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Bowhunting Polar Bear in Canada

Polar Bears are found in the farthest northern portions of North America. Nanook, as the Inuit people call the polar bear, is truly one of the greatest trophy animals on the earth. While polar bears are a needed species for anyone setting their goals on achieving the super slam of taking all 29 of the North American big game species, as of May, 2008, the US Fish & Wildlife Service listed the polar bear as "threatened" due to politics surrounding global warming theories. Currently, due to the listing, they no longer could be imported into the United States. You can legally still go bowhunt them in many locations across the arctic, and bowhunters from many countries around the world can still import their trophies, however a bowhunter from the United States must leave his trophy in Canada currently. In 1972 the polar bear was listed an non-importable due to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and in 1994 there was a change that allowed polar bears to again be imported into the US and some 800 import permits were subsequently issued in the following decade. Things change however & hopefully in the future, polar bears once again will become importable to the US.

A bowhunt for polar bear is conducted normally on a 1 on 2 basis. This means that there will be 2 guides, for each bowhunter. The bowhunter must be transported by dog sled while in the hunting area. Once a track is located, the pursuit begins. When the bear is sighted, normally a portion of the dog team will be released in an attempt to hold the bear at bay while the hunter gets within range. This can be exceptionally dangerous, particularly with a bow and arrow, and the decision to book a polar bear hunt should not be done without carefully considering the risks. The frigid temperatures that clients sometimes endure certainly give credence to people who saying polar bear hunting is the toughest mental hunt a person can go on.

While success rates on polar bear hunts average around 90%, BSC is happy to say to date; our clients have been closer to 100% successful in harvesting P & Y class bears. These bowhunts are some of the most expensive in North America. Travel into these remote arctic areas also adds substantial travel costs. P&Y minimum skull size for Polar bear is 20".

Mark Buehrer
North American Consultant
mark@bowhuntingsafari.com

Jay Osting
North American Consultant
jay@bowhuntingsafari.com