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Stepping off the prop plane and onto the snowy tarmac in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, I felt the icy St. Patrick’s Day wind slice through my wool coat like a surgeon’s scalpel. The Arctic is supposed to be brutally cold, that is part of the allure that makes bowhunting near the top of the world a spectacular experience. But with a wind chill of nearly minus-50 degrees Fahrenheit, memories of my prior trip to this climatically challenged hamlet came racing back to me. I thought to myself, “I must be one of the few archers to not only hunt the Arctic but to eagerly return to do it a second time.”

My first trip, two years earlier and a bit later in the spring, was such a unique adventure that I opted to pursue another musk ox as much to justify revisiting the region and the Inuit people as to harvest a second Pope and Young-class bull. The Inuit’s lifestyle is carved out of the harshest of environments, yet they have retained so many traditional ways and societal values. Every Inuit I have met has been nothing if not jovial, accommodating and graciously open to all visitors who show a sincere interest in their centuriesold way of life.

After being greeted by a representative of the community’s hunting and trapping association—the only group that is authorized to run hunts on protected native lands—I checked into the local motel. Shortly thereafter, Ryan, the guide I had been assigned, arrived and debriefed me on the plan for our expedition while providing some additional background on the territory. We were hunting on Victoria Island, which straddles the boundary between HYPERLINK “”Nunavut and the HYPERLINK “”Northwest Territories. It’s the eighth-largest island in the world, and at over 80,000 square miles, it’s Canada’s second-largest island. To put it in perspective, Victoria is double the size of HYPERLINK “”Newfoundland and over 40,000 musk oxen roam there. I just wanted one of them!

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