All of our guides are locals who know the area well.  They are familiar with the animals and they are very familiar with the terrain.  They are each very friendly and conscientious of your safety and comfort.  They are easy to talk to and are a lot of fun!!  These are guys that you will quickly become friends with!!  They have great work ethics and work long and hard to ensure that your hunt is the best it possibly can be.  You will never find better guides that these guys!  What a wonderful team we have!!


BARRY BRUCKS:  Barry is in the process of retiring.  In 2016 he worked about 1/2 time.  Barry has been with us for quite a few years now and anyone who has hunted with us before knows that he is "the best of the best".  He is also a local trapper and brings in beautiful pelts of wolf, mink, etc  He is very knowledgable and kind and it won't take you long to become a close friend of his!  He is also a lot of fun ... according to one of our hunters he has the reputation of being "a devious bastard"!!! ... ha ha .. thats a good one .. Barry, the devious Bastard ha ha ha!


LARRY Heon started guiding for us in 2009 and we think that he is awesome.  He is a local man who has a passion for hunting.  He is a man of many hats including being a fireman and the mayor of the local village.  He has a military background and has army stories to tell in addition to hunting stories.  He has a fun twinkle in his eye and you know that this is not going to be a boring hunt with Larry around!  If you want professional, fun, courteous and consciencious all in one package, then you have it in Larry.


DAVID Edwards is the "new guy" on our block but he is no stranger to hunting!  Just the week before he arrived with Makwa River Outfitters, he was guiding Dall Sheep in Northwest Territories and just days before arriving here, he was guiding for ducks/geese.  His life, besides guiding, is pretty interesting too because he rides bulls, fights bulls and raises rodeo stock bucking bulls!  To add to this full life, he also traps!  He most certainly fits in with "our family"!


WALKER Dopko as you all know has been a part of this operation all of his life.  In addition to apprenticing as a Heavy Duty Mechanic, he LOVES to guide.  His latest "passion" in addition hunting ETC is Mixed Martial Arts... you will see his prestigious 2015 Belt in "pictures" .. the last picture for the 2015 season.  He also loves to travel and has been in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Thailand, Vietnam, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba and Mexico as well as several locations in the USA.  He is a Dive Master (scuba).  He is also certified for Search And Rescue in the ocean and First Responders.  He has taken Royal Officer Training for the Canadian Army and has recently joined the Infantry Reserve with the Canadian Army.  With this heavy schedule, he may not be available to guide full time this fall but will help when he can.


CONNOR Dopko is very competitive ... it doesn't matter if its the competition to get the biggest buck or win the card game or make a goal at the hockey game -- he loves it all!  Connor also loves fishing, trapping, riding the quad, snowmobilling but hunting is his very favorite.... no, lets re-phrase that ... HUNTING IS HIS PASSION!!!!  He guides when he can.  He is apprenticing to be an electrician working in the oil patch in the north but confesses that the job gets in the way of hunting(can you imagine that!).


TED KURJATA:  Ted is usually the invisible guide here.  He is out there daily baiting but unless he comes to the camp for a visit, you won't ever see him but you will see the results of his hard work as the deer come into the bait.  He is a neighbor who has retired from farming but loves the outdoors!  Anyone who knows Ted will tell you that there is no better man than him anywhere!  For the 2016 season, Ted had to bow out due to health issues.


For further information, read on or contact us:

Makwa River Outfitters Ltd
Kathy Dopko-Esler

Phone toll free:  1-866-236-3056

or e-mail us

or regular phone : 1-306-236-4649

Fax:  1-306-236-4716

Postal address:  
Makwa River Outfitters Ltd
PO Box 89
Makwa, Sk
S0M 1N0

Saskatchewan hunting at its best!