Buck Paradise Journal
June 6, 2018 - Good Morning from Saskatchewan. We have been enjoying much needed rain lately and yard is looking great and the fire band has been lifted. Sorry it has taken so long to update the journal. Grant and the boys are flat our cleaning up equipment, getting ready to start spraying, checking crops, picking rocks and rolling peas. We have finished up a successful Spring Bear season. Met wonderful people and was hard to say good bye to them both weeks. Grant and Garet were flat out in the field trying to get crop in on time and learning new equipment so it was challenging and some sleepless nights but they got it done. Ian, Terrance, Jared, Ray and Emalie took care of our Bear Hunters, also putting in long hours and all in all it was a very very busy, but fun month of May. We are landscaping and getting yard in shape as well as building a garage on the house. Grant is looking forward to his annual summer fishing trip to Alaska in July. We will also be taking a trip to Minniapolis in August, so while I am working he can go visit some friends in the area.
April 21/18 - Good morning everyone. I must be getting spring fever. Got up around 5:30 to watch the sun come up and I am so very lucky to live in such a wonderful part of the world. Bears are starting to wake up and the snow is melting fast and water is running like crazy into the river systems around us. Soon the North Saskatchewan will break up with all the water that is flowing into it and I am so excited to get the jet boat out there and do some exploring. Thinking of maybe even setting up a few baits with it this year. The boys and I have been busy getting equipment out and things ready for spring planting. Jared Hilmer arrived a week ago and Ian and him are chomping at the bit to go feed some bears. We hired a new guide (Terry) this fall and he will be here next week to start helping out where needed. The lodges are full this weekend with the Desilet crew. They are all getting together for Cousin Rolands Birthday. We had Mike our carpenter sand down all the floors in the big lodge and redid them with a epoxy. It looks awesome. Looks like a new building inside. The boys and I are dealing on possibly and new tractor and bigger air drill to help get the seed in the ground a little quicker this spring. Just finished paying the one we have off so might as well start again :) Our old drill has done a good job for us but we are looking forward to upgrading it. The past couple days have been so nice and sunny. Sure is good to get outside and do some work. Lana has been super busy with her job as usual, plus moving all of the rest of her and Becca stuff to the farm from Lloyd she has been super busy. Garet is all settled into his new house. Lana and Emily and Becca all helped with painting and Ian and Garet and I redid all the flooring upstairs. He is fully furnished and is loving his own home. He has a renter staying there with him to help offset the monthly mortgage so all is good. Ian and Emily are settled back into a daily routine from there awesome adventure they were on in February and March. Lana and I might go side by siding this afternoon with some friends and cook up a sausage and enjoy mother nature. Thank you Mother nature for finally warming up:) Take care everyone. Chat soon and if you want to come see us we still have some bear hunt opening for the week of June 4-9.
April 11/18 - How is everyone doing? We are fine at Buck Paradise. We are ready for spring to come but it seems to be taking its sweet time. Not hard on the deer or anything just doesnt want to melt off. Looking to be a later seeding start than we like but you can never really argue with Mother Nature. I am down in Georgia with Lana this week. We are in Savannagh and the history is pretty neat and weather is pretty darn nice to. Great food and hospitality. Lana has been busy with work and I have been to with my computer in the room during the day. I have been watching Ritchie Bros auction sales as there a few things I am looking for great deals on. Sometimes you get them but most of the time those sales sell pretty good. The boys and Emalie are busy back at the farm. Fertilizer and Chemical and seed are being delivered to the farm and they are busy cleaning and getting equipment ready. Our bookings have been going very well. We still have a few Whitetail deer hunts available. My Buck Paradise home camp is pretty much full for Waterfowl but I still have room at Barcleys camp across the river. It is a great set up that is run under me. Great for groups of 5-7. So if you are interested in killing a lot of geese and ducks get a hold of me and I will set you up. We had a great time in Louisianna last month and big thanks to all our friends there who took great care of us. Tommy Barber and his crew went out of there way to help us at the show and were the best hosts. We also visited our good friends Jacob & Troy Landry and there families for an awesome crawfish boil. Sure wish we could get fresh crawfish up in Sask. Other than that Lana nad I have been busy with work between her ashpalt dealings all over and me working on farm and outfitting things there never seems to be much down time. Becca is still busy at school and is working parttime now and doing great. She is doing a great job keeping everyone up to date on our instagram & Facebook page also. Well, Lana is headed off to another meeting. I am going to go find a place where the bluejays game is on and maybe have a cold one and enjoy. Bluejays are having a great start and I am sure enjoying watching them when I can. Take care all. Talk soon.
P.S I forgot to tell you all we are doing more renovations in the lodge. Our carpenter Mike is busy sanding down all the hard wood floors in the big lodge. He then will be applying a epoxy to make it look vibrant and new looking again. Going to be awesome.
March 01/18 - Hello Everyone. Hope you are all having a great winter. Here are a few events coming up that we will be attending. More info on our upcoming events link as well. We will be attending the Tommy Goldsby Wild Game Dinner & Fundraiser Saturday March 10/18. We will have a booth there and will be promoting Buck Paradise that evening during the event. We have donated many hunts to this Fundraiser helping create a lot of money that will help many kids be able to further there educational dreams. After that we will be in Miami for a few days with Lana's work. I plan to meet up with some clients from down there and maybe catch a spring training Blue Jays game. We then Leave for Gonzales, Louisiana to the Louisiana Sportsman Show & festival. March 15-18 are the dates for that. Come see us if you are around. I will post more info on our booth number & area when we receive it. I was late booking this but I have some friends that pulles some strings and got us in there. Been a great winter. I would say average for the deer and they are doing just fine again. Finding a few sheds around the yard. Been travelling quite a bit with Lana and her work and the winter seems to be going by fast. Hope to see some of you at the shows we will be attending above.
November 14/17 - Good morning. Grant here this morning. Just had a few minutes to post before I had to Looyd for a Dr. Appt. Nothing serious, just maintenance :) Sunday we saw 11 new hunters arrive into camp. Tommy Barber who joined us for a waterfowl hunt this past fall brought 7 of his good friends with him this year. A few of them hunted with me when I had the Green Lake camp and it was sure good to have them back in camp here now at Paradise Hill. No deer shot yesterday and we are hoping today that the big boys start moving a little better for us. I feel we are in the rut. Is it the peak?? Not sure. It started early this year as guys were seeing bucks chasing and i noticed the same around the farm here to. Weather is good. Not to cold, not to warm, bush is freezing up nicely and the guides are able to get around decent with out falling through the sloughs or muskegs to get to there spots. There is a few inches of snow on the ground so its pretty good hunting as far as the weather is going. I had to gravel the end of the road yesterday. Jared one of our guides had a small accident as he was leaving with his hunters yesterday AM as at the end of our driveway is a little icy with the little bet of snow he didnt quite make the corner. His truck and trailer were all good but his 4-wheeler did not fair well with the tree it hit. Bout $1500.00 in damage, mostly all plastic but it is still rolling along. Never a dull moment... When I get back this afternoon from Lloyd i have to head into town to the seed cleaning plant to pick up seed wheat for next spring. We loaded 2 semi B trains of peas last night and they are on there way to Cut Knife Saskatchewan this morning to be sold. One more load of them and we will be out. We will be hauling more canola tomorrow to Marshall and by the end of the week we should not have much of that left either. Then I have some oats and peas to mix up for deer feed and bin up. Enough to finish this year and next. So thats whats a happening at Buck Paradise. Hopefully some big bucks will hit the ground today and we can get them posted in the photo gallery. We still have a few bucks that need to be posted on that gallery from the past couple weeks and that will be getting done this afternoon also from Becca. Have a great day everyone.
November 12/17 - Big thanks to all our Veterans out there as yesterday was Rememberance day. Thank you.
Grant here. Thank you also to Becca for doing a wonderful job with this website and Instagram and updating our face book page through out this busy November season. I have been moving a lot of grain the past few weeks. It was a late harvest and the grain came in a little tough, so I am getting rid of it instead of risking a bin heating on us and loosing a lot of money. I wont have much grain left by the end of next week and that is a good feeling. We have a up and down season so far. Our first group of hunters including the Mossy Oak crew and Melissa Bachman was warm and deer movement was slow. One of the Mossy Oak hunters connected on a nice 10 pointer the 4th day of his hunt. Rusty Mcdaniels is going to come back the end of the season to try to make it happen. Our 2nd week started off awesome with Ken Young Knocking down and 160 inch deer on the first morning of his hunt. Garet was his guide. Then some awesome bucks that you have all seen on our gallery or social media where taken that week with a 170 inch 10 point taken on Friday by Brandon Young, Kens son. Was a great week and we were excited to keep rolling. Well the rut kicked in early this year it seems and bucks were chasing and the baits kind of slowed down. On Thursday Big Al Thomas knocked down an impressive 8 point. Pics on the Gallery. Please make sure to like our face book page under Buck Paradise Outfitters and please follow us on Instagram also under Buckparadise as again Becca is doing a great job on that. Ian is also a admin on the Buck Paradise page and he always has good pics to share of our beautiful Sask nature. Follow Ian & Garet and Jared and Corey on Snapchat as they have some fun posts on there. I have a good story that made me honestly LOL this morning. One of our hunters Rob Leohnard hunted with us last week. He sat 6 days and seen some good bucks but nothing that interested him in pulling the trigger. Anyways as for all my customers I make them the option to come back late in the season as we have room then to come back and try and fill there tags. So this morning Rob text me and here is what he said "Grant, Please tell Corey to keep tabs on the wide 8pt. I'll come back! Thanks again for everything. Time to head to church wih the family. Corey is fantastic and so is your operation. Enjoy your Family. Robb." I replied "Thank you Rob, I am glad you are coming back". Robb replied - You might laugh but I had to make a deal with my saint of a wife. I finally agreed to a vasectomy ;) I had an appointment 3 years ago but a huge snowstorm cancelled the appointment and I never went back. So I guess now is the time. LOL. What a guy will do to go hunting" WELL I did LOL when i read this and ask Robb if I could post this and he said giver... It is true. What a guy will do to go hunting. I love it..... Well Garet just walked in and is grabbing the last of my SD cards. Hey if anyone of my hunters coming up can find some 4GB SD cards, I need 20. Text me if you can find some please. Thank you. Take care all and happy Sunday. GO RIDERS. We have a big crew coming in today. Chat later.
Hello all! How is November treating everyone? It has been so busy around here but we always love that. Lana is off to the States once again this week and will be back this weekend to give some attention to Grant and I.
A little inside knowledge here...Lana likes me better. ;) We can not wait for her to come home.
Now lets talk about..
Raymond Duddy our amazing cook!
This is Rays first year at Buck Paradise Outfitters
Ray started at Buck Paradise Sept 01/2017. He was referred by a close friend Taylor Mills. Taylor works at a Northern Sask Fishing camp and Ray has been cooking at that camp (Hatchet Lake Lodge) for many years. Taylor reached out to Grant in early July to see if we needed a cook for the fall. Our old cook retired so the timing was perfect. Ray has been a chef most of his life. He knows how to cook for huge groups and there is NEVER a shortage of food. Even when Grant brings the custom truck drivers and odd friends in for supper, Ray is prepared… Rays cooking is awesome. Everything is good and healthy. Well, his cinnamon buns and chocolate chip cookies and homemade bread are awesome but not sure the “health” word should go with that. But the clients love it. Ray is a quiet, hardworking man and we are excited to have Ray come back for many years if he wishes to do so. We will do our best to make that happen. Ray got in on some goose hunts this fall and enjoyed it very much. His home residence is Regina, SK. We can not thank Ray enough for his hard work for Buck Paradise. Even when things get slow in the lodge and his kitchen you will find him out at the shop helping the guides clean or cut up some meat and makes some of the best Jerky you can imagine. Thanks Ray for all your hard work. & Welcome to the family.
Talk soon. Hope all is well.
Good morning everyone! Gosh are the days so cold around here, us Canadians are slowly growing into the Winter season.
I have been so busy with school and work I haven't got out to the farm just yet. I hopefully will be there this weekend and get caught up in all the stories.
Now let's talk about one of my favorites here at Buck Paradise Outiffters.
Corey Jenkins, I remember the first time I met Corey I was only 15 years old and felt so out of place at a hunting camp. He was so kind and welcoming to me it instantly felt like home. Thanks for everything Corey it truly means the world to little me.
Corey moved to Saskatchewan, Canada approximately 23 years ago from New Zealand. About after 3 years of working odd jobs, he came over with Grants uncle Floyd for a visit to Buck Paradise Outfitters. He showed great interest in becoming a guide and Grant hired him on the spot. Corey has been with Buck Paradise for about 19 years pretty much since Grant started Buck Paradise Outfitters. Corey started full time with Grant and the boys the past 4 years till this past August he has decided to get his hours in at a registered Mechanic dealership so that he could get his Journeyman Mechanic papers and start his own business. Corey takes time off of his busy schedule to do the passion of his life and that is to guide. Especially Whitetail Deer. Corey has gained more trust than you can imagine from clients that have hunted with him. Corey usually is booked with the same hunters year after year as they request “Corey” as their guide. Corey is so mechanically inclined and can fix anything. Corey has one daughter Sidney who he loves to spend time with, showing her the way of the woods and outdoors. He sure does love his little Sidney, the outdoors, and his clients. We are very lucky to have Corey at Buck Paradise. He is a huge asset is an understatement. Even on my worst days Corey always is there to give me a hug and a smile. We are so incredibly grateful to have Corey apart of our family.
Talk soon everyone, Hope all is well.
Daylight saving time has happened, and now Alberta is an hour earlier than Saskatchewan. So as I sit in class at 11:00, all the crew at Buck Paradise would be settling down for lunch since it would be an hour ahead of Alberta sitting at 12:00.
One of our most dedicated workers is our guy Jared.
Jared Hillmer was born April 29, 1995. Jared grew up in Claresholm, Alberta. He graduated high school and then went to post-secondary trade school for welding. Jared is extremely talented in this field. If you get the chance make sure you ask to see all the beautiful custom work he as done. Jared started at Buck Paradise Outfitters in June of 2015. The first appearance he made was with Barcley Fisher at his hunting shop near hillmond area where Jared helped him with all the Waterfowl hunting. Ever since day one of Jared coming to Buck Paradise he has worked so hard. During harvest and seeding, he is always on the tractor or running around the farm trucking for us. Around here there is usually always something to do... Jared knows it. He is the king of deer jerky making, we have many different flavors and spices to try. Jared has a beautiful girlfriend back home that comes out sometimes during the weekend to help him go baiting and be a hostess back in the bar. Jared is a great friend and one of a kind. He is the best thing that has happened to our company/family by far. He will always have a home here at Buck Paradise Outfitters.
Good morning everyone, it was a cold weekend with lots of snow. Grant Lana and I went out to Garets first league hockey game in Maidstone Saturday night and they won 4-3, Garet even scored. We are so proud of him, what a successful week/weekend he had.
Up next on our daily write up of staff is our girl Emalie.
Emalie Washbrooke is our new merchandise and lodge manager. She has been with our family since 2016! Emalie grew up in Glaslyn, SK. She has just graduated this past June and is looking into many different areas of work to see what her post-secondary options may turn out to be. Emalie is a beautiful and caring soul, she loves people and animals, her future accomplishments are endless! So exciting to see where the future will take her. Ian and Emalie live in Paradise Hill and are planning a few trips starting in February. If any hunters have any advice or stories to share with Emaile or Ian I am sure they are eggar to learn your perspective and tips on traveling. We are so grateful to have Emalie apart of our family.
Check back tomorrow for the next staff member write up,
Hello everyone!! We had poker and Ray's homemade pizza last night to celebrate a week full of successful hunts. We all had a great night spent in our bar in the shop called "Just One More". Grant and Lana had a crew that headed into Paradise Hill to attend the "George Jones Tribute Band" it was an amazing time!
Now let me tell you about the younger Kuyper Ian.
Ian John Kuypers. Ian was born June 26/1996. One of the cutest little babies you could ever imagine might I add. Ian started hunting with his Dad at a very young age. He would get extremely upset if his Dad did not wake him up at 4:30 AM to go set up decoys. He enjoyed sitting with the hunters and Handing out jerky when the hunting was slow. When he was legal age to start hunting he killed a great black bear for his first hunt. He loved hanging out with his Grandpa Kuypers hunting which was always an “experience” Ian graduated high school and went to work at Novlans Garage for a year and then decided he wanted to come back to the farm to help his Dad and brother with the farm and outfitting business. Ian’s more passionate about the hunting business but his mechanical skills make him a huge asset to both the farm and outfitting business. Ian also became a homeowner this year. Ian has a beautiful girlfriend named Emalie who also is our lodge and merchandise manager at the camp this year. Ian is like a brother to me these last few years with him we grew very close and I am so happy to have him as a friend. He is a hard-working, respectful guy and his hunters all enjoy his company as a guide.
Stay tuned for tomorrows write up is all about Ian's girlfriend Emalie.
Hello everyone, what a day here at Buck Paradise Outfitters I got off work early today and headed out to visit with everyone. Turns out Brandon Young shot out just as I was pulling into the yard. He shot out with an amazing monster Whitetail we can not wait to show everyone these photos that will be posted tomorrow of this buck.
Now let's get to the next Buck Paradise Outfitters family member Garet Kuypers.
Garet William Kuypers was born January 15th, 1995. Garet grew up in Paradise Hill. Being raised on the farm with all the farming knowledge starting at a very young age. He graduated in 2013 in Paradise Hill then headed west to Vermilion college and took Crop Technology Sciences and received a diploma in 2015. Garet has a very caring and compassionate heart for others and it shows with his humbleness and kind actions in his work. If you see a big lazy white cat around the farm his name is Benny better known as Buckwheat and that little guy belongs to Garet. Garet is one of my very closest friends and I am forever grateful for having him by my side these last few years. If you ever need someone to talk to about hockey, hunting, farming or anything to do with space, oh my you and Garet will have lots to talk about.
Hope all is well, talk soon.
Hello everyone, Pat Needle shot out with beautiful ten point this morning. Pat was guided by Jared Hillmer The photos are up now. Go check them out!
Okay, so I think its time we catch everyone up to speed on what has all happened lately at Buck Paradise Outfitters.
If you have been around the farm the last few years you might have heard a few names and not really made the connections of who is who and even what they even look like. Thankfully we have our "Meet the Staff" page to get everyone sorta caught up on all the new additions.
For the next little while, I am going to do a write up on our journal of every staff member so you have an idea of what everyone is up to lately.
Let's start with our Owner & Operator Grant Kuypers.
Oh, my Grant Kuypers this guy is the busiest, most hardworking, and humble guy I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Whoa whoa, wait did I forget to mention the happiest guy I have ever met too! Grant started Buck Paradise way back in 1998 and has grown the company enormously. He has met so many amazing people throughout this journey and really we are only just beginning. Grant has two amazing sons, Garet & Ian. They both are eager to learn and work hard on the farm and in our hunting business. Grant was also raised on the family farm where he lives today. On the farm, he helped his Dad with the livestock and grain. Lenorad Kuypers taught Grant how hard work and dedication pays off and Grant is passing that on to his two sons. Grant has met an amazing woman if you haven't figured that out yet. Oh and yes, this woman happens to be my Mother. They have both been successful in their business and families, finding their ultimate happiness with spending time with each other. I strongly believe Grants goal is to bring people into this wonderful province and give them a great experience as he feels very fortunate to have been born and raised in such an amazing environment.
Talk soon everyone,
Good morning everyone, Another beautiful Whitetail down here at Buck Paradise Outfitters. Mike Sachwlak tagged out with this amazing ten point a few hours ago. He was guided by Ian Kuypers. Congratulations boys on an amazing trophy, Photos are up!
Grant and Lana have headed up to Edmonton this afternoon to get a few more supplies for our shop and cabins. They even got a quick stop by the new Rogers Place arena to catch the Oilers v.s Pittsburgh game. See if you can catch them on the big screen.
Hope all is well, talk soon
Happy Halloween everyone, This morning we went out and had a little waterfowl hunt with the crew. Ray our amazing cook even came out early this morning to hit his limit. We added the photos to our Instagram page!
I am not sure if anyone has told the Buck Paradise Website family about our new addition...Maverick. We adopted Maverick back in February. He is our amazing bird dog. With his skills, instincts, and energy to be our companion in the field. Maverick also has the biggest heart always needs a scratch or some attention from anyone who walks by. He is Grant's right-hand man, If you don't see Maverick by Grant's side he is usually cuddled up in his kennel getting some energy for the next big hunt. Check out the video we put up on our Instgram page of him.
Hope all is well, talk soon.
Hi everyone, First-day success for our hunter Kenny Young as he has tagged out early this morning! Kenny arrived last night with his son Brandon. Kenny and Brandon are guided by Garet Kuypers. His beautiful ten point is an amazing trophy to tag out on. Congrats boys! Check out the photos on "2017 Whitetail"
We have had snowfall here and it seems like it will be sticking around. Winter is here.
We also have now got our Instagram page up and running all over again, go check it out for the everyday post on everything that goes on around Buck Paradise. @buckparadise
Now we wait and see if Brandon can tag out early this week too & see if the Young family both can take home a monster Whitetail.
Hello everyone, We have had a busy day today here at Buck Paradise Outiffters. Changeover day was a success and everyone is all ready for the following week. We have just got all our new hunters in for the week and everyone is all settled in and ready to tag out on a beautiful WhiteTail.
The days are getting pretty cold around here but no sign of snowfall just yet. As I was driving into the yard today there was two Whitetail doe's laying in the driveway. It is just so crazy all the wildlife we see here even from our front window at breakfast time. Good luck to all the hunters this week! Can't wait to hear all the stories.
October 9th - Hello everyone Becca here, It has been so busy the last while at Buck Paradise. With multiple hours out in the field getting off the crop field by field for harvest, scouting birds, and updating our administration it has been crazy how so much time has gone by. Our apologies. We have just got our website all updated and are still constantly working on improvements and slowly but surely learning how it all works. Hope everyone is enjoying the new facelift!
We have had some amazing hunts the last while and can't wait for some more this week. Waterfowl is done in almost a week then Whitetail starting right after. We are so excited to see some beautiful Bucks and visit with all our hunters coming in.
This afternoon we are hoping to finish off some more of our fields for harvest, yesterday we got a few hours off to visit with family and have some turkey to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. We are so thankful for all our clients, friends, family and our beautiful country!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope everyone is having an amazing Monday.
P.S Satuday morning we got to hunt right outside our lodge here is a little video of how amazing that hunt went!! Crazy.
Sept 26/17- Hey guys, check out this awesome video sent to us this morning!
Sept 10/17 - Good morning. Well I have been getting up pretty early lately. Lots on the go as usual for this time of the year. We started harvest Sept 04. (My Birthday :) ) on peas. What a great crop. They stood and bushelled out excellent this year. What took us 3 weeks to harvest year, we did in 6 days. I started cutting canola yesterday and Garet and I will continue to so do this week. Weather has been so awesome. We were hitting mid 80s last week. Sept 01 opening day of waterfowl saw 7 of myself and my guides and some friends go on our first hunt of the year. It was great. Smashed out a limit of honkers and about 30 ducks. I took Maverick for his first hunt. He did pretty good as there was lots going on. I hope to find some more time to work him this fall. He is a good dog. We had clients arrive Sept 03 and the hunting even with the heat has been great. We had 4 great people from California (the Hudson family) come to Buck Paradise for there 1st time. They shot geese & ducks in the AM and then hunted bear in the PM. All 4 shot beautiful bears and a lot of geese. When they came they said this was a 1 time deal but last night when we were eating supper they said they will be back. That is our goal at Buck Paradise. I have a great line up of staff this year. We have a new cook (Ray) who is awesome and I have to watch myself as his deserts and baking are over the top. We have Emalie cleaning and driving tractor and cart with Ian and doing a great job getting our store and everything around here organized. For our waterfowl guides we have Jayce, Jayden, Chad & Jared is on route today to get here. Dub is back helping with harvest and Bear hunts and Waterfowl. Becca comes out when she can from college to help us out giving Emailie a hand or what ever is needed. Garet is full throttle on the combine and now swathing canola for a week and Ian will be helping out with bear baits and getting things ready for the next round of harvest. Hopefully by the end of next week we are going on wheat or Lentils... Lana has been by my side helping out with the cook, doing licenses, running around for me in the field (she even combined some peas :) ) when we need things and then doing her full time job selling asphalt. She is gone this week to the states (to many to list) travelling to meet her customers and we will miss her here at Buck Paradise. Well I have one more Waterfowl License to do up. We have 12 more fresh people coming in to camp today so it will be busy. I will finish this license then I am going to go cut canola for a hour or two till Garet and Corey get out there. Our AG dealer in Paradise Hill let me use a new Macdon Demo swather for the day so we are going to go with 2 of them and get some acres of canola cut. Later all. Have a great Sunday..
August 14/2017 - Good day from Buck Paradise. Yes still alive and kicking. Been a busy summer and to be honest with you all I am still trying to learn how to use the new website and it has me procrastinating to work on it. My bad as I am sure as I get used to it, it will be easy to do what I used to and keep this thing rolling and stuff on here for you guys and girls to come and check out..... Well since May 27th here is all that has been happening.
Bear season was a great success. We hosted 27 bear hunters and we shot 25 bears. Not quite 100% success but one fellow wounded a nice bear and decided not to hunt any more and the other gentleman (Greg Miller) was there to video his nefew shooting his bear for there TV show. Greg hunted one evening and then they had to hit the road onto there next adventure and Greg was happy that they got a great show with his nefews hunt and did not want to rush to try and get another one. I believe they will be back next spring and Greg will get behind his bow and put one down.
We finished seeding around June 3rd. We had some custom work to do for the neighbors also. It has been a wet summer for us here and our crops look great. We have peas all around the lodge this year so that will make for some nice close goose hunting.. After bears were done and Garet and I finished some in crop spraying for weeds, I took off to BC with my GF Lana. She had work in Kelowna and we pulled the camper down. It was a nice trip and met some of her co workers (who all like to hunt) and did some wine tours and Lana had a family reunion down close to Kelowna that we attended. Was a great trip and we bought a lot of wine :).
We then got home and started doing some house renovations at my farm where I am now living. It looks great and we are still working at it but hope to be done by the end of this month. Between the house renos, Lana was down in Calgary at the stampede entertaining clients mostly from the US. I finished up some flooring and fungicide spraying and went down for the last couple of days to the stampede with her. Was a great time and again met some more of her clients who are very interested in coming to hunt our geese, bears & whitetail deer. Then I flew off to Alaska for my annual fishing trip with Mr. Brian Bowers. Fred Zink, Glen Fester, Clark Larre and the Black brothers all came to fish with us this summer. It was a great trip and I was able to bring a couple boxes of tasty fresh salmon home. Fishing was good and when I figure out my picture gallery I will post some pics of the fish we caught. BIG KINGS.... Was home for a week and then I flew to Montreal with Lana as again she had more work down there. I caught up with my bookings and did a lot of work in the room. I was able to meet up with my good friend and long time hunt client Frank Diblasio. We went out for supper one night which was awesome and had a great time catching up.. We then flew back to Saskatoon via Toronto from Montreal and we caught a Toronto Blue Jays game while we were there. That was last Thurday and we flew home Friday AM. We had our summer bash this weekend in Paradise Hill. We had High Valley playing Saturday night there this year. WHAT a show. Those guys know how to entertain... Hey Romeo a Canadian band played Friday & Saturday night and spent the weekend with us in the lodge at Buck Paradise. Great people and such a great weekend. Buck Paradise donated 2 - 2018 spring bear hunts which sold very well at our Saturday night event. Thanks to Guy & Lorraine St Amant for buying those two hunts for next spring. Well that is my summer in a nut shell. Garet & Ian have been busy fixing, cleaning, maintaining the shop and farm yard which looks just great and today our new girl Emalie started. She will be taking over Katie and Beccas duties who helped us out last fall. Got a new load of bear bait in for this fall so Ian will start baiting later this week for our fall bear hunters coming in. We start bear and waterfowl hunts Sept. 03 and are booked up pretty solid. I still have a few waterfowl dates available and a few whitetail hunts to. Give me a call or email if you are interested. Thanks everyone.
May 27/17 - Hello Everyone. Well it is a beautiful day here in Saskatchewan. Our first week of bear camp is finished and what a good one it is. I am still getting used to the new sight and honestly was flat out all last week with seeding. Then we got rain (2 inches about) on Wednesday so we are shut down for a bit. Full camp of bear hunters coming in tomorrow. We are excited to have all or our clients some new and some returning get back into camp. Brett Kissel will be joinng us this week. Brett is a young upcoming Country singer. So hopefully we can get Brett to break out his guitar and play us a few songs this week. Plus my good friend Ed Goings and his son will be joining us this week also. We hope to start seeding tomorrow again. We have about 5-6 days left and then that should rap our stuff up and then we have some custom work to do for the nieghbors. Peas are already popping out of the ground which is nice to see also. Heading to a Lobster fest tonight with Lana and her girls and a couple of good friends. Should be fun. Going to try to get the pics from last week on here now. Thanks all.
May 17/17 - Welcome everyone to Buck Paradise Outfitters New website. We hope you enjoy the new look and new feautures this website has to offer. Well it has been quite a spring. Super good for whitetail deer, bear and waterfowl, especially waterfowl as it has been very wet. April 1 arrived with warm rain that melted the little snow that we had. We felt at that time we could be in the field in mid to late April. Not happening. With some wet snow falls and cooler temps coming in it was a wet month. Then May rolled in and the rain has been frequent. After today we should have all our peas in the ground (900 acres of them) and then moving onto Lentils and then Canola. We took on some more acres this spring and are putting in around 3800 acres of Peas, Lentils, Canola & wheat combined this year. It rained last weekend over an inch but Garet and I were able to get a few acres in last night. We hope to get in a good day today. Ian, Corey & Jayce have been busy feeding bears. Bear hunters should be excited this year as we have lots and some dandy bears hitting the baits. Jean Hardy is coming back to cook for us this spring. It is good to have Jean back and out of retirement. Lana has been busy helping Allyson getting the lodges ready and cleaned up and looking great and busy ordering groceries for our guest coming in starting this Sunday. Will be a busy place for a few weeks with Bear hunting, spraying, seeding ect going on. We also have Dan Hardes helping us on the farm this spring and Jared who was with us last year for waterfowl and whitetail season will be here Friday to help out with Bear and farm work where needed. I have a great crew and look forward to working with everyone and meeting our some new and some old guests coming in. My sister Lenora and her husband are hosting a roping this weekend. Please check out the events calendar on our new website for more info on that. Couple other things. We have installed a Reverse Osmosis Water system on the place. All our water is now drinking water quality from every tap on the farm and lodges. Good healthy water. Quite a cost but it needed to happen. We try to keep improving for our guests constintly. And the winner of the hunting Knife donated by Jason Kilcup last fall was Stuart Thibediou from Maine. Conrats Stu on a beautiful hunting knife. Time for me to get to work. Enjoy everyone and have a wonderful day.
Mar.13/17 - Hi everyone. Got busy hauling wheat last week finally. It was not ideal weather as it was cold and stormy a couple days. I had some truck troubles that first day. Rad froze up in my semi... so its in Lloyd getting fixed. I have a old international spare that we still use around the farm so I got it going and used it all last week. Rough old girl but does the job. Well this morning I loaded up and started to head out of the yard and it made some bad clunking noise when I moved forward. We figure the rear diff is pooched in it. But my other truck should be good to go tomorrow. So today is a office day. Corey has had a good week with our Western Star truck and super bees. He is putting on some new tires on the semi today and had a belt and fuel hose to replace this morning. So he may get a load in yet to day. We will get it. Boys have been busy helping us and it is suppose to warm up nice this week so we will giver the rest of the week and hopefully get it done. Have over 60000 bushels to move so quite a bit of trucking. Check out the link and show times for the waterfowl hunt that Melissa Bachman did with us last fall. Looks great. Take care everyone.
Feb.21/17 - Hello....Hope things are finding everyone well. Here is what is new around this neck of the woods. Had a great trip to East Washington with Brian Bowers, Brad Alsop & Eric Wulf. Killed a pile of mallards and had a great time enjoying good food and drink. Then headed to Vegas for SCI. Vegas is awesome as always. Met up with some great friends there throughout the week at the show. Didnt gamble that much so came home with more money than usual. Got back home and headed south of Calgary to get my new black lab "Maverick" He is a year old and partially trained. He is a high energy son of a gun and always looking to fetch. I have been working with him a bit and just building that bond between the two of us. I think he likes me :) I sure like him. Been doing a little ice fishing. Not much. More like socializing than fishing. Ian was in Revy last week Sledding. Garet was at a Rush Lacrosse game in Saskatoon Last weekend and Corey is gone sledding this week to Blue River. I have not made any sled trips as of yet but hopefully get one in this year. Well thats about it really... Been busy. Keeping up with bills. Corey did move all our canola at the beginning of Feb. We are waiting on the call to move our Green peas and wheat.. Wish they would hurry and give us that call as it would be great to move it before it gets to warm... Thats it for now. Take care all and chat soon.
Jan.21/17 - Good morning everyone. Hope 2017 is treating you all well. Things are good here in Saskatchewan. Hardly no snow and last week was warm as heck. Great for our whitetail deer herd. So good. I stopped done in North Dakota on my way back from Iowa and did some ice fishing with a good friend of mine Gene Welle. We got into a few walleye and just had a great time. Gene is set up like who done er.... It was fun. I made my way back to Saskatchewan and had meeting in Saskatoon a week ago Wednesday. We are busy setting up our new Saskatchewan Commission of Professional Outfitters. It is a great thing for the Saskatchewan Outfitting business as it will make us a stronger voice. Then I headed home the following day and just been busy catching up with some home things. I leave for WA. to go duck hunting for a few days with Brian Bowers and some friends. Looking forward to that. Then we are off to Vegas to SCI Feb.01. Meeting some good friends down there and should be a good time as always. Then when i get back from that, I am going to go south of Calgary and get my new black lab Maverick. I will post pics of him on here. He is partially trained and I look forward to working with him. Always wanted a good bird dog. He will get a work out around here next fall. Today going ice fishing with Brandon Schreiber. Bookings are coming along really good. Call me if you are interested in coming up as some dates are starting to fill up. Have a good one. Talk soon.
Dec.30/16 - Hi everyone. Sorry it has been 9 days since I have been on here. First off I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas with all your family. I had a quiet one this year. Spent Christmas eve at Ty & Jesse place. Love there kids Raya & Rio. They are so cute. I had a great time with them. Christmas morning we had brunch and opened gifts. The boys got me a new bumper for my side by side. Looks bad ass. I also put tracks on it and cant wait to take it out ice fishing. Christmas day I headed out after brunch to Iowa. Had to make a stop at Rion Whites (my taxidermist) to drop off Garet and I mule deer and my Whitetail from this past season. I continued on and made it to Weyburn, SK. It was starting to storm pretty good and it was dark so I did not press on any further. Had a great sleep then I headed south of the border. The weather was terrrible. Most of the highways were shut down but I went past the road block and continued on. Pretty quiet highways and visibility was not good. What a guy will do to go deer hunting. Anyways I made it to Harvey, ND. It was 4:00 PM and the storm was getting worse. So there was a nice hotel by the highway so I pulled in. Bar & Grill there.... Good enough. That was far enough for the day. So I stayed there and had another good sleep. I awoke to clear blue skys and my destination was Decorah Iowa. I made it there about 7:30PM that evening. Brian Bowers and Eric met me at the hotel and we had some drinks and guess what.... Talked Deer hunting. I was excited to get in the blind the next day as Eric had a 5 year 4X4 with flyers coming off his G2 that was coming into one of his plots consistently. He did not let us down. He showed with about 30 other deer. He stayed at the back of the food plot covered up with deer in front of him. I just about got a shot off and then he walked into the standing corn. So we waited. Finally with about 5 minutes of legal shooting time left he came out. And finally presented me with a clear shot coming towards me quartering to his right. I put the cross hair of my muzzleloader scope on his front left shoulder and pulled the trigger. Well all hell broke loose and we watched 30-40 deer bust out back into the woods behind the food plot.... We watched all the deer leave and the ol buck I shot at was no were to be seen... We called Eric and he came in and we walked to were I took the shot.. Nothing... No blood... No hair... Nothing. I walked straight back from the plot looking for any sign and had gone quite far and Eric whistled... I headed back towards him and Brian. Eric says. I think you missed bud... After a few choice words to my self I said I guess..... He then said "Thought you would be buying the whiskey tonight to celebrate" I said I will buy it anyways for missing. I could not believe I missed as the shot felt so good. Then he pointed his flashlight to the edge of the cut corn and said there he is... :) Ya I had a big smile. When I shot he went through the 30 yards of standing corn to his right and then out in the cut corn and was done. He only went like 50 yards if that and was dead. Made a perfect shot. What a great buck and I was one very happy hunter. We got him gutted and hung him up in a farm shed and took care of the rest of him yesterday. I am just hangin out here in Iowa. Might go visit some of my hunter friends here for a day or two. I am going to stay and wait till my good friend Bryon Bernard comes in for his hunt with Eric on Jan 2nd or 3rd. I want to spend a few days with Bryon and I saved my doe tag for when he is there so I can still hunt. I plan to spend 2-3 days there with him and then head to North Dakota to go do a little ice fishing with my friend Gene Welle for a couple days. Thats it for now... Happy New Years everyone. Keep safe. Thank god for all your blessing and I hope 2017 is a great year for everyone. I am going to find a place to go watch UFC on New Years Eve. Ronda Rousey is back and I am excited to see her fight. Later all. Have a good one.
Dec.21/16 - Good day to everyone that loves to follow this journal. I appreciate it. Well Monday was a beautiful day and Corey, Ian & I headed out to elk country. We put some miles on driving and found a huge piece of woods that had lots of elk sign going in and out of. We got on the right side of the wind and started walking. Corey was the first to come up to about 30 elk. He got a single shot off at a cow but hurried his shot and they took off. I seen all these elk go through a opening but I was about a 1/4 mile away so I just kept going hoping they would circle my way. I kept walking and was bumping up Mule deer & Whitetails as I walked. All of a sudden this elk came walking out of the woods...... A awesome 350 class bull elk. Stood side ways 80 yards away just looking at me... Jimmy Christmas (those were not my choice words) But we had anterless tags only so I just watched him stand there and eventually he walked off. If there had been a cow with him it would have been a done deal, but no... Just him. I kept walking. All of a sudden behind me I heard 2 shots. It was Ian... I turned around and from the clearing I just walked through along the edge of it here they came. I was about 200 yards away and they were running through the trees. I took a shot but nothing... Well we pushed everything out of those woods and so we got back to our vehicles and followed them to the next big chunk of woods. We found were about 10-12 elk went in and I told Corey and Ian to get on the the other side and I would try to push them out to them. Big country and lots of places for them to go. So I headed in. Did not get to far. There is a calf moose laying 50 yards in a slough bottom from me. Mom was there beside it watching me... So if it had been moose season we would have had fresh moose meat... I kept going and was walking up a little knoll in the woods and all of a sudden 10 elk jumped up and before I could even get my gun up they disappeared in the thick woods. I was hoping they would run towards the guys but they never. After that the sun started going down. Even though we didnt get a elk I was happy with the day. Seen a lot of game. Was out enjoying mother nature and spend some time with my son and Corey who is like a son to me.. The guys are busy in the shop fixing quads and sleds. I spent the day mostly cleaning up my desk which is always a relief to get done. Hope you all have a great day. Chat soon.
Dec.18/16 - Happy Sunday to all of our Journal followers. Had a good weekend of hockey and a nice Christmas party at my best bud Barcley Fishers new shop. Garet & Crew played hockey Friday night in Paradise Hill vs Hillmond. Great game but the boys came up short loosing 6-4. Last night we packed up and went to Lashburn to play the Flyers. We were up 1-0 after 2 periods and was looking good but we had some bad breaks in the 3rd and the boys ended up loosing 4-2. After that a few of us ended up at Barcley shop where he was hosting a Christmas party/Birthday party for his beautiful sister Jacqueline. Lots of people came and went and it was a nice/late evening. We are heading to Grandma Kuypers this after noon for a supper with the family. It starts :) All good. Tomorrow the boys and Corey and I are going to put a big day in looking for some anterless elk as tomorrow is the last day for us to be able to hunt them so it is game on. Take care all and chat soon.
Dec.16/16 - 2 days in a row. Good bye. Lol.. Just kidding. Cold here today. No snow to speak of so the deer are doing great. Corey and I drove around today looking for a couple cow elk to shoot as mentioned below we have anterless tags to fill. Season closes the 19th. Seen a lot of deer on our tours tonight and this makes me and corey both very happy. They look fat and sassy after a very easy November. Other than that. Not much else new. Garet has a game tonight that I am heading into and cheering him and the boys on. Life is good. If we shoot some elk I will post a few pics in the photo gallery. Just be cows or calves but hey thats good. Good night all.
Dec.15/16 - Hi everyone. Grant here. I took a few days off after the season to regroup. Actually took a last minute trip to Vegas with Brandon & Amanda and a few other good friends. I had a really good time with them as they are some of my favorite people. I want to Thank Beccca & Katie for the great job they did with the journal this past fall. AWESOME job girls. Also want to thank all my guides. For Whitetail - Corey, Garet, Ian, Jayce & Jeremy. Awesome job as usual boys. You are doing great and thank you for putting your hard earned equipment through so much taking care of our hunters. I really appreciate it. Thanks Monica for all the great food from the end of August to the beginning of December. Great job and we hope you are coming back next spring.
To my Waterfowl guides. Barcley, Johny, Brandon, Jayce (Tikka) & Jared. What a great fall of watefowl hunting. Thanks boys for all your hard work and decidation to BP. Much appreciated. Ian headed to the mountains a few days after the season was over. He came home last night as he says it needs some more snow and I think he was missing his old man a bit... ha ya right. More like a cute girl named Emilia. (I hope i spelt that right).
The boy and I and Corey have draw anterless elk tags. Season goes till Monday so tomorrow we are going to head out and try and put some awesome grocerys in the freezer for the upcoming year. Bookings are going really good. If your interested in hunting with us, please dont wait to long. 1st come 1st serve here. Well I am not going to go on and on so that I have things to talk about tomorrow or the next day :) I will do my best to keep on here and keep you all updated with what is going on around Buck Paradise.
One more thing. A Very big Thank you to all of the hunters that have come to Buck Paradise for the hunting destination. We try hard to give you the best experience we can and we truly do appreciate all of your business. Thank you. Later all
P.S. Check out this cool link from my Good friend Mike Hanback. Hope it works
Dec 5/16 - Clay and Troy have tagged out and are on their way home tonight. It has been an amazing season. I am so happy we did it and it was a successful year. It is clean up time and are we busy. I have been running back and forth from the shop to the cabins to clean and cook. I am excited to be able to look back on what I and all the rest of the Buck Paradise crew have accomplished this year. Its crazy to know that it is over but we all need to catch up on our rest and clean/fix all our equipment. I know I am so excited to head home and see my family I missed so much. Jayce and Jared left this past weekend for their hometown that is eight hours away. They had an amazing season and we are excited to see them next season. I am sure Jayces little dog Tikka will be happy to have some time at home too. We have met some amazing people and tagged out on some beautiful Whitetails. I will have to get back to all of you once the clean up is all done and cabins are set waiting for next season. Gotta run, talk soon.
Dec 3/16 - We found Jeremy beautiful buck early the next morning. He is so happy of his trophy. It has been a crazy week I really havent been over to the shop enough to write out a journal for everyone. Jeremy and I have been cooking up a storm. Nat had came in for the week to help me out and hunt in her afternoons which was great having her. I really appreciated it. It was amazing having him in helping out I truly learned many skills and recipes from him. The Jeffers are leaving tomorrow morning and Stan will be leaving after a morning hunt tomorrow as well. We will then only have two hunters in camp Clay and Troy. I will be in full charge of cooking and cleaning but I am confident that it will all work out well. I learned from the best so it should be great. The days are getting colder and colder. Lots of movement is coming in to the blinds because of the shift in weather, hopefully we will get Clay, Stan and Troy their Whitetails very soon. Talk soon.
Dec 1/16 - Well last night Jeremy Jeffers our assistant cook and hunter has shot a beautiful buck. There is blood, a few chucks of hair, and camera shots. But no deer. We are all out looking this morning for this buck! We are getting in our two last hunters Clay and Troy today. One more week. Once Jeremy is off on Saturday afternoon cooking and cleaning is fully in my hands. We have lots of meat and ingredients to make some amazing meals for the last few days in camp. I will get back to you all once we find Jeremys Whitetail. Talk soon.
Nov 29/16 - It has been some crazy few days. Lets see the last time I talked to all of you was Saturday and today is Tuesday. Sunday morning we said our goodbyes to all the amazing hunters that were in camp this week. Jeremy Jeffers a hunter from Florida is with us with his Dad Dan Jeffers. We also have Stan Burke in. With three hunters Monica has got to get off work a week early. It was so sad to see Monica leave us but we will see each other soon and I know her kids miss her and her cooking so much. Jeremy has been talking about cooking for us ever since he signed up for this Whitetail week. Jeremy and I are cooking up some great food for all of us at Buck Paradise. It is a crazy change of schedule for me but that's fine with me I love to help out and stay busy. Talk soon.
Nov 26/16 - Yesterday was the grand opening of the Paradise Hill community centre. We had live entertainment from Gord Bamford. It was a fantastic night seeing community members and friends. This morning once everything was settled in Julio Gesnard shot out with beautiful buck. He was guided by Jeremy earlier in the week but he has left us last night to go visit some family. Jared has took over Jeremys hunters including Julio. Julio is now sitting with his son in the blind to find a trophy for his son to take home. Frank Diblasio has left us yesterday afternoon as he is off to visit family in Alberta. Hope all is well. Talk soon.
Nov 24/16 - Frank DiBlasio has tagged out this afternoon with a beautiful Whitetail. Corey was his guide. Frank has been down to Buck Paradise many times and it is always a pleasure having him and all the rest of our fellow hunters down. We have nine hunters in camp and we are loving their company and stories everyday after their time in the blind.
Today I went for a grocery run to Turtleford and I got the chance to visit my Dad. Love and miss him very much, so blessed I got the chance to catch up. We have two fathers that came in with their sons this week all of them are hunting. It is amazing to see the bond father and son have when they have a sport like hunting in common. I really can't believe it will be Friday tomorrow this week has just flew by. We are having American Thanksgiving tonight in the cabin. Hope everyone is having an amazing Thanksgiving. Talk soon.
Nov 23/16 - The frost looks beautiful today. It has stuck to all the outdoors and crystalized. I haven't been out of the farm for a while now so I am not even sure what the roads are like around here, but if the guides are getting their hunters to their baits safely that is all that matters. The days are so much shorter with the sunsetting at around 6:00. Monica and I are always busy keeping the lodge clean and full of fresh food. The appitzer tonight is Natalie's Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip. I hope the stories are very exciting when all the hunters come in tonight. Night all.
Nov 21/16 - What a day today, this morning we had a grocery run which was always busy and packed but so nice when everything thing is in the cabin and in the right place. We had everthing ready and in place for supper when Garet called and told us his hunter David Hussel had a buck down in the bush. It is a great trophy, David is very excited about his new Whitetail.
As everyone left to pick up there hunters, Monica and I got some appitizers ready and dessert. I left to the shop and came into two bucks down in the shop, turned out Grant just went up the road this afternoon to look in the bush and he found a beautiful buck. Congrats to David and Grant. Two bucks down here at Buck Paradise today. Can't wait to see what the week will bring us and our hunters. Talk soon.
Nov 20/16 - Beauitful sunday today, easy change over for myself as I finished all the major cleaning last night. It was a weird feeling to sleep in but I did enjoy the extra hour of sleep. The snow is still all settled in. Its very beautiful with the frost on the trees, and the calm breeze that passes through.
We have met all our new hunters in this week, always nice meeting new people. Full house last night for supper and for the next few days until we have to say our goodbyes to Melissa. It is always nice to have a full house, always busy and always moving which I really do enjoy that. Good luck to our hunters this week I am sure we will see some amazing