Tipping is a sensitive subject, and something we here at Silvertine feel should come from your heart, and not be imposed or something that is manditory, but something earned based on providing quality services to you . . our guest. Tipping the guides and staff is truly part of well managed services. I am often asked "How much should I tip my guide"? As a guideline, it is industry standard that satisfied guests tip up to 10% of their total hunt cost. The majority of the tip going to your guide, and the remainder being split up between other staff that assisted in your hunt. If you do not feel your guide deserved a tip, please let us know.
Wounded Game Policy:
Wounded animals will be handled on a case by case basis. What is fair in one situation is not always fair in another. It will be a judgment call between the guide, myself, and the hunter, depending upon the degree to which the animal was wounded. Every effort will be made to recover your animal. If your animal cannot be located then you may continue to hunt that animal only. In most cases you will be asked to pay the trophy fee. If your animal is recovered at a later date we will ship your trophy to you. If another hunter harvests your trophy at a later date, then your trophy fee will be refunded 100%. In a case where an animal poses a serious threat to the hunter or guide, the guide will be instructed to finish the job or at least help in the matter. This occasionally happens, mainly with bison or yak.
Importing your Firearm
It is easy to bring a firearm into Canada … if you follow the rules.
Please go to this website to find forms and for the most up to date information about importing your fire arm into Canada: http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5044-eng.html
Below is the actual form you need to fill out to bring your firearms into Canada. Please fill out the form ahead of time before reaching Canada Customs, but do not sign the bottom. You will need to sign the form in the presents of a Canadian Customs Officer.
Travelling With Your Meat
Silvertine’s experienced staff will handle all your meat requirements. All meat is recovered from the preserve in quarters using quads. The meat is taken back to the lodge, cleaned, and hung, ready to be prepared by a meat processor. For those of you wanting to return home with your bounty of meat, you are more than welcome. We have a waiting list of local people who are delighted to come and pick up any unwanted meat. None will go to waste!
You have several Options:
1. Driving: Depending on the time of year. Early season you can bring large coolers with you and we can bone out the meat and pack in into the coolers and you can pack ice around it for you return drive home. or Late season you can just bring a pallet and lay it in the back of your trailer, or canopied Truck box and lay the cooled quarters on there for the trip home. The meat will last quite some time if cooled properly like in the late season. Some guys brng a freezer chest in the box of their truck and pug it into generator or into Motel's on there way home at nights.
2. Flying: You are allowed several pieces of luggage each. Pack light and bring a hard cooler wit you. We will bone out the prime cuts in camp for you and you can freeze it in our camp. You are allowed u to 70lbs and can take this amount of meat home with you as a extra or piece of your luggage.
3. With enough notice and planning we can have an elk, deer, or bison cut and wrapped for you upon arrival. If you are driving, and want this service, I suggest you bring some large Coleman coolers. Coolers also work well if you are flying and want only part of the meat. Be sure to bring a cooler with you, as they are scarce up here. Note: We are not a butcher shop; we do not have the facilities or time to be butchering anyone’s animals in camp. Unprocessed Elk, Bison and Deer meat may leave Canada. If guests want to have meat air shipped to them at a later date this can be arranged with the meat processor in Saskatchewan, but note it is very expensive.