Upper Canyon Outfitters is a wonderful family operation in southwestern Montana which caters to a wide variety of clients of all skill levels and a wide range of interests. My wife and I first met Donna and Jake McDonald in early 2013 to discuss fall elk and deer hunting opportunities that year.
The summer of 2013 had us driving to Upper Canyon Outfitters for horseback riding, hiking and guided fly fishing in the Ruby River, and just enjoying the western hospitality and beautiful scenery. On that first visit the McDonalds and their staff welcomed us as dear friends and made us truly welcome.
The fall of 2013 was my first adventure hunting in Montana and I quickly learned how important physical conditioning was to a successful hunt. My young guide demonstrated an exceptional ability to spot animals, and the physical stamina to get to them, while frequently having to wait for me to catch up. Following one particularly wonderful day I suggested to Donna that I was certain this guide was part mountain goat and part eagle, and a DNA test was in order to confirm my observation. During the week I managed to fill both my elk and deer tag with beautiful specimens of the majestic animals in this area.
Each year since 2013 I have returned to Upper Canyon Outfitters for hunting, fishing and retreat from the hectic world of the 21st century. Without exception I have always been greeted warmly by the McDonald family and staff upon my arrival. As a testament to the quality of this operation, there is little turnover in staff; the majority are long-term members who have become friends. Meals and are always delicious, and special needs are gladly addressed.
As we age and enjoy the friends made over the years it is truly heartening to see Donna and Jake’s daughter, Cassie, and son-in-law Fredy join the ranks, thus assuring the operation will prosper and grow into the future. I believe their values, love for the outdoors and work ethic will enable Upper Canyon Outfitters to continue its beautiful and enjoyable operation for many years to come.
God willing I will be returning again this fall. Hope to see you there.
Just wanted to say thanks again for the great time and hospitality. I measure my hunts by the experiences I have and not the animals I take home. Using that measuring stick I had a fantastic hunt. The elk were tough but the mule deer Aston found for me was beautiful. Aston was a pleasure to hunt with and put a ton of work into finding me an elk. The entire staff and accommodations were without question the best I have experienced. I would LOVE to come back and visit you again.
I had to write you a note to say how grand a time our family had on our stay and hunt with you there at Upper Canyon Outfitters. Everyone, without exception, was wonderful, friendly, helpful, etc. Our cabins were great. All the hunters in our group are still talking about the great experience they had. Meals, massages, even the snow, were all so especially grand too. One of the girls said that we need to come back in five years for a reunion, but she suggested summer time to see the ranch a warmer season. Thank you, hugely, for a marvelous family hunting vacation.
Jay & Charlotte Brennen
Thank you for the friendship, generosity, and wonderful hospitality that you shared with me the past two weeks. My stay here was enjoyable and the hunting was challenging. Meeting and hunting with new friends was also rewarding. I will be looking forward to returning to this beautiful spot in Montana. There is no greater hunting challenge than the magnificent elk.
Your warm, welcoming, laid-back atmosphere made us comfortable from the get-go. Your friendly staff and guides are some of the best people around. We appreciated everything they did to make our visit memorable.