Category Archive: Press Releases

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sandy Sallee receives Academy of Western Artists Award


    The Academy of Western Artists is proud to announce this year’s Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet of the Year. Sandy Seaton Sallee, Emigrant, MT, grew up in Yellowstone National Park, where she rode horseback among the elk and drove four-up stagecoaches. After cowboying in New Mexico, she returned to her native Montana where she met her future husband, Scott Sallee, in a wilderness hunting camp. Sandy and Scott now own and operate Black Mountain Outfitters, a wilderness and ranch outfitting business. Sandy’s original western writing has been featured in magazines, gatherings, and shows across America and Canada. Sandy has been inducted into the Montana Poet Hall of Fame, and has been an invited performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering a number of times since her first appearance there in 1990. Presentations for the 21st Annual Will Rogers Awards were March 16, 2017 in the Brown Lupton Ballroom at Texas Christian University in Fort... Read full article

  • MOGA Banner ADs on Sale Now


    Advertise Your Business with a Banner Ad on the NEW MOGA Website   MOGA Banner Ad Exchange Program allows members to promote their business and start receiving traffic by simply a joining the MOGA Banner Ad program. By placing an advertising banner on the NEW MOGA website, scheduled for launch Nov 1, 2016, you are encouraging visitors to your website in a very cost-effective way. Our new system designates four areas on the NEW MOGA website for randomly-rotating ad banners. A click on your banner provides our viewers with a direct link to your products and services, or company website, while also providing brand or service name attention. It is cheap, reliable and effective Advertising! !!!THIS IS A TERRIFIC WAY TO ADVERTISE HUNT SPECIALS and COW ELK HUNTS!!! Frequently Asked Questions What is a Banner Ad? A banner ad is a highly visible advertisement that contains a graphical ad that users can click and leads directly to your business... Read full article

  • VOTE No on I-177 Anti-Trapping Measure


     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   October 10, 2016   Contact:  Mac Minard, Executive Director 406 449-3578 (office) 406 439-2059 (cell) [email protected]   MOGA Opposes I-177 Anti Trapping Measure   On June 30, 2016 Ballot Issue #13 I-177 qualified for the general election ballot in Montana.  Montana Outfitters and Guides Association has stood in firm opposition to this measure and generally rejects the use of Ballot Initiatives for the purpose of creating wildlife and fisheries management policy. 1-177 would ban the use of traps and snares on ANY public lands (approximately ONE-THIRD of the state’s land mass) within Montana and establishes penalties for violations of the trapping prohibition.  I-177 establishes untenable requirements for State Agencies as alternative methods for management of the public wildlife. You can read the full text of the ballot measure at: http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/2016/BallotIssues/assets/I-177.pdf MOGA... Read full article

  • Recreation Act signed by governor


    Helena, Mont- House Bill 204 passed out of the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed by Governor Bullock on Tuesday May 5th and it is now law. This is a tremendous benefit to your industry and is the result of months of work and negotiation. Known as the Montana Recreation Providers Act (MTRPPA), HB 204 aligns Montana with 47 other states that recognize and allow the use of liability waivers by recreation service providers. Prior to the passage of HB 204 liability waivers were not recognized in Montana and, perhaps more importantly, they were deemed illegal for use via Judiciary opinion Participants and clients are still assured protections as well since gross negligence or the failure to provide reasonable care based on standards of the industry on the part of the service provider are still grounds for setting aside a signed waiver. However, now a liability waiver may be used to share responsibility where an... Read full article

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