Ernie and Theresa Westling are the sole owners and operators of Elk River Outfitters and have 30 plus years of experience with guiding hunts in the northern and western areas of Alberta, Canada. With a great love of the wilderness and the game that it brings they are committed to providing you a great hunting experience whether it's an elk, mule deer, or wolf that you're after.
Elk River Outfitters offers a wide variety of ways to make your hunt as enjoyable and successful as possible including sleeping accommodations and home cooked meals. We expect our fellow hunters to show up ready to have a great time hunting. We know the area and the animals found there well so we will need you to trust us and please be patient.
Where does your hunting take place?
Our hunting takes place in the Western Alberta Wilderness, located minutes from the Rocky Mountains. Main camp is situated between the Brazeau River and the Elk River with several 'spike camps' located in various areas.
Where do I fly in to? Do you pick me up at the airport?
We will pick you up in Edmonton, Alberta at the International Airport and take you to our beautiful rustic main camp.
What types of hunts do you offer?
Elk River Outfitters offers a wide variety of ways to make your Elk/Mule-Deer or Wolf hunt as enjoyable as possible. With River hunts, backpack hunts, ATV quads, 4x4's or stands, we plan customized hunts depending on the hunters preferences, expectations and abilities. Various combination hunts are available.
What is the physical terrain like in your guided area?
Our hunting area (hundreds of square miles), is a more flat terrain, making this hunt possible for the more physically challenged.
Do I need a passport to enter Canada for my hunt?
Yes, you will need a passport. If you've ever had any criminal charges, such as a D.U.I., you might have difficulty entering the country and should try to clear it up beforehand. Visit this website for more information, www.bordercrossing.ca.
How difficult is it to bring a gun to Canada?
It is not difficult to bring a gun to Canada but you will need to get a firearms declaration form to clear your gun through customs. There is an online form that can be found here.
Do You provide a 'Guaranteed Kill'?
We can not provide a guaranteed kill any more than you could guarantee a kill when you shoot. However our success rates on elk have been 50% success with 80% opportunity. With wolves we limit our hunters to 2 per week which has kept our success rate high at 80%.
What are the prices of your hunts?
Ken Coleman - Fairfield, VA
"What a memorable trip, exceptional hospitality! How could one ask for a better hunt experience."
Don Bitz - Miami, FL
"My first Elk! Bugled in like we wrote the script! Wonderful hunt with wonderful folks... Thank-You."
Skip Deaven - Carlisle, PA
"What a unique experience! Was all outstanding, the animals, guide, accommodations, and camaraderie. Hunting at it's finest!"
Troy Donahoo - Kentucky
"Thanks for a great hunt and lovely time, couldn't ask for nothing more from the bottom of my heart. Got a nice 8 pt. Muley."