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Ray Rugg

10695 Southside Rd.
Superior, MT 59872

Primary: (406) 822-2062
Secondary: (406) 822-2061

ray@ruggsoutfitting.com

Kip Rugg

10697 Southside Rd.
Superior, MT 59872

Home: (406) 822-4915
Cell: (406) 822-2061

kip@ruggsoutfitting.com

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If you have come on an adventure with us, we would love to hear your feedback. Either email us directly at feedback@ruggsoutfitting.com or if you are willing, use one of the links below to share your experience with others.

  • Facebook

    • Currently 4.9/5.0 of 39 reviews

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    • Recent Review (June 2021): My wife and I had a great horseback ride with kip and his dogs . Kip was a great resource of knowledge about anything and everything Montana. We would highly recommend Ruggs outfitting to any who loves the outdoors and animals !

  • Yelp

    • Currently 3.0/5.0 of 2 reviews

    • Yelp seems insistent on hiding any recent, favorable reviews as 'unhelpful', but highlights the only one negative review from our neighborhood troublemaker who has never been a client of Rugg's Outfitting. Click into the 'reviews not currently recommended' for a more complete picture of our client's opinions. More reviews here would be much appreciated to give anyone looking at Yelp a more realistic picture!

    • Recent Review (June 2021): I would go back again!! Kip who was our guide and Ray who I spoke with on the phone were both nice people. I loved the fact that we were not forced to stay in a straight line during the ride and especially LOVED being able to run the horse near the end of the ride!!!! I had never gone fast before and this was the best part of the whole ride. Thank you for a great time

  • TripAdvisor

    • Currently 5.0/5.0 of 7 reviews

    • Recent Review (August 2019): We went on a four hour horseback ride with Kip and it was absolutely the best! Everything was so smooth from booking to riding! I wish I had done the full day! The horses were great, the scenery was beautiful and Kip was a wonderful guide! Unlike most outfitters, Kip was so relaxed and I love the fact that they only take one group at a time. Thank you Ruggs family!! You’ll see us again for sure!

  • Google

    • Currently 5.0/5.0 of 19 reviews

    • Recent Review (April 2021): Kip led us on an incredible family horseback ride through the mountains. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional and very responsive to all my email questions. This will be a Spring Break we will never forget!

Our Family

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 and Rescue board for Mineral county.

Kip Rugg, Teresa Lucier - Kip, a partner and now a licensed outfitter himself, runs the water activities and all outfitting. 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 and Rescue. Teresa is Kip's better half and even though having a full-time job herself, also chips in to help make sure everything runs smoothly with the outfitting.

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 back east in Massachusetts with his family, wife Ilana and daughters Ayala and Talia. A career journalist and salesman, he keeps his hand in the family business on the marketing side of things.

Kevin, Soledad, Isabelle Rugg - Kevin lives in S.F. Bay Area with his wife Soledad and his daughter, Isabelle. Isabelle created and maintains our website. They still get away a couple times a year to come back and enjoy Montana (and fix whatever computer problems have built up since they visited).

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 outfitting and river operations, leaving Ray to semi-retire, looking after the horse leasing and cabin rentals and just act as support for the outfitting, while son Korey pitches in whenever he is needed.


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