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PERSONAL INFORMATION

MILITARY HISTORY

ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

TERMS & CONDITIONS

My Fellow Combat Veteran,

If your ADVENTURE has been approved, congratulations! 

Take a little time to carefully read through this document, and a Volunteer/Guide will contact you to establish travel arrangements based on your Adventure Location. When your itinerary is set, please keep Staff informed of any changes to your travel plans, or special needs.

Before leaving home, please double check to make sure you bring your photo identification, VA Letter, Hunter Safety Card, hunting or fishing licenses with all appropriate tags or stamps (unless of other arrangements), or your Adventure may be delayed.

Prepare your gear using our recommended Packing List. It’s based on your Adventure type, the location, and time of year.

ADVENTURES AT THE LOWELL & OTHER LODGES

We ask that you zero your weapon before arriving at any hunting location. However, if you need to zero your weapon when you arrive your guide can arrange a safe location. However, this takes time away from an evening hunt that might produce a trophy. Firearms will be locked in the gun safe while not in the field hunting.

As with the Lowell lodge and lodges around the country, they have hosted many Veterans over many years. It’s asked that you treat your lodge as you would treat a friend’s home whom you have the utmost respect. Be respectful of other’s items and space. Do not touch equipment without asking Staff first and put all equipment back in its proper place after use. If you do not know where items go, ask Staff.

When you arrive at your Adventure location, you should be provided an orientation and tour of your lodge and its facilities. Keep in mind that our Lowell Idaho lodge, and many other Adventure locations are very remote, some being 25 miles from the nearest cell phone reception. Plan accordingly and enjoy the solitude.

Also upon arrival at your Adventure location, please inform Staff of any allergies to bees or food like peanut butter, or special meal needs such as diabetic or Paleo-meals, as all meals are prepared at your Adventure location.

Finally, our all-Volunteer Staff will do their best to answer all of your questions throughout your Adventure. 

Warm Regards,

Send-A-Vet® Foundation

The following Guidelines apply to all Adventure Locations

  • Keep your identification and Hunting and/or Fishing license on your person at all times
  • All Adventures require a Hunter Safety Card and must be carried at all times
  • Control your alcohol intake
  • Illegal substance use is not allowed at any “Sent-A-Vet”® Adventure location, or while on your Adventure
  • Dispose of garbage and recyclables as instructed by Staff
  • Please use butts cans or fire pit to dispose of your butts
  • At some locations if it will burn, put it in the fire pit. Check with Staff
  • If you pack it in to hunt, pack it out at the end of the day. Leave the forest trash free
  • Take your boots off at Lodge doors
  • At the Lowell Idaho Lodge, sleeping quarters are bunks and ADA accessible;
  • Men and women bunk in separate rooms, unless Staff approved
  • No opposite sex in opposite rooms from 2200-0800
  • Please follow hunting guidance and timelines agreed to with your Guide or Outfitter
  • To improve your chance of a trophy, see the Idaho Bear Hunting Adventure Guidelines
  • Get enough rest to enjoy your adventure
  • At the end of your Adventure, pack up your gear, load it in the assigned vehicle, then double check to make sure you have everything that belongs to you
  • Return transportation is provided back to the pre-determined location and at the arranged time
  • Finally before you leave, please take a moment to write about your hunting experience in the visitor log
  • Therefore, I accept these Guidelines as part of a complete Adventure application packet.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation Policy – Failure to provide a two-week cancellation notice, or failure to arrive at the scheduled meeting point on time and you will be barred from applying for any Adventure trip through the next calendar year, except for:

  1. Death in the family;
  2. Serious vehicle accident;
  3. A serious injury suffered by the participant or a family member; or
  4. A situation where the other custodial parent is not able to care for my child.

 

SEND-A-VET® Foundation Weapon Handling Policy

  • A firearm is only an instrument. It contains no evil, no conscience, and no ability. It is strictly the intent, competence, and character of its user that decide the outcome of any and all actions taken with it.
  • Corollary: Socially and morally legitimate uses for the firearm are: Sport: (Hunting...)
  • Recreation: (Competitive, and target shooting, pinking...)
  • Defensive purposes: (Self-defense, and pursuant to the concepts embodied in the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States)
  • The right to self-defense is one of the inalienable God-given rights, while the Second Amendment is a right granted by the Constitution to preserve freedom. Both are individual rights as well as responsibilities which can never be delegated.
  • If the firearm is chosen for defense, it should never be the sole source of any defensive strategy. It should represent the last resort in a comprehensive defensive plan that at least uses prevention as its first measure.
  • A firearm is never to be used to perpetrate unprovoked aggression. A firearm:
    • Therefore; from the moment, I chose to handle it is I who am ultimately responsible for the consequences of any actions that may follow from the use of the firearm.
    • Therefore; it is my intent that determines its use.
    • Therefore; it is my character that determines the intent for which the firearm is used.
    • Therefore; it is my competence that determines the accuracy of the firearm's use.
  • Treat all firearms as if they are always loaded and ready to fire, until I verify otherwise.
  • Never point the muzzle of a firearm at anything I am not willing to destroy.
  • Be sure of my target and what is behind it before firing.
  • Never shoot at a sound, a shadow, or anything that has not been positively identified as a proper target.
  • Keep my finger off the trigger until the sights are on the target. It is best to keep your finger completely outside the trigger guard until the sights are on the target.

What Does Bowhunter Responsibility Mean?

Responsibility means personal accountability. You are accountable for your actions. Because bowhunting is not a spectator sport, you manage your actions by following legal and ethical guidelines.

Characteristics of a Responsible Bowhunter

Look over the list of words below, and choose three words or phrases that best describe a responsible bowhunter. Be prepared to explain your choices.

  • Safety-conscious
  • Competitive
  • Ethical
  • Honest
  • Environmentalist
  • Woodsman
  • Experienced
  • Prepared
  • Marksman
  • Law-abiding
  • Respectful
  • Neat and Clean
  • In-Control
  • Knowledgeable
  • Naturalist
  • Knows Game Laws
  • Well-known

Bowhunting Safety

Bowhunting safety rules apply to proper handling of equipment in transit or in the field. They supplement archery safety rules learned at home or at the practice range and include the following.

  • Obey archery and field safety rules at all times while bowhunting.
  • Hunt and shoot within your own physical limitations
  • Exercise regularly and stay in good shape, especially before strenuous hunts
  • Let family or friends know exactly where you will be hunting
  • Transport equipment in protective cases to prevent damage. For airline travel, use a protective hard-sided case that can be secured
  • Dress properly for the worst weather conditions you expect to encounter
  • Carry basic survival gear every time you go afield, even for short hikes
  • Carry a flashlight, extra bulbs, and batteries. Always turn on your flashlight while walking to or from your tree stand in low-light conditions
  • Make every effort to rejoin your hunting companions at agreed-upon times
  • Clearly identify the specific game animal you intend to shoot before releasing an arrow
  • Do not shoot at an animal standing on a ridge top (a “skyline” shot) where you can’t identify a safe background
  • Place arrows in a covered quiver prior to moving around in the field
  • Always carry broadheads in a sturdy quiver that fully covers razor-sharp blades
  • Carefully cross barriers or obstacles with arrows securely in the quiver

Consider a Bow and Arrow as a Rifle and Bullet

In many states, a bow and arrow are considered a firearm, and the same rules and regulations that apply to firearms also apply to bows and arrows. Always check local laws, and follow these archery safety rules.

  • Only point the bow and arrow in a safe direction
  • Only nock an arrow when it’s safe to shoot
  • Be sure of your target and what is in front of it, immediately behind it, and beyond it
  • Never shoot over a ridge
  • Only shoot when you have a safe range or shooting area, and a safe backstop or background
  • Never dry-firing a bow (releasing the bowstring without a nocked arrow). It may cause serious damage to the bow and can injure the archer
  • Do not shoot an arrow straight up in the air
  • Handle arrows carefully. Protect yourself and the arrow points with a covered arrow quiver
  • Use a bow-stringer for stringing longbows and recurve bows
  • Immediately repair defects in equipment
  • Prior to each use, check your bow for cracks, dents, breaks, separating laminates, peeling glass, and defects in mechanical parts
  • Check the bowstring regularly, and replace it if it becomes worn or frayed
  • Use bowstring wax to extend its life
  • Check arrows for cracks, dents, or bends; discard any that have permanent flaws
  • Store your bow in a case—preferably hard cases—and store recurves and longbows unstrung
  • Store arrows in quivers and accessories in a sturdy box or padded bag
  • Think safety first

 

SEND-A-VET® Foundation - Bear Hunting Guidelines

Bears have an incredible sense of smell, and a successful hunt requires that you:

  • Shower with scent killer soap each night;
  • Wash clothes with scent killer at night, or wear clean hunting gear the next day;
  • Use scent killer before hunting;
  • If you must defecate, go at least 200 yards from the bait site and bury it;
  • No smoking after dressing for the hunt;
  • Male AND Female – MUST BRING & USE a of some type at the hunting site to ensure the bait site stays relatively scent free. You are not the only Warrior we service; and
  • urination capture device
  • Do not smoke, cook food or make coffee at bait or blind site.

The hunting process:

  • In the evening before your hunt, a Volunteer / Guide will explain the next day’s hunt routine and agree to a wake-up and depart the cabin time;
  • The day begins early, and may be long, typically 0400-2200;At wake-up, prepare the days snacks, lunch and at least two quarts of water to keep hydrated;Check your hunting gear to make sure you take everything you need;
  • A walkie-talkie radio and instructions for hunter use will be provided;Talk with Guide to ensure you understand your bait site and location on a map;
  • The Guide will determine your hunting location matched with your needs and desires;
  • Wear a side arm;Harvest only what your tag or license allows;
  • Use weapons safely at ALL times even when nobody is around;
  • A Safety Harness is mandatory in All tree stands;
  • Do not leave your site while hunting unless instructed otherwise by your Guide;
  • You must obey Idaho Fish and Game and Ranger Station regulations and keep your hunting license and tags on your person while afield;
  • After the day’s hunt before bed, you must prepare another bait bag for the next morning and put it in the proper vehicle and fuel up the vehicle; and
  • This is the daily routine while hunting.

If you harvest an animal, Staff will:

  • Provide you with a Proxy Statement you must complete (in order to store your game);
  • Assist game cleaning / instructions as necessary;
  • Provide information about taxidermy, or shipping or donating your game; and
  • Keep meat and hide in the onsite freezer until your Adventure is completed.

Last Day:

  • Staff will inform you of the Sunday morning departure time and procedures;
  • On your last morning, usually Sunday, strip your bunk and put sheets and pillow cases in the laundry room;
  • Pack up your gear, load it in the assigned vehicle, then double check to make sure you have everything that belongs to you;
  • You will return with Staff to your pre-determined location and provided an approximate time;
  • finally before you leave, we ask that you take a moment and write about your hunting experience in our visitor log.

SEND-A-VET® Foundation -Hunting & Fishing Codes of Conduct

Whether an experienced or novice hunter, this Hunter Code is a good review 

Respect the Environment & Wildlife

  • Show respect for the wildlife you hunt with clean, killing shots, then retrieving and properly handling your game;
  • Take only what you will use, even if it is under the legal limit;
  • Learn to tread lightly while afield. Use vehicles only on established roads and trails, practice low-impact camping and travel, and pack out your trash, including cigarette butts and spent shell casings; 
  • Obey bag and possession limits;
  • Use only legal hunting methods and equipment; and
  • Report illegal activities immediately.

Respect Property & Landowners

  • Always get permission to hunt on private land;
  • Close any gates you open, and never damage crops or property, including fences, outbuildings or livestock;
  • Hunt only in allowed areas and during designated times and seasons;
  • Obey bag and possession limits;
  • Alert landowners or land managers about any problems you find on their property;
  • Use only legal hunting methods and equipment; and
  • Share your game with the landowner, or say thank you in some other way.

Show Consideration of Non-Hunters

  • Be considerate of non-hunters’ sensibilities, and strive to leave them with positive images of hunting and hunters;
  • Don't flaunt your kill;
  • Treat game carcasses in an inoffensive manner particularly during transport; and
  • Be considerate of all outdoor users, including other hunters.

Hunt Safely

  • Exercise caution at all times;
  • Fire your gun or bow only when you are absolutely sure of your target and its background;
  • Use binoculars, not your rifle scope, to identify your target;
  • Don’t fire at game if you can barely see your game/target, ie, if before dawn or after dusk;
  • Never shoot at a sound, a shadow, or anything that you have not positively identified as a proper target; and
  • Wear hunter orange whenever appropriate or required while afield.

Remember that hunting and alcohol and drugs don't mix

Know and Obey the Law

  • Obtain proper tags and licenses;
  • Hunt only in allowed areas and during designated times and seasons;
  • Obey bag and possession limits;
  • Use only legal hunting methods and equipment;
  • Support Wildlife & Habitat Conservation
  • Learn more about wildlife and habitat issues, and urge policymakers to support strong conservation initiatives;
  • Pass on an Ethical Hunting Tradition;
  • Attend a hunter education course, and urge others to do the same;
  • Set high ethical standards for future generations of hunters to help ensure hunting will continue;
  • Strive to Improve Outdoor Skills & Understanding of Wildlife;
  • Know the limitations of your skills and equipment, and hunt within those limits;
  • Improve your outdoor skills to become more observant, a better hunter, and a better teacher;
  • Sight-in your firearm and bow, and practice shooting to ensure a clean kill in the field;
  • Learn more about the habits and habitats of game and non-game wildlife and their management needs;
  • Only hunt with Ethical Hunters;
  • Take pride in being an ethical hunter; and
  • Insist that your hunting partners behave in a responsible, ethical manner. Compete only with yourself.

Fisherman's Code of Conduct

Respect the Environment & Wildlife

Show respect for wildlife and take only what you will use, even if it is under the legal limit. Learn to tread lightly while afield. Use vehicles only on established roads and trails, practice low-impact camping and travel, and pack out your trash, including cigarette butts and spent shell casings. Report illegal activities immediately.

Respect Property & Landowners

Always get permission to fish on private land. Close any gates you open, and never damage crops or property, including fences, outbuildings or livestock. Alert landowners or land managers about any problems you find on their property. Share your game with the landowner, or say thank you in some other way.

Show Consideration of Fishermen and Non-Fisherman Alike

Remember that the future of sport fishing depends on other fishermen and people that may or may not care for outdoor field sports. Be considerate of others sensibilities, and strive to leave them with positive images of fishing and fishermen in general. Don't flaunt your kill. Treat game inoffensively, particularly during transport. Be considerate of all outdoor users, including other fishermen.

Remember, fishing and alcohol and drugs don't mix.

  • Know and Obey the Law Obtain proper tags and licenses. Fish only in allowed areas and during designated times and seasons. Obey bag and possession limits. Use only legal hunting methods and equipment
  • Support Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Learn more about wildlife and habitat issues, and urge policymakers to support strong conservation initiatives
  • Pass on an Ethical Fishing Traditions, and urge others to do the same. Set high ethical standards for future generations of those on the waters to help ensure fishing will continue to be an enjoyable Adventure
  • Strive to improve outdoor skills and understanding of wildlife
  • Know the limitations of your skills and equipment, and hunt within those limits
  • Improve your outdoor skills to become more observant, and a better teacher
  • Learn more about the habits of game and their management needs
  • Encourage others to Fish Ethically and take pride in being ethical. Insist that your partners behave in a responsible, ethical manner as well. Compete only with yourself...
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Send-A-Vet® Foundation - Outdoor ADVENTURE Packing Lists

RECOMMENDED – These lists are not all inclusive, and you may bring additional gear. Contact Send-A-Vet® Foundation before purchasing items or if you have questions about the list

Bear Hunting Packing List

Personal Gear:

  • Photo ID / Driver’s License
  • Hunter Safety Card REQUIRED for ALL Participants - Click here if you need a Hunter Safety Card - WA DF&W opens in a new tab; OR,
  • CLICK HERE to open the form to print; 
  • Bring cash or debit card-preferred payment if visiting the town for:
    • Dinner; or
    • Supplies; and
    • At least $300 for taxidermy costs
  • Swimsuit-Required - Showering
  • Civilian clothes for photos
  • Sleeping Clothes
  • Laundry Bag
  • Sleeping Bag if desired but bedding is available

Personal Care Items:

  • All Medications
  • scent free shampoo;
  • Male / Female hygiene items;
  • Medications;
  • Epi-Pen if needed;
  • scent killer spray;
  • scent free bug spray;
  • sunglasses
  • suntan lotion;
  • travel toilet paper
  • toothbrush
  • razor
  • sunscreen

Please bring your Send-A-Vet® Foundation T-Shirt

Hunting Gear:

  • Rifle 300 Win Mag or higher caliber with scope and ammo
  • Backup sidearm with ammo
  • Hunting clothes – forest camo, 2 Pants and 2 shirts
  • Hunting boots, socks, underwear if desired, Belt
  • Rain gear
  • Cold weather gear
  • Scent Free Bug repellent
  • Shooting gloves
  • Eye and Ear protection
  • Binoculars and Range Finder
  • Shooting support bi-pod or tripod
  • Headlamp and Flashlight with batteries or charger
  • Re-useable water devise
  • Urination bottle-Male or Female-Required
  • Anything else you need for your hunt

*Optional Items” – Lightweight, quiet waders worn under camo pants aid scent-protection and help keep you dry, Thermos

Fishing Trip Packing List

Personal Gear:

  • Fishing license with required endorsements (paid by Send-A-Vet® Foundation;
  • Photo ID / Driver’s License.

Personal Care Items:

  • All Medications;
  • Sunglasses;
  • Civilian clothes;
  • Swimsuit-Required;
  • scent free shampoo;
  • Male / Female hygiene items;
  • Epi-Pen (if needed);
  • scent killer spray;
  • scent free bug spray;
  • suntan/sunscreen lotion;
  • travel toilet paper;
  • toothbrush;
  • razor;
  • Sleeping bag and pad for all trips EXCEPT the Alaskan Adventures;
  • Jackets for higher elevation-nights in the 40s;
  • Change of clothes as needed;
  • Rain gear / Gortex;
  • Hat for the sun;
  • Sunglasses;
  • Camera;
  • Coffee and coffee making supplies;
  • All fishing tackle is supplied.

Washington Outfitters & Guides Association Gear Guide, and their Release to Participate form prior to your trip.