Frequently Asked Questions

Your Questions, Answered

What to bring for my deer hunt:

We provide all the bedding, towels, toilet paper, kleenex tissues, shampoo, soap, food, beverages (except alcohol),

thermoses for your coffee and soft gun cases for transporting your firearm to the treestand and back.

The tree stands are in place and each stand has a VHF radio so that you will constantly be in touch with your guide and group.

You will need:

  • Firearm—bring the firearm that you are most accurate with. We loosely recommend nothing less than .270 caliber. Make sure you put a trigger lock on your firearm during transportation. Remember that you CANNOT bring handguns, semi-automatic and automatic weapons into Canada. Also prohibited are silencers and knives that open by spring action.  Just remember to declare all weapons at the border … you do not want to face confiscation or a criminal record. Remember .. HANDGUNS ARE ILLIGAL IN CANADA .. even if you have a carry permit in your State.

  • Ammunition—recommend minimum of 150 grain ballistic tip (put the ammunition into a travelling (like plastic) case during the transportation into Canada).  You can bring in 200 rounds of ammunition but if you need it for one buck then we may recommend another outfitter … lol!

  • Hunting Clothing—although the tree stands are heated, the ride in to & out from the stands will be cold. As we are traveling during the coldest parts of the day (early morning and evenings) we suggest that you bring the warmest boots that you can buy, coat with hood, toque (beanie) or other head cover, gloves, face mask and neck warmer. Layering your socks is important also.  We suggest starting with moisture wicking socks covered with heavier wool socks.  Also, bring chemical hand/foot warmers. It is mandatory by law that you wear a vest of scarlet, bright yellow, blaze orange or white in a single color or any combination of these color (NOT camo).  This vest may have a small label or crest but not to exceed 15 square inches. You must wear headwear in the colors of scarlet, bright yellow or blaze orange. The headwear can include a small label or crest not exceeding 7.8 square inches.

  • Camp clothes—this can be completely up to you—you may want to bring a light jacket/coat as the cabin that you sleep in is a separate building from the building that you eat in and separate from the building where we will be preparing your trophy.  You may wish to bring camp slippers that you can easily slip on and off as we ask that you not wear boots in the cabin where you will be sleeping, and Kathy will absolutely not let you wear boots in the house where you will be eating.

  • Medications if any.  Our experience, unless things have changed, is that you are not able to renew a prescription from your USA doctor while you are in Canada.  Your doctor would have to send your medications from USA to camp and we do not have anything that even closely resembles overnight service ... it would easily take 7 days for your medications to arrive and by that time you would be home again.  You could go to our local clinic to get a prescription but that would be time consuming and expensive, and you might still not get the exact medication that you are used to due to different medications being used in the countries.

  • Personal hygiene items—toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving gear, etc

  • A plastic container (with a lid) to urinate into while in the stand.  The smell of urine at the base of your stand will alert the trophy animals.  And .. please do not ask the guides to carry this container for you, including getting into or out of the stand.

  • Cell phones: we have cell phone coverage here (you may want to check with your provider for details of travelling in Canada).  Remember to bring your phone chargers.

  • Laptop:  we have Wi-fi ... but then if you want to truly make this your vacation then you may choose not to bring it  :)

  • Sports bag, duffel bag or better yet, an insulated bag, cooler or something along that line to bring your meat/antlers home in.  We have cardboard boxes available in camp.

  • USD Cash for tips/gratuities

  • USD Cash for the cost of the hunting license (in 2022 this is $480.00 CAD which will be about $360.00 to $390.00 USD depending what the exchange rate will be on that day).  I will have your hunting license here at camp and you can pay for it when you come in for supper the first evening.

  • Charge or Debit Card for misc expenses like beer.

  • Alcohol is not provided but if you want to shoot Kathy a text (1-306-236-7444), she can purchase whatever you need and have it waiting for you when you arrive, and you can just reimburse her when you get to camp.

  • A valid and current Passport when you cross customs. CHECK YOUR PASSPORT NOW TO MAKE SURE IT IS UP TO DATE! If you have a criminal record (this includes Driving Under Influence) you will not be allowed to come into Canada. If this is the case, contact a Canadian Consulate and apply for an exemption but do this way before your trip. Also, let us know about the proceedings.

  • Non-Resident Firearm Declaration documentation to bring your firearm into Canada. This is the form that Kathy sent you earlier and is valid for 60 days. Make sure that the form is completed but do not sign it until you are in the presence of the Customs Officer. Kathy will send you the link in August. At the border, you will be required to pay $25.00 (this is in Canadian funds so it will actually be less in USD

  • Traveller's Insurance documentation

  • YOUR CHECKBOOK or extra cash for $500.00 for next year's deposit. Even if you are not sure if you are returning for the next year, you will need to decide by the end of the week. If you do not leave a deposit when you depart at the end of your hunt week, I cannot hold your spot

  • You can leave your ammunition or anything else here (like your bulky boots and coats) until the following year (we do this regularly and have storage areas for this).

  • Packing hints:

    • make sure that your firearm is unloaded, with a trigger lock in place, packed in a locked hard-sided case on checked luggage.​

    • Pack ammunition securely in a marked container separate from the firearm in checked luggage.  Passengers are permitted up to 5 kilograms (11 lbs) of ammunition.  Check to make sure you don't have loose bullets in the pockets of the jacket/coat that you are wearing when you go through security.

    • securely wrap knives and pack in checked baggage

    • bear sprays and animal repellents are prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage so purchase thes on your way to camp

    • Declare your firearms and ammunition at the air carrier check-in counter.

    • Pack your Non-Resident Firearm Declaration and your passport together where you can access them easily.

What to bring for my bear hunt:

We provide all the bedding, towels, toilet paper, kleenex tissues, shampoo, soap, food, beverages (except alcohol),

thermoses for your coffee and soft gun cases for transporting your firearm to the treestand and back.

The tree stands are in place and each stand has a VHF radio so that you will constantly be in touch with your guide and group.

You will need:

  • Firearm—bring the firearm that you are most accurate with. We loosely recommend nothing less than .270 caliber. Make sure you put a trigger lock on your firearm during transportation. Remember that you CANNOT bring handguns, semi-automatic and automatic weapons into Canada. Also prohibited are silencers and knives that open by spring action.  Just remember to declare all weapons at the border … you do not want to face confiscation or a criminal record.  Remember ... HANDGUNS ARE ILLIGAL IN CANADA .. even if you have a carry permit in your State.

  • Ammunition—recommend minimum of 150 grain ballistic tip (put the ammunition into a travelling (like plastic) case during the transportation into Canada).  You can bring in 200 rounds of ammunition but if you need it for one bear then we may recommend another outfitter … lol!

  • Archery equipment and bow case - if applicable

  • Safety harness if you prefer your own.  We also have harnesses here at camp 

  • Camo face paint 

  • Hunting clothes: If you are using a rifle, It is mandatory by law that you wear a vest of scarlet, bright yellow, blaze orange or white in a single color or any combination of these color (NOT camo).  This vest may have a small label or crest but not to exceed 15 square inches. You must wear headwear in the colors of scarlet, bright yellow or blaze orange. The headwear can include a small label or crest not exceeding 7.8 square inches..  Layering your clothing is important.  Rain gear and warm coat for the chilly &/or wet weather along with rubber boots.  You will also want another pair of footwear (like hiking boots to wear in case it is not raining (rubber boots in dry weather are not comfortable).  Layering of socks is important because you will be in a stand all day .. you will want a moisture wicking sock covered with a heavier sock.  If you are hunting with archery or muzzleloader, you can wear all camo.

  • Thermacell: to repel mosquitoes and sandflies.  These are excellent.  If you cannot find any in USA, you can pick them up on your way to camp at Walmart or Canadian Tire (you could buy them in Cabella's too but usually they are a bit more expensive there).  Even if you do purchase your Thermacell in USA, you will not be able to bring the gas cartridge on the plane so, again, you can purchase them on your way to camp at places like Walmart or Canadian Tire.  If you do not wish to use the suggested Thermacell, then purchase a bug repellant with deet or head net & gloves.  We do not have black flies here but we do have those nasty mosquitoes and sand flies (aka "no-see-ums").

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and lip balm if you need.

  • Bear spray for emergency situations only.  This cannot be brought on the plane with you so you will need to purchase it on your way to camp.

  • Hunting Clothing—although the tree stands are heated, the ride in to & out from the stands will be cold. As we are traveling during the coldest parts of the day (early morning and evenings) we suggest that you bring the warmest boots that you can buy, coat with hood, toque (beanie) or other head cover, gloves, face mask and neck warmer. Also, bring chemical hand/foot warmers. It is mandatory by law that you wear a vest of scarlet, bright yellow, blaze orange or white in a single color or any combination of these color (NOT camo).  This vest may have a small label or crest but not to exceed 15 square inches. You must wear headwear in the colors of scarlet, bright yellow or blaze orange. The headwear can include a small label or crest not exceeding 7.8 square inches.

  • Camp clothes—this can be completely up to you—you may want to bring a light jacket/coat as the cabin that you sleep in is a separate building from the building that you eat in and separate from the building where we will be preparing your trophy.  You may wish to bring camp slippers that you can easily slip on and off as we ask that you not wear boots in the cabin where you will be sleeping, and Kathy will absolutely not let you wear boots in the house where you will be eating.

  • Medications if any.  Our experience, unless things have changed, is that you are not able to renew a prescription from your USA doctor while you are in Canada.  Your doctor would have to send your medications from USA to camp and we do not have anything that even closely resembles overnight service ... it would easily take 7 days for your medications to arrive and by that time you would be home again.  You could go to our local clinic to get a prescription but that would be time consuming and expensive, and you might still not get the exact medication that you are used to due to different medications being used in the countries.

  • Personal hygiene items—toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving gear, etc

  • A plastic container (with a lid) to urinate into while in the stand.  The smell of urine at the base of your stand will alert the trophy animals.  And .. please do not ask the guides to carry this container for you, including getting into or out of the stand.

  • Cell phones: we have cell phone coverage here (you may want to check with your provider for details of travelling in Canada).  Remember to bring your phone chargers.

  • Laptop:  we have Wi-fi ... but then if you want to truly make this your vacation then you may choose not to bring it  :)

  • Sports bag, duffel bag or better yet, an insulated bag, cooler or something along that line to bring your meat/cape home in.  We do have boxes available in camp.

  • USD Cash for tips/gratuities

  • USD Cash for the cost of the hunting license (in 2022 this is $480.00 CAD which will be about $360.00 to $390.00 USD depending what the exchange rate will be on that day).  I will have your hunting license here at camp and you can pay for it when you come in for supper the first evening.

  • Charge or Debit Card for misc expenses like beer.

  • Alcohol is not provided but if you want to shoot Kathy a text (1-306-236-7444), she can purchase whatever you need and have it waiting for you when you arrive, and you can just reimburse her when you get to camp.

  • A valid and current Passport when you cross customs. CHECK YOUR PASSPORT NOW TO MAKE SURE IT IS UP TO DATE! If you have a criminal record (this includes Driving Under Influence) you will not be allowed to come into Canada. If this is the case, contact a Canadian Consulate and apply for an exemption but do this way before your trip. Also, let us know about the proceedings.

  • Non-Resident Firearm Declaration documentation to bring your firearm into Canada. This is the form that Kathy sent you earlier. Make sure that the form is completed but do not sign it until you are in the presence of the Customs Officer. Kathy will send you the link in August. At the border, you will be required to pay $25.00 (this is in Canadian funds so it will actually be less in USD

  • Traveller's Insurance documentation

  • YOUR CHECKBOOK or extra cash for $500.00 for next year's deposit. Even if you are not sure if you are returning for the next year, you will need to decide by the end of the week. If you do not leave a deposit when you depart at the end of your hunt week, I cannot hold your spot

  • Golf Clubs?  There is an excellent golf course 20 minutes from camp.  But with the extra cost of putting clubs on the plane, you may wish to just rent the clubs at the Golf Pro Shop at the Golf Course.

  • You can leave your ammunition or anything else here (like your bulky boots and coats) until the following year (we do this regularly and have storage areas for this).

  • Packing hints:

    • make sure that your firearm is unloaded, with a trigger lock in place, packed in a locked hard-sided case on checked luggage.​

    • Pack ammunition securely in a marked container separate from the firearm in checked luggage.  Passengers are permitted up to 5 kilograms (11 lbs) of ammunition.  Check to make sure you don't have loose bullets in the pockets of the jacket/coat that you are wearing when you go through security.

    • securely wrap knives and pack in checked baggage

    • bear sprays and animal repellents are prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage so purchase thes on your way to camp

    • Declare your firearms and ammunition at the air carrier check-in counter.

    • Pack your Non-Resident Firearm Declaration and your passport together where you can access them easily.

How much tip/gratuity to pay:

This is always a difficult question for me to answer because a good service provider will never ask for a tip.  Tipping is always a complete gift from you and although it is never expected, it is TRULY APPRECIATED!  Much work goes in that you see but even more work goes into what you don't see... you have to base your gratuity on the effort and trust me, that is great.  The amount of tipping is always a question that is asked because you, the client, want to know what is customary so that you are not under appreciating the service that you are getting.  I have accumulated information that we ourselves experience, plus that of other local Outfitters as well as I have poured over countless internet sites (both Canadian and US) and this is what I have come up with.  Actually, the following was found on at least three different sites and I thought it was very appropriate:

10% - base service hunt

15% - great hunt

20% - hunt of a lifetime

... I couldn't say it better!

In addition ... a $100.00 tip to the kitchen/cleaning staff is an average from the past years.

Tips/gratuities for the guides are to be given directly to Walker.

If you feel that a tip is not warranted, then it would be a responsible thing on your part to approach Kathy or Walker because that means there is a very serious issue that has to be dealt with.

 

Can I take my meat home with me?

YES, you can.  The only way that you can take your meat home is with you.  You cannot ship it and you cannot mail it. We have a freezer that you can freeze the meat before you leave.  As long as you are going straight home, it should be fine.  We suggest that you talk to the hotel that you will be staying at to see if they have a freezer that you can put your meat into overnight.

 
 

What if I choose not to take my meat home with me?

No problem!  We will look after donating your meat out for you.  We have many people eager to take meat from us as they know that it is clean and well taken care of.  

No part of the deer meat is wasted.  Unfortunately, we rarely have anyone who is interested in the bear meat but we will dispose of it for you.

 

How do I get my trophy home?

The best way to get your cape/antlers home is:

1.  Leave it at a taxidermist in Saskatchewan.  You can drop it off in Saskatoon or wherever the taxidermist suggests or we

     can deliver it to Saskatoon for you for an additional cost of $120.00.

2.  Take it home with you.  The cape will be frozen solid before you leave and as long as you go straight home, it will be fine.

     We would suggest that you call your hotel that you are staying at prior to your flight to see if you can use their freezer.  

 

Where do I fly into?

You have two choices:

  • Saskatoon Airport YXE (John G. Diefenbaker International Airport).  This will be approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive to camp

  • Edmonton International Airport YEG.  This is approximately 4 to 4 1/2 hour drive to camp.  This is a bigger airport and might have better times/flights for you.