There are numerous federal resources to borrow money for college and other levels of higher learning. Believe it or not, one of them is a guide school in Wyoming operated by outfitter Tim Doud that goes by the name of Bliss Creek Outfitters Wilderness Archery Elk Guide and Packer School.
OK, you might not be able to get a Pell Grant for his guide school, but it is approved by the Department of Veteran's Affairs for aid assistance. Doud has seen an uptick in veteran recruits returning from the current theatres in Afghanistan and Iraq because of this great government program for America's heroes.
Even if you think you're a good hunter there are additional things you need to know about guiding, particularly in a wilderness setting. Doud's school includes detailed courses on game and fish regulations, horsemanship, packing, horseshoeing, game skills, trophy care, camp set up and bowhunting skills. The course lasts 4 weeks and takes place in remote areas of northwestern Wyoming near the Old West town of Cody.
I see it as a shortcut to eliminate costly mistakes many guides learn the hard way. In fact, it's every bit as much of an investment as a university or tech degree. If you want to start a career as a guide, maybe even moving into the title of outfitter, this is the way to do it.
Young or old, if you're struggling for a foothold in the world of business, this is another road to consider.
At least we passed the fire building part of guide school. Too bad Fred failed the grizzly bear portion. I'm going to miss Fred.