Category: Education

  • Federal Issues: Updates for MOGA Members


    Forest Service Outlines Plans for Identifying Priority Trail Maintenance Areas by May 28th  By David Brown, America Outdoors Association Below are some excerpts (in italics) from the Forest Service on selection of priority trail maintenance areas as required in the National Forest Trails Stewardship Act of 2017. It is great to see the Forest Service embracing this legislation. Excerpt for the Forest Service’s Plan for Implementation of the Priority Trail Maintenance Program:  Each region will be required to submit at least 3 to 4 proposed priority areas to the Washington Office by April 15, 2017. The format for submitting regionally ranked and prioritized areas will be forthcoming.  Make Your Views Known: The following survey is not a Forest Service (or AOA) endorsed instrument but the Forest Service is apparently planning to use the results so feel free to use it to register your opinions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TrailsActSurvey According... Read full article

  • 5 Things You Should Know About Hunting at Altitude


    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 full article

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