Code of Ethics & Mission Statement

Code of Ethics

The Profession

I will, to the best of my ability, assist, promote, and otherwise support the profession of Outdoor Guiding and make every effort to provide competent and reliable guide services in New York State.

Multiple Use

I will support equal access to the lands and waters of New York State for recreational, educational and sporting purposes for all. I will promote conservation and a rational use of the environment.

The Environment

I will subscribe to a professional standard of wilderness travel and low-impact environmental usage. I will acquire a useful knowledge of local natural history, and the ability and willingness to impart this knowledge to my clients. I will maintain orderly, sanitary and environmentally sound camps at all times.

Respect for the Law

I will fully cooperate with all wildlife officials, law enforcement officers, private landowners and public land management agencies. I will abide by and advise my clients of all applicable conservation and game laws, statutes, and regulations, and will not condone their violation.

Equipment and Services

I will provide clean, well-maintained, serviceable equipment and gear that is adequate for all conditions likely to be encountered. I will employ competent and courteous personnel in sufficient number to adequately care for the comfort of my clients. I will offer reasonably well-prepared and balanced camp fare for clients and employees in keeping with the nature of the trip.

Accurate Information

I will accurately advise my clients of the factors and conditions involved in achieving their goals. This includes weather conditions, terrain, fish and game populations, and the equipment, physical endurance and skills required for the activity to be undertaken.


I will at all times provide for the safety of clients and employees.

Trophies and Limits

I will never fill a client’s game tag or limit of fish or game. Barring unforeseen conditions, all fish and game hides and capes will be prepared and delivered to the processor, taxidermist, or to the client at the conclusion of the trip in a satisfactory and usable condition.

Truth in Advertising.

I will not misrepresent rates, service and/or accommodations, nor otherwise mislead prospective clients through false advertising.


A NYSOGA member failing to abide by this Code of Ethics will be subject to investigation by the New York State Outdoor Guides Association and may lead to reprimand, fine, suspension, and/or expulsion.


Mission Statement

The Vision Statement defines the Board’s idealistic “waking dream” of how we would like our organization to be. It is a Philosophy.

The Goals Statement defines what the Board values about working relationships. It holds the association management accountable for acting in a way that is congruent with its Vision. As such, the statement becomes a benchmark for all Board actions as a governing body and as individuals.

The NYSOGA Mission:

To enhance the guiding profession in New York State with the highest standards of honesty, safety, and professionalism by providing New York State licensed guides with support services, representation, and a sense of community.

The NYSOGA Vision:

To be an internationally recognized association of the world’s best and most respected professional guides. To work purposefully and relentlessly to achieve our Goals and fulfill our Mission.

The NYSOGA Goals:

NYSOGA will uphold and live by the following goals:

  • To increase membership by attracting and retaining new members;
  • To improve exposure / promotion of the Association and its members;
  • To elevate the professionalism and reputation of the Association;
  • To improve the financial position of the Association;
  • To increase general member participation in leadership roles;
  • To improve the business efficiency of the Association; and
  • To improve relations with the Department of Environmental Conservation and the legislative process.