EARLY MORNING HUNTS to Riding into the Sunset...
Silvertine ranch is nestled in North Western Saskatchewan. The entrance to the ranch is a solid overhead log gate, with a sign that squeaks and swings in the wind reading "SILVERTINE RANCH". Then you continue down the mile long sandy (sometimes muddy) forested driveway up to the house. We have 800 acres of solid forest, and miles of trails that lead you threw the forested property.
My main ranching business is Hunting Elk, though I also raise Deer, Yaks, Dall & Urial sheep, bison, and Goats to supplement the ranch income and to be more diversified. I am a rancher by heart and likes breeding and raising animals.
Essentially, my workday run from six in the morning until nine at night. The day starts with feeding animals (especially in the winter). There are many animals to be taken care of and they all need different rations and types of feed. Daily care involves checking the animals for problems often ending in having to doctor wounds and administering medication if needed in the feed or as injections.
After feeding and caring for health issues its time to work on the never ending list of projects. Summer time requires less poop scooping as most the animals are out on pasture for most of the day.
There are many other jobs around the ranch: maintenance work, fencing, spreading manure piles, gardening, cutting firewood for winter, bringing the hay home (I buy my hay locally), office work (dealing with customers from the different businesses), riding and training horses, moving animals around, that all need to be fitted into a day. I enjoy regular tail rides to keep my horses fit, check on fences and get the dog(s) out for a run too.
Whenever I need a break I enjoy going for walks on the property , camping and packing trips with my horses and dogs. In the winter I take my dogs skijoring on the miles of trails on the ranch. From time to time I pack my bags and take off exploring the world, travelling to different countries or visiting family and friends, or I will go on a hunting trip from time to time.
Running a ranch can be hard work, but it is incredibly fulfilling and it is the most gratifying work I have ever experienced. I couldn't imagine being cooped up in an office all day. I do my best to keep "Silvertine Ranch" up and running, keeping things in good shape. At times it seems impossible, but things always work out. Often I retire to bed with aching muscles and various bruises, but I wouldn't change my experiences for the world.
I was born and raised in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, and I strive to continue a proud family ranching tradition dating back three generations here in British Columbia. Raised on a Farm breeding Black Angus cattle. Always wanting a horse my parents felt it was better for me to raise cattle, as horses were simply "hay burners" and profit was made easier on cattle. So raising cattle I did. Always having a deep passion for the outdoors, horses, and hunting, once I finished a short term in University, I ventured to the Yukon, were I guided Big game hunters on Horseback Hunting trips for Stone and Dall sheep for over 15 years. During the off season I would work as a cowboy on several ranches in BC and Alberta for about 5 years. I purchased a raw chunk of land in the Fort St. John area of BC around 2004, and started raising and boarding... DRAFT-CROSS HORSES! I now joined the ranks of being self employed. I built my herd up to over 100 head, ran brood mares and stallions, broke the young mares and geldings to ride and sold them to trail riding and outfitting operators for many years. Having that many horses was a lot of fun, and work, but the profit margin was slim to say the least (should have listened to my folks), so I decided to buy into my first hunting/guiding business with a partner. That "partnership" lasted two years. It was right around that time I met my wife Catherine, and together we moved to Clinton BC and started a Ranch together there in 2002. The large broodmare band of the past was reduced, and the purchase of our second guiding business just out of Clinton materialized. We continued breeding and rearing horses on a smaller scale for a few years, and decided to sell our guide business in 2006, and started "Silvertine Wildlife Co." in 2004, and it was growing leaps and bounds, so we sold the Outfitting business in BC, and I focused my attention on Silvertine and Breeding Livestock, both Exotic and native Breeds. Unfortunately as life goes sometimes, my Wife and I separated, and I moved to Saskatchewan and fill my days Hunting and Rearing Livestock.