Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School is structured much differently than other guide schools, utilizing a diverse and highly qualified faculty for all our instructional courses for hunters, outfitters, and outdoorsmen. Below we list the many instructors and agency professionals that comprise the faculty of Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School:
Patrick Tabor Founder & Guest Instructor
Pat Tabor is the founding member of all Swan Mountain Outfitters companies, including Wilderness Guide School. Pat is now enjoying retirement, though he is still serving as a guide school guest instructor, teaching career development. His extensive experience in business, strategy, and marketing, gives our students career training that is not offered at any other guide school. Furthermore, Pat has created a very successful outfitting and guiding business which serves as both a model and inspiration to many of our students. He holds a Bachelor of Science, and a Masters in Business Administration degree, and was an executive in the corporate world for over 25 years before creating a group of outdoor recreation companies. Pat has taught at community colleges and universities, and has designed curriculum for specialty workshops on a variety of topics. Pat is a Wilderness EMT and is a Fellow in the Wilderness Medical Society. He is the Past President of the Professional Wilderness Outfitters Association, current President of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, and is serving on the Montana Board of Outfitters as appointed by the Governor.
Role & Areas of Expertise: Founding member, Guest Instructor, Customer Service, Career Development, Wilderness First Aid.
Patrick Tabor II Lead Management & Outfitter
Patrick Tabor has been employed with Swan Mountain Outfitters since 2008, and started on the ground floor in the Swan Division working in every company role. He has been the Swan Division manager since 2012, and is currently transitioning into company ownership. Patrick is charged with oversight of Wilderness Guide School, and it’s curriculum development, as well as all operations from the Swan Valley location. He is a leader in the company’s management team, and has lead responsibility for all of Swan Mountain Outfitters guide service divisions for over a decade. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation management from the University of Montana, and holds a current outfitters license. In his free time, he loves to hunt, fish, hike, and teach his children the raw traditions of becoming outdoors men and women. Patrick’s calming nature, and his passion for everything backcountry, gives our students an approachable resource, filled with knowledge of the outdoor recreation industry.
Role & Areas of Expertise: Owner and Outfitter, Business Management, Wrangler School, Packer’s School, Fishing & Riding Instructor
Larry Keyes Core Program Instructor
Larry Keyes earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in outdoor education and exercise science. He has conducted a wide variety of outdoor programs and classes for three universities, two colleges and several outdoor educational companies for over 30 years. He owned and operated Bear Tracker Outfitters, the Wilderness Medical & Survival Academy and Bridger Institute, which offer state of the art instruction in an array of outdoor subjects. He has lectured at a number of Wilderness Medicine and Search & Rescue conferences around the country. Larry has used his expertise in horse packing, animal tracking, hunting, wilderness survival, wilderness medicine and wild animal encounters to conduct outfitter/guides schools in three western states for the past 15 years.
Role & Areas of Expertise: Curriculum design and Program production, all areas of instruction, expert in wilderness medicine, packing, and tracking
Todd Jones Guest Instructor
Todd Jones is one of our elite instructors, teaching the packing clinics with 30 years of experience as a packer, professional outfitter, and a college level professor. He brings to his classes a sense of humor, enthusiasm, a wealth of knowledge, and the ability to teach mule and horse packing to all levels of students from beginners to experts. Todd has taught various courses at Casper College in Wyoming, including mule packing! He holds several degrees including: Masters of Science in Agriculture Economics from New Mexico State University, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University , and an Associates of Science in Agriculture from Casper College. We are fortunate to have Todd on our team, and thrilled knowing that our students are receiving the very best training for packing, and how to use it in the guiding industry.
Jim & Stacey Boyd Guest Instructors
Jimmy and Stacey Boyd help horses and riders become willing partners focusing on equine psychology and behavior. They teach proven problem-solving strategies and help develop better communication and leadership skills. Students learn how to read a horse and interpret their behavior. Jimmy and Stacey are educated, skilled and experienced in the best methods known nationally and internationally for being the most natural and successful with horses. From starting & developing young horses to problem solving and fine tuning, their instincts and communication are exceptional. Both Jimmy and Stacey have been practicing natural horsemanship for many years together and look forward to sharing it with others. They are a wellspring of knowledge when it comes to bits, saddle fitting, shoeing, horse health. Jimmy and Stacey enjoy training and showing their horses in ranch horse competitions, team penning, team roping and more. Jimmy also enjoys hunting with his horses taking them on adventures in the mountains. They have studied masters of horsemanship such as Clinton Anderson, Pat Wyse, Monty Roberts, Pat Parelli and many local horse comrades.
Areas of Expertise: Horsemanship
Carl Motes-Conners Guest Instructor
Carl Motes-Conners is a professional whitewater guide and Rescue 3 International Water Instructor. He has been training professionals in the outdoor industry for seven years. Carl manages Great Northern Guides, overseeing fishing and whitewater rafting tours, and is also the head instructor of The Glacier River School in West Glacier, Montana. Carl works closely with many other local outfitting businesses, agencies and US military to train their personnel in technical swiftwater rescue. Certifications include: Rescue 3 International Instructor: Water, Technical Rope Rescue: Technician Level, PSIA Nordic Instructor: Level I, and a BS from the University of Montana in Nature Based Tourism.
Areas of Expertise: River Training
Jim Ford Guest Instructor
Jim Ford is a certified Equine Dentist with a practice that covers multiple states in the west. He is an expert at equine health and behavioral care. Jim resides in Wyoming but frequently travels to Montana to serve his clients and instruct at Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School.
Role & Areas of Expertise: Lead Instructor EquineCare
Bryan Landis Primary Resident Instructor, Mentor, Base Camp Manager
Bryan Landis is Swan Mountain Outfitters, Swan Division base camp manager. Bryan is originally from Pennsylvania and has been a marine, horseshoer and has competed in rodeo. Bryan started with Swan Mountain Outfitters ten years ago working as a mule packer in Glacier National Park. He then joined us in the Swan Valley to guide fall big game hunts, fall and spring bear hunts, guiding and managing summer pack trips in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and teaching/managing at Wilderness Guide School. Bryan is also our senior instructor for the summer wrangler course, and when winter rolls-around he manages and guides snowmobile trips. Bryan came to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience which keeps growing due to his many responsibilities and experience in the field. We are fortunate to have Bryan, and we encourage any of our students to reach out to him with questions.
Areas of Expertise: Lead Guide School Instructor, Horseshoeing, Wrangler/Packer, Guiding, General Manager for the Swan Division of Swan Mountain Outfitters, Camp Mentor