Police and volunteers searched wooded areas in Hay River on Saturday as efforts to find missing resident David Park continued.
The 34-year-old, also known as Junghwan Park, was last seen at the town's Rooster convenience store and gas station at around 11:15am on Tuesday, April 3.
One official, quoting the official slogan of the Arctic Winter Games, said she hoped the chickens would "find their power."
A snowfall warning has been issued for Hay River, just over a day before thousands of athletes travel to the Arctic Winter Games closing ceremony and head home.
RCMP in the community said the gun, a Remington 700 bolt-action rifle, was uncovered in the early hours of Thursday morning by security staff.
Three members of the Northwest Territories' Beck dog mushing dynasty reached the podium on the same day at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.
Fort Smith's snowboarding venue is receiving acclaim as one of the most picturesque in Arctic Winter Games history.
Hay River residents rounded up spare rifles to help Russian biathletes barred from taking their weapons to the Arctic Winter Games.
NWT speed skaters reached the podium six times on Monday, while snowshoe athlete Jed Mitchell became the territory's first medallist earlier in the morning.
The 2018 Arctic Winter Games are officially open after thousands of athletes attended a ceremony inside Hay River's newly opened arena on Sunday.
Organizers say everything will be ready when the first officials and volunteers begin arriving in the South Slave for the Arctic Winter Games on Wednesday.
An NWT dog runner is calling on northern mushers to return to breeding 'traditional' dogs. Other mushers say tourists might like that, too.