Seems Yates spent 10 days on this hunt late last summer with guide George Konana, and reports getting pounded on the tundra while riding an ATV in search of a bear. They hunted out of four different spike camps, while the bears, he says, "apparently spent their time in town." He returned with a sore back and no bear, only to hear the locals talk about the number of bears they had seen nearby.
According to Webb, weather and game movements last year indicated an inland hunt would likely be most productive, which is why they went out by ATV. Yates attributes much of his difficulty with the ATV hunt last summer to his inexperience driving one. He had no complaints about the outfitter or his guide's efforts to get him his bear, and decided to try with them once more.
This year's hunt didn't get off to a much better start. "Unfortunately, my rifle and duffle bag did not join me, thanks to Air Canada," says Yates. Webb loaned him a sleeping bag, a native hunter loaned him a rifle and another client, Reza Gol Sorkhi, loaned him some hunting clothes so that he was able to hunt.
Yates reports this hunt involved traveling along the coast by boat, with an ATV onboard. He says he probably spent only three to four hours on the vehicle this time. They made camp, sighted in his borrowed rifle and headed to higher ground to look around. Yates says Konana basically chauffeured him, making the ride much smoother this year.
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