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I’ve been as cold as you can get in a south Texas treestand, and even a frozen ground blind in Minnesota doesn’t compare to the Arctic.

Extreme conditions demand extreme gear. To hunt musk-ox or polar bear is to experience winter conditions where one is fighting for his or her life just to be outside. With air temperatures of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit and a 20-mph wind, you can have exposed skin freeze in less than 1 minute. And on these type of hunts there is no sanctuary, no place to warm up. The native Inuits wear seal-skin...