Category: News

  • BREAKING NEWS: Bill Passage SB 256 “Transfer of Harvested Game”


    Transfer of Possession of Harvested Game SB 256 Now in Effect Thanks to the hard work of MOGA, Senator Jason Ellsworth and FWP officials, SB 256 was passed with large bipartisan majorities in both chambers and is officially effective as of October 1, 2019. This bill allows the transfer of possession of harvested game animals that are required to be checked by department representatives. Outfitted clients, as well as all other hunters, are no longer subject to the inconvenience and cost of having to track down a department official to comply with check-in standards for certain game animals, such as sheep, lions, black bears and wolves. A few key points on how to handle the transfer of possession of harvested game:  After validating and attaching the license or tag, a transfer of a game animal or wolf to any person at any time is available after leaving the site of the kill, provided a statement... 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

  • Packing Services Reference Manual


    Montana Board of Outfitters:  Packing Services Reference Manual Click Here:  Reference Manual

  • 2019 Winter Convention Wrap-Up


    2019 MOGA Convention - 23 of 33 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 36 jQuery(function($) { new NggPaginatedGallery('aedc69867ba96a358a89375f7d802d59', '.ngg-imagebrowser'); }); Dear MOGA members: Did you find something at the Winter Convention that you’d like to keep handy for future reference?  Or maybe you couldn’t make this year’s Convention in Bozeman, but you’d like to take a look at some of the presentations and workshops that were offered. We’re including links to the PowerPoints that were presented at Convention below. Maximizing Client Draw Success – Karla Smith 2019 Lion Management Input Strategy... Read full article

  • Russ Smith Receives Prestigious Award from SCI


    HELENA, MT – Jan. 7, 2019 Safari Club International has recognized longtime MOGA member Russ Smith as its Outstanding North American Professional Hunter of the Year. Smith, who owns and operates Montana Professional Hunters, will be presented with the award Wednesday, Jan. 9, at SCI’s 47th Annual Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada. Although it has been through several name changes, Smith has operated his outfitting business since 1985. During that time, he’s outfitted on State, BLM and private lands across Montana as well as backcountry camps in USFS wilderness areas. In addition to guiding mule deer and elk hunts in Montana, he helps plan and coordinate complex hunts in remote locations across the globe. Smith has demonstrated extensive service to the outfitting industry during his 34-year career. In addition to serving as President of the Montana Outfitter and Guides Association, he served on Governor Marc Racicot’s first Private... Read full article

  • Help Prevent the Spread of CWD with These Simple Steps


    Samantha Gibbs, a wildlife veterinarian with the Fish and Wildlife Service and a leading expert on chronic wasting disease, has shared the latest research on CWD, a neurological condition affecting ungulates that was detected in a number of deer in Montana last year.  Gibbs outlines what to do when field dressing and processing an animal, the best equipment to use, and how to disinfect clothing and gear you suspect of contamination.  Download the PowerPoint slides below to learn more about how you can prevent the spread of CWD and keep Montana’s wildlife healthy. CWD Safety Recommendations for MOGA members

  • Big Hearts under the Big Sky receive a $1,000 donation from Capital High School students


    Click on the link to watch the TV news feed.   4/30/2018 $1,000 donation from CHS  – KTVH News feed

  • How to Check Client Draw Success – An Outfitter Guide


    How to Check Client Draw Success

  • 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

  • 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

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