Category: News

  • Big Hearts Under the Big Sky Honors Veteran and His Wife


    Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Shurter was honored last week for his military service and sacrifices for our country. Big Hearts Under the Big Sky and the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association gathered together to honor the veteran. Around a dinner table at the Montana City Grill and Saloon Tuesday night, Shurter, his wife Olivia and outfitters and guides that are part of the Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program shared stories from their Montana adventures. Read Full Article

  • Outfitters to Present at National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses – Legislator Summit


    CONTACT ​Mac Minard (406) 449-3578   (Helena, Mont.)—Mac Minard, Executive Director of Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA), and chairman of Professional Outfitters and Guides of America (POGA), have been invited to present a paper entitled Economic Value of Outfitter Donated Trips at the 14th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses – Legislators Summit being held in Traverse City, Michigan.  The theme of this year’s summit is Celebrating the American System of Conservation Funding: 80 Years of Success.  “This is a terrific honor and a unique opportunity to share the role Outfitters play in funding wildlife and fisheries conservation in the United States.  I doubt most people know just how much popular conservation organizations like Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Safari Club International depend on outfitter donations to underwrite their important activities.  This forum, because of the... Read full article

  • MOGA to Support Relief Efforts of Fire Victims in Garfield County


    (Helena, Mont.)— Montana Outfitters and Guides Association Members have joined the relief efforts directed to the victims of wildfire in Garfield County by making cash donations to a special foundation for that purpose. As of this writing, Disaster Emergency Services (DES) reports that the Lodgepole Fire Complex, located 52 miles W/NW of Jordan and 15 miles east of Winnett, has burned more than 200,000 acres and is still not contained.  It was started as a lightning strike. According to on the ground reports as many as five ranches have suffered complete losses.  Help is needed now and will continue to be needed in the future. MOGA members have expressed an interest in helping their fellow Montanans during this time of crisis. According to Wagner Harmon, MOGA President-Elect, “This is one of the driest years on record and outfitters and landowners are in desperate need of help now and in the future”. “Many MOGA members are ranchers... Read full article

  • Several SW Montana Rivers To See Restrictions


    High water temperatures and low stream flows have prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to implement “hoot owl” restrictions on several rivers in Southwest Montana starting Wednesday. The following sections of rivers will be closed to fishing daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve effective Wednesday: – Big Hole River from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to the Mouth of the North Fork Big Hole River; – Big Hole River from Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to the confluence with the Beaverhead River; – Lower Beaverhead River from Anderson Lane to confluence with Big Hole River; – Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the mouth; – Lower Gallatin River from the confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks to Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners; – East Gallatin River from Spring Hill Road Bridge (Hwy 411) to the confluence with the Gallatin River; – The... Read full article

  • A MOGA Member Benefit – Waiver & Release


    Are you one of the MOGA Member Outfitters who has NOT taken advantage of the help MOGA can provide to protect you, your business, and your family from unnecessary risk?  If so, please take a few minutes and take the steps necessary to get the protection MOGA fought hard to attain for you and your business. Read full article

  • MOGA supports Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting


    Contact:   Mac Minard Executive Director moga@mt.net 406.449.3578 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MOGA applauds the News of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting HELENA – (June 22, 2017) – Montana Outfitters and Guides Association released the following statement in response to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement that the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is being delisted under the Endangered Species Act (ESA): “The Montana Outfitters and Guides Association stands in full support of the action taken by Secretary Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear,” noted Mac Minard Executive Director of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association. “Delisting of the Grizzly Bear has been a priority of the association for years and we are delighted that the ESA delisting process worked.” Like many we believe the science of management is fully consistent with the delisting action and that... Read full article

  • Big Hearts Program makes $10,000 Endowment Gift to Montana Community Foundation


    (Helena, Mont.)—The Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program—the “giving back” extension of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (“MOGA”)—presented the Montana Community Foundation with a $10,000 gift for the Big Hearts endowment fund. The contribution, which is the result of money earned during the Greater Helena Gives Campaign, is the first installment to the Big Hearts Endowment. Big Hearts under the Big Sky is a charitable partnership program that provides military service men and women who have provided extraordinary service to our nation, children who face the challenge of a life-threatening illness, and women who are battling breast cancer the opportunity to enjoy a Montana outdoor adventure at no cost. Big Hearts primary objective is to coordinate fully outfitted and guided trips to meet the dreams and needs of carefully screened, qualified participants for the purpose of recognizing and honoring their service... Read full article

  • Crucial to Conservation – Executive Summary


    Crucial 2 Conservation (C2C) is a broad coalition of stakeholders from around the world who share a passion to support wildlife and habitat conservation by promoting management policies and best practices that help ensure a diverse ecosystem for generations to come. Montana Outfitters and Guides Association is pleased to present their 2017 Executive Summary. C2C Executive Summary

  • Todd Earp Appointed to the Montana Board of Outfitters


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2017 (Helena, Mont.)—Governor Steve Bullock announced the appointment of Todd Earp to the Montana Board of Outfitters. Earp, owner of White Mountain Outfitters, has been outfitting for 25 plus years and operates exclusively on public lands and operates out of the Bitterroot Valley. Earp will replace Pat Tabor who served two full terms on the Board of Outfitters representing the Big Game seat and had been actively engaged in the process for years prior to that. The new appointment comes on the heels of the Governors nominee Robin Cunningham being rejected by the Senate Fish and Game committee during the last session. This action was supported by MOGA because of possible conflict of interest issues related to a paid Executive Director serving on the Board of Outfitter. It is unknown if this was retribution for MOGA’s position on that issue or a desire for new blood on the Board. Of the appointment, Mac Minard,... Read full article

  • Board of Outfitter Appointments yet to be announced


    Board of Outfitter Appointments yet to be announced As of this writing Governor Steve Bullock has yet to announce his appointments to the Montana Board of Outfitters. With the nomination of former Board Member Cunningham rejected by the Senate, the Governor has two seats to fill this next cycle; including the Fishing Outfitter seat and the Big Game Hunting Outfitter seat currently held by Tabor. Pat Tabor is up for reappointment. We are hopeful that the Governor will see the exceptional work Pat has done to bring thoughtful discussion and reasoned action to the Board process. Pat has taken the Governors’ demand for accurate and complete land use reporting very seriously and has provided the leadership in rule making necessary accomplish that direction. Given today’s political environment it is possible Pat would not be reappointed. However, if you would like to send a note to the Governor supporting Pat Tabors reappointment to the Montana... Read full article

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