continues until around 2pm. The guides spoke amongst themselves in their native language the majority of the time. If anything about the hunt came up Joey would relay it to me. Well around 2pm Joey says the weather is clearing up enough and that we'd be heading out in a couple of hours. This is what I've been waiting to hear! I try to control my excitement and when the time comes I suit up. Temps are in the mid 20's so I layer up in my Kuiu gear, draw my bow and anchor a dozen times to get my muscles warm, I load up with Ike and off we go.

After an hour or so we find the first set of tracks, a sow and cubs. More than likely the same sow and cubs we had seen a couple days earlier. Not long after that we find 2 more fresh sets of tracks. Both were smaller bears and heading into the pack ice. There was a very clear delineation between the flat stuff we were riding on and the pack ice. The pack ice was like a minefield of jagged ice and deep snow. The machines couldn't navigate in that stuff at all so it was impossible to track a bear heading there. We ride parallel to the pack ice for another hour or so and then we see it....a huge swath of fresh tracks of what looked like a monster. Both Enoki and Ike said he was a 9 foot plus bear and the tracks were as fresh as a virgin's honey pie. Things just got serious!!! At this point they get on the trail and push the snow mobiles harder than usual. Every 10-20 seconds they'd stand up to be a better visual of what was ahead. Not 20 minutes later they stop.......and there he is! I put the bino's on him and he's a huge, yellow, lumbering beast that's totally unaware of us.

He's walking parallel to the pack ice with about 60 yards on his left between him and where we can't go. We're maybe 250 yards away. Joey readies the dogs, I get on the sled and off we go. Fairly quickly he stops and let's two dogs go. At this point we're maybe 100 yards away and the bear still doesn't have a clue we're there. My heart starts banging at this point. The two dogs he let go get within ~40 yards before the bear notices them. He had to hear them barking but made no visible sign that he noticed or cared. Once he did see them he didn't act overly concerned. He slowed his pace and made a move to the pack ice in between two sizable ice chunks and held his ground. By this point Joey and I were maybe 60 yards from the action when he cut the other 6 dogs loose. Once they were done pulling the sled their usefulness was over. They were utterly worthless after that! They paid zero attention to the bear and basically ran amuck the rest of the time. The 2 dogs that got on the bear stayed a good 20 yards from him and barked. This was enough to allow me to close the distance to around the 35 yard mark and nock an arrow. At that point the bear takes notice of us and is less than pleased with our presence. He commences to growl and make snorting noises and at one point lays down on top of the smaller of the 2 ice chunks. I recognized the defensive posture and took the opportunity to move a bit closer. I only took a few steps and the bear got off the ice chunk and made a move towards us which sent me into a retreat. The bear moving away from the dogs trigger a chase response to which the bear responded by taking up his original position between the two ice chunks and laid back down. Again I advanced. This time his attention was squarely on the dogs that had themselves out of my view in the pack ice. I could only assume where they were by their barks and where the bear was looking. Joey had my phone and was "videoing" the stalk (turned out he didn't slide over to the video tab and just took a pic). I got to what I felt was a doable distance and threw a quick range on the bear.........25 yards. I dropped the rangefinder, drew back and when the bear stood I released an arrow. Seeing the arrow in flight I got a flashback from Kugluktuk. The arrow looked a bit low and forward. I instantly see blood on his arm and my heart sinks as he bites at the arrow and heads deeper into the pack ice. I think I've blown the shot and immediately pull an arrow from the quiver and nock it on the string while advancing towards the bear. He travels ~40 yards, stops, sits down like a dog, turns back to where the arrow hit and falls over on his back with his feet straight up in the air stone dead! The arrow had grazed his arm but still cleanly hit his vitals, puncturing him low in both lungs with about 50% of the arrow penetrating. He died within seconds. It was the damnedest thing I'd ever seen.

With all the adrenaline and intensity of the situation I had tunnel vision to the point that it felt like I was looking through a toilet paper roll. After looking back on the situation I had put myself in a very unsafe spot. Joey never had a rifle and neither Ike or Enoki were closer than 150 yards. They could have had rifles out but hitting a charging bear at 150 yards with my life on the line seemed iffy at best. The dogs were as untrained as could be and I felt like they were mostly for show. In the moment all I could focus on was getting an arrow in the bears chest and had unknowingly put myself and a really, really bad spot. Luckily it all came together and everything worked out. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Of course once the smell of blood hit the air the other dogs were miraculously interested all of a sudden. I waded through the (at times) hip deep snow to the bear and I was blown away by 1) the blood trail and 2) the size of the bear. It was UNREAL!!! His paws were as big as my chest, his head was enormous and his body was tank-ish. I had just killed a Polar Bear with a recurve!!!!! The first thing I did was use Ike's satellite phone to call my Dad (from Alaska) and tell him I'd gotten my bear. He said I sounded off and not my usual self. I was legitimately in shock and the adrenaline dump I experienced from what had just happened took a couple of days to wear off to the point I was thinking clearly again. Sitting here now looking back it will forever be the most surreal experience of my life.

With the bear down, my dad called and Jake (and everyone else in my contact list) updated we got to work with photos and caping the bear out. Ike had to slowly maneuver the snow mobile to the bear as best he could and we drug him out onto the flat ice after a few pics from where he died.

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From: Mad Trapper
12-May-22
Outstanding adventure! Congrats!

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From: iceman
12-May-22
Unreal stuff, dude! Congrats again!

From: BowJangles
12-May-22
Thanks J! I really appreciate all the support!!

From: Bigfoot
12-May-22
Very fun read and awesome adventure. Thanks for posting for us to follow along. Congratulations on a gorgeous animal!

From: maxracx
12-May-22
That is incredible!!!! Congrats on your success!!

From: deerhunter72
12-May-22
Wow!! You are fearless! Congratulations on such a rare accomplishment!

From: elkmtngear
12-May-22
Taking traditional archery, to the absolute extreme edge!

Amazing accomplishment!

12-May-22
What a magnificent animal!

From: buckfevered
12-May-22
Incredible all the way around! The story, the pictures, giving us a chance to live the adventure. Congrats sir!!

From: Beav
12-May-22
What a great bear! Congrats once again and thanks so much for taking us along.

From: tobywon
12-May-22
What an awesome experience, congrats on a great animal. Awesome photos as well.

From: huntinelk
12-May-22
Super bear, story and adventure. Congratulations

From: Helgermite
12-May-22
Wow! Excellent Bowsite semi-live hunt. I felt like I was right with you watching your hunt. Congratulations sir. You are among the bowhunting elite taking a Polar Bear with a recurve. Thanks for sharing!

From: t-roy
12-May-22
Incredible adventure, Eric! That thing looks huge….even with YOU standing behind him! Congrats, and thanks again, for bringing us along!

From: Bwana
12-May-22
What an INCREDIBLE beast and one HELL of an adventure!!

Congratulations on an accomplishment darn few are able or willing to do!

Most impressive sir.

From: Bou'bound
12-May-22
I wonder if Jake knows How Many people he has loaned that gear to that used it on a successful Arctic adventure. It’s a bunch

From: BowJangles
12-May-22
@Bou' that suit is caulked full of good JuJu, that's for sure!

From: Hancock West
12-May-22
Congrats. thats one awesome bear.

From: Grunter
12-May-22
Wow what a adventure! Glad that bear didnt come at you, story would have gotten real crazy. That is as wild as it gets. Bet you were in a bit of shock after he tipped over! Congrats again!

From: beemann
12-May-22
Fantastic Congrats....

12-May-22
Gee, now I can breath after reading that adventure. nicely done

From: Rut Nut
12-May-22
GREAT recap and pics Eric! Truely EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm guessing Enoki took one look at you when you met and decided.....................................this [email protected]$$ don't need NO backup! ;-)

From: Rocky D
12-May-22
Eric, thanks for sharing and taking us along on one of the greatest adventures that this world has to offer!

What an epic event in one’s life! Congratulations on a truly outstanding accomplishment!

From: Inshart
12-May-22
You know, people can tell you how big something is ...... but ....... until you see a pic like the one of you holding the bears paw up to your chest ...... holy crap, the perspective really hits home ..... it truly is HUGE!

OUT-FRICKEN-STANDING ... big pat on the back, well done Eric!!!!!!!!!!!

12-May-22
Fantastic story. Definitely an adventure of a lifetime. Awesome bear. Congratulations.

From: hdaman
12-May-22
Incredible adventure! Thanks for sharing!

From: sticksender
12-May-22
One heckuva' adventure man, huge congrats.

From: Chief 419
12-May-22
Congrats on a fantastic bear and adventure. You’re in rare company killing that bear with a stick and string. Adventure hunt of a lifetime.

From: carcus
12-May-22
Beast of a bear, congrats

From: Medicinemann
12-May-22
My 2007 polar bear hunt (15 years ago) is still remarkably fresh in my mind. You'll take this adventure to your grave....and with all of the photos, the details will barely fade. Well done, my friend!! Have you tried any of the meat?....It'll be better than that walrus.....I promise!!

From: Rackmastr
13-May-22
What an amazing hunt and experience. Awesome pics and thanks for bringing us along!

From: Heat
13-May-22
Unreal, big congratulations! Thanks for sharing. This one is going to be hard to top I would imagine considering that adrenaline rush you described.

From: Bearman
13-May-22
What a hunt. Boredom to balls to the walls.

From: bowhunter24
13-May-22
Thank you Eric for the big grin you put on my face, you are the MAN!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
13-May-22
Awesome hunt, write up and pictures! Congrats Eric!!

From: bigswivle
13-May-22
Good stuff!!! Congrats!!!

From: Fallfreak
13-May-22
What an adventure! Congrats!!

From: Shiras42
13-May-22
EPIC! Way to go! Love that you did this trad!

From: Old Bow
13-May-22
What a beast ! Congrats !

13-May-22
Bad ass…Congrats!

From: swp
14-May-22
Outstanding adventure!!!

From: Ironbow
14-May-22
Thanks for sharing. One of the best Bowsite stories ever. Congrats!!

14-May-22
Very nice! And for the time to give the story

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