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    OUTFITTERS ARE COMING TO TOWN! January 12, 13 and 14 Radisson Colonial Inn Helena, Montana We expect 100 or more Montana Outfitters to arrive in Helena for the Annual MOGA Winter Convention starting Thursday evening and continuing through Saturday evening. We have a PACKED AGENDA and hope you will join us!   Highlights for the Upcoming MOGA Winter Convention  Thursday January 12th  Montana Board of Outfitters Presentation on NEW Operations Plan format This will be a “Must Attend” session for any Outfitter or office staff who are working on the new system.  Come learn what the NEW reporting rules are, how to utilize the NEW Operations plan tools, and get questions answered by the experts about entering Land Use information.   Outfitter Social Always an important part of Convention to greet old friends and make some new ones.  There is a lot of experience at Winter Convention and there is a lot to be said for the networking... Read More

  • Daines, Tester, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Reverse Disastrous Court Ruling

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    Daines, Tester, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Reverse Disastrous Court Ruling Cottonwood Decision Harms Commonsense Forest Management Projects December 9, 2016 U.S. CONGRESS —U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today underscored the urgency in reversing the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service by introducing bipartisan bicameral legislation to do just that. The bill seeks to codify the Obama administration’s position that federal agencies are not required to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service at a programmatic level when new critical habitat is designated or a new species is listed. “Congress needs to take urgent action to reverse the disastrous activist court ruling for the sake of forest health, recreation, and watershed and habitat protection,” Daines stated. “By seeking a simple fix and codifying the Obama... Read More

  • Veterans Day bulls: Service members receive donated Elkhorn tags for hunt of a lifetime

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    TOM KUGLIN, Independent Record It is perhaps the most coveted elk tag in Montana and 1st Sgt. Roger Dover and Spc. Will Hikes each had one in their pockets as they headed out to hunt the morning of Veterans Day. The Elkhorn Mountains south of Helena hold some of the finest bull elk in the state and also some of the longest odds of drawing a permit. Last year nearly 11,000 hunters applied for the 120 permits — a 1.11 percent chance and often considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But a law passed in 2013 allows a permit holder to transfer his or her hunting privileges to a Purple Heart recipient. When a husband and wife from Three Forks both drew they decided to do just that. Enter Big Hearts Under the Big Sky, the charitable arm of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association specializing in hunts for children with life-threatening illnesses, women with breast cancer and military members. The organization has donated more than... Read More

  • Elk Tracks: Why I-177 is a BAD Idea

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    From Elk Tracks  Posted October 4, 2016 “North America is home to the most plentiful and healthiest wildlife populations in the world. The key to carrying that out is wildlife management or, in other words, using the best available science to balance the continuing needs of wildlife with the needs of humans. Biologists, scientists, game wardens, wildlife professors and other professionals agree wildlife management is vital to the health of species and habitat. State wildlife agencies and their existing science-based public process, not ballot box measures, should determine how wildlife management is implemented. Ballot box measures open the door to dangerous consequences….” Continue reading at

  • Updated Website Offers New Tools for Members and Visitors

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    We are thrilled to announce the launch of our cutting-edge new  MOGA website! The updated website is designed to serve members in innovative ways and provide outdoor enthusiasts with the resources they need to plan their next great Montana adventure. The initiative to design and develop a new MOGA website was made possible by a grant from the Montana Department of Tourism. With this grant, along with the organization’s own resources, MOGA leadership embarked on a process to develop a new website that would serve members in distinctive new ways and help promote Montana as a premier destination for travel and recreation. “We are extremely proud to unveil this updated website which we believe will help serve our members and assist visitors in dramatic new ways,” said Mac Minard, Executive Director of MOGA. “After gathering extensive feedback from focus groups, members and MOGA leaders, we worked to develop a site that would best... Read More

  • MOGA Banner ADs on Sale Now

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    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 More

  • VOTE No on I-177 Anti-Trapping Measure

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     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: MOGA... Read More

  • Anti-trapping initiative goes before voters on Nov. 8

    Filed Under: Trapping is an emotional and divisive issue in Montana, with opponents labeling it a barbaric practice that depletes wildlife and natural resources, and supporters calling it a sustainable, centuries-old way to fetch some extra cash, control predators and teach youngsters about the natural world. This fall, voters will see an initiative on the November ballot called I-177 that would ban commercial and recreational trapping on public lands with exceptions for protecting livestock and property and for public health and safety. It would not affect trapping on private land, which constitutes roughly two-thirds of the state. A group called Montanans for Trap-Free Public Lands, composed of several Missoula residents, got enough signatures to get I-177 on the ballot this year. According to Montana Fish,... Read More

  • 5 Things You Should Know About Hunting at Altitude

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    For many guides and outfitters throughout the Rockies, a common question from clients is about hunting at high altitude. Hunting Montana’s high country is an amazing experience. But pursuing game like elk, mule deer or sheep through steep terrain can be a challenge, even for a fit hunter. Here are five basic things you should know about hunting at altitude. 1. Prepare Physically One of the best things you can do to avoid issues on a high altitude hunt is to be in the best shape possible. Don’t cram in exercises during the last few weeks before the hunt. Instead, start early and gradually work yourself into shape over the next few months. Focus your workouts on leg strength, core strength and cardiovascular conditioning. Getting your body ready ahead of time will directly affect your enjoyment and success on the hunt.  2. Take Time to Acclimatize On the way to your hunting camp or lodge, spend a day relaxing in a nearby mountain town... Read More

  • Recreation Act signed by governor

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    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 More

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