Merry Christmas to you, your family and staff. I had a terrific time hunting at Makwa River Outfitters this past season. “ Come as a client and leave as a friend” definitely seems an appropriate motto. I cannot say enough about the hospitality that was extended as you welcomed us into your home. It did feel more like a family visit than a week at an outfitters camp. This occurred from the moment you came out and greeted us to the time that we left. Larry, Dave, and Connor also extended that family feeling and were top notch guides making sure that our hunt was successful and the deer were properly taken care of. Even though I did not get to spend much time with Walker and Barry, I could sense that they also contributed to that family feeling. The meals you prepared for us were excellent and it was something we looked forward to at the end of each day. The lodge was as beautiful as it was comfortable. I enjoyed hearing the stories behind some of the bucks on the wall above the fireplace and their importance to your family. Non-hunters never get to see that in a mount and relive those memories each time. I loved being able to process the meat and have it ready for the freezer when I got home. You made it so easy. The facilities and equipment were top notch. I could go on about all of the great things I experienced at Makwa River Outfitters, but I tell my friends that it really needs to be experienced. It was going to be a once in a lifetime trip for me when I started, but I am planning to return the next time Brent comes out. Thank you for a great time. It will be something I will be talking about for quite a while. I hope that you, your family, and your staff have a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year.
Thank you again for a great time. It was something I looked forward to for a long time and it exceeded my expectations. It is really first class.
Dan Aderman December 25, 2016
I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. Thanks again for another unbelievable week you do a wonderful job up there. I can't thank you enough and I really had a great time with Connor I thank him for his company every night he is turning into a young gentleman I thank him for all the stuff him and I did memories like that are what makes the hunt more memorable I thank him and Walker to when he was there. Someday when they take over there going to do amazing job if you ever need me as a reference don't hesitate once again thanks for your kindness your story your laughs and your acquaintance have a safe and wonderful holiday and a happy New Year
Brent Allred - December 24, 2016
Now that the NY hunting season is almost over I have some time to sit down to let you know what a fabulous time I and my group had at Makwa river outfitters. You and your crew of Larry, Barry and Harry ( Oh..I'm sorry that's the guide you're hiring for next year to work with Larry and Barry...LOL) and David made our trip unforgettable. I'll never forget the laughs we had around the dinner table while munching down on fresh ham, vegies, mashed potatoes, salad and desert. Along with as much as you wanted to eat. You made us feel so welcome in your home. We all loved the way that all we had to do was show up, with our gear. You and your guides did the rest from dragging the deer out of the woods, skinning and gutting and caping it so we can get that perfect mount. Everything was great, even as far as having another hunter (Tony) join our group that fit right in with our zany group of characters.
The hunting was great (you can see by the picture of my 150' class buck that weighed in at 295lbs). covered treestands complete with heater. Although they weren't needed because the weather was warmer than expected. However the stands were quite comfortable and just the right distance to the bait so as to make that perfect shot. All 5 of us scored with nice size deer, 130 class and better.
This was my first trip back in 20 years. Not because I didn't have a good time then, but I just retired from teaching and can now afford the time. You can rest assured I'll be back in the very near future ( with a bunch of new jokes to tell you......LOL)
I don't understand how it happened but "I came as a client and left as a friend". God bless you all and see you soon (2019).
Putnum Valley, NY
November 29, 2016
Another great season in Saskatchewan - 3 big bucks 3 years in a row from the same stand. By far the best Whitetail hunting on the planet !! See u in 2017 !!!"
- Tim Broughton, November 28, 2016
"I started following this website in 2013 after a hunt in Ontario and truly enjoy it.
Now that I have been here, I can say that the website is an accurate description of what you get but it just does not do justice for the great people who all contribute to making Makwa River Outfitters what it is."
November 18, 2016
Kathy, family & staff at Makwa River Outfitters:
My father & I have hunted here with you since 2014 & the experiences just keep better every year. Your operation is the best that I have had the honor to be part of & your staff is top notch. All of your dedication to the best experience possible is evident in all you do to accommodate your hunters. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly & excellent at tracking deer as I found out in 2015 when my 295 pound deer had to be located by Barry & Larry. So nice to see your husband Ken & sons Walker & Connor are doing well - what an important part of the team they all are. We really missed having Barry as one of our guides on our week this year. His knowledge, dedication & sense of humor are definitely a plus to your operation & we hope he will be with you on our week next year. Larry is well excellent in all he does to say the least. My dad & I always know we are in good hands with him on your crew. David is energetic & very knowledgable for such a young man - what a great addition to your team this year. His experiences & stories are incredible for such a young man. What a great personality for guiding he is definitely a keeper! All of your guides & sons (including Larry's son Matthew) went above & beyond for me this year when I got the barrel of my gun full of mud. They all worked together to make sure I got it cleaned & ready to go for a safe hunt the next day. Thank you so much that was the extra confidence I needed to successfully kill my "monster" 275 pound, 8 point buck with his huge 31 1/2 inch neck. What an awesome experience to watch him in the wild. Thank you all for providing such a great opportunity for my father & I to enjoy our weekly hunt every year, it means more to us both then I could ever put into words. I came here as an inexperienced fairly new hunter & continue to gain knowledge & confidence every year that I am lucky enough to return. We have made good friends with other hunters each year & look forward to seeing their success each year they return. My dad begins his countdown for next year on our long ride home. So exciting to sit in your heated stands & watch nature at its finest. Thank you for all your dedication to providing this awesome experience! I will be excited to see what 2017 brings. Best wishes to you all & the rest of your 2016 hunters.
Sent from my iPhone November 17, 2016
Email: November, 2016
Hi Kathy and Ken,
Thank you for a great time at your camp- Makwa River Outfitters.
When you meet Kathy for the first time you're a stranger, but when you leave, you're a friend. She opens her house to you and makes you feel like family. Anyone planning a whitetail hunt in Saskatchewan should look no further. I was there in 1996, and I just got back from the first week 2016 season- it was a good camp then but I love all the improvements that have been made. She has had this camp for over 25 years. All you have to do is show up...every little thing is taken care of for you- from your license, to the form you need at customs, to preparing the deer to take back. The cabin you stay in is clean and spacious and the food is excellent. The guides- Larry, Barry, and Dave work hard for you to get that trophy, and if you do so, they are just as happy as if they got the deer. I got a big genuine hug from Larry when I got my buck. That is why, when you are looking for a camp, Makwa River Outfitters is a no-brainer.
Again, thank you for a great time.
Surprise, New York
Kathy, I have to say this was the best hunt in 8 trips to Canada that I have ever had...Yes the weather was too hot, but you cant control what mother nature is in charge of. This was by far the best group of men I have ever hunted with. Non stop laughter at night. Having Tim "SnowMan" Broughton and my son there made it special. The food you serve just keeps getting better. Larry,Barry and Walker are as good as it gets in the guide department. Thank You for another great time. Looking forward to coming back soon. 5 Star rating for sure
Mark Edwards - Dec/2015
Here is a facebook message that Bubba sent when he got home:
"Had a great time hunting this past week with Kathy and the group. This is a top notch outfitters that puts their heart into it. So looking forward to coming back here for many years to come. I made some friends for life !!"
Bubba Banks November, 2015
Thanks Bubba ... you just left and we are already looking forward to your next white tail deer hunt!
-Kathy, Ken, Walker, Connor, Barry and Larry (Makwa River Outfitters Ltd)
Trust you are getting ready for the 2015 season. I wanted to take a moment and share my mount with you and the rest of your wonderful team(November 11, 2014). I was amazed at the size of the mount when I picked it up from the taxidermist. It was hanging with other deer and its overall size was breathtaking. Thanks again for a great hunt and opportunity to experience all the hospitalityyou offer. Hope to see you again in the future.
Ken Oshansky (email dated September 1, 2015)
My stay there with you and all your staff was a wonderful experience. I especially enjoyed the interaction with Barry and Larry. They were very friendly and definitely committed to making each one of the hunters trip a big success. I especially enjoyed my conversations with Barry. His passion for the outdoors and what he does for a living is something that I certainly share. Please give him my best wishes. From the way you greet your clients, to the lodge accomodations and comfort, to the wonderful dinner meals everything was FIRST CLASS. All the best, Ron Dalton."
Letter dated November 17, 2014
Now home after uneventful drive and flights. Just thought I’d drop you a note and again tell you what a wonderful time I had, mainly due to the people I met. You, Ken, Conner, Barry and Larry could not have been nicer people to be around. The effort you put into your operation is impressive. You are to be congratulated for running a first class hunting experience.
See you next year. Stay safe and have fun.
Vic - November, 2014
I highly recommend Makwa River Outfitters for anyone looking for a father daughter, wife or son hunt. My daughter and I have hunted Canada for 6 years and this was the very best experience. It was the hunt of a lifetime! Not only because we both shot very nice deer but because of the experience. Kathy, Ken, Connor, Walker, Larry and Barry all made us feel like family, as well as the group of hunters. We were like one big family, everyone rooting for and helping each other. It is obvious that you are careful about the hunters you select.
Now a little about the hunting. The first day I saw 4 different 8 pointers, the second day 2 eight pointers and the third 2 eight pointers. All wider and much higher than the ears. All will be nicer deer next year. The fourth day I saw 10 deer in 3 hours, a very nice 8 pointer and then the one I shot.
It is difficult to put in writing the feelings as we shoot our bucks and as we leave your camp to go our separate ways. I feel like I made friends for a lifetime. The best testimonial is the repeat hunters. We booked next year.
This is the first time I ever gained weight on a hunting trip.
Thanks for making our hunting season a happy one
Roger Greenfield - November, 2014
I want to thank you and your staff for the hunt of a lifetime. From the minute I arrive in camp, Larry, Barry and Connor, talked about what to expect and I can tell you that what I experienced went well and beyond anything they described.
From the minute I got into my treestand until I shot my 300 pound, 11 pt whitetail, I had deer I front of me the entire time except for 10 minutes and that was after I shot. Surprisingly, ten minutes later the deer came back.
Thank you again, you have a class operation and a great bunch of guides. I will return.
Walt - PA - November, 2014
I first contacted you in 2010 about a future deer hunt with yourself and the Makwa River team.
Well, the future finally arrived this November, and it was a one of my best hunting decisions ever!
This is one time where the reality exceeded the promise.
Your lodge is beautiful and very comfortable, the food is home cooked and very tasty, yourself and Ken are terrific hosts, and the guides – Barry, Larry & Connor – are the best I’ve seen. I’ve hunted pretty much all over North America, and Makwa River is the best I’ve experienced, both for the whitetail deer hunting and the rest of the experience.
I always hoped to take a dark horned, heavy mass Canadian whitetail, and Makwa River made that dream come true!
I’ll be back in 2016, and look forward to another great adventure.
Thank you all for a tremendous experience.
Tony - New Jersey - November, 2014
We had an absolute blast hunting with Makwa River Outfitters. You have an impressive, well run operation. The amenities, cooking, guiding & game quality was truly first class. It was a true delight chasing after those big bruiser bucks with you guys.
Alex - Wisconsin - November, 2014
(This is a symbol that Gerry uses to represent "I Love You". It was used by his son that he lost 14 years ago. "1" because there is one letter in "I", "4" because there are four letters in "love" and "3" because there are three letters in "you")(Well Gerry, we all love you too!)
-Gerry - Vermont
Kathy: Thanks is not enough. You and your team are the greatest. I will be coming next year, my 20th and for many years.
Dana - Vermont
Kathy: Thank you for an incredible experience. I had an amazing time and will be back.
Jason - New York -
Thank your the great week in camp. Great bunck of guys to enjoy the week. Had a blast.
Ryan - New York
Kathy!! Just another great trip. You and your men are just the greatest. I just love you ALL, see you next year.
Kathy - Thanks for all that your group has done to make our stay at your place so great. Food was fantastic and the atmosphere was just super.
Freeman - November, 2013
Kathy - Thank you so much for your hospitality. What a great operation and like I told you, I NEVER HAD SO MUCH FUN.
Another great week Kathy! Thanks again and can't say how much I enjoy Barry, Larry, and Mike.
Greg - Pennsylvania (FaceBook)
Thanks everybody for a wonderful time.
Jeff- Alabama - November, 2013 (e-mail)
"Good luck to everyone for a great hunt this week. You are staying with a top notch hunting outfitter! The guides are tremendous and the hostess is great. We've always had a great trip to Makwa River Outfitters. Enjoy yourselves. I'm jealous sitting here in CT. Wanting to be there! Next year! Ha... Good luck hunters, your friend, Michele"
Michele - Connecticut- sent by e-mail
Hello Kathy. Just wanted to say thanks again for such a fantastic week. Really enjoyed getting to know you and Connor as well as the rest of the guys. The hunting was unbelievable but the people I met were even better. I only got to meet Barry and Larry for 5 days but I honestly have to say that I kinda miss them! A very,very special place and you should be extremely proud of what you and the guys have going up there. Thanks again!
-Eric - New York
This is a GREAT PLACE - I'll keep coming back year after year! I keep telling everyone "Come once and you'll be hooked!"!
Dale - Pennsylvania
This place is way above my expectations! Guaranteed good time!
-Eric - New York
Thanks again for the best time of my hunting life. I have told everyone “It’s like you have died and gone to Hunter’s Heaven.”
Rusty - Maine -
We were fortunate to find an outfitter like Makwa River Outfitters that provides a hunting environment that makes you feel like you are among friends and hunting from a familiar place like home.
We want to thank you for making our stay very enjoyable. Barry, Larry and Walker worked extremely hard to accommodate us trying to make our hunt successful. The hunters that had not shot a bear by Thursday were moved to a new area. To accommodate a rifle hunter a bow stand had to be moved out 65 yards.
Kathy asked our group of 7 plus guides our choices for sandwiches, including type of meat, dressings and condiments. Our sandwiches along with a brownies and apples would be prepared to take to our stands at 2:00 P.M. She would then have a bowl of soup on our table around midnight when the hunters returned. For the 2 of us that had killed our bears, Kathy offered and delivered sandwiches to our door around 6:00 P.M.
There were many other small things she did to make things extra enjoyable. She offered a room in the shop which was available for those who wanted to stay up late and visit or play cards. That room was used every night by part of the group.
We felt confident with the two way radio in the stand and knowing our guides were in the vicinity of the hunting area if needed. Thank you again for making this hunt for our family special.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for running a first class operation - it was all that was advertised and more. I have hunted with a number of different outfitters at different camps and yours is in the top echelon. From your assistance in preparing for the hunt, directions on reaching camp, the lodge itself as well as the cooking and the cleanliness of the lodge - all was spot on. The lodge felt like home. It was neat and clean with all the amenities hunters would need - right down to the slippers. The beds were comfortable and we all had plenty of room to relax. A lot of outfitters boast of hunters coming in camp as strangers and leaving as friends but my experience is that is a hard bar to reach. However you did achieve that. An added value was that the other 5 hunters were easy to live with an made the experience much more enjoyable. Non-hunters think it is all about the kill and they fail to see that with most hunters, it is about the total experience not just the harvest.
I left for last any comments on your staff - the guides, Barry, Walker and Larry not only know how to guide but also how to hunt. They made sure that we were well taken care of from the time that we started out till the time they skinned our bears. The skinning facilities and walk-in freezer were top draw. It was nice to see Barry. Larry and Walker searching and finding stand umbrellas to shield the rain away from the hunters. It shows their commitment.
I especially want to thank you for accommodating my diet. I Liked the fact that we had a hardy breakfast and dinner, followed by sandwiches for the field, followed-up by the soup, when after a long evening on stand, cold and wet, we all were able to put your delicious soap in our bellies to warm us up.
Please use me as a reference for future hunters. I plan to come back next year, hopefully with the same hunters.
I've been on a lot of outfitter hunts but this one is THE BEST! The hunt is relaxing, low stress/pressure and IT FEELS LIKE HOME! The lodge is awesome! The arrangements are great! The food is great! The people are great ... the guides, Barry and Walker are AWESOME!
Just wanted to drop in on you an tell you how much I appreciate you allowing my husband, Mark, to come to such a well grounded, top notch establishment !!!
Words canot explain him gearing up every year getting ready to come up there. And not to mention ..... It's all he thinks and talks about before leaving. But then when he gets there it thrills me to no end to talk to him while he's there an decribing to me "what's happening" this year there. And the excitement in his voice once "he gets 'er done" is nothing I can ever explain the feeling, of knowing he has acomplished what he has set out to do. And that he is in his "Glory", ......... ....second to being by my side.
He travels, Alone, all the way from the Swamps of Louisiana to your piece of "Heaven" as he calls it !!! And when travel time comes, he doesn't look back because he knows what you have to "Offer" on that end, time after time !!!! That means alot to someone who plans an saves all year for that "SPECIAL RACK" for their Walls.
I want to "THANK YOU" from the bottom of my Heart for allowing my husband, my WORLD the opportunity to have the Utmost Satisfaction of Knowing he will be so pleased with whatever you have year after year. It helps to let him go for the Long journey ALONE !!!! Mark has a passion for Hunting & Fishing an does them both Very Well. He is a Very Special Man in his own way. A Wonderful, Husband, Father, Son, Son-in-Law, Uncle an Nephew. He Rocks every Life that he touches. he's just a well-rounded Good Ole Redneck !!!!!! lol
Again "Thank You" for all that you have an do to make this experience all it can be for him.
I told my family about the fantastic time I had with you. They were thrilled to hear about all the things that make you such a remarkable outfitter. The hospitality, attention to detail and great deer are only a few qualities that will be bringing me back next year! I mean every word. You are an amazing woman who's built an amazing business! Can't wait to see you next year!
The Hale Crew had a wonderful time. They couldn't say enough about how excellent everything was.... The pictures are amazing. So happy that they all got deer. Just wanted you to know that your hard work was appreciated.
I must thank you again for an incredible hunt and opportunity to score a record book whitetail. Your operation is a 10;,food is magnificent and the guides are truly incredible. I have hunted in many places in North America and never have hunted with guides so intent in getting a trophy deer for their hunters. Barry ,Larry Walker,and Bevan all were outstanding and one thing that really impressed me was their concern for the hunters safety. This is rare at other outfitters.
Richard Hale - November, 2011 (e-mail)
congrats to you on a first class website and a first class operation
Ray Purdy Sr
This is Brent Sivnksty, I hunted this spring with All Bear TV, hope you remember me! :) Anyway, I just wanted you to know that it looks like my bear will make the Pope and Young record book! I'm really excited about that! I have to have it officially scored by a P&Y representative, but it should make it easily.
I really enjoyed my time with you guys, please tell your family and Barry hello for me.
I just wanted to thank you once again for a great week! You guys have a beautiful lodge, the food was fantastic, the guides were phenomenal, and getting a huge bear was the icing on the cake.
BEFORE BOB'S HUNT ACTUALLY STARTED:
"I am impressed already! I just arrived and already I feel like family! The whole camp looks great the people are great!"
AFTER BOB'S HUNT:
"I had a great time. I saw more bear this week than I have seen in all of my previous hunts put together! And watching the baby cubs was worth the cost of the trip itself! I'll be back!"
"Kathy, I knew you were the one right from the start. Even after intensily researching over 70 different outfitters after just one phone call to you and I was confident I had found the right camp. Now that I have been here I KNOW that I made the right decision."
"I was only in my stand for one day and I shot my dream buck. This was all beyond my expectations... you will see me again next year!"
John Zabrosky - November, 2010
"It was what we expected AND MORE"
"First class operation" (he is rebooking for next year for two people plus will check his schedule when he gets home and plans to come for a spring bear hunt)
"I have been to a hundred different outfitters and without a doubt this is THE BEST!"
"I knew that it was going to be good but I didn't know that it was going to be this good!!
"I have hunted many places all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and USA and these are by far the best guides! They really go out of their way!!"
"I have never had an experience this before! It's crazy!! There's deer everywhere!!!"
"This is the one time that the advertising is understated. Makwa River Outfitters delivers more than it promises!"
"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my first Canada hunt. You and the other members of your team really did a wonderful job!! The hard work you and the guys do really pays off for the hunter and the experience as a whole. You are what you advertise and the hunt was only a small piece of the experience. Thanks for making our hunt a memory for a lifetime. "
"As advertized and BETTER! Not a dissappointment in the whole week! Its been a real treat!"
"Just as I pictured it and everything I thought it would be ... and better!
"This has been a life time memoryof sharing time with my Dad"
Rick Matchinsky - May, 2008 (Rick and his Dad came for their very first bear hunt and they both took their bear on the same day!!)
"I have hunted in a lot of places and a lot of harder hunts but this is a hunt anyone can do.
Here you see nature at its finest and its best!
Here you get treated second to none. This is a first class operation!"
- Dick Ebling (MO)
"I can not say enough about my experience last week. The whole experience from start to finish was outstanding. Great food, great lodging and great people.
I can not say enough about your dedication. Not many people would of done what you did for me. You gave me a memory of a lifetime. Thank you. I will be back for another great adventure! "
- e-mail by Alex Glaza (NY)
"I just wanted to let you know what a great time I had during our week long bear hunt. The guides were excellent and the food was even better!"
-Mark Thomson (WI)
"I just returned home from my cabin (here in Michigan) after 4 days of hunting without seeing a deer. I sure appreciate the opportunity to travel to Saskatchewan and see a large quantity of quality animals. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for a great week!"
-Dennis Santini (MI)
We had a great time at your place and would recommend your outfit to anyone. Thanks again for your hospitality and a good time.
-Bob Murphy (NY)
I would like to say thanks for the great time we had hunting with Makwa River Outfitters, everyone was very nice and very professional with their work. Please let everyone know they did a great job guiding us on the Bear Hunt.. We are looking forward to the Nov. Deer hunt with you.
I hope everything is going smooth with the second week of Bear hunts. I am still bragging on the Bear I killed last week, wow what a Big Bear!!!!!
Johnnie Drew (FL)
Just wanted to thank you again for a great hunt, you have a first class operation. Quinton and Barry are excellent, they worked very hard on a week when the weather was not very good to get everyone a bear.
thanks again John (from Kentucky)
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed hunting with you, Quinton, and Barry. Your operation is top notch and you couldn't ask for better guides than Quinton and Barry. They are very knowledgeable and their customer service is second to none. They do whatever it takes to make the customer happy and that is so important. Your cooking is tremendous and all of us looked forward to each meal. All that food didn't help my diet much but you can't pass up great meals.
Again, I want to thank you for everything, we will see you next spring.
Shannon Yeske (SD)
"Thanks for everything! It was one of Dad’s best hunting trips.. He can’t wait until next year and neither can I.."
Jay Sparling (WI)
"Put me down in your calendar for the next 20 years!"
Russ Hinds (MI)
"I can't thank you enough for the hospitality and top notch guides you have, not to mention the awesome food!! If you ever need a reference please don't hesitate to ask. I have been telling everyone that asks that I am glad my first guided hunt was with Makwa Outfitters. You have set the bar high for any other outfitter out there. Thank you! "
For further information, read on or contact us:
Makwa River Outfitters Ltd
Phone toll free: 1-866-236-3056
or regular phone : 1-306-236-4649
Makwa River Outfitters Ltd
PO Box 89