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The Beeman R10 Deluxe is an elegant, yet potent adult air rifle available in .17, .20 and .22-caliber options.

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on March 28 with Cambridge Bay, N a.m. the following

op in Salt Lake City. Territories left Edm The flight called for

to count me in.

planning for the hunt and getting in shape. Most of the cold the newfangled synthetic fibers available that claim to be the equal of wool or down garments, I wound up with a collecand underwear. By the time I finally decided to take a Remington M KS (stainless steel with a McMillan synthetic stock) .

The final selection boiled down to the Winchester Supreme with a 180-grain Silvertip boat-tail and the standard 180grain flatbase Silvertip. Accuracy with both loads was good, but boat-tail designs have a tendency to shed their cores if they hit heavy muscle or bone.

Four days before the scheduled departure, the Remington was topped off with a Burris 3-9x Posi-Lock scope and the ensemble was sighted in to put the Win-

incidentals packed in a Mi gon Side-Kick duffel bag

Dr. lance Parks took an unusual blonde bull that scored 118 6/8 Boone & Crockett and 83 7/8 SCI.

mainspring in a cheap watch. We fiddled with the bolt for a few minutes and the firing pin finally broke loose. There were other options too - either carry it in a pant pocket or warm it up over a Coleman stove -but it was obvious that some gunsmith didn't do what he was paid to do. Noah, Clarence and Henry were teamed with Paul, Jeff and myself, respectively, while Ray and Lance set out with John and Jack. Our six-man team headed west and the others headed inland,generally north, across the peninsula After about 90 minutes of traversing the sea ice and heading inland about

I popped out of bed a my usual hour, t about 6:OO a.m., and headed for the restaurant for a hot cup of coffee. The wind had come up during the night, and the snow was blowing across the frozen streets. It appeared the desk manager at the hotel and I were the only folks in town. Nothing, except for the blowing snow, an occasional dog and the blades on the wind generator below the lodge, was moving. No doubt about it, we had gale force winds at hand.

noon. A few miles f o town the wind rm subsided, and we arrived in camp just after dark. The camp was as comfortable as any I have seen. Three- and four-man tents were pitched on the edge of the frozen bay, on the south shore of Kent Peninsula, with blocks of snow stacked around the tents and in front of the door to help dampen the effects of the wind. Inside each tent a kerosene stove boosted the temperature to a comfortable 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Had it been any warmer, we would have had to shed all the warm clothing. As it was, we decided to leave all our rifles, binoculars and cameras outside to avoid condensation that would have produced an undesirable coat of ice when we emerged from the tent in the morning. Breakfast consisted of a hearty serving of scrambled eggs, potatoes and sausage. Hot coffee and tea dampened the effect of the morning chill. The temperature had come up to 15 F. (Most elk camps in the northern Rocky Mountains are colder.) Prior to departure to our respective hunting areas, we elected to check the scope setting on our rifles. The Burris Posi-Lock was the only scope that didn't require adjustment after the long, bone-janing ride wros the ice which is roughly equivalent to tying your favorite scope to a jackhammer for eight hours. While all of us had taken the precaution of having our rifles degreased so they wouldn't freeze up in the subzero weather, the firing pin in a Winchester Model 70 was locked tighter than the

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As the other members of our troupe straggled into the restaurant, the winds outside continued to increase. I pulled on my parka and walked outside to check the temperature. protected a bit from the wind on the front steps of the hotel, the thermometer indicated -17 C., about 0 (zero) on the Fahrenheit ie scale. Figuring a conservative 30 m l per-hour wind, the chill factor was around -50 F. Chatting over breakfast, most of us admitted we had experienced colder weather in northern Montana or on the wind-ept high desert in northern Nevada during the months of January or February. N o one seemed concerned about the weather, and we prepared our gear for a 1000 a.m. departure from Cambridge Bay.

By the time all the gear was stowed away on sleds and we were ready to go, visibility was reduced to 40 or 50 feet, but the snowmobile trail on the ice was clearly visible - for as far as you could see. As it turned out, the drive belt on Clarence's snowmobile broke before we were more than 500 yards from town, and we had to turn back to repair the machine.

We left Cambridge Bay shortly after

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or wool Boot Blankets Inner Wear: down underwear to sleep in wool "watch cap" or toque for sleeping set of long, two-piece wool underwear two pairs of warm wool socks one pair of wool pants two heavy wool shirts heavy sweater or light down jacket Sleeping Bag: down bag (to save weight) and calibrated to the following temperatures during the following time periods: late October to early November and May - 25 degrees Fahrenheit: mid-March to late April - -40 degrepc Fahrenheit Equipment: binocular sharp knife soft-padded gun case for carrying rifle on sled during hunt



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Left, the trip across the frozen Queen Maude Gulf covers 70 miles of snow and ice. Above, the Arctic Islands Lodge offers all the welcome comforts of a modern hote

16 miles west of camp, Clarence pulled off the trail and left his snowmobile to scout the basin to the west from a rocky cliff. Within a few minutes, Clarence signaled us to follow. I could tell from the expression on Henry's face that Clarence had spotted muskox.

From the rocky outcrop, we eventually sighted two groups of animals. There were five to the west at a range of what appeared to be about 2 miles.

Farther north, another group contained 12 animals that I could see. Clarence insisted there were more. In either case, Henry was convinced that the smaller group was all bulls. He told me the larger group was probably al cows l and calves since bulls and cows don't run together until later in the year. At a O range of nearly 2 miles through the 1 x Simmons binocular, it seemed prudent to + sHenry's judgment, since there mt was no way to see horns or even judge body size at such distances.

While Henry, Noah and Clarence had a parley, Jeff and Paul walked off to photograph a snowshoe hare we had seen earlier. I had read reports about how the I u t consider the snowshoe nis hare a good omen during a hunt, and there was little to dispute the belief as I watched those muskox grazing on the frozen tundra. In short order, we returned to the snowmobiles. Henry and Noah took Paul and me off in the direction of the five bulls. Clarence took Jeff to look over the larger herd. Keeping to the lower terrain, we left the snowmobiles after a short haul and proceeded on foot toward the bulls. Working around a low rise, we gained full view of the bulls from a range of 400 yards or so. At that range, it was all too apparent that I knew nothing about judging horns, even though I had looked over photos of several trophy heads prior to leaving Prescott. Moving up, we decided that 200 yards was close enough. Henry and Noah glassed the bulls repeatedly, each expressing judgment about which bull

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Dave, flanked by Inuit guides Noah (left) and Henry (right), used a Remington Model 700 KS .30-06 Mountain Rifle with Winchester 180-grain Silvertip factory loads.



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