About Us


Russ Giesbrecht

Russ and his 2013 record book ram.

Russ and his 2013 record book ram.

Born in central B.C. in the middle of logging country, Russ grew up in the bush. Whether out riding his horse, hunting, fishing, backcountry hiking, or pouring over maps for the next place to go, Russ has always loved being outdoors. Russ began his guiding career in Northern B.C. and soon moved north to the Yukon where he guided mostly sheep for outfitters in both the Yukon and N.W.T.. In 2004, he married Jodi, also a wilderness enthusiast and fellow sheep hunter. 

Russ got his pilot's licence and improved his skills as a taxidermist while Jodi finished university. They are now settled on their acreage outside of Whitehorse and have been raising their three daughters to appreciate all that God's creation has to offer.

Russ, Tamlyn, Jodi, baby Kirrily, and Lukiah

Russ, Tamlyn, Jodi, baby Kirrily, and Lukiah

Russ's countless hours in the field and his love of wildlife have afforded him the ability to re-create a lifelike look in his taxidermy. When not in the shop, you can count on him being somewhere deep in the Yukon mountains.  


Brynn's first ram, taken in August 2014. 

Brynn's first ram, taken in August 2014. 

Brynn Johnson

Brynn hails from Saskatchewan but moved to the Yukon in 2010. He has been a loyal employee of Northfork since the winter of 2014.

He and his partner Marie are carving out a life for themselves on 40 acres of wild farmland near Lake LaBerge. They enjoy hunting, fishing, and raising livestock together on their small spread. 

Brynn has spent many days out on his trapline, and is an accomplished meat cutter. Paying close attention to detail comes naturally to him, and he enjoys expanding his skills at Northfork Taxidermy. 


In Memory of Shane Buchanan

(Dec. 11, 1972 - Jun. 13, 2013)

Many of Northfork's customers were good friends with the previous owner, Shane Buchanan. Born and raised in Canada’s North, Shane guided all over the Yukon, NWT & Northern B.C., and hunted his whole life.

Shane grew up in family of hunters and entrepreneurs in the small community of Carcross. Shane was a pilot, an outfitter, a second generation professional taxidermist, and owner of Northfork Taxidermy.

On June 13, 2013, Shane took off in his small floatplane with his father, Chuck Buchanan, in the passenger seat. They were travelling from Saskatchewan back to the Yukon. The plane went down shortly after take-off and neither man survived. Shane leaves behind his wife Hanna, and sons Axel and Oskar. His boys share their father's humour, smile and love of the outdoors.

May you rest in peace.

Shane Buchanan. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Shane Buchanan. Photo courtesy of Facebook