Ray Rugg
10695 Southside Rd.
Superior, MT 59872
Primary: (406) 822-2062
Secondary: (406) 822-2061
Other: (406) 822-4240
ray@ruggsoutfitting.com

Kip Rugg
10697 Southside Rd.
Superior, MT 59872
Primary: (406) 822-2061
Secondary: (406) 822-4915
kip@ruggsoutfitting.com


Our Family

Staff

Ray Rugg --Ray is a native of Western Montana and has spent his life guiding sportsmen into the Great Burn area. He guided his first party in at the age of 12. Ray is very active in local and national organizations, and currently serves on several committees for Mineral County and for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. Ray started a local chapter of Mule Deer Foundation, went on to State Chair and then on the national Board of Directors. He has timed out on that so is now on Search & Rescue board for Mineral county.

Kip Rugg -- Kip, a partner and now a licensed outfitter himself, runs the water activities and all outfitting on the Superior Ranger District. He also takes care of all the horse shoeing for the outfit and many other neighbors. Kip is a proven elk bugler, winning national acclaim and demonstrating his skills in the mountains. In his spare time, he is active in Search & Rescue along with the local chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation.

Monty "Jeanne" Rugg -- Jeanne jumps in with both feet, cooking, cleaning, shuttling, wrangling, and making sure that everything is where it should be. She takes on the vet care for the horses and feeds when Ray & Kip are gone. Jeanne has also manages the bookings for the rental cabins & horse boarding stables. She does wish that she could spend more time with her daughter Whitney and granddaughter Leah.

Korey, Ryann, Brock, Hank Rugg -- Korey, a partner with a degree in Environmental Engineering, somehow finds time to guide and help some with the ranch work while working full-time at the Waste Water Plant in Missoula. Ryann, his wife, also helps with cooking and shuttling for clients in the summer when needed. We may also have a new Whitewater guide as Ryann has been working on her rowing. Brock and Hank both help out on trail rides when they can in the summer as well.

R. Keith, Ilana, Ayala, Talia Rugg -- R. Keith Rugg, a third–generation Raymond Rugg, lives with his family, wife Ilana and daughters Ayala and Talia, in Reno, Nevada. A career journalist, he keeps his hand in the family business on the marketing side of things.

Kevin, Soledad, Isabelle Rugg -- Kevin, who no longer guides but instead plays with computers in S.F. Bay Area, maintains our website with the help of his wife Soledad and daughter Isabelle. They still get away a couple timesva year to come back and enjoy Montana.


History

Rugg's Outfitting is a small, family owned and operated company with its origins starting when Raymond Paul Rugg, Sr. -- Grandpa Rugg -- purchased the Hole-in-the-Wall property in 1947 and build the first lodge in 1948. The Hole-in-the-Wall burned down in 1961, was rebuilt in 1962, and then later sold in 1965.

Raymond Paul Rugg, Jr. -- Ray -- packed his first hunting party into the hills by himself in 1956. The several days late arrival of a party after Grandpa and all of the other guides were in the back country to pack game out from the base camp required the 12 year old Ray to guide the latecomers into camp by himself.

For nearly the next two decades, Ray worked on and off again as a professional guide. When he returned from the military service in 1970, he guided at the Hole-in-the-Wall until it was sold in 1973. By the spring of 1975, Ray had had so many hunters requesting that he guide them that he finally took his outfitter's exam in 1975 and began outfitting and guiding in Montana again. In 1978 he decided to expand his operations and bought an outfitting unit in Idaho's Selway-Bitterroot area. From that time up until 1995, Ray outfitted in both Montana and Idaho.

In 1994 Ray sold his ranch in the Mission Valley of Montana and moved to Superior, on the Clark Fork, in order to be closer to the outfitting areas. In 1995 he sold the Selway outfitting and in 1996 bought an Idaho outfitting area closer to his Montana area.

While all of Ray's four sons have helped out with the outfitting business in various capacities throughout the years, youngest son Kip passed his outfitter exams in 2007 and has taken over the Superior Ranger District operations, along with the River operations. Ray still heads up the outfitting operations in the Nine Mile Ranger District, while son Korey, a wastewater operator for the city of Missoula, pitches in whenever he is needed.


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