Royal Tine Guide and Packer School Dates & Prices

Deposit with all guide and packer applications is 50% of class tuition and must be sent to us to reserve a class spot. The remaining balance is due 45 days prior to class start date. All monies paid are non-refundable and non-transferable. We recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance, in case of any unforeseen circumstances. The website for this information is Sportsmans Travel Insurance.

Royal Tine Guide and Packer courses are approved for GI Bill® Education Benefits. For more information visit or email us.

Print and send our application to reserve a spot in the school. We accept VISA and Mastercard for deposits through - a 3% fee will apply. Use the "Buy Now" buttons below for the 50% deposit (the 3% is already factored in). Follow the directions given by paypal, its quick, easy, and secure. If you have any questions at all please email!

May 8 - June 2, 2018

4-Week Guide and Packer School - $ 4400

Large elk herds are still down in the low country providing great viewing and hunting practice opportunities. The cow elk are calving during this time. The fishing is generally pretty good, but undammed streams will have high muddy water. It is a good time to hunt spring black bear. Usually pretty mild weather and without the summer bugs.

June 12 - July 7, 2018

4-Week Guide and Packer School - $ 4400

The snowpack has receded to allow for longer hikes into the backcountry. The bull elk will have good antler growth by now. The high mountain streams and lakes have awesome fishing.

August 7 - September 1, 2018

4-Week Guide and Packer School - $ 4400

Can you picture in your mind....fall colors, frosty mornings and bugling elk? Well, it's that time of year.
Fly fishing cow camp with a hopper pattern is phenomenal during the pack trip.

big game guide

Our classes are designed for hunters and outdoorsmen who want to learn the skills to become employed as hunting guides and/or packers for Western big game hunting outfitters. These outfitters rely on good stock and good employees to get their hunters and gear into prime remote hunting camps.

The highlights of Royal Tine's curriculum include: extensive elk hunting instruction (including tactics for both archery and rifle scenarios) as well as mule deer, bear, mountain goats and bighorn sheep, basic horsemanship, extensive horse and mule packing, big game animal habits and habitat, trophy animal scoring and field judging, 1st aid & CPR certification, game animal field care, map, compass and GPS navigation, wilderness survival skills, tracking wounded game, big game guide ethics and morals, wall tent camp set-up, and basic camp cooking.

The class is rounded out by putting all your new skills together by packing up your gear and taking a backcountry packtrip the last week of class.

The more skills and knowledge you have, the more employable you will be in this business to an outfitter and your chances of a higher wage increase. We assist in job placement for qualified graduates.

Applicants for all guide and packer classes must be able to lift at least 80 pounds chest high. It is imperative that you lose any excess weight and get into shape for this line of work. We have a weight limit restriction of NO MORE than 250 lbs. If you smoke, QUIT!!!

Please contact us with any questions.

Send applications with deposit to:

Royal Tine
PO Box 809
Philipsburg, MT 59858

We accept:   
A 3% fee will apply for use of credit cards.

Looking to hire a qualified hunting guide? If you're an outfitter or run a hunting operation, visit our Hire A Guide page.
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Learn to be a camp cook and get a job with an outfitter, or take the course for fun! Visit our Camp Cook School to check it out!
Learn new skills and have a blast in our 3 Day Packing Class!
May 8 - June 2: 
  4 Week Guide and Packer School
June 12 - July 7: 
  4 Week Guide and Packer School
July 13 - July 15: 
  3 Day Packing Class
July 20 - July 22: 
  3 Day Packing Class
July 27 - July 29: 
  3 Day Packing Class
August 7 - Sept 1: 
  4 Week Guide and Packer School

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Royal Tine Guide & Packer School  -  PO Box 809 Philipsburg, MT 59858  -  (406) 859-5138  -