ELM Outfitters & Guides Training Curriculum Guidelines

Approved Curriculum by the Boards of Outfitters in the Rockies

30 Day Hands-on Training Curriculum)

1) Ethics and Attitude:

  • professionalism
  • social skills
  • work habits, communication, working as a team
  • personal attitude and appearance

2) Horsemanship

  • proper placement of pads and saddles on stock
  • fitting the saddle to each animal, both pack and riding
  • saddling and unsaddling
  • adjustment and repair of all tack
  • handling, proper way of working around animals
  • grooming, health care, basic vet. skills
  • riding skills, importance of balancing of clients saddle instruction for mounting and dismounting for client, horse handling keeping your client balanced in the saddle, being on top of things
  • basic horse training techniques

3) Packing: (Sawbuck & Decker, equal time allotted for each styles)

  • diamond hitches, single, double, soft sided panniers and boxes
  • cargoing packs, mantying loads from duffle, to hay & feed to all other oddities that would go into hunting camp
  • slinging loads, basket hitch, barrel roll, box hitch, crows foot, top packing
  • meat packing (simulated), top packing antlers, safety when loading animals with wild game
  • packing riding saddles, packing game on riding saddles, whole and quarters
  • pulling a string ( short, long, daylight & dark )
  • ropes, knots and splicing

4) Transporting livestock

  • vehicle and trailer maintenance
  • loading and unloading of stock
  • maneuvering of trailers and stock-trucks, backing and turning

5) Shoeing

  • tools
  • animal restraints
  • anatomy of foot and leg
  • hands on shoeing and trimming

6) Use of crosscut saw and ax

  • safety
  • sharpening
  • falling, limbing and bucking

7) Use of chain saw

  • safety
  • sharpening
  • falling, limbing and bucking
  • basic maintenance, gas oil mixture

8) Weapon knowledge (Rifle, Archery & Handguns)

  • ballistics
  • archery, maintenance and repair
  • overall safety and handling
  • hands on shooting

9) Guiding skills

  • glassing of game, general habits, game sign
  • stalking techniques
  • big game anatomy
  • shot placement
  • blood trailing, tracking
  • scoring of trophies
  • bugling, and cow calls
  • fly fishing, spin rod fishing *(This Training is Optional)*
  • map and compass work
  • fire starting, location and use of pitch wood
  • day pack and what the guide needs to carry

10) Game care

  • field dressing
  • skinning
  • caping
  • halving and quartering of game
  • cleanliness and prevention of meat spoilage

11) Setting camps

  • erecting tents and flys
  • proper setup and tear down
  • camp location
  • proper setup of corrals, and high lines
  • importance of a clean camp, and keeping it clean
  • keeping camp in good working order, repairs, maintenance & safety including gas lanterns
  • low-impact camping

12) Camp cooking (offered by select schools: See our endorsed school page)

  • camp hygiene and duties
  • meal planning
  • cooking with wood/gas stoves and ovens
  • cooking over open fire and grill
  • Dutch oven cooking

13) Regulations

  • understanding Forest Service regulations
  • knowledge of all Fish and Game laws
  • importance of good relationships with Forest Service and Fish & Game

14) Red Cross First Aid & CPR Class