Summary of 2023 Rule Changes Relevant to Guides
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- License Production
- When engaged in licensed activities, licensees must provide proof of licensure and provide proof of the guide’s employing outfitter, upon request.
- 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.
Training Information and First Aid – More information coming soon.