Announced last week at the 95th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN, Choteau’s Carson Crary was awarded the National Agricultural Proficiency Award in Outdoor Recreation – Entrepreneurship/Placement.

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Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.

“I am very excited and honored to be awarded 1st place in the nation for the FFA Outdoor Recreation proficiency,” said Crary. “Through this proficiency, I have honed my historical outdoor skills, stockmanship, critical thinking, management, and communication skills.  Being part of a team that guides guests in a traditional wilderness setting can be challenging, yet very rewarding.  I am thankful to live where I live and to have grown up in my family’s outfitting business where a strong work ethic is expected and necessary. I am grateful for this lifestyle and for all the help along the way.”

“Carson’s well-deserved national recognition brings awareness to the important role of outfitting in outdoor recreation,” said Mac Minard, Executive Director, of Montana Outfitters, and Guides Association. “Not only does outfitting provide career opportunities for our young people, but also creates once-in-a-lifetime experiences for clients, supports small businesses across the state, and brings millions in additional revenue into Montana.”

Carson is a member of the Choteau FFA Chapter in Montana and works for his family’s guest ranch and outfitting business, 7 Lazy P Outfitting. Taking guests on authentic backcountry adventures into Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness is their specialty.  Guests ride horses and all the gear for a full camp is man-tied and packed on mules.  The traditional trips allow guests to unplug and get refreshed in the mountains of Montana.

Crary is supported by his parents, Danelle and Dusty. Dusty Crary currently serves as president of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association.

More information and an interview with Carson is available at:

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