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  • Big Hearts Under the Big Sky Banquet – a packed house

    Big Hearts Under the Big Sky Banquet – a packed house A evening of fellowship, celebration and active bidding with a sold-out crowd, the Big Hearts banquet was something we should all take a moment to be proud of. The mission of the organization is alive and thriving in its 15th year.  Former Montana Attorney General Tim Fox mc’d the evening, where former trip recipients Jason and Alex Allman and Matt Duker spoke through tears about what the experience meant to them and their families.  “Last Saturday night we celebrated 15 years of service and recommitted ourselves to the Mission of Big Hearts under the Big Sky in the future” said Mac Minard, MOGA’s Executive Director. Through the generosity of many sponsors, donors and Banquet attendees, fundraising goals were shattered.  During the event, an announcement was made that Big Hearts had received a commitment from an anonymous donor to... Read full article

  • Hunters and Outfitters Unite at ‘Elk Camp at the Capitol’

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 24, 2023 Hunters and Outfitters Unite at ‘Elk Camp at the Capitol’ Roll out legislative agreement to improve relationships and wildlife management More than one hundred hunters and outfitters participated in “Elk Camp at the Capitol’ on Tuesday at the Helena Capitol building. The event was hosted by the Montana Citizens Elk Management Coalition to facilitate conversations between hunters and lawmakers active in the 68th Montana Legislature. Speakers at the event, including Governor Greg Gianforte, reinforced the need for unity and collaboration between hunters, landowners, and outfitters to help resolve contentious wildlife policy debates. “Hunting and our outdoor heritage are part of who we are as Montanans,” Governor Greg Gianforte said. “Coming to the table together, the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association and the Montana Citizens Elk Management Coalition have found common ground and... Read full article

  • 2023 Annual MOGA Convention

    REGISTER NOW!! 48th Annual MOGA Winter Convention January 12-14, 2023 Delta Hotels Helena Colonial ~ Helena, MT   CONVENTION AGENDA   Book your group rate for MT Outfitters and Guides Assoc   BIG HEARTS TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

  • Big Hearts under the Big Sky makes “Montana Elk Hunts” come true!

    BIG HEARTS UNDER THE BIG SKY MAKES “MONTANA ELK HUNT” COME TRUE FOR THREE DESERVING MONTANANS Hunting Experiences Hosted by Montana Hunting Company and Montana Outfitting Company Nov 1, 2022 Clancy, MT – Big Hearts Under the Big Sky, a program of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA), has completed the sixth “family adventure” scheduled for the year. The latest recipients were Nate Jensen of Westby, Master Sgt Jesse Edinger of Helena and Sgt Patrick Wickens originally of Denton. Big Hearts under the Big Sky covers all the hard costs for qualifying families to participate in outfitter-supported trips. Since 2008, the organization has served hundreds of individuals and their families and donated over half a million in outfitted services. As Big Hearts under the Big Sky’s trip recipients, all were granted trip-of-a-lifetime elk hunts. The Jensen and Edinger families were led by Outfitter Rod Arnaud, of the Montana... Read full article

  • Carson Crary wins the FFA’s National Agricultural Proficiency Award

    MONTANA OUTFITTERS AND GUIDES ASSOCIATION CONGRATULATES CHOTEAU’S CARSON CRARY ON WINNING THE FFA’s NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL PROFICIENCY AWARD IN OUTDOOR RECREATION – ENTREPRENEURSHIP/PLACEMENT Nov 2, 2022 Clancy, MT –  Announced last week at the 95th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN, Choteau’s Carson Crary was awarded the National Agricultural Proficiency Award in Outdoor Recreation – Entrepreneurship/Placement. Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. “I am very excited and honored to be awarded 1st place in the nation for the FFA Outdoor Recreation proficiency,” said Crary. “Through this proficiency, I have honed my historical outdoor skills, stockmanship, critical thinking, management and communication skills.  Being part of a team that guides guests in a traditional wilderness setting can be... Read full article

  • MOGA joins with Tester and Daines – Expedited Permitting Flexibility

    June 21, 2022 MONTANA OUTFITTERS AND GUIDES ASSOCIATION JOINS WITH SENATORS TESTER AND DAINES IN CALLING FOR EXPEDITED PERMITTING FLEXIBILITY Guides, Outfitters Need Immediate Alternatives to Operate on Public Lands Due to Catastrophic Flooding  HELENA, MT- In a letter [link] sent to the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, Montana Senators Tester and Daines urged flexibility in the permitting process to avoid severe economic damage to Montana’s rural communities and small businesses impacted by last week’s catastrophic funding in the Yellowstone region. Mac Minard, Executive Director of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, supports this effort and underscores the need for expedited permitting to allow for flexibility as the busy summer season begins. “Montana’s outfitters and guides continue to hemorrhage revenue daily and are scrambling to come up with alternatives to be able pay staff and service... Read full article

  • MOGA Newsletter

    Please click here to view the 3/31/22 MOGA Newsletter.

  • Judge restores protections for gray wolves across much of US

    BILLINGS, Mont (AP) — A judge restored federal protections for gray wolves across much of the U.S. on Thursday after they were removed in the waning days of the Trump administration. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland, California, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had failed to show wolf populations could be sustained in the Midwest and portions of the West without protection under the Endangered Species Act. Please click here for full article

  • 2021 Annual Report

    MOGA had an outstanding year of accomplishments because of the tireless efforts of many fine members, and of course, our staff. We are pleased to be able to communicate with our members and friends all what MOGA has done throughout the year and our plans going into 2022. We hope you enjoy taking a look through the 2021 MOGA Annual Report. Annual Report 2021

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