Member Code of Ethics

Public Service and Safety

America Outdoors Association members will utilize their knowledge and skill for the benefit of the public.
They will:

  • Run a professional and responsible operation.

  • Provide competent, well-trained staff and assistants.

  • Maintain adequate sanitary service facilities and serve clean, wholesome food; both services to be conditioned only by the primitiveness of the surroundings.

  • Protect the rights and opportunities of the outfitted public to access and enjoy America's wildlands through professional outfitting and guiding services.

  • Cooperate with and respect the rights of private landowners.

  • Respect the role of public land managers and interact with them in a professional manner.

  • Respect the rights of self-guided users and their opportunity to have a quality outdoor recreation experience.

  • Adhere to the Federal, State and local laws and regulations which govern their profession.

Industry Professionalism

America Outdoors Association members will cooperatively strive to enhance the value of the outfitting
and guiding profession. They will:

  • Support the mission and purpose of America Outdoors Association.

  • Respect the rights of other outfitters and guides.

  • Respect the culture and local laws when operating in a foreign country.

  • Cooperate in extending training opportunities to other members through an interchange of ideas, knowledge and experience.

  • Advertise only in an honest and dignified manner, setting forth a factual presentation of the services they are prepared to render for the public they serve.

  • Assure that stock are appropriately conditioned, and that stock, equipment and facilities are regularly maintained and responsibly used and operated.

  • Assure the health, well-being and humane treatment of any animals used in their operations.


America Outdoors Association members will support the conservation and responsible, shared use of America's wildlands and natural resources. They will practice appropriate minimum impact camping techniques, and will cooperate with other outfitters and guides, agency personnel, and private landowners to continue to develop better methods of caring for the lands and waters upon which they outfit and guide.

Mission Statement

The mission of AOA is growing, protecting and supporting America’s outfitting businesses.


  • Improve members’ profitability

  • Ensure a fair and reasonable regulatory environment

  • Enhance members’ ease of doing businesses.‚Äč