Providing lists of equipment needed early in the program is advisable. Time should be allocated to go over the equipment so that there are no misunderstandings.
It is recommended that the list be broken down into categories, such as clothing, firearms, first aid, food, etc. See Equipment for additional details and sample equipment lists. In addition, list(s) should clearly identify what equipment the participant will supply, the program will supply/loan, and/or the mentor or guide will supply/loan.
In addition, the lists should identify and focus on the minimal equipment required, as well as optional equipment that may be nice to have. Over-burdening new hunters with a long list of optional equipment may discourage some participants from continuing to hunt and may give the impression that hunting is expensive.
While the sample lists in Equipment are a place to start, the actual list(s) you use will need to be customized for your program based of the time of year, hunting situation and region of the country. In many situations, the participants may have experience in the outdoors and may have some of the identified equipment. What they lack is specific hunting experience and/or equipment.
In many situations, agencies and/or partners have supplied either “loaner equipment” or given participants some of the needed equipment. Having access to a supply of loaner equipment is advisable to accommodate forgotten equipment, or last minute weather changes.
Again, encouraging participants to write “Thank You” notes to whoever supplied or loaned equipment is recommended.