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RICK WEMPLE'S OUTFITTERS TRAINING
4-WEEK RESIDENT TRAINING
OUTFITTER/GUIDE COURSE OUTLINE
Registration and Orientation (first day of school) Courses, Lectures and Discussions on:

(a) Federal Land Policies Relating to Outfitting/Guiding
(b) Fish and Game Laws, Regulations
(c) Outfitter/Guide Laws, Regulations
(d) Outfitter/Guide Ethics
(e) Handling Clientele
(f) Hiring and Handling Personnel
(g) Outfitter Advertising
(h) Booking Clientele
(i) Going Into Business for Yourself
(j) Wilderness and Backcountry Manners
Horsemanship - Western Style

(a) Care of Horses and Mules, Grooming, Trimming and Conditioning
(b)Recognition and Treatment of Common Horse and Mule Ailments
(c) Wrangling, Catching and Saddling
(d) Riding - Western Style
(e) Saddle and Tack Care and Repair

Map and Compass Reading

(a) Laying Out a Compass Course on a Map
(b) Actual Field Excersize with Map and Compass

Packing - Cargoing - Rope Tying

(a) Mantaining packs, Loading Horses, Splicing

Guide School Photo Gallery

Equipment Care and Repair


(a) Tents, Stoves, Lanterns and All Other Camp Equipment
Crosscut Saw, Chainsaw and Axe Use
(a) Clear trail, cut firewood
Firearms - Large Bore rifle and Handguns
(a) Firearms Safety
Caping, Skinning and Care of Trophies
(a) Actual Caping and Skinning
Horse and Mule Packing
(a) Packing Up a Horse and Mule String
(b) Leading a Loaded Horse and/or Mule String in the Mountains

Stalking and Tracking Big and Small Game


(a) Identifying Tracks and Signs of Game
(b) Methods of Stalking
(c) Learning to Bugle an Elk
(d) Field excersize in Stalking and Taking a Picture of: Mountain Goat, Big Horn Sheep, Elk, Deer, Bear, Moose, etc.
Judging Trophy Size Big Game and Record Book Scoring Methods
(a) Elk
(b) Deer
(c) Moose
(d) Bear
(e) Mountain Goat
(f) Big Horn Sheep
(g) Antelope

Guide School Photo Gallery

Horse and Mule Shoeing


(a) Trimming Feet - What to Look for and Why
(b) Methods of Throwing and Tying Horses and Mules
(c) Basic Fundamentals of Horse and Mule Shoeing
(d) Actual Shoeing of Horses and Mules

Backcountry Field Trip


(a) Packing into the Backcountry
(b) Setting up, taking down and moving for a Summer Pack-in Fishing Trip
(c) Setting up, taking down a Big Game Hunting Camp
(d) Basic Camp Cooking - Preparation, Serving, Sanitation and Kitchen Cleanliness
(e) Wrangling and Care of Stock in the Backcountry
(f) Wilderness Manners
(g) Applying Federal and State Land Use Policies
(h) Stalking and Hunting of Big Game (with camera)
(i) Fishing, both Fly and Spin Casting (Lakes and Streams) in Season
(j) Woodsmanship

Guide School Photo Gallery


Rick Wemple - (406) 239-1752
fax: (406) 642-3869
P.O. Box 1167
Victor, MT 59875

Hunting Guides and Outfitters-Montana