Outdoor Freedom is an endeavor of the Florida Forest Service that provides recreational opportunities to wounded veterans. Participants must be Florida residents (as defined in s. 379.101(30)(b)) who are honorably discharged military veterans with either a service-connected disability rating of 30% or greater from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs or be a Purple Heart recipient.

Events can be accessed from the list, calendar, or map below. Click on the name for basic information. You may apply once for each event.

There are two types of Events:

  1. Guided Events – These events provide complete guide services, housing and all meals. All scouting, equipment, blinds, game processing and any handicapped needs are provided. Mobility assessments are provided for each event.
  2. Unguided Events – These events only provide the area to be used, primitive campsites and portable restroom facilities. The veteran is responsible for all hunting equipment, tents and food. Some events may provide a meal. All scouting and hunting is the responsibility of the veteran. Each veteran is allowed to bring one non-hunting assistant with them. Assistant may go on the hunt and help but is not allowed to use the weapon.

There are two different processes for applying:

  1. Participants are selected for many events, both guided and unguided, by a random selection process within the application software. These events will have a link marked “Apply” for online registration. If you are not a registered user, you will be prompted to register with a user name and login before you can apply for the event. After applying for an event, the right hand column of the list below will change from “apply” to “cancel”. Select cancel to remove your name from the event. You may cancel your registration at any time.
  2. For some guided events, the participant selection is made by a participating veteran’s organization and is distinguished by a “Contact Us” link. Selecting this option will produce a window with contact information. Clicking on the email address within this window will allow you to fill out your information and send it to the contact for that event. To withdraw your application, please contact the respective veteran’s organization contact person.

Participants will be selected to participate in only one event unless there are unfilled slots available at other events for which you have applied. Selected participants will be notified 30 days prior to the event. Event coordinators will provide event details, contact information and answer any questions. You will be asked to provide proof of 30% disability rating or Purple Heart credentials by email within five days of selection notification.

Event Location Begins at Ends at
Mini Season Lobster Hunt Other Public Land
Registration Closed
07/25/17 3:00 AM 07/28/17 10:00 AM POINT (-80.124280555555544 26.238602777777778)
Perry District Scalloping/Fishing Event Other Public Land
Registration Closed
07/25/17 12:00 PM 07/27/17 12:00 PM POINT (-83.388163722222231 29.668674444444445)
Orange Creek Gator Egg Collections 2017 Other Public Land 08/03/17 8:00 AM 08/03/17 5:00 PM Apply POINT (0 0)
Chipola River Kayak plus 1 event Other Public Land
Registration Closed
08/09/17 3:00 PM 08/11/17 9:00 AM POINT (-85.380914269635923 30.608878684060237)
Oklawaha Gator Hunt #1 Other Public Land 08/18/17 4:00 PM 08/19/17 10:00 AM Apply POINT (-82.058655555555546 29.214236111111109)
Oklawaha Gator Hunt #2 Other Public Land 08/19/17 4:00 PM 08/20/17 10:00 AM Apply POINT (-82.058655555555546 29.214236111111109)
Lake Hancock Gator Hunt #1 -2017 Other Public Land 08/25/17 5:00 PM 08/27/17 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-81.810638888888889 27.983894444444445)
Lake Hancock Gator Hunt #2 -2017 Other Public Land 09/08/17 5:00 PM 09/10/17 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-81.810638888888889 27.983894444444445)
Choctawhatchee Catfishing/Camping Other Public Land
Registration Closed
09/27/17 12:00 PM 09/28/17 12:00 PM POINT (-85.657187010214969 30.47485560670717)
Clear Springs Gator Hunt 2017 - Vietnam Veterans Only Private Land 10/27/17 5:00 PM 10/29/17 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-81.77769444444445 27.877508333333335)
Sunny Hill Deer Hunt 2017 Other Public Land 11/14/17 12:00 PM 11/16/17 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-81.832623444444437 28.993002888888888)