Bear Paw Outfitters Guide and Packer School
& Montana Guide School

Montana Outfitter Lic #192

Yellowstone Stock Provider #YELL-105

VA Approved

Montana Hunting Guide School - Guide School Training- Learn how to pack horses and mules - Big Game Hunting Guide School - Montana Guide School

'Life is too short not to do something you absolutely love' -Ecclesiates 5: 18-20

Do you feel that you were born 100 years to late?

Honest training from a long time established Montana Outfitter

Save Your extra $ you won't learn this out of a book



A No 'Nonsense' Approach To 'Sensible' Training
You need to know who is going to train you! I was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains and have been hunting in them for over '52' years. We think that we have something to share.Your training is to important to be just a guinea pig.

"Thank you Mr. Bowers for the training. I am glad you were working right alongside us. I never dreamed I would be making a living doing what I love. I visited with some other guys that went to a different course. They couldn't believe you had us in the saddle the first day and the amount of miles we rode throughout the course. Like you said "that is the only way to learn".  P.S. You are just like my grandpa and tell it the way it is! " Jack B   TN

Montana Trail Rides & Horseback Rides

Working Montana Outfitting Couple
Outfitter/Master Guide Tim and Cindy Bowers

Nestled in the Montana Rocky Mountains bordering the Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness & Yellowstone National Park. This is a Big Game Hunting Guide School.

Our Goal at Bear Paw Outfitters Guide & Packer school is to train our students with field proven guiding, hunting and packing techniques and teach them the proper skills needed to successfully use horses and mules to traverse others and themselves through the mountains in a safe manner. We will provide our Guide and Packer school students with hands-on training in the areas necessary to fulfill your dream and give you a solid foundation to becoming  a Professional Outfitter, Hunting Guide, and Trail Guide, or simply to be a better steward of the wilderness. We enroll a limited number of students. Because of this policy we provide Quality training and success, which in turn provides Quality jobs for our students. Our network of Outfitters are always seeking students who have successfully completed our training. Maybe you just want to come and learn so you can better enjoy your own horses and mules. What a better way to learn?

Good enough, isn't good enough when it comes to learning to be a Professional, in any of your endeavors! We know what is needed and desired by ourselves and fellow Outfitters. This is real "Hands on Training". We also will show you what ' A Touch of Professionalism' means!

Let us introduce ourselves. We are Tim and Cindy Bowers 4th generation Montanans. We have been working together for over 45 years. We know what life and this business is about. If we didn't we would not be where we are today. We thank God for watching over our lives and business.

I am Tim Bowers "Bear Paw". I am the Outfitter/Owner a Licensed Montana Outfitter #192 and Yellowstone National Park Stock Outfitter - YELL 105 16. I will be conducting most all of the training during your time at our Guide and Packer School. I am a Native Montanan resident - 64 years. Actual Experience counts when it comes to your training.


We are a family operated business and not a big corporation. You will not be just a number as in many other schools! I will physically be there. I will be able to look you in the eye and shake your hand. We know first hand the rewards and challenges involved because we work and live this daily.

Call the 'KNOTLINE' 1 406 222 6642

In Montana you are only as good as your word. When you shake someone's hand it is compared to signing a contract. Many out there do not follow these rules or understand. Follow these rules and you will get along just fine. If you don't you will have issues!!

‚ÄčThere are many types of Guide and Packer Schools advertised out there in cyberland. They can say whatever they like and make many promises. But make sure if they call themselves a 'Professional Guide' or 'Outfitter' that they have a current up to date active Outfitter license in hand. Have them give you the number. Then check with the Montana Board of Outfitters or the state they operate in. Don't settle for less. If they are not licensed ask them why not? and move on! Ask them if they have actually taught the full 'Hands On' training course personally?

Don't settle for excuses.

It doesn't cost anything to call and visit!

Experience a real wilderness adventure while learning
You will not learn this from a book!

Applicants for all guide and packer classes must be able to lift at least 75 pounds chest high.

We have a weight restriction on all applicants of no more than 235 lbs. depending on your height.

"Do you want to go through a program or experience an unforgettable adventure?"

"The only way to earn this lifestyle is by getting your hands dirty!"


$3500.00 per person
Food, lodging, instruction, job placement assistance.

50% non-refundable deposit. Balance due 30 days before first day of class.

(Call for details on our "buddy system discount", and Parent/Son or Daughter discount)

Dates - 2018

June 8th - June 28th

Arrive, June 8th at 10:00am (no early arrivals)
Last Day of Class is Wednesday June 28th


September 5 - September 25th

Arrive Sept. 5th at 10:00am (no early arrivals)
Last Day of Class is September 25th

Packing elk antlers