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!!
LARRY 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 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.
Che (pronounced "Shay") started as our bear guide with Walker in spring of 2018. He fits right in with our family operation and the hunters loved him. Che was born a hunter and loves every aspect of it. If he gets a spare minute, you bet he will be rushing off to see what interesting animal is at his own stand!
RANDAL is the "new kid on the block" having started in 2019 but he is not new to guiding as he guided 10 years for moose in Alberta up until this year. He has also owned a restaurant/hotel in nothern Saskatchewan and knows all of the fishing hotspots in the area. He is also an avid hunter and along with his hunter-wife has harvested many species including, of course, moose, deer, bear, elk, etc. He is a family man with three children. He works full time with Sask-Tel but uses his vacation time to guide with us.
Randal packing out his 2019 moose.
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. 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 is a member of Infantry Reserve with the Canadian Army.
Walker moved to Saskatoon to resume his Heavy Duty mechanics apprenticeship (which he put on hold while he guided for the last few years) so he will not be guiding full time in 2019 (he has put in a couple days only) which is going to be very hard on him! LOL!
NATASHA is a tremendous help to Kathy in the kitchen since 2018. This girl has a full time job working with Ministry of Environment in Meadow Lake and then she is cooking and cleaning until late every night during the hunting season. She fits in perfectly with us all as she wears camo and hunts with the best of them!
Take a look at her 2019 buck!! ... not bad, eh?
Natasha - 2019
CONNOR Dopko doesn't have time to guide anymore but he helps us out when he can. He is Journeyman Electrician working in the oil patch in the north but confesses that the job gets in the way of hunting(can you imagine that!). Oh ... and of course, you recognize Natasha in this picture ... yes, they are "a couple".
TED KURJATA: Ted is our "honorary guide". For many year he was the "invisible guide"doing the daily baiting but unless he came to the camp for a visit, you wouldn't ever see him but you would 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! Starting with the 2016 season, Ted had to bow out due to health issues.
BARRY : As of 2019 Barry has become an "honorary guide" also. He wanted to slow down the pace, giving him opportunity to spend more time with his grandchildren, his own hunting,trapping and his beautiful wife, Val. He has take over the job that Ted used to do and is out there baiting areas that the guides can't get to daily. Barry had been with us for 17 years and anyone who has hunted with us before knows that he is "the best of the best". He is very knowledgable and kind and everyone 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!
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Makwa River Outfitters Ltd
Makwa River Outfitters Ltd
PO Box 89