South Nahanni Outfitters is a family operation, owned and operated by Werner Aschbacher and his wife Sunny Petersen. The other members of the family are our daughters Anika and Lynette and our son Lukas. Outfitting is our way of life permeating everything we do and think about.
We certainly spend our entire summers in camp in the Northwest Territories looking after the actual hunting operations. Werner flies our two bush planes and both of us are always present to enjoy our guests and deal with all organizational and communicational feats.
By now we have spent almost 30 years in the outfitting world, 15 of those in South Nahanni alone, gathering experience and momentum from the beginnings of camp helper and cook to outfitters. While most of our hunting and guiding time has been spent in the Canadian North (Yukon, NWT), we also look back upon years of working in Europe, Australia and South America.
Originally we are both from Europe - Werner, a forest engineer by trade, is from Austria and Sunny, an agricultural engineer, from Germany. Through our travels and work experiences we are intimately familiar with and cater to everyone's mentalities, hunting traditions and languages (English, German and Spanish). We warmly welcome hunters from all over the world to join us for an amazing hunting trip in South Nahanni!
Our South Nahanni Hunting Guides
We are very fortunate to be working with an excellent crew of knowledgeable, responsible, likeable guides who are crazy about hunting and who won't be happy until they have scoured every last mountain in South Nahanni for trophy game.
They are top-notch professionals who have, for the most part, been working with us for several seasons. Most of them live in the North and have been hunting this country as guides and for themselves for a large part of their lives. They love their guiding jobs, arranging their entire work year around the few golden months of hunting season, when they can be out in the mountains with their hunters looking for trophy game.
Our South Nahanni Hunting Guides are also considerate, friendly and helpful. They know what it takes, and in what form, to guide hunters from all walks of life in our northern Canadian wilderness. They will tackle any challenges together with you, always mindful of you, and your wishes and abilities.
They are "the BOYS" - crazy hunters and excellent fun, responsible and professional. THE BEST!
The South Nahanni Helicopter Pilot
Another key player in the South Nahanni Outfitting operation is our helicopter pilot. He is a professional, commercially licensed, experienced pilot, who will fly you responsibly and comfortably, making your hunt fun and safe.
Our pilot works with the outfitter, the guides and the clients, spending his time in base camp throughout the hunting season, keeping daily tabs on his helicopter and fuel, calling the engineer or flying out to town for the regular service check ups.
Outfitting to all of us is a way of life, one that we cherish because we love to hunt, love the wilderness, the game and flying bush planes/helicopters. We enjoy the challenges of being independent. We hope to continue this way of life for a long time to come and we hope to be able to share some of it with you, not only leading you to great trophies but also to an exceptional wilderness hunting experience in an area and in a business that means everything to us.
We strive to have only happy hunters; hunters that enjoy calling us friends long after their hunt has taken place. It will be a pleasure to meet you and to hunt with you.
Werner and Sunny, the Kids, and the Boys