4:30pm – Big Hearts Meet and Greet
6:00 pm – Doors to Banquet Hall Open
6:30 pm – Dinner is Served
7:45 pm – Live Auction Begins
8:30 pm – Stand Up for Big Hearts
8:45 pm – Silent and Premier Silent Auctions Close
8:45 pm – Last Drawings
9:00 pm – Closing Remarks, Event Ends
(Times are approximations and may vary)
– Thursday-Saturday, January 13-15, 2022
– Friday, January 14, 2022
Registration Now OPEN! Contact the MOGA Office to purchase your BOOTH!
OFFICE: (406) 449-3578
KASHIA: (406) 370-0477
BIG HEARTS BANQUET:
– Saturday, January, 15, 2022
Delta Hotels Helena Colonial – Helena, MT
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 MOGA website, you are encouraging visitors to your website in a very cost-effective way.
Our new system designates four areas on the 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 FREE for MOGA Members, cheap for Non-MOGA Members, reliable and effective Advertising!
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 2020.
We hope you enjoy taking a look through the 2019 MOGA Annual Report.
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:
Overall, this new change will help avoid frustration among clients having to potentially miss work, reschedule or miss flights simply to be present while a department official conducts a biological test. Again, MOGA is grateful for your support and will continue to fight for the outfitting and guide industry.
Possession transfer forms are available here:
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 Land/Public Wildlife Advisory Council. Two programs that came out of that effort include Outfitter Sponsored Licenses and the State of Montana’s Block Management program. He’s also served on the Montana Board of Outfitters, where he advocated for the role of outfitted hunting in conservation and Montana’s economy, and established important ethical and performance standards for license qualification. Smith was integral to the Montana launch of Hunters Against Hunger, a program that facilitates wild game donations to food banks.
“Within the hunting industry, we recognize the SCI Professional Hunter Award to be one of the most prestigious awards of its kind as it honors professional hunters who are acknowledged by both their peers and clients to be at the top of their field,” MOGA Executive Director Mac Minard said. “Being recognized as SCI Hunter of the Year is a cherished honor that few have attained, and Russ is highly deserving of this lifetime achievement.”
The selection process for the award is extensive. To be considered, applicants must submit a bio, answer a personal questionnaire and secure letters of recommendation. The selection committee looks for the following as they consider applicants: a skilled and competent hunter and guide who’s respected by clients and peers; someone who’s informed and knowledgeable about wildlife and conservation and dedicated to the same; adherence to the highest standards of integrity in the field; and commitment to abiding by the rules and regulations governing the industry, among other criteria. Shawn Murphy with SCI noted that Smith received nearly all of the first-place votes for the award during the Outfitter and Guide Committee’s final review.
“This award represents thousands of miles on horseback and thousands of miles on foot in cold and snow—all kinds of difficult conditions. But it was worth every minute because I was with some great folks,” Smith said. “We had a lot of successes, and there have been a few disappointments, too, but it’s been a great journey.”
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.
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