Meet the Guides
Meet The Guides of Eagle Lakes Ranch
The experienced guides at Eagle Lakes Ranch go above and beyond to make sure your hunt and experience is exceeded each and every time out. While they are guides during the season, they are really much more to Eagle Lakes than that. Many of our guides work year round planting fields, building blinds, scouting and much more. You would be hard pressed to find better in the industry.
Darryl has been guiding for the Bernsen family for 37 seasons. He is one of the most loyal guys you will ever meet. Hunt with him and you will be friends for life! “Switch Hitter” Hunts both ducks and geese with equal abilities, and is always one of our top duck producers.
Funny Story: Once got yellow carded for not picking up the decoys fast enough (in a boat) in 30 mph winds after it completely switched directions and he had to make it to the other side of the lake. They still got 56 ducks and 32
Steve Ward: Age 60
Nickname: “Stevie Wonder” or “Santa Clause”
Steve manages our Connell property (T-lakes) and has been guiding for the Bernsen family for 26 years. He is a very accomplished duck guide that makes sure every detail from your blind to decoy setup is meticulously thought out. He has a very loyal following with his customers.
Funny Story: Steve was on a hunt where it was about 10 degrees outside and things were kind of slow but doing as well as anyone at the time. One of the customers sailed a greenhead a few hundred yards away in which Steve proceeded to take his dog out after the bird. When Steve got back to the blind, bird in hand, the customers had all of the decoys picked up and told him “this is too slow we’re out of here, call Mike, we’re headed to the triangle.” Needless to say they didn’t make it.
Rod Wolf: Age 59
Nickname: “Rackin Rodney”
Rod has been a part time guide for Eagle Lakes for over 30 years. He is an extremely talented duck guide and thinks that geese are the scum of the earth.
Funny Story: Rod was on a goose hunt that was being filmed for a television program. The hunt took place on the edge of a field on top of a hill. Some geese came in and Rod proceeded to fall off his bucket tumbling all the way to the base of the hill. He still swears he threw a triple on honks on his way down.
Tony has been guiding since he was 12 years old. One of the best duck or goose callers you will ever hunt with. Fabulous harvest numbers every year. Also known for his endless supply of jokes. He is now also called captain Lump because he just got his six pack license and turned himself into one hell of a salmon guide.
Funny Story: Got yellow carded for telling his customers that he’s not getting paid by the hour after 8 shooters had went through over 4 boxes of shells each. They asked him if he could do better, he proceeded to triple on greenheads. (I got a letter in the mail)
Brian grew up hunting on Eagle Lakes every weekend as his dad’s assistant unless his grades were slipping. Brian is always one of the leaders in goose production every year but doesn’t mind banging out a limit of mallards every now and again.
Funny Story: When the boss was on vacation in Mexico Brian allowed a man and his two kids (non ELR customers) who were already setting up in one of our fields to join his group. They shot 8 limits of honkers in about an hour. Brian was devastated to find out that he had just hunted with one of the biggest poachers/trespassers in all of Eastern Washington. When the boss returned, he, Brian, and Darryl paid a visit to the scallywags house which is right down the road from the lodge. Not surprising, Brian had a few choice words about the example he had just set for his young boys.
Another one of the Markham boys that grew up on Eagle Lakes. Mike’s assistant when he still guided. Tim is a spitting image of his pops. Unbelievably talented, great with customers, and one of the nicest young men you will ever meet. Goes both ways: Hunts ducks or geese and is one of the top producers of the part time guides.
Funny Story: Some customers left the lodge with a map in hand headed to the Tri-Cities for a goose hunt and got lost. Tim ran into them on the road and gave them directions (the wrong ones) toward the river instead of their field. By the time they met up with his brother they were not happy campers. Luckily we had the triangle in our back pocket which can heal all wounds.
The heir apparent to the Eagle Lakes throne. He started guiding when he was 12 years old and became a full time guide after he was done with baseball and graduated from college. Ryan is always one of the top producers in both ducks and geese and has an amazing following with his client base. Ryan has just started his own guide service in Grande Prairie Alberta where there is fabulous duck and goose hunting! Please support his venture. Don’t worry he’ll be back for the opener at Eagle Lakes.
Funny Story: When he was 12 years old after guiding one of our best accounts he got a $100 tip. He was riding home with Darryl and started crying because he didn’t want to go back to school. Like Darryl said “he can’t make that kind of money studying geometry.”
Part Time Eagle Lakes Ranch Guides
They make our lives so much easier and our business so successful!
Couldn’t do it without you guys!