At Boss Guiding we have been successfully guiding waterfowl hunters in South Central Alberta since 1984. In 1995 we built and moved into Nighthaven Lodge where we have operated for the past twenty two years. A proud member of Alberta Professional Outfitters Society, we offer top quality waterfowl hunts.
We do not promote large numbers of hunters as we are very conscious of the pressure on local game by both resident and non-resident hunters. If you are tired of being caught up in the "numbers" game and want to experience excellent shooting from quality blinds over state of the art decoys, stay with your family and/or hunting companions in comfortable accommodations and be treated as friends rather than clients, then you want to book your next hunting experience with Boss Guiding! You will be glad you did!
Bob has been an avid hunter and outdoors man all his life. He is an accomplished taxidermist as visitors to Nighthaven Lodge will attest. Past President of the Alberta Professional Outfitters society, Bob is keenly aware of the role that outfitting plays in the big scheme of things Province wide.
Norma annually takes time off from her quilting passion to become head cook and bottle washer at the lodge. She provides some levity when she announces to new groups that she has heard every hunting story there is to tell, only the names, places and dates have changed. Norm will make sure that you are looked after with all the comforts of home. You never leave hungry or feeling like the staff has not gone the full ten miles to make your stay an excellent and memorable experience. And, if you are very fortunate, in her words, "you will know before you leave if you are getting a Christmas Card".
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Where We Hunt
No strangers to international hunting, Bob & Norm have traveled extensively to hunt and fish across Canada and numerous destinations in the US. Four safaris to Africa have resulted in over thirty species of plains game, a start on Africa's big five and tours in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Highlight destinations such as Kruger Park, St. Lucia, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and the wine and flower routes in South Africa, Victoria Falls and camps in the Okovongo Delta have proved to be spectacular. Hunts in Finland for Roe deer, Tajikistan for Ibex and Marco Polo ram and Spain for Ibex have rounded out the international hunting.
Nighthaven Lodge is situated in the country on a waterfowl marsh west of Stettler Alberta. Nighthaven provides comfortable accommodations based upon double occupancy. Four bedrooms for visiting hunters gives us a maximum capacity of eight hunters per three day hunt. While six hunters is our minimum group size we can comfortably handle up to eight hunters per group. Guests are treated like visiting family members.
This beautiful country lodge provides a relaxed atmosphere that features a one acre trout pond, outdoor gardens and fire pit for evening happy hour (weather permitting). Just right for unwinding after the day's hunting adventures are complete. Meals are served upstairs in the Dining room. The downstairs accommodations surround a great room with HD television so you do not miss your favorite college football team in action, a wet bar for your convenience and an ambiance that will make you wish you did not have to leave at the end of your three day trip.
Bob Byers - Owner/Operator
Bob retired from teaching in 2004. He has been hunting in Alberta since he was old enough to do so. Bob has been operating Boss Guiding for 33 years. He is the "bird guy" and coordinates the bird part of our operation. Bob enjoys hunting big game and has traveled internationally to hunt various species around the world.
Norma Byers - Owner/Operator
Since Norm's retirement in 2007 she has become the bookkeeper, bed maker, cook and cleaner upper at Nighthaven Lodge. An integral part of your hunting day, she will see that your stay is worry free so you can enjoy what you came to do - hunt!
Jason Byers - Owner/Operator
Jason has hunted waterfowl from a young age. It is no accident that he is the "deer guy" in our operation. He is an accomplished bow hunter and has harvested most of Alberta's big game with his bow. He spends two months at Nighthaven Lodge setting up bird hunts for our clients. In November he manages to squeeze in some hunting of his own.
Len Currie - Waterfowl guide
After teaching school for an eternity, Len has finally discovered that he is happy working in the outdoors. Len and his dog Kala are an integral part of our "guiding/retrieving " team. Pleasant and personable, Len will help make your hunt a special experience.
Greg Laewetz - Guide
Greg does it all. In the morning he leads trailers and reminds Bob and the clients so they don't forget anything. He sets up and tears down blinds and decoys. He will guide your shoot and nine times out of ten has something to do with the preparation of your dinner. You will find Greg easy going and industrious. We are fortunate to have Greg on our staff of "guides".
Vicki Laewetz - Dessert Chef
For those of you looking to come to Boss Guiding and loose a few pounds, Vicki is your worst enemy. Every evening she delivers a decadent dessert that even those of you who beg off dessert will find difficult to resist.
Al Campbell - Minister of Tourism, Stettler Alberta Canada
Al, our Minister of Local Tourism, has been hauling hunters to and from Calgary International Airport for as long as I can remember. Al's white hair and impressive mustache have been coiffed perfectly so that none of you miss him at the airport. Once Al has picked you up to bring you to Nighthaven Lodge you will find out that there are few questions he can't and fewer topics that he does not have an opinion on.
Brandy - Retriever
Brandy passed on Boxing Day 2016. She leaves behind a legacy of three top Canadian Field Trial Golden Retrievers: Max, Budlite and Sampson. Max just won the trophy for "High overall points in Alberta for 2017". Their litter mate, Ruby is Bob and Norm's new female retriever.
Kala - Retriever
Kala is Len's dog. A powerful swimmer, she will bring in those big geese with seemingly little effort and go back for more. All the dogs in our retriever team make sure that very few birds are lost or left behind after every shoot.
Ruby - Retriever
Ruby will be three years old when everyone returns in fall of 2018.. Her passion is to clean up after every shoot. Her and her litter mates will find all of your fallen birds and return them to the blind. She particularly likes the hard retrieves, those birds that think they might get away. Hopefully Ruby will produce a new litter of pups this next spring.
Dan Workman - Our "Blind" man
Dan lives in British Columbia in the heart of Bear Country. He spends his days making sure our willow blinds are the best they can be. He sets them up in the morning and evening and packs them away when we are done. If you are interested he will line you up with a great bear hunt and guide you to one of BC's huge black bears.
Your hosts, Bob & Norma Byers, owners & operators of Boss Guiding, would like to invite you to three days of incredible waterfowling at Nighthaven Lodge in South Central Alberta.