After graduating with a degree in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994 Dave Archer learned that there were actually jobs to be had in the business of hunting. September through mid October Dave went to work in northern Alberta with Harvey McNally of Poplar Ridge Outfitters guiding moose bear and fishing combo trips. Next he was back to Saskatchewan to guide whitetail deer hunts for Harley Nault of Martineau River Outfitters. Harvey and Harley took me under their wings and taught me everything they knew about guiding clients to not only trophy deer, bear and moose but how to give them a great guided hunting experience.
In 1996 Nancy and I were married and I soon realized that being away for several months of the year was not what we wanted. Being entrepreneurs already we soon found area close to home and with the help of my mentors started our own outfitting business. In 2000 we were finally able to purchase this area and begin construction of our first lodge.
We were no strangers to the tourism hospitality trade and the outfitting business seemed to be the perfect addition to what we were already involved in. We were both running business’ in Waskesiu Lake, Prince Albert National Park. During university, I partnered with my family and purchased the grocery store complete with bakery and butcher shop. Nancy worked with her father at the resort hotel he built in 1988. We are both still involved with our family business, and have also opened another restaurant/pub in our town.
Over the years the size and shape of our business has changed. We currently can take up to 50 whitetail deer hunters and 23 bear hunters. We have assembled a team of friends and family, first class accommodation, breath taking scenery and proximity to Prince Albert National Park to give our clients the hunting experience of a lifetime.
We look forward to taking you on a journey you will never forget.
We recommend our clients to fly to Saskatoon Airport, pick up your rental vehicle and come up to Waskesiu Lake located approximately 2 hours north. We do not provide airport pickup. Depending on flight times you may want to overnight in Saskatoon. If so we recommend the following hotels:Saskatoon Inn: www.saskatooninn.com - 1.800.667.8789
Days Inn: www.mydaysinn.ca - 1.800.329.7466
Travelodge: www.travelodgesaskatoon.com - 1.888.278.4209
Heritage Inn: www.heritageinn.net - 1.888.888.4374
If your flights are early in the day and you would like to come up to camp early we recommend you call The Hawood Inn 1.877.441.5544 www.hawood.com. For more information on the accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for DNA guest packages. Non hunter spousal packages are also available.For car rental at the Saskatoon Airport:
Budget: www.budget.com - 1.306.244.7925
Thrifty: www.thrifty.com - 1.306.244.8000
Enterprise: www.enterprise.com - 1.306.664.4454
National: www.nationalcar.ca - 1.306.665.7703
For professional travel agents we recommend:
Uniglobe Travel: www.uniglobevacation.com - 1.800.565.6562
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“DNA Guiding is a first-class operation from top to bottom. The entire staff is extremely knowledgeable and experienced providing me with the absolute best opportunities at trophy class whitetail. The accommodations, dining and amenities are 5 stars in my book. After my experience with DNA the past few years, I think any other outfitter would be a bit of a let-down. I appreciate that Dave and all his guides join you for breakfast and dinner and they get to know you as a friend – not just another hunter. I will be back every year that I have the fortunate opportunity.”Alan Mavretish
"I've hunted with DNA 3 times and it continues to be a class operation. I have never felt as welcome in a hunting camp in all my life. Dave and his team truly give 110% to assure not only your success but an experience filled with awesome memories. I count my friends at DNA as some of my best! I'd gladly recommend anyone to share this experience and will be glad to answer questions and give anyone my personal insight into DNA."