Buck Paradise Journal
October 21/2021 - Good morning. Grant here. Thought I would come and do a little blog before i set out to take our hunters to there field for there morning hunt. First off, I want to thank Lana for keeping this journal up. I know you all look forward to reading what she has to say and she does an excellent job of putting it all together. It takes time and lots of thinking to put it all together as often as she has been. So thank you Lana for this and everything else you do to keep our ship floating. Also big thanks to all our staff. Jared, Blaine, Julian, Jace, Jory, Ray, Sharon, Noella, Garet & Ian. Thank you for all your hard work and enthusiam you have brought forward to this fall. Our hunters have appreciated you all so much and the praises of our staff are plenty. Thanks again and keep up the great work. I have been spending more time in the field for both waterfowl and whitetail this fall. I have really enjoyed getting back at it. Thankfully mother nature gave us great weather for our harvest and we finished early making it so I have more time to help my crew. I spent last Saturday with Corey Jenkins up in the bush putting out our stuff and we had a great day. Corey is very busy with his current mechanic job and will be unable to join us this fall. He will be missed but Blaine and I plan to fill his very big shoes. Like Lana mentioned we are getting some very good bucks on camera and we are excited to start hunting these guys. Also as Lana mentioned this will be our last week for waterfowl. A BIG thankyou to all the landowners who let us hunt on your land. We could not do this without your permission and believe me it is so much appreciated. It has been a great waterfowl season. I say the best that I can remember in a long time. Our new format of only one group in camp per session has been great. Limits of dark geeses and ducks and a lot of white geese where harvested this fall. All the meat was donated and we have people waiting for more of it. Well, I better go warm up my truck. Getting chilly throughout the night. It will be nice to be done waterfowling but again as Lana mentioned we have whitetail hunters coming in this weekend for bow and muzzleloader hunting next week. Take care all. Keep an eye on here for more of Lanas great readings and check out her photo gallery of all the great waterfowl hunts we have had.
Grant & Lana.
October 20, 2021 - Good Morning Everyone - As I sit down to journal today, I can hear the shots in the background of our new group of hunters from Nashville shooting geese. They are hunting in a field close to home and hopefully going to limit out every day they are here. This will be last week of Waterfowl and our Whitetail hunters will arrive this weekend. Our guides are in the bush everyday getting ready. We are seeing some Big Bucks for sure.
We are going to start anhydrousing our fields this week and harrowing so we will be ready for Spring planting. By doing this extra Fall work, we will save time in April and May when we want to be getting ready for Bear season.
We are so grateful that border is open and our last group that came in said it was very easy and they were welcomed to Canada with open arms. It is long overdue and we cant wait to get our business back on track. It will take a few years to recuperate but we are able to keep our staff employed this year and that is very important to us. We know there is so many businesses in similar situations and some are not doing as well and my heart breaks for these companies and situation of the world right now.
We choose to take it one day at a time, count our blessings and continue to have faith that things will turn around. It is sad to see so many families and friends divided due to government changes and pandemic rules and restrictions and we look forward to the uniting and rebuilding of the world.
Our crew has just limited out! Yeah! Anyway it is time for me to get in my office and work. The sun is shining here and going to be a great day and tonight we get to enjoy a Turkey dinner with our friends from Nashville.
Have a wonderful day! - Lana and Grant
October 13, 2021 - We just said good bye to a great bunch of hunters from Tennessee and Texas, they left happy campers as the birds were plentiful. They did have some challenges though, one morning there was snow on the ground, frost on the decoys, no wind in the air and this group of hunters still shot there limits and had so much fun. It was so much fun to join them at supper time to here about the days events. Never a dull moment, lots of laughter and fun, just what the heart and soul needs these days. Our next group is visiting from Pennyslvania and Virginia and Texas. Our staff cant wait to show them a terrific time and great hunts. We just heard some good news today, as I am sure y'all do if you still watch the news. :). The land border from Canada to United States will open on October 21 which is great news as things are going in the right direction and we are excited for the pandemic to be under control and the world to open up. We still have some spots open for whitetail this year if you are interested. These deer have not been hunted for a year so our guides are very optimistic to see some Big Bucks. Please reach out to Grant if you are interested. We do have the 2022 Waterfowl schedule ready as well so you can start booking for that as well. It looks like SCI, Shot Show and NWTF are all lining up for January and February and we will hope to see some of you there. We will do our best to attend. I have added some pictures to the Gallery tab and Ian is adding pictures to Instagram and Facebook to show off the great hunting this year.
We celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday and Raymond made us a Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We count our blessings everyday to be in this wonderful business and we look forward to many good times ahead.
October 7, 2021 - Yesterday we all headed up into the bush to get ready for whitetail season, even I went. Grant showed Blaine and I how to set up our first camera and feed for the deer. It was a beautiful day and we seen some amazing country I had never seen before. The scenery was stunning. We have had so many hunters with high pressure jobs that have told me that coming up to Northern Saskatchewan to go hunting, is the time they can relax, restore and rejuventate as there mind can have a break as they are out in nature and doing what they love. I understand that now after seeing where they spend the day with nature and a thermos of hot soup and sandwiches Ray prepares for them. Grant is booking up Whitetail hunts now that the border is open and he currenlty has a few openings, they are as follows: October 26-31 (4 openings), November 1 - 6 (1 opening), November 8-13 (2 openings), November 22-27 (1 opening). We currently do not have hunters coming the November 29-December 4 work, however if you want to come in with group of 5-6 we will make that happen.
We did not have any waterfowl hunters in camp this week, but we will have group arriving Sunday and we will look forward to that as the birds are plentiful this time of year so Jared and Blaine have great hunts lined up for them.
Ray has gone to the city to pick up more groceries for our new groups coming in and see his sister, so he he is off the colony for 24 hours, so I guess I am in charge of cooking tonight so I better get at it.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you all! Have a wonderful weekend.
October 4, 2021 - Yesterday we said Good bye to our friends from Nashville that were up hunting waterfowl. They had a fabulous hunt every day limiting out for geese and ducks. We were sad to see them go home, but we are going to head to NWTF convention and see them all then. If any of our Buck Paradise followers want to meet up, we will be in Nashville in February and possibly shot show if they have it in January. This week we have plenty of birds, but no hunters so our guides are going to start getting ready for whitetail season. Please check out our gallery for pictures from this years waterfowl hunts. Also continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram as Ian is updating pictures regularly.
Grant and crew finished up harvest on Thursday, I took this week off on holidays from my job to help get caught up at home and BP. The weather is still beautiful so there is time to get land sprayed and harrowed and set us up for success in Spring when we start seeding.
We have less than 10 openings for Whitetail 2021, so if you are interested please contact Grant and book your spot. We also created 2022 Waterfowl schedule so make sure to reach out to book your spots as they are going fast.
Our focus is to make sure every customer is 100% satisfied with our business providing high quality hunts led by talented guides, as well as luxury accomodations, delicious meals and leave here with memories of a lifetime. Word of Mouth is the best advertising a business can ask for and we thank y'all for constantly doing this for us. Thank you so very much. We greatly appreciate the referrals.
September 25, 2021 - Thank you Buck Paradise Followers for checking out our website, facebook and instragram pages. Today Grant took load of Barley to elevator first thing this AM. When he gets back, Grant, Ian, Garet and Blaine will try to harvest oats and if they are not ready they will try canola. We have 7 good days of harvesting left to go. Weather looks good which is a blessing. It was such a beautiful morning out with no wind and I had the day off work, so took dogs for walk. I missed my friend Mary White who I got to walk with last week while her husband was out hunting with his friends Ned and Carol. Mary texted me this AM and they made it back to Louisiana driving and had no troubles crossing at the Border. I really wanted to do a shout out to our staff this year for Waterfowl, we are so proud of them and the experience and talent they bring to our business. Jared and Blaine are passionate about making sure our hunters have the best possible experience hunting as possible. These boys put in long hours and they work hard and play hard. They are also busy training helpers Jullian, Jace and Jory this year and they are enjoying learning and are a great addition to our team. These boys are hard working, polite and willing to learn and we are so happy to have them on board. Ray is amazing chef as many of you following have experienced. His daily homeade bread and desserts are second to none. He always prepares lots of food and it is always delicious and top quality. Sharon and Noella are our hostesses and they make sure all our guests are well taken care of and have alot of fun. Couldnt ask for better, they are Mother hens and look after us all and help out wherever needed. Ian and Jared also guided Bear hunters when we had bear and waterfowl combination hunters this year and the hunters were super impressed with the bears they harvested and the guides attention to detail and the way they made sure that every hunter is comfortable in everyway.
Its been a year and half since the pandemic rocked the world. We are choosing to not dwell on the negative affects that we are all dealing with and try our best to we take one day at a time and be greatful for living where we live and thankful everyday and count our blessings. We hope and pray that you have also found some time to reflect on the people and moments that are most important in your life and that your physical and mental health is still intact. We are all in this together and please continue to be kind and respectful to one another and look after each other and your selves and reach out if you need a friend. Love you and Miss y'all! - Lana and Grant
September 24, 2021 - Good Morning Friends. Hope this finds you all well. We are having excellent waterfowl year as far as birds go. Please check out our Facebook page and Instagram for pictures. We are working with our web page manager to have pictures added to our gallery, apparently the pictures have too many pixels as they are such good quality it is more difficult to download to website, but we are working on it. Unfortunately we had several cancellations due to border restrictions. The hunters that have made the trek have had had fabulous hunts. We do have full staff to accomodate, actually more staff than customers but we will always maintain five star service for our guests. We do not have anyone in camp right now, but lots of birds in the sky. Grant, Garet, Ian and Blaine are busy in the field trying to get harvest done before our next hunters arrive.
We have had guests, from Maryland, California, Colorado, Idaho, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi and Louisiana and we have had so much fun with these amazing people. They had good experience at borders, but only brought carry ons and rented guns when they arrived, this helped with timing between connecting flights. While airlines are figuring out restrictions, flights have been delayed so if you are travelling up here, our recommendation is minimum luggage and we can hook you up with what you dont have. We do have COVID kits here on site for the trip back home for convenience to our hunters and they are similar to a pregnancy test and are efficent, quick and accepted at border so this to will help your travels between Canada and USA.
We hope you are doing well in these crazy times. Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase.
August 14, 2021 - Hello Everyone Borders are open -- Call 1-833-784-4397 or webiste canada.ca/coronavirus for more information on this. Grant is busy combining peas as birds love the pea stubble and we have open water as well that is optimum for waterfowl. We have few vacancies left and this is the year to come and you will not be disappointed. Going to be lots of birds in Northern Saskatchewan this year. Please give Grant a call at 780-214-4638. As soon as Grant gets off combine, he will journal and catch y'all up.
July 28/21 - Hello everyone. Grant here. I am up in Alaska fishing with the Brian Bowers. No Kings as numbers are to low and Alaska Fish & Game have shut it down. I new that before coming up and as much as I miss fishing those big Kings, I still love catching the sockeye. The other reason I made the trip is I wanted to 1st hand experience travel in and out of the US. I made it to Kenai, AK no problem. They did not ask for proof of my covid vaccines. All the wanted was a negative covid test which I had got the day before at Shoppers drug mart in Lloydminster. So the trip went well except for Air Canada never got my luggage to Seattle. Missed my flight. Got on the next flight but still as I write this, no luggage over 24 hours later. Hopefully it will show tomorrow. Sockeye fishing is great. Looking forward to next few days. I will see how my flights back to Canada go and will let you all know. The boys and Blaine are busy getting harvest equipent ready and Lana is flat out with month end with her work and is heading to Denver, CO. next week for meetings. She is excited to see all the people she deals with as it has been awhile. Thats all i know for now. More news on travel to come soon. Thanks
July 19, 2021 - Please check out CBC.ca News today - Fully vaccinatd tourists will soon be able to visit Canada again.
"Fully vaccinated US Citizens can enter Canada August 9, 2021, other travellers September 7"
Travellers are directed to take mandatory COVID 19 Test after arriving on a international flight at Pearson International Airport. Starting August 9 fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents living in that country will be able to visit Canada without having to quarantine for two weeks.
Ottawa now says that - starting August 9 at 12:01 AM ET - fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents living in that country will be able to visit Canada without having to quarantine for two weeks
Please check it out! We are so happy to hear this great news and look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Cheers for now!
May 18, 2021 - Hello everyone! Sorry it has been so long since we have updated our journal. The weather has been so beautiful here and we just finished seeding our crops. We have seeded lots of peas this year which our waterfowl hunters know the geese love. We also seeded canola, oats and barley. We have had great staff helping us out including Blaine, Jared, Tammy, Noella, and our family of course. It has been really fun and weather cooperated as well. Its dry but weather forecast shows rain is coming so we will pray it is accurate. The last few months our therapy for avoiding all the craziness in the world was to upgrade lodges and trailers as well as landscaping and painting. We are so excited for you to see the results. While the border is closed, we are diversifying our cabins to host family reunions, weddings, seismic crews, and others. We also have incorporated campsites for those that prefer to bring trailers. The lodges have been renamed; Big Cabin is the Big Moose Lodge, Little Cabin is now the Buffalow Bungalow and the Cabin between the two is now called the Mallard Inn, as you can watch the Mallards come in on the field behind it. We have another cabin behind the shop that is called the Bears Den and it is a perfect hideway to hibernate in. Upstairs at the Big Moose Lodge we put in new flooring with noice reduction underlay, I know our guests will love it. When our hunters and/or guests are ready to relax in back yard we have installed horse shoe pit. We do have other backyard games available as well. We love the new flags we have installed in the yard and know you will too. If you would like to check out pictures, you can have a look at our facebook page called Buck Paradise Hideway and Campgrounds. Tonight we are so happy to be watching Jordan Eberle playing for New York Islanders in the playoffs, we were fortunate to have him in camp this fall as he is a Canadian resident. It is sure nice to be able to watch baseball and hockey again on TV. We are trying to be patient waiting for restrictions to lift in Canada and praying the border will open soon.
Ian and Jared have some great bears on camera and we are excited to have some Canadian hunters coming into camp next week.
Lana and Grant
March 17/21 - Time flies as the weather starts to warm doesn't it... Well here is what has been happening around these parts. Just had to go Maverick shit as I think he now knows how to open the door with a knob on it. He could easily get in with the handle and so I am like I will fool you and put a knob on it. Well, now he paws harder till that opens. Drives me crazy so we just have to get used to locking the door but I don't think he will ever give up. A lab's determination to be close to its owner and other people is crazy.... Oh well, could be worse things I guess :) We had our Skidoo rally on March 06th. What a great turnout and day for that it was. Over 300 registered and a $5000.00 1/2 the pot our little community raised over $10000.00 that day. Thank you to everyone that came and enjoyed our awesome trial and to all those that helped to put it all together in a safe manner. We had online registration. Waivers were text to everyone and had to be signed and text back to our administrator. Everyone had times to depart with 10-minute increments between the allowable group size. RCMP joined the rally and it was great to have their presence on it also. Again was a great day and I think people were excited to get out and enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful terrain around our area. Lana and I along with here daughter Brandi and her BF Taylor headed out the next day to clean up a few of the trail markers on the trail and again with another beautiful warm day we stopped and made a fire and cooked up some smokies. Love doing that a lot. The following Tuesday, March 09, Garet and I and buddy Kim Mccubbing and Larry headed back up to our cabin by the Key Lake Mine. The weather had cooled down a bit but still not bad. We had some trouble along the way but not that bad in the end. We had a trailer tire in pretty rough shape by the time we got to Pinehouse. Luckily there is a tire shop there and we were able to put our new spare on and found a good used tire to put on the rim of the bughered up tire, so we were safe with spare to keep on rolling. No more tire trouble and we headed to the staging area and started to unload. We had my side by side with tracks on and my Skidoo that Garet drove and Larry's Skidoo. We were bout a mile from camp when my side-by-side made a pretty load snap and we stopped in our tracks. Blew a belt. Luckily I had a spare, but not the proper tool to spread the clutch to get the new belt on. The old belt was basically disintegrated. We fought with it for over two hours but with lots of determination and grunting we got the new belt on and away we went. Our hopes of fishing that afternoon were diminished so we just unpacked and organized and had a nice hot supper and hit the hay. We fished hard for the next four days. Weather was cool but it was beautiful. I got onto a lake with my skidoo that I have been looking to get on for a long time. Anyways to say the least it was the toughest fishing I have ever had. We caught 1 lake trout and about 6 pike. They just were not biting. That's fishing:) was a great time and I loved every minute of it. We headed home last Sunday with no problems and it was great to see my girl who had a delicious meal of ribs and veggies waiting for me when I got home. The last couple of days I caught up on office work and got pretty much everything cleaned up, organized and put away. Few more things to tidy up today and I will be done. Blaine & Tammy have been here and painting, building cupboards and all sorts of cool things around all the accommodations that we have. Lana has been very busy with her job as usual and manages to ace that and keep everything else around here flowing nicely. Garet is back to opening the bar in the AM and Ian bought himself an old single cab dodge truck that he is rebuilding. So everyone is keeping busy. Spring is so in the air and a lot of our snow is disappearing fast. Just a nice thaw. I hope everyone is doing well and we still have no clue when our governments are going to open the borders for our US friends to be able to come join us... We can not wait. If I hear anything I will post on here ASAP. Have a great day everyone. From the home of GIANT WHITETAIL DEER and GREAT WATERFOWL HUNTING and GREAT BEAR HUNTING IN SASKATCHEWAN you all have a great day.
Feb.28/21 - Onto March we go tomorrow. First off Lana and I would like to wish my beautiful sister Lenora Selk a Happy 50th Birthday. Here is too many many more Lenora and we wish you happiness and joy as you deserve it so much. I had a good week, it went by pretty quickly. Monday I was off to the dentist to get my 3 implants in. They feel awesome and it is sure nice to have all my teeth back. Lana came to Lloyd with me that day as she had a dentist appointment also. We picked up a few things and headed home that afternoon. Tuesday I picked up Lana's Dad, Dennis and we headed to Martensville to pick up a beef we bought and was taken there to get cut and wrapped. Great store and we picked up some goodies while we were there. It is called the Smokehouse and I really like their meats. We picked up my buddy Larry on the way also from Battleford so the 3 of us had a great visit. Wednesday I headed to Edmonton. Lana had some box springs ordered there and they were ready for pickup. We also got a new bed for ourselves. It is great. So that was a full day of driving in and out of Edmonton, then I stopped back into Lloyd and picked up a new hot tub lid for over at the cabin. When I got home I cooked Lana and me a steak from our beef and we are sure happy with it. Going to cook another couple up for supper tonight also. Thursday I worked in my office quite a bit. Friday, Lana & Garet & I headed to Edam with a bed for Lana's folks and some furniture they wanted also. So we got that moved in and had a nice visit and headed home. Yesterday our Skidoo rally crew met up here and we finished flagging the Skidoo rally trail that will happen next Saturday. Was a fun day and we ended up here at the farm for a few drinks and snacks after the day. Today has been a slow one. I took the dogs on a good hike and watched a really dumb movie called Barb & Star go to Vista Del Mar. I got through it. Lana couldn't. It had a few funny moments but I do not recommend it. Well, thats about all I know for now. Got a load of seed barley coming tomorrow. Weather is supposed to be nice this week so looking forward to that. We had some spring-like days last week but it got cool again yesterday and today. All good. Have a great upcoming week everyone. Chat soon.
Grant SASKATCHEWAN WHITETAIL DEER OUTFITTER :)
Feb.19/21 - Well it is starting to warm up. The first morning in a little while that it was under -20C for temp when I got up this AM. It was actually -16 and is suppose to keep warming up and get in the plus temps on Sunday & Monday. Amen to that. So this past week has been pretty busy with some fun stuff and some work stuff. Monday was a holiday and it was cold so Lana and I did not do much that day. On Tuesday Lana was back to work in the office and Ian and I laid some flooring down in what we call Cabin C. There is a little left to do today but I need a saw to finish so my good friend Blaine Paul is bringing his table saw over and we can finish that project. We purchased a washer and dryer that will be moved into Cabin C as when we get hopefully busy soon again we will have more laundry capacity which will be great for the girls especially on our turnover days. So Garet and Blaine and I will get that moved over and then our plumber buddy Neil can get it all hooked up. We have Noella here this week and another young lady who goes to School in Walburg. They are busy purging and detailing the cabins and getting everything totally organized and ready for whenever we will be able to use them again. I don't think we have ever been so organized and cleaned in a long time. Thank you, lady's for a great job. The fun part of my week is that when I met my good friend Kim last week at Cosco we quickly said we need to get together for some ice fishing. So he called me last Sunday and we made arrangements for him to be here Wednesday at 7:00 AM and with Garet, we headed North East and picked up Barcley along the way in Walburg. We headed to Beatty Lake to try for some splake. Fishing was very slow for the 1st hour so we moved and then we got into some action. Splake is tricky to catch and Garet had the touch that day as he landed 3. I missed 3 or 4 and Barcley a couple. Kim, I don't think got a bite, but we had a great time and lots of old stories came out in the shack. It was -30 when we got up there that morning, but no wind and blue sunny skies it was a great day and we were very comfortable in my fishing shack. We fished till about 6:30 and then made the 2-hour trek back home. We visited with Lana for a bit and then hit the hay. Kim spent the night in our basement and yesterday we broke in Ians camper ice fishing rig that he fixed all up. It worked great and was warm and very comfortable. We just went to 1/2 moon lake which is 7 minutes from the farm. We put out a few tip-ups and fished from inside Ian's camper and it was again very slow. We managed to catch one when we were pulling the tip-ups out and lost one other on a tip-up.. But I guess we never got skunked so all good. Ian and Emalie are taking their camper to turtle lake today to fish with some family and friends, so I hope they have some good luck. Garet is coming out to help with some projects today. Lana and I are going to the Vawn Ski-doo rally tomorrow so that will be fun. We are going to take the side by side with a heated cab so we won't be roughing it at all, but sure will be good to get out and see some other people. Looking forward to it. Our Paradise Hill Community Center is putting on a skidoo rally for March 06 and on Sunday we are going to start making the trail. Thats about all I know for now. Take care everyone.
Feb.12/21 - Good morning everyone. Lana & I got back home yesterday. We stopped in Edam to visit her folks Dennis & Barb and enjoyed some of Barb's homemade soup. Was great on a cold day. The weather has warmed up a little bit and I think we are over the worst of the cold snap. A couple more days of above cold weather and then back to some normal temps. We enjoyed our trip to Moose Jaw. Enjoyed the spa there and we were happy to see things were pretty busy there. Restaurants were open and shopping stores and it was nice to see people out and about. We left there Wednesday around noon and headed to Saskatoon. We spent the night there and Lana and I enjoyed a great bottle of wine and a steak supper for Valentines. Yesterday morning we met up with our good friend Larry Antenko and had breakfast with him as he was in Saskatoon grabbing a few things. Lana and I packed up and made a Costco run. It was busy as usual and met our great friends Karen & Kim Mccubbing in the parking lot when we were leaving. We had a short visit as it was too cold to stand outside for too long to visit. Anyways it was a treat to see them. I was up early this AM. Our security company called me at 4:30 AM to tell me we had a low battery on one of our doors..... I was like Ok. Thanks.. They must headquarter out East or something, anyway, no big deal, I may have fallen asleep for a little bit after that. So I sit here writing this. Enjoying a coffee and watching the day wake up. No big plans today as it is still pretty cold outside with the wind. But I have some tip-ups I want to get a line on that I have been wanting to do for a while and today may be the day so that when it does warm up I will be ready. Ian is back in the shop. He has sold his sled. Record on this one as I think he had it damn near 3 years. He will look for a good 2nd hand one probably to ride around here the rest of the season and then plans on snow checking a new one for the 2021-22 season. He has me tempted to do the same but I better wait till we get some hunters coming back. While I was in Moose Jaw I spent a day at my computer and redid our Waterfowl schedule. I will be sending emails out to all our hunters. There will be 15 hunting sessions. No overlapping. We will only be running 1 group per session and will start hunting from Sept 01 till Oct 24th every day. I am sure hoping the borders will be open for this hunt. We will see I guess and if I hear any news I will report on here, but as of right now it is closed and not open soon. Our SCPO CEO and directors are working closely with the government on support for our outfitters through these times. Garet & Rebecca are off to Edmonton this week to spend some time with Brandi and enjoy the city for the weekend. Much deserved for the both of them. Take care all. Later....
Grant - Saskatchewan Whitetail Deer Outfitters. Canadian Whitetail Deer Outfitters. Saskatchewan Waterfowl Outfitters. Saskatchewan Bear Outfitters
Feb.09/21 - Well its been unbearably cold here the past few days. Like -40 and colder with a wind chill. I have heard up to -50 with the wind chill in places. Lana and I have taken off the past couple days and spent some time with her son Brent in Regina. Garet & Ian are holding down the fort at home. We are now in Moose Jaw and working from our hotel and at a spa resort here. It is very nice and we are enjoying the heck out of it. Got to keep this one short as we are off to dinner with our friends Rion & Amber White from Orion Taxidermy. He has his shop here in Moose Jaw and we are excited to see them. Things are good - the cold weather. I will chat more when we get home. Thanks all. Stay warm to all my prairie friends.
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Feb.06/21 - Saskatchewan Whitetail Deer Outfitters. That is part of what we do. Sorry, I am trying this out as our tech who does our website says I should have a link to our site saying this so that when hunters google that saying it will take them to our site. So I am going to mess with it a bit to see if it does help get us higher in those search engines. Anyways it is -38 outside this AM. Yep damn cold, but no wind and I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise with a hot coffee this AM. Lana and I went into Lloyd late yesterday afternoon. I had to take my side by side to get a modular program for it as we put the tracks on it and the only thing this modulator does is correct the speedometer. Without it programmed I rack up a bunch of kilometres on the odometer that are not happening. Anyways took the side-by in there as they said they would need the unit to program and all for nothing as they could not program it. Anyways they ordered me a new Module so hopefully, that will work when it arrives. Other than that we picked up some flooring as we are going to redo a room in Cabin C or what we used to call Rays cabin and then we headed to Barcleys for a glass of wine and a couple of games of crib with him and his son Logan. Barcley has a great place and he had his woodstove going and Lana & I always enjoy going there to visit. Not sure what today will bring with it being as cold as it is but right now I think I will go refill my coffee and enjoy our fireplace for a bit. Have a great day everyone and if your from around these parts stay warm.
Feb.04/21 - Good morning. Well, again we are blessed with blue skies and sun. About -18 C out there this AM. Still warm enough to take the dogs for a hike sometime today. Garet & I have a meeting with our Agronomist this afternoon and then I am off to Lloyd to pick up an Island/Chopper block for Lana's kitchen that she has purchased. Yesterday was another good day. Lana busy as usual with her job and everything else. Noella was here for the day and prepared another awesome lunch for us and cleaned up the cabins. We then headed to Just one More in our shop and had a beer and a good visit with our friends Pookie & Blaine. Ian's first day in BC sledding with his buddies and I hope they have deep snow and sunshine. I have always enjoyed sledding there and maybe I will make a trip with the boys but we will see. I am just about happier to head north to our cabin and do some sledding and ice fishing up there. Hopefully plan a trip sometime in March to do that again. Watching the news a bit this AM and see the travel restrictions are ridiculous but what can you do. Lucky we have a great province to enjoy and that's exactly what Lana and I plan to do when we can. Well that is all I have for today. Take care everyone and chat again soon.
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Feb.03/21 - Hello February. Hope everyone is doing well. Sun is shining here today. Little cool out and suppose to get colder but still pretty darn nice out as no wind. Ian and his friends are headed to BC for a few days of mountain riding. He took a newbie with him so that should be interesting and fun. Last weekend we had Brandi & her BF Taylor and GF Jessica come up and spend the weekend with us. It was Brandi's Birthday over the weekend and we were happy they came to share that with Lana & me. We ate fish and other great foods and played some games and visited. The weekend went by fast and as soon as they arrived it seemed they were leaving. I did go up to Round Lake myself late Friday afternoon. Never caught or seen any Splake. I may go back and try again as they are in there. Ian bought an older camper. It is in great shape and he basically gutted it out and is turning it into an ice fishing trailer. He built a stove and seats in there and it looks really good and I am excited to go fish with him in it. Lana is very busy with work and taking care of family and the farm. She never stops and I need to get her out of the house. Wish these borders would open for so many reasons. We are used to being on the road this time of the year. Not that we don't love it here but when you are used to being on the go it makes it hard. Anyways we are making the best of it. Cleaning, organizing, fixing, there is always something to do. With that being said that is why it would be nice to take off somewhere as when we are home all we do is work. Work is a good thing but just need a break away so we will see if we can figure something out. Come spring time we can hook up our fifth wheel and go do things but that's a few months away yet. Today I am going to measure up a floor in one of our facilities as we plan to put some new flooring in it and fix it up as another rental, where people can cook, sleep, etc in it. It will be a fun little project and a good one for the upcoming cooler weather coming in. I picked up some tip-ups in Saskatoon the other day and I need to get some line on them and a few other odds and ends around the shop and garage. I had about 1000 bushels of barley on my trailer as that was the last of it from the bottoms of several bins. I hauled it to a feedlot last Monday and traded the fellow for some beef for it. Good trade :) Anyways I spent more time washing the truck and trailer when I got home than it took just about to deliver it and unload. All good as it was warm out and the little bit of salt that got on the unit came off easy. She is nice and clean now and ready for when we decide to clean our oats and pea seed. I do have some canola in the back of my old 3 ton which I may try to put in a bin with some other canola so it frees that truck up also as it will be needed for when we clean grain. Hunters have been calling ready to book or see when they can come. This has been very frustrating for me as I just don't know. I don't want to take any more bookings until I know the borders are going to be open and my hunters can come accross. I really don't believe we will see a spring bear season, but I will have guys lined up to come in case it does open. But we sure have our fingers crossed on a waterfowl and whitetail season. I have been telling our hunters and people interested to give me some time and again with this colder weather coming in I plan on spending some time in my office and I will get everyone that has deposits co-ordinated to plan to come back. Then I will pencil in any new hunters that want to come in and go from there. So again, please be patient with me. I find it very hard to get in my office and do all of this with the un-certainty of what will happen with our borders...... My personal feeling are I wish they would just open up the world and let us get back to the old normal. People are going stir crazy and just plain crazy with all of this. Common sense would be greatly appreciated being if you feel a little under the weather. STAY home... Everyone else let's roll and get back to work and get back to being together. I could go on and on about this shit show but I will stop there. I think you can see how I feel about all of this. Ok... I have more to say about it but not going to. I am going to go outside and enjoy this beautiful day. I will take my dogs for a walk. Might go check the deer trails out back around the house and see if we can find a shed horn or maybe just go down our beautiful drive way which is my norm. Yesterday I walked from the house to the cemetery and said hi to my Dad who is there and to all my other friends and family that are there. It does make you appreciate what we have and very thankful. All good. Stay positive my friends. I will be on the phone with in the next week coordinating the 2021 hunting season. Cheers
Jan.29/21 - Well January is just about over. The weather has warmed up here nice since I last chatted with you all. Got a little more snow over the past couple of days so I will spend some time in skid steer cleaning that up this AM. Lana & I took her folks to Saskatoon on Wednesday afternoon. We spend the evening there and went out for a great steak and wine. We met a waitress at the steak house who knew hunters who hunted in Paradise Hill and she was saying how quiet it was this year without them. It was funny as we never mentioned that we outfit, but after she said that we asked who and yes it was some of our hunters she was talking about. So that was fun and the steak was perfect and so was the wine and so was my company. Just Lana and I had gone as her folks just wanted to eat in the restaurant in our hotel. So we had a nice overdue dinner together. After that, we headed back to our hotel and Dennis (Lana's Dad) invited us into there room for a night cap which we did and had a great visit. As soon as we got into the city I dropped off Lana and her folks at the hotel and I headed to cabelas. I loaded up on some ammo and of course more fishing gear. The next day we took Lana's folks to there Dr. appts and did some running around and we were out of the city by around 3:30 PM. We picked up a new washing machine for over at the lodge as we find when we are busy we can not keep up with the laundry, so we have plans to put another washer & drier over there. Rebecca came over when we got home and we had some supper and a glass of wine. Ian was busy all day building a wood stove from scratch for his camper fishing shack. He did a great job. I am excited to fish out of his unit and maybe have to spend a night in it out on the lake. Today I am going to plow that little skif of snow and then I might see if Garet wants to head fishing with me. Word is there are Splake biting on a lake I used to love to fish, so I might have to head up for a few hours to see if it is true. Thats about all I know for now. Take care all and have a great day and if I dont get back on here this weekend. Have a great weekend.
Jan.26/21 - Afternoon. Hello everyone from a windy very cold Saskatchewan here today. I have spent my morning first off being my favourite part of the day and that is having a coffee with Lana. We watched a little news (like maybe 5 minutes and then turned that crap off) and drank our smoothies and ate our vitamins. We have always taken vitamins and during this time of the year, I feel they are more important than ever. We take Vitamin D, Omegas, Circumlin, Multi-Vitamin & Echanasia. It's a lot, but either of us has been sick for a long time. We both try to exercise daily also. After that I headed to my office and I am just finishing up in here as far as paying bills go. Here is what has been going on this week.
Jan.23/21 - Plowed the little bit of snow we received around the yard and put the blade on and plowed out the road as the wind was up and drifted some snow across it a bit. Rented UFC fights and Skip & my sister Lenora came out with some awesome tender roast beef and we watched the fights out in our shop. They were good. I was hoping Connor would win but he didn't and he should probably retire now I think.
Jan.24/21 - Lana & I went into Lloyd for grocery run. We picked up a few things we needed around the house and farm while we were there to. We then went to Browns Social House and had a nice dinner together. Came home and we started watching a new series on Prime called "Little Fires Everywhere" Our good friend Brenda Mcnab suggested it and we are really enjoying it. I think I mentioned in past blogs that we watched Yellowstone. Lana and I loved it so much and we cant wait for season 4 to come. Probably have to watch it again before that happens and I have never done that before but we enjoyed it so much that I think its worth watching again.
Jan.25 - MONDAY - Which was yesterday I guess :) we organized around the shop and garage and house. I took the dogs for their walk. I dressed up good and warm and it was a good hike we did. Noella was here helping us with stuff around the farm so that is always nice. Lana made a great greek salad and we also had some of Noella's soup that she made for lunch and some Brussel Sprouts. It was great. Then watched another episode of our show and hit the hay.
Back to today Jan.26 - As mentioned above it is windy and -25 C today. With the wind chill it is in the mid minus 30s. So I dont think I will take the doggys for there walk today. If no wind no problem but it bites right through ya so no walk today. I will make myself go downstairs and jump on the elyptical for 40 minutes instead. I think Lana and I are going to re-organize behind our bar in the shop. It needs a going through as when we were in there watching the fights the other night I had to shut Lana down as she had started while the fights were going on. I also ordered a new cover for our pool table in the shop. I think its going to look awesome and cant wait for all our guests to play some pool on it and enjoy. Tomorrow Lana and I are heading to Saskatoon. We are taking her folks Dennis & Barb as they have some doctor appts there and Lana and will do a cosco run. Thats all I have for now. Take care everyone. Stay warm & Safe and chat soon.
Jan.22/21 - Good morning everyone from a lightly snowing AM here in Saskatchewan. Woke up this morning to no water. Always a joy, so I made a quick coffee to go and started the search to what the problem was. We have a RO water system that feeds our house and the lodges. Makes great water and we really like it, but it comes with some maintenance as all systems do I guess. Anyways it has two 100 gallon holding tanks that it puts the clean RO water into. Well, they were empty this morning so I had to figure out where it was going. I headed to the cabins as there was nothing running in our house. The little cabin was fine so over to the Lodge, I went. I could hear our pressure system in the crawl space going on and off and upon further inspection I found that is where the leak was coming from. Luckily there is no one in there right now and I turned off the big valve behind it so no more water could get to it and leak out. It's a gravel floor down there and most of the water was soaked away. I called our good plumber Neil and he will be out to see what is going on with that pressure system. Always something, but that's the way it is. Then I came back into the house and turned the system back on to find out it was only making .4 gallons of water per minute. It should make close to 2 gallons per minute and I knew I had to change one of the filters. When we first got the system and I did not know what I was doing it would take me a long time and make a nice mess and much cursing to get that filter changed, but now after doing it several times, I had it changed in about 10 minutes. Yesterday I organized the rest of my fishing gear so I am ready to go when ever. Ian just rolled in my office. He just got back from the mountains sledding and had a great trip. He is headed back west to Edmonton this afternoon to see his beautiful fiance Emalie as she is in school there for a little bit. I am going to go cook some Pike. Talk soon.
Jan.21/21 - Hello Everyone. My apologies for the void the past 10 days without a Blog. Well, I will make this a good one so to catch everyone up. Thank you Lana for taking the time to write one up on the 14th. It was awesome.
Jan.11 - Well I planned a little fishing trip with my boys Garet & Ian. Also, buddy Larry & Brother in Law Skip Selk joined. We loaded up on the 10th and at 3:30 AM of the 11th we were up with hot coffees and headed North to our camp up by the Key Lake mine. We had 3 snowmobiles, my side by side with tracks and our fishing shack all on between two trucks and I was pulling a car trailer behind my truck. Ian has a sled deck on his truck so he had two sleds on the back of his truck. I had a sled in the back of my truck then on the car trailer I had the side by side and fishing shack. We strapped down a 65-gallon slip tank on the front of the trailer also full of diesel fuel. And we brought about 8 Jerry Cans of gas for sleds and side by side. We arrived at the turnoff towards our cabin around 12:30 PM. By the time we got the trucks put away and unloaded and into camp, it was probably around 2:30. We put some tip-up outs that afternoon and set up the fishing shack but never caught any fish that day. We ate Larrys awesome soup and baked beans and some sausage for supper and had a good night sleep as everyone was tired from the long day.
Jan.12 - Woke up, which is always a good thing. Larry was up first as usual and the fire was going and breakfast and coffee on the way. We fished around our cabin on what we call Lake 1 for a good part of that day and we caught some dandy Lake trout. We prepared them for the smoker that evening. Garet & Skip also went to Lake 2 and caught some great Pike which we fried up for supper that night. Was awesome. Ian & Larry and I spent some time on our sleds and we got into a Lake we call Lens Lake and I was excited to get back into it the next day for some trout fishing. It was one of the most beautiful days that I can remember in a long time. The sun was out. Probably temperature of Plus 1 or 2 and we had great snow. It was magical and a day I will never forget. Caribou tracks all over the lakes we travelled over to get to Lens Lake and the lakes were smooth with no drifts and you could just rip. In the trees the snow was deep and it reminded Ian and Me like we were in British Columbia in the mountains sledding. It was challenging riding but so damn much fun. Like all good things they come to an end but the fishing, sledding, weather and food were all so great.
Jan.13 - We caught a couple more trout on Lake 1 that AM. Our plan was to wait until our friends Neil and his son and other buddy Theo showed up before we ventured into Lens Lake. They showed up around noon and we helped them get settled in and off we went to Lens Lake. What a journey getting sleds and sleighs in there as there a steep hill to climb right off Lake 1 then head west to Lens. We made it but it was a total work out. 4 of us basically pushed and pulled the sleigh up this big hill as the sled couldn't get enough traction to do it. But we got it and I would say by about 4:00 PM we were fishing. We tried a Lake between Lake 1 and Lens lake for about 20 minutes but never got a bite. I think we pulled our first trout out around 4:15 and we got a few more that evening. Well, we fished that Lake Jan.14 as well and had a great day of moving around looking for the trout.
Jan.15/21 - Happy 26th Birthday Garet William Kuypers. Love you lots and we spent this day packing up and headed home. The trip was uneventful which is good and we got home around 7:00 PM. Lana asked me why when we are leaving we leave at 4:00 AM in the morning and when we are coming home we don't leave till noon? It was a hard question to answer and I will leave it at that :) . I got home and before I got a hug and a kiss I had to go shower. We did not hook the water up while we were there..... Used lots of hand wipes lol but we roughed it that week and all was good. I cooked Lana and a friend of hers up some fresh Pike for supper and visited that evening. I was pretty tired and hit the hay around 11:45 PM.
Jan.16/21 - Unpacked some more things from the trip and then we were invited to an outdoor event by our good friend Jason for a horse & sleigh ride. Great afternoon and evening with some good friends and it was nice to be out as the weather has continued to be just great for this time of the year.
Jan.17/21 - More cleanup and some Sunday afternoon relaxation was in order and man it was sure nice. I unthawed the trout we caught and proceeded to debone the Y bones out of them. I then salted & brown sugared them and let them sit for 12 hours to cure for the smoker. Pretty simple mix but it is awesome. Lana and I before supper went for a walk North of the house through the deep snow with the dogs. This got our hearts going and was a good thing to do. When we got home we had some supper, watched a little TV and hit the hay.
Jan.18/21 - Got the trout on the smoker and 5 hours later they came off. They turned out awesome and I made Lana her favourite Trout dip. It is also very simple as you just take a slab of smoked trout, Chop it all up. Chop up an onion really well. Mix it in a bowl with some MAYONAISSE (Not Miracle Whip) and boom some of the best stuff you can put on a cracker. We watched a movie this night with Tom Hanks called News of the World. We enjoyed it. Tom is a great actor and we really enjoy all of his movies. Ian headed snowmobiling with a good friend Brandon for a few days.
Jan.19/21 - Garet came out to the farm and we cleaned up the shop. Did a big floor wash in our big shop and in our car garage that's on the house. Sure feels good when things are cleaned up and looking good. We stayed pretty busy this day just cleaning and still re-organizing fishing gear and stuff from our trip.
Jan.20/21 - Had coffee with Lana before her busy day got started. I headed to Walburg for a hair cut as I was getting pretty shaggy. Picked up some Chinese foods for lunch and brought it back to the farm and had a nice meal with Lana & Garet. Garet and I had some hopper bins bottoms with barley in them so we got our semi started as the weather is still warm and emptied them out. I have to take the Barley to a feed lot by Edam and going to trade him so good beef for the last of my barley. Garet headed home and did a little office work and with less than an hour left of daylight I took Maverick & Sadie our dogs for a hike. It was dark when we got back. That was pretty much the end of another great day.
Jan.21/21 - And that brings us to today. This AM I helped Lana around the house and then spent more time with my fishing gear still re-organizing and cleaning that up. I am pretty much ready to go fishing again anytime and maybe Barcley and I may head up to Bronson this weekend for a fresh feed of Pike if we are lucky. It has cooled down a bit. Still not terrible, I would say about average temps for this time of year. As I look out my office window there is a light snow coming down. Quite beautiful. I am going to go make myself a dec caf coffee and go organize my tackle box and then probably take the dogs for another walk down our beautiful driveway. Take care everyone. I 'll be back on here soon again I promise and thank you all for checking us out.
Jan. 14/21 - Good Morning y'all from Canada! Most of Saskatchewan had wind and freezing rain yesterday and some roads were closed as it was not safe to drive and multiple crashes occured in cities. Some referred to this storm as a squall. I had not hear this term before, but apparently a Squall is a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed lasting minutes, contrary to a wind gust lasting seconds. So today we will be hunkered down. I am writing for Grant this AM to change it up a bit. We sure appreciate you all checking in and have had over 9,000 viewers in the last month to our website. We know you are all as excited to travel and come hunting as we are to entertain you. Grant is going to start working on Spring Bear season schedule next week as we all need something awesome to look forward too. My days have been busy with training on new program we are implementing at work, as well the company I work for Husky Energy is going through a merger with Cenovus, so there is alot of changes being communicated daily and sometimes hourly. Grant keeps himself busy cleaning, organizing and fishing. Typically we would be some place nice and warm this time of the year visiting our American friends. We have been blessed with a mild winter this year and the frost on the trees has been magical, pictures cannot capture the beauty. When I look outside sometimes, it looks like a post card. I will post some pictures in the photo gallery.
The price of oil is going up and with this brings hope to Oil and Gas companies and drilling wells have begun again in the area. This brings revenue to our small villages and we are greatful for these little boosts to the economy and small businesses. We have a couple of renters in our cabins and this is always great for us in the off season.
Grant and I choose not to watch the news very often, but today I turned it on to find out about roads and to find out the restrictions for Saskatchewan residents has been extended for two more weeks. It looks like vaccinations have begun for 70 + residents so this is good news and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and this can bring hope to all, especially our Seniors that life can get back to the new normal.
Rebecca and I went for a drive last night and we counted 12 deer in field beside our lane, and when I went to St. Walburg yesterday there was a bull moose and two cows (female moose) a mile and half from driveway. So pretty. Needless to say, we must be very careful driving at night as there is so much wildlife around.
I must sign off to get to work, but I want to wish everyone a great day and hope you are all doing ok and staying positive. We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and may 2021 bring togetherness, hugs, health and happiness to all. Cheers - Lana
Jan.10/21 - Good morning everyone. Sitting in my living room enjoying a coffee with the fireplace going. Doesnt get much more relaxing then that and a great way to start the day. Heres whats been happening the past couple of days. On Jan 07 I headed up to Goodsoil, before I left Dean said we had about 45 Pike to clean, well when i got there it was closer to 90. His good friend Ed who also commercial fishes told Dean he had about 40 Pike left and if we wanted to clean them he would give us 1/2 of them, which Dean gave to me, so he took them on. By the time we were done filletting them and cleaning and vac packing them it was about 9:30 PM. I headed home that night and was suppose to get some whitefish I had taken out that morning on the brine to smoke but I just put them in the fridge for the night to deal with the next day as I had enough of fish for that day. Jan.08 - Had a coffee with my beautiful Miss Lana and then headed back to the shop to deal with the just about thawed out whitefish. Not to long that I was out there, my mom stopped by to drop off another 4 whitefish for me to smoke for her. They were still frozen, so I left them sit in the sink with cool water and we went and enjoed coffee then lunch. Ian was here also as he was busy putting the tracks on my side by side. So it was a great visit and lunch with my mom, Lana & Ian. After lunch I headed back to the shop. Brother Dean had all the whitefish slabbed and vac packed. He did not take the Y-Bone out of them and I thought of just smoking them in with the Y-Bone in them but decided to take them out. So that was another hour long process as I had 14 of them there to do. I got the Y-bones out of them all then dressed them all first with Kosher salt, then seasoning salt, then some Johnys Garlic seasoning some dill and then a little pepper. I then layered them in a tub and after I had a layer in the little tub I dressed them with brown sugar. Then put on another layer and did the same. I then put them in our cooler room and let them sit overnight. I then came in and showered and got ready to celebrate our special Girl Rebecca Kobes 23rd Birthday. My Mom came back out and we drank some wine, ate some great snacks and watched Rebecca open some Birthday Presents. It was a great evening and again Happy Birthday dear Rebecca. Yesterday Morning I headed back to the shop and took out the whitetfish. They were all covered in a liqiud Brine that created from what I all put on them the day before. I did not wipe them off, I carefully put them on the Bradley smoker trays and smoked at 200 degrees for 4 hours. Every hour I would flip the bottom racks to the top to not overcook the bottom ones. With 1/2 hour left to smoke, I brushed on maple syrup on all of them and let them smoke with that on them the last 1/2 hour. Then I pulled them out and let them cool down and while doing that I took my dogs Mav & Sadie for a walk down the the end of our driveway and back. It was beautiful with a lot of Hoare frost on the trees. When I got back I pulled out the vac pak sealer and then vac packed all the smoked whitefish up except for the 1 slab that I ate and 1 slab I brought in for Lana to try. She loved it. Then Lana and I watched a movie with Adam Sandler called Blended and that was the end of our awesome day. Not sure what today will bring. Still enjoying my coffee and just about ready for a 2nd cup. Have a great day everyone.
Jan.07/21 - Short one today folks. Went ice fishing with my two boys yesterday. We headed to a lake