Registration for 2019

Enrollment for 2020 classes have begun!!
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.

2020 Wilderness Trail Crew Week
Wilderness Trail Crew Week
Aug 23-Aug 29
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 20 - May 17
$4,600
Add Bear Hunt
May 18 - May 22
$2,000
Add River Training
May 25-May 30
$1,995
Wilderness Guide School Session 2
Session 2
June 1- June 28
$4,600
Wilderness Guide School Session 3
Participants can add 5 days of Waterfowl Guide Training  or attend Trail Crew Week .
Session 3
Jul 20- Aug 16
$4,600
Add Waterfowl Guide Training
Aug 17 - Aug 21
$1,900
Add Bob Marshal Wilderness Trail Crew Week
Aug 23-Aug 29
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.

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 20- April 25
$1,275
Add Packer Training
April 27 -May 2
$1,800
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
June 1- - June 6
$1,275
Add Packer Training
Jun 8 - Jun 13
$1,800
Wrangler Training Program Session 3
Wrangler Program Session 3
July 20-July 25
$1,275
Add Packer Training
July 27- August 1
$1,800

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.

River Guide Training
River School-Session 1
May 25-May 30
$1,995
River School-Session 2
July 14-July19
$2100

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School has teamed with Carl Motes-Conners of Montana Rescue who provides instruction in technical river rescue and rope rescue in association with Rescue 3 International, a worldwide leader in water and rope rescue training. We also work on the basics of river running to help new boaters develop their skills. Their philosophy is grounded in prevention and developing situational awareness in each participant. These classes are hands-on and take place in the environments where people recreate and operate.

Wilderness Cook School
Custom Dates are available . Call for details.
Wilderness Cooking School
July 20 to August 1
Custom Dates are available . Contact us for details
$1,995

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.

Waterfowl Guide Training Program
Waterfowl Guide Training
Aug 17- Aug 21
$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.

Outfitter Training Program
Outfitter Training Program
Aug 18-Aug 23
$4,195

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.

Packer Training Program Session 1
Participants can add Trail Ride Wrangler training prior to the course.
Session 1
April 27 - May 2
$1,800
Add Trail Ride Wrangler Training
April 20 - April 25
$1,275
Packer Training Program Session 2
Participants can add  Trail Ride Wrangler training prior to the course.
Session 2
June 8 - June 13
$1,800
Add Trail Ride Wrangler Training
June 1 - June 6
$1,275
Packer Training Program Session 3
Session 3
Jul 27 - August 1
$1,800
Add Trail Ride Wrangler Training
Jul 20 - Jul 25
$1,275

Equinecare for the Multiple Horse and Mule Owner
Equinecare for the Multiple Horse and Mule Owner
TBD
TBD. Contact us for custom dates . Min of 2 students required.
$3,950

Houndsmen and Lion Guide Training
Houndsmen and Lion Guide Training
Feb 25- March 1
$1,995

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.

Hunting and Adventurer Program
Custom dates upon request
Hunting and Adventurer Program
Custom 10 day program
min of 3 students required
$4,400

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.