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:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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|
|Big Cypress Camping and Airboat Tour||Private Land||02/24/17 1:00 PM||02/26/17 9:00 AM||POINT (-80.4775 25.765619444444443)|
|WFC family fishing trip||
Other Public Land
|02/27/17 3:00 PM||02/28/17 3:00 PM||POINT (-82.333358333333322 28.65005)|
|WWSF/Grape Hammock Fishing Event||
|03/03/17 3:00 PM||03/05/17 12:00 PM||POINT (-81.212222222222223 27.817777777777778)|
|Peace River Turkey Hunt||
Peace River State Forest
|03/03/17 4:00 PM||03/05/17 12:00 PM||POINT (-81.960448472222225 27.1611405)|
|Muse Hog Hunt||
|03/04/17 5:00 AM||03/05/17 3:00 PM||POINT (-81.556666666666658 26.8275)|
|Babcock Ranch Preserve Turkey Hunt||
Other Public Land
|03/10/17 12:00 PM||03/12/17 12:00 PM||POINT (-81.734904 26.88363)|
|Camp Prairie Turkey Hunt||
Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
|03/17/17 12:00 PM||03/19/17 12:00 PM||POINT (-81.2842 27.84611111111111)|
|Laurel Hill Turkey Hunt 1 - Blackwater||Private Land||03/17/17 4:00 PM||03/19/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-86.454020229625939 30.945635426520784)|
|NEW RIVER TURKEY HUNT||
|03/20/17 1:00 PM||03/22/17 12:00 PM||POINT (-82.236611444444449 29.980426972222222)|
|Air-Ops Spring Turkey Hunt||Private Land||03/24/17 12:00 PM||03/25/17 2:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.039559 29.83706586111111)|
|Gilley Creek Turkey Hunt||Other Public Land||03/24/17 1:00 PM||03/26/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.292672222222222 27.512219444444444)|
|PK Turkey hunt||
Withlacoochee State Forest
|03/24/17 3:00 PM||03/26/17 1:00 PM||POINT (-82.333358333333322 28.65005)|
|Hollister Turkey Hunt||Private Land||03/26/17 12:00 PM||03/28/17 1:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-81.744165888888887 29.6890495)|
|Laurel Hill Turkey Hunt 2 - Blackwater||Private Land||03/31/17 12:00 PM||04/02/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-86.454020229625939 30.945635426520784)|
|Newnans Lake Turkey Hunt||Newnans Lake State Forest||03/31/17 12:00 PM||04/02/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.2618643888889 29.673567083333335)|
|Silver Lakes Preserve||
Registration not yet open
|04/01/17 3:00 PM||04/01/17 8:00 PM||POINT (-81.491031333333339 26.868288888888891)|
|Peace River Spring Hog Hunt||Peace River State Forest||04/07/17 12:00 PM||04/09/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-81.960448472222225 27.1611405)|
|Satsuma Spring Turkey Hunt||Belmore State Forest||04/07/17 2:00 PM||04/09/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-81.9326817919998 29.981962521305842)|
|PSSF Spring Turkey Hunt||Picayune Strand State Forest||04/07/17 5:00 PM||04/09/17 1:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-81.562278405542926 26.142157424359702)|
|OSSF Spring Turkey Hunt||Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest||04/14/17 1:00 PM||04/16/17 2:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-81.334111111111113 26.59536111111111)|
|WRB Greenswamp Turkey Hunt||Other Public Land||04/21/17 10:00 AM||04/23/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.054854444444445 28.286812750000003)|
|Robinson Cedar Key Fishing Trip||Other Public Land||05/08/17 12:00 PM||05/09/17 3:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.952366666666663 29.226899999999997)|
|Pine Island 2017 Spring Fishing Event||Other Public Land||05/19/17 4:00 PM||05/21/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.149161111111113 26.699775)|