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Summary of 2023 Rule Changes Relevant to Guides

  1. Guide Licensure
  • Guides will be responsible for their own licenses. This will be implemented with the new DOPL Licensing System in Mid-2024. At this time, the renewal process will proceed the same as last year except that the updated training requirements outlined in the new Rules are in effect.

103.02 Activity-Specific Qualifications

  • These will include updated training requirements.

a. Hunting.

  • Has specified training for both the activity and the outfitter’s operating area.

d. Float or Power Boating on Unclassified Water.

  • Changed to at least one (1) complete commercial float or power boat trip on each of the river sections or lakes applied for.

e. ATV-UTV-Snowmobiling

  • Now includes at least ten (10) days of experience in the outfitter’s operating area.

f. Snow-Based Non-Motorized Travel in Avalanche Terrain

  • Added language to clarify what is required.

g. Rock Climbing/Mountaineering

  • Specified requirements were added to eliminate the need for an appearance before the Board.

h. Equestrian Activities

  • Newly added subsection.

103.03 Validity

  • A Guide’s license will only be valid in the service of a licensed outfitter.
  • Guide licenses will be renewed on a biannual basis—this will not begin until mid-2024 at the earliest.
  1. License Production
  • When engaged in licensed activities, licensees must provide proof of licensure and provide proof of the guide’s employing outfitter, upon request.
  1. Boat Transport of Hunting Clients
  • Unless licensed or in an agreement with a licensed outfitter, a boatman licensee must not transport big game hunters to any hunting area.

American Red Cross First Aid class is the baseline class for the First Aid requirement.

Any other classes need to cover the same topics and be at least 2 hours long, whether online or in person.

Topics covered must include:

Before Giving Care and Checking an Injured/Ill Person:

  • Recognize an emergency
  • Prioritize care for injuries and sudden illnesses
  • Good Samaritan laws
  • Identify the difference between (expressed) consent and implied consent
  • Identify how to reduce the risk of disease transmission when giving care
  • Explain how to activate and work with the emergency medical services (EMS) system
  • Explain when to move an injured or ill person from a dangerous scene
  • Explain how to check a conscious person for life-threatening and non-life-threatening conditions
  • Identify the signals of shock
  • Describe how to minimize the effects of shock
  • Demonstrate how to check an unconscious person for life-threatening conditions

First Aid Skills:

  • Identify the signals of common sudden illnesses
  • Describe how to care for common sudden illnesses
  • Describe how to care for someone who is having a seizure
  • Identify the signals of heat-related illnesses and cold-related emergencies
  • Describe how to care for heat-related illnesses and cold-related emergencies
  • Explain how to care for head, neck and spinal injuries
  • Identify signals of various soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Describe how to care for various soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Explain how to care for muscle, bone or joint injuries
  • Demonstrate how to control external bleeding.
  • Identify signals of head, neck and spinal injuries

Other First Aid classes are accepted as long as they can be certified by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the equivalent as approved by the Board

All EMT and higher certifications are accepted.

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