Cancellation and Refund Policy

Once deposits and tuition are submitted they are deemed non-refundable. You are not considered enrolled until full receipt of tuition is made. Our programs are approved by the VA, and administered by Veterans’ Education and Training – Montana Office of Public Instruction for your GI benefits, please check the box when enrolling indicating your intent to use your benefits.

Outfitter of Record

Any courses that involve actual hunting or fishing are are offered under Montana License #11300, Patrick M. Tabor, 26356 Soup Creek Road, Swan Lake, MT 59911 (406)-387-4405.

Registration for 2017

Enrollment documents for the 2017 school season will be posted approximately September 15, 2016, we do not accept enrollments for the subsequent year earlier then that date.

2017 Wilderness Trail Crew Week
Wilderness Trail Crew Week
Aug13-Aug 19th
Free!!

Pack in 21 mi. on a 7 day trail crew. You will work alongside Swan Mountain employees opening up miles of trail in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Learn how to use the historical tools of the trade such as cross cut , one man , and two man saws , pulaskis and axes.

Swan Mountain will provide all of the food, stock , and accommodations.

This is a volunteer trail work crew with instructional hands on experience to better prepare guides or individuals for backcountry trail clearing.

This trip will be physically demanding , with miles of hiking doing trail work and hours in the saddle.

If you want to see what living and working in the wilderness is really like opt for this FREE ADD ON to any Swan Mountain Class.

Wilderness Guide School Session 1
Participants can add 5 days of bear hunting and then add 5 days for River Guide Training
Session 1
Apr 24 - May 20
$4,350
Add Bear Hunt
May 21 - May 25
$1,100
Add River Training
June 1-June 6
$1,900
Wilderness Guide School Session 2
Session 2
Jun 5 - Jul 1
$4,350
Wilderness Guide School Session 3
Participants can add 5 days of Waterfowl Guide Training and 5 days of Upland Game Bird Guide Training
Session 3
Jul 17 - Aug 12
$4,350
Add Waterfowl Guide Training
Aug 14 - Aug 18
$1,900
Add Upland Game Training
Aug 21 to Aug 25
$1,900
Add Bob Marshal Wilderness Trail Crew Week
Aug 13-Aug 19
Housing and Meals are included
Free!!!

Our hunting guide school uses a unique modular approach to providing critical information for hunting guide students in seven distinct categories of learning. Our hunting guide program content is rich in each category with emphasis on not only covering the basics of hunting and guiding techniques as a foundation but also by thoroughly exploring the latest innovations in techniques and gear for hunting.

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Outfitter Training Program
Session 1
TBD
$3,900

No other outfitters school in America has a program designed like this one addressing the true business aspects of what it takes to run a successful guide and outfitting operation. Like many small businesses, many folks that get into outfitting struggle to makes ends meet. The business is very seasonal, and cash flow is highly irregular. Based around our guide training philosophy, this course will help new outfit owners, those considering going into outfitting and others learn the nuances of running this unique type of service business before they lay down a bunch of cash. The program covers a power house of topics in a ten day period, and is designed to get you in and out quickly so you can get back to your business, yet meet the requirements of one education day for three experience days as required by Montana State Law.

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Wrangler Training Program Session 1
Successful students can hire on with Swan Mountain Outfitters as a trail ride wrangler in Glacier National Park for the summer after the course.
Session 1
April 24-29
$1,200
Add Packer Training
May 1 -May 6
$1,700
Wrangler Training Program Session 2
Participants can add 6 days of Packer Training. Successful students can hire on with Swan Mountain Outfitters as a trail ride wrangler in Glacier National Park for the summer after the course.
Session 2
Jun 5 - Jun 10
$1,200
Add Packer Training
Jun 12 - Jun 17
$1,700
Wrangler Training Program Session 3
Wrangler Program Session 3
July 17-July 22
$1,200

In addition to summer pack trips, customized trail rides, and hunting trips in the Swan Valley, our sister company, Swan Mountain Outfitters also has the exclusive contract to run all the trail rides in Glacier National Park. With over 14,000 trail rides a summer, we hire over 30 wranglers on a seasonal basis and have intimate knowledge of the most important aspects of trail ride/wrangler based operations. As a result of our first-hand experience in this business, we have developed our Wrangler Training Program to address the need for good base training on how to be an effective wrangler.

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Packer Training Program Session 1
Participants can add 7 days of Trail Ride Wrangler training prior to the course.
Session 1
May 1 - May 6
$1,700
Add Trail Ride Wrangler Training
Apr 24 - Apr 29
$1,200
Packer Training Program Session 2
Participants can add 7 days of Trail Ride Wrangler training prior to the course.
Session 2
Jun 12 - Jun 17
$1,700
Add Trail Ride Wrangler Training
Jun 5 - Jun 10
$1,200
Packer Training Program Session 3
Session 3
Jul 24 - Jul 29
$1,700
Add Trail Ride Wrangler Training
Jul 17 - Jul 22
$1,200

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Equinecare for the Multiple Horse and Mule Owner Session 1
Session 1
Apr 19 - Apr 23
$3,750
Equinecare for the Multiple Horse and Mule Owner Session 2
Session 2
Aug 28 - Sep 1
$3,750
Equinecare for the Multiple Horse and Mule Owner Session 3
Custom dates upon request
Session 3
Custom
$4,000

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Wilderness Cook School Session 1
Custom Dates are available . Call for details.
Cooking School
July 31-Aug 12
$1,900

The Swan Mountain Wilderness Cooking School offers a complete program of instruction in camp and back country cooking. The school is located in a magnificent wilderness setting near Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness in northern Montana. The facilities are co-located with the Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School and students will be afforded the opportunity to learn and receive hands-on instruction in a realistic environment.

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Waterfowl Guide Training Program
Session 1
Aug 14 - Aug 18
$1,900

Our duck, goose & waterfowl guide training is quite different from our other programs. In this course waterfowl guide candidates will learn all the facets of how to guide for ducks and geese throughout the various parts of the country. Certain parts of the US and Canada hunt ducks and geese differently. Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School will cover the various methods and species of duck and goose found throughout North America. The course has been designed from scratch based on interviewing several waterfowl outfitters throughout the country. We have developed curriculum specific to the needs of outfitters when they hire new duck hunting guides.

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Houndsmen and Lion Guide Training Session 1
Custom dates are available December - February 2017. Call us for details .
Session 1
TBD
$1,900

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School has developed a new course focused on teaching the skills needed to become a houndsman or mountain lion/bear hunting guide using dogs. 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 Houndsmen/Lion Guide. Training to be houndsmen or mountain lion/bear hunting guide using dogs is quite different from our other programs. In this course guide candidates will learn all the facets of how to guide for lions or bears using dogs throughout the various parts of the country. Certain parts of the US and Canada hunt lions and bears differently. Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School will cover the various methods found throughout North America. The course has been designed from scratch based on interviewing several houndsmen and lion and bear outfitters throughout the country.

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Upland Game Bird Guide Training
Session 1
Aug 21 - Aug 25
$1,900

Unlike our other programs, this course is offered on the east side of the Continental Divide where the grasslands are home to thousands of upland game birds. The facilities are co-located with Swan Safaris bird hunting operations and students will be afforded the opportunity to learn and receive hands-on instruction in a realistic environment.

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River Guide Training Session 1
River School
June 1-June 6
$1,900

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School has teamed with Great Northern Resort who has a 33 year history of providing whitewater and fishing trips and instruction on the Flathead River in Montana. This is a custom designed program where students can learn from the best by attending River Guide Training on the boundary waters of Glacier National Park.

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Hunting and Adventurer Program
Custom dates upon request
Sessions
Custom
$4,200

Few guide schools address hunting schools for hunters, a very important sector of the outdoor hunting and wilderness school market. Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School has surveyed graduates of guide schools that fall into this category to create our curriculum for our Hunters and Adventurers Program.