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  • Weyerhaeuser reopens lands in Western Montana to public access; campfires still banned

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    COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (September 14, 2017) – Weyerhaeuser Company today announced effective immediately that all its lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties in Western Montana have been reopened to public access. All campfires are still banned due to fire danger. The ban will remain in effect until further notice. For further information, please contact the Weyerhaeuser office at 406-751-2400. About Weyerhaeuser Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control nearly 13 million acres of timberlands in the U.S. and manage additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. We manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. We are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood products. Our company is a real estate investment trust. In February 2016, we merged... Read More

  • Big Hearts Under the Big Sky Hosts Trap Shoot Fundraiser with Helena Trap Club

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2017 CONTACT Mac Minard 406-439-2059 moga@mt.net   Big Hearts Under the Big Sky Hosts Trap Shoot Fundraiser with Helena Trap Club (Helena, Mont.) –Big Hearts Under the Big Sky partnered with the Helena Trap Club to host a trap shoot fundraiser on Sunday, August 13. Every skill level was welcomed to join and participants were invited to attend a barbecue luncheon afterwards. “The proceeds from this event support the Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program so we can continue to provide one of a kind outdoor experiences at no cost to those who have provided extraordinary military service or who are battling a life threatening illness,” said Mac Minard, the Executive Director of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association. “The Big Hearts program is about making a difference one family at a time, and the trap shoot reflected that mission by bringing together families and community members to support... Read More

  • MOGA to Support Relief Efforts of Fire Victims in Garfield County

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    (Helena, Mont.)— Montana Outfitters and Guides Association Members have joined the relief efforts directed to the victims of wildfire in Garfield County by making cash donations to a special foundation for that purpose. As of this writing, Disaster Emergency Services (DES) reports that the Lodgepole Fire Complex, located 52 miles W/NW of Jordan and 15 miles east of Winnett, has burned more than 200,000 acres and is still not contained.  It was started as a lightning strike. According to on the ground reports as many as five ranches have suffered complete losses.  Help is needed now and will continue to be needed in the future. MOGA members have expressed an interest in helping their fellow Montanans during this time of crisis. According to Wagner Harmon, MOGA President-Elect, “This is one of the driest years on record and outfitters and landowners are in desperate need of help now and in the future”. “Many MOGA members are ranchers... Read More

  • Several SW Montana Rivers To See Restrictions

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    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 More

  • A MOGA Member Benefit – Waiver & Release

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    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 More

  • MOGA supports Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting

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    Contact:   Mac Minard Executive Director moga@mt.net 406.449.3578 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MOGA applauds the News of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting HELENA – (June 22, 2017) – Montana Outfitters and Guides Association released the following statement in response to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement that the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is being delisted under the Endangered Species Act (ESA): “The Montana Outfitters and Guides Association stands in full support of the action taken by Secretary Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear,” noted Mac Minard Executive Director of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association. “Delisting of the Grizzly Bear has been a priority of the association for years and we are delighted that the ESA delisting process worked.” Like many we believe the science of management is fully consistent with the delisting action and that... Read More

  • Big Hearts Program makes $10,000 Endowment Gift to Montana Community Foundation

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    (Helena, Mont.)—The Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program—the “giving back” extension of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (“MOGA”)—presented the Montana Community Foundation with a $10,000 gift for the Big Hearts endowment fund. The contribution, which is the result of money earned during the Greater Helena Gives Campaign, is the first installment to the Big Hearts Endowment. Big Hearts under the Big Sky is a charitable partnership program that provides military service men and women who have provided extraordinary service to our nation, children who face the challenge of a life-threatening illness, and women who are battling breast cancer the opportunity to enjoy a Montana outdoor adventure at no cost. Big Hearts primary objective is to coordinate fully outfitted and guided trips to meet the dreams and needs of carefully screened, qualified participants for the purpose of recognizing and honoring their service... Read More

  • Crucial to Conservation – Executive Summary

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    Crucial 2 Conservation (C2C) is a broad coalition of stakeholders from around the world who share a passion to support wildlife and habitat conservation by promoting management policies and best practices that help ensure a diverse ecosystem for generations to come. Montana Outfitters and Guides Association is pleased to present their 2017 Executive Summary. C2C Executive Summary

  • Todd Earp Appointed to the Montana Board of Outfitters

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2017 (Helena, Mont.)—Governor Steve Bullock announced the appointment of Todd Earp to the Montana Board of Outfitters. Earp, owner of White Mountain Outfitters, has been outfitting for 25 plus years and operates exclusively on public lands and operates out of the Bitterroot Valley. Earp will replace Pat Tabor who served two full terms on the Board of Outfitters representing the Big Game seat and had been actively engaged in the process for years prior to that. The new appointment comes on the heels of the Governors nominee Robin Cunningham being rejected by the Senate Fish and Game committee during the last session. This action was supported by MOGA because of possible conflict of interest issues related to a paid Executive Director serving on the Board of Outfitter. It is unknown if this was retribution for MOGA’s position on that issue or a desire for new blood on the Board. Of the appointment, Mac Minard,... Read More

  • Board of Outfitter Appointments yet to be announced

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    Board of Outfitter Appointments yet to be announced As of this writing Governor Steve Bullock has yet to announce his appointments to the Montana Board of Outfitters. With the nomination of former Board Member Cunningham rejected by the Senate, the Governor has two seats to fill this next cycle; including the Fishing Outfitter seat and the Big Game Hunting Outfitter seat currently held by Tabor. Pat Tabor is up for reappointment. We are hopeful that the Governor will see the exceptional work Pat has done to bring thoughtful discussion and reasoned action to the Board process. Pat has taken the Governors’ demand for accurate and complete land use reporting very seriously and has provided the leadership in rule making necessary accomplish that direction. Given today’s political environment it is possible Pat would not be reappointed. However, if you would like to send a note to the Governor supporting Pat Tabors reappointment to the Montana... Read More

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