Upper Canyon Outfitters
Donna Tate McDonald along with her husband Jake own and operate Upper Canyon Outfitters (UCO) in Southwest Montana. The ranch was homesteaded by Donna’s grandfather in 1910, and UCO remains one of the oldest and most respected outfitters in Montana. Donna has a lifelong passion and deep ties to the outdoors. She remembers tagging along with her father on hunting adventures at a young age carrying her trusty 22 single shot rifle.
Donna has dedicated her personal and professional life to conservation, hunting and fishing. Donna has been involved with the RMEF since 1987 and is currently serving on RMEF Board of Directors and the Gov’t Affairs Committee.
Donna has been a licensed outfitter since 1989. An avid horsewoman and outdoorswoman, she is internationally recognized for her equine knowledge, hunting, fishing and guiding skills and expertise.
Donna has served on numerous councils and associations with the state of Montana and National Boards, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and received many awards and certifications.
She has been on the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA) Board of Directors for nineteen years, serving as the first woman President of MOGA in 2008 and 2009. She is currently serving on the Board for America Outdoors Association representing over 500 professional outdoor recreation companies in America. Donna has served six years on the Governor’s-appointed Private Land/Public Wildlife Council and has been involved in several major legislative accomplishments.
Donna has also served on the Western Montana Resource Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from 2001 -2006, providing advice and expertise on public land management to the U.S. Department of the Interior as the council of Montana outfitting.
Dedicated to serving others, Donna helped establish Big Hearts under the Big Sky, a charitable partnership program providing military soldiers, children facing the challenge of a life threatening illness, and women suffering the challenges of breast cancer the opportunity to enjoy Montana outdoors at no cost. http://www.bigheartsmt.org/
Donna has a strong passion for hunting and preserving it for generations to come. She works hard to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and hunting heritage.
Awards & Recognition:
- “Hero of Conservation,” May 2012 issue of Field& Stream! This award recognizes individuals who are committed to preserving natural resources across the United States.
- Finalist for the 2014 Prois Awards. The Prois Award recognizes the top female hunter based on experience, dedication to conservation and management, promotion of the hunting heritage and community outreach efforts. These hunters are known for having guts, determination and a passion for the hunt.