How to Become a Wilderness Guide in Montana

Swan Mountain outdoor guide school in Swan Valley, Montana offers you the latest in outdoor guide school instruction, hunting techniques and hunting outfitter and adventurer training taught by recognized experts and professionals. You can become an outdoor wilderness guide by attending our 4-5 week wilderness outdoor guide course, and our specialized outfitter, hunter and adventurer, wrangler, and packer training programs near Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.



Features of our Outdoor Guide School

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School offers special aspects of its 28-day program that no other guide school in America does. Additionally, we are the only school to offer additional certificates beyond your diploma in Bow Hunting Safety Education and Wilderness First Aid.

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School’s program for outfitters is the only one of its kind. Focused solely on the business knowledge necessary to be a successful outfitter, this ten day course covers all aspects of running the business side of an outfit including accounting, legal, regulatory, marketing and employee recruitment and retention.

Trail Ride Wrangler Training

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School’s program for trail ride wranglers is once again, the only one of its kind. Designed to specifically train people on how to wrangle so they can work at a dude ranch or trail ride operation, this course has no equal. Given the popularity of our programs and presence on the web, we have received hundreds of inquiries from folks who would like to be trained on the specifics of being a top notch packer. While we cover packing in many of our courses, there appears to be demand for a standalone course on mule packing. Training to be a packer is quite different from our other programs. In this course packer candidates will learn all the facets of how to pack mules and horses. We will cover mule behavior in detail and go over all aspects of knots and packing techniques.

Waterfowl Guide Training

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School is pleased to offer a special five day program on waterfowl guide training. Waterfowl guide candidates will learn all facets of how to become a top notch guide for ducks & geese. In the spirit of innovation that our guide school has become known for, the waterfowl guide training program presents new material and approaches not found in any other waterfowl guide school.

Equine Health Care Training

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School has developed a course focused on the issues, information and practical applications of equine health care needed by the owner of multiple horses/mules. Nowhere in the country is there a course specifically designed to address the needs of this special class of horse owner. While there are many fine one day seminars or web casts on certain specific topics, no organization has developed a multi-day program that comprehensively covers the equine healthcare and first aid issues that are faced daily by the multi equine owner.

Houndsmen/Lion Guide Training

We offer a course specifically on how to hunt lions or bears with dogs. This is a specialized area of guiding that is only allowed in a handful of states, but it is safe to say that houndsmen are passionate about their sport. Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School is committed to offering a full array of guide school programs and it seemed only natural to offer a specialized class in guiding mountain lion or bear hunts with dogs.

Upland Game Bird Guide Training

We offer a course specifically on how to get jobs as an upland game bird guide. Upland game bird hunting has become immensely popular, and new operations are sprouting up all over the country. The program is designed to prepare guide candidates with the base skills necessary to sign on as an apprentice with a hunting club, destination bird hunting lodge or bird hunting outfitter.

All of our programs have been approved by the WIA and VA, and qualify for GI benefits!

Find out why Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School is an outdoor guide school for the 21st century…