Register now for 2021

Enrollment for 2021 classes have begun and are filling quickly!!
See all courses below.

Outfitter of Record

Any courses that involve actual hunting or fishing are are offered under Montana License #34041, Patrick M. Tabor Jr, 26356 Soup Creek Road, Swan Lake, MT 59911 (406)-387-4405.

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.

Wilderness Trail Crew Week
Wilderness Trail Crew Week
Aug 26 - Sep 1
Dates are subject to change
Free!!

This volunteer program will pack in on mules 21 into the Bob Marshall wilderness to clear and maintain trails. This trip will be physically demanding. Swan Mountain will provide all of the meals, accommodations, stock, and equipment.

If you want to see what living and working in the wilderness is really like, opt for this FREE program or add it on with another class.

 

Wilderness Guide School Session 1
Participants can add 5 days of bear hunting and then add 5 days for River Guide Training
2022 Session-1 Base price
Apr 19 - May 15
$4,850
2022 Bear Hunt Add-on
May 19 - May 23
License ($350 OTC) not included in price
$2,200
2022 River Training Add-on
May 25-May 30
$2,200
2023 Session-1 Base price
TBD
$5,000
2023 Bear Hunt Add-on
TBD
License ($350 OTC) not included in price.
$2,300
2023 River Training Add-on
TBD
$2,300
Wilderness Guide School Session 2
2022 Session 2
June 6- July 3
$4,850
2023 Session 2
TBD
$5,000
Wilderness Guide School Session 3
Participants can add 5 days of Waterfowl Guide Training  or attend Trail Crew Week .
2022 Session-3 Base price
Jul 19- Aug 14
$4,850
2022 Waterfowl Add-on
Aug 16 - Aug 20
$2,200
2022 Trail Crew Add-on
Aug 26 - Sep 1
Date subject to change
Free!!!
2023 Session-3 Base price
TBD
$5,000
2023 Waterfowl Add-on
TBD
$2,300
2023 Trail Crew Add-on
TBD
Meals and accommodations included
Free!!!

Our hunting guide school uses a unique modular approach to present and practice  seven learning categories. Rich programming not only covering the basics of hunting and guiding techniques as a foundation, but also thoroughly explores the latest innovations in techniques and gear for hunting. We integrate practical career development and professional strategies into the course.

Wrangler Training Program Special Session
Hosted by SMO-Glacier Division. Successful students may be eligible for immediate employment as summer trail ride wranglers
2022 Session
May 3rd - May 8th
West Glacier, MT
$1,375
2023 Session
TBD
West Glacier, MT
$1,425
Wrangler Training Program Session 1
Participants can add 6 days of Packer Training. Successful students may be eligible for immediate employment as trail ride wranglers with SMO-Glacier Division.
2022 Session 1
April 19- April 24
$1,375
2022 Packer Training Add-on
April 26 -May 1
$1,925
2023 Session 1
TBD
$1,425
2023 Packer Training Add-on
TBD
$2,000
Wrangler Training Program Session 2
Participants can add 6 days of Packer Training. Successful students may be eligible for immediate employment as trail ride wranglers with SMO-Glacier Division.
2022 Session 2
June 7- June 12
$1,375
2022 Packer Training Add-on
Jun 14 - Jun 19
$1,925
2023 Session 2
TBD
$1,425
2023 Packer Training Add-on
TBD
$2,000
Wrangler Training Program Session 3
Participants can add 6 days of Packer Training. Successful students may be eligible for immediate employment as trail ride wranglers with SMO-Glacier Division.
2022 Session 3
July 19-July 24
$1,375
2022 Packer Training Add-on
July 26- July 31
$1,925
2023 Session 3
TBD
$1,425
2023 Packer Training Add-on
TBD
$2,000

Our Wrangler Training Program addresses the need for good base training in horsemanship as well how to lead safe, fun horseback rides. We deliver the skills and tools students can rely on to be an effective wrangler and excel in the industry.

Whether your goal is to wrangle in a national park, to safely guide hunting clients come fall, or simply improve your horsemanship, this course is for you!

River Guide Training
2022 River training
May 25-May 30
$2,200
2023 River training
TBD
$2,300

Carl Motes-Conners of Montana Rescue provides instruction in technical river rescue and rope rescue in association with Rescue 3 International, a worldwide leader in water and rope rescue training. Work hands-on on the basics of river running to help new boaters develop their skills. Philosophy is grounded in prevention and developing situational awareness in each participant. 

Wilderness Cook School
Custom Dates are available . Call for details.
2022 Cook School
July 19 - July 31
Custom Dates are available . Contact us for details
$2,150
2023 Cook School
TBD
$2,300

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 shared 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.

Waterfowl Guide Training Program
2022 Waterfowl Guide Training
Aug 16- Aug 20
$2,200
2023 Waterfowl Guide Training
TBD
$2,300

In this course waterfowl guide students 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.

Packer Training Program Session 1
Participants can add Trail Ride Wrangler training prior to the course.
2022 Session 1
April 26 - May 1
$1,925
2022 Wrangler Training Add-on
April 19- April 24
$1,375
2023 Session 1
TBD
$2,000
2023 Wrangler Training Add-on
TBD
$1,425
Packer Training Program Session 2
Participants can add  Trail Ride Wrangler training prior to the course.
2022 Session 2
June 14 - June 19
$1,925
2022 Wrangler Training Add-on
June 7 - June 12
$1,375
2023 Session 2
TBD
$2,000
2023 Wrangler Training Add-on
TBD
$1,425
Packer Training Program Session 3
Participants can add Trail Ride Wrangler training prior to the course.
2022 Session 3
Jul 26 - July 31
$1,925
2022 Wrangler Training Add-on
Jul 19 - Jul 24
$1,375
2023 Session 3
TBD
$2,000
2023 Wrangler Training Add-on
TBD
$1,425

Learn the ropes of packing and stringing horses and mules.

Equine care for the Multiple Horse and Mule Owner
2022 Herd Management
TBD
Contact us for custom dates . Min of 2 students required.
$4,150
2023 Herd Management
TBD
Contact us for custom dates . Min of 2 students required.
$4,300

A course in herd management and equine first aid for the stock owner

Houndsman and Lion Guide Training
2022 Houndsman & Lion Training
Feb 26- March 2
$2,150
2023 Houndsman & Lion Training
TBD
$2,300

Learn how to use hounds to hunt lions and/or bears. Certain parts of the US and Canada hunt lions and bears differently, this course is comprehensive in it’s coverage.

Hunting and Adventurer Program
Custom dates upon request
2022 Hunting and Adventurer Program
Custom 10 day program
$4,600
2023 Hunting and Adventurer Program
TBD
$4,675

All the great content of our wilderness guide school, but without the emphasis on testing and career development.