Update On Polar Bear Hunts


Published: August - 2002

Continuing subscribers know that every year about this time we contact the major companies that arrange polar bear hunts for an update on their clients' success, developments in their hunting areas and any available bookings for the coming year. Following is a digest on this year's spring hunt. Please note that this digest is not all-encompassing, but it should provide a general indication of how the 2001 season went:

Morgan Minty of Adventure West: Hunts in four different areas: Holman on Victoria Island in the Northern Beaufort; Pelly Bay in the Gulf of Boothia; Hall Beach in Fox Basin; and Wynniatt Bay in Collinson Inlet, which they hunt every other year. Minty booked 12 hunters this year. Out of 10 who hunted in Holman, six were successful, taking bears measuring eight feet to 9-feet-and-six inches. The hunter in Pelly Bay took a seven-foot bear, the only one he saw, and in Hall Beach the hunter took a 9-foot-six-inch bruin. They did not hunt Wynniatt Bay this year. As for next year's hunts, Minty says he only has a few openings left in areas where trophies are not importable into the United States. The cost of one of these hunts is $19,500. The cost of his hunts in an importable area is $22,500.

Aaron Wilkins of The Trophy Connection: Had a total of 10 hunters go on the ice this spring. Six hunted in Jones Sound, on the southern tip of Ellesmere Island. All six took bears ranging from eight to 9½ feet. One client had to return the last week of the season because he failed to take a bear the first time. The other four clients hunted Norwegian Bay, on the south end of Axel-heiberg Island. Three of the clients did not see bears. The fourth returned later in the season and took a nine-foot bear. Wilkins says there simply weren't many bears around this year this far north. He says this area is considerably further north and west than Jones Sound and that Norwegian Bay is more difficult to reach as well. For 2003, they are changing........(continued)

 
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