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|
|Withlacoochee Training Center Deer Hunt||Withlacoochee State Forest||11/22/19 1:00 PM||11/24/19 1:00 PM||POINT (-82.338092910246843 28.655125499173703)|
|Twin Rivers Fall Deer Hunt 2019||
Twin Rivers State Forest
|12/02/19 1:00 PM||12/05/19 1:00 PM||POINT (-83.04193602777778 30.530354527777778)|
|Duke Energy / OOF Sporting Clay Fundraising Tournament||
|12/06/19 8:00 AM||12/06/19 1:30 PM||POINT (-82.216462305555552 27.79462725)|
|Plank Road State Forest Hunt||
Lake Talquin State Forest
|12/06/19 2:00 PM||12/08/19 12:00 PM||POINT (-84.263586388888882 30.238924611111113)|
|JB Ranch Deer Hunt||
|12/06/19 4:00 PM||12/08/19 9:00 AM||POINT (-81.338255555555548 26.268680555555555)|
|Shell Mound Fishing and Camping Trip||Other Public Land||12/11/19 1:00 PM||12/14/19 10:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-83.064638969663577 29.207698436692027)|
|NLSF Deer Hunt||
Newnans Lake State Forest
|12/13/19 2:00 PM||12/15/19 10:00 AM||POINT (-82.261829944444443 29.673284916666667)|
|Calhoun County Deer Hunt||
|12/13/19 3:00 PM||12/15/19 11:00 AM||POINT (-85.3831930812066 30.434307103531346)|
|🐬💓⛺Pennekamp/Island Dolphin Care||Other Public Land||12/19/19 1:00 PM||12/20/19 2:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-80.4077659508595 25.123236032441973)|
|Federation of Christian Sportsmen Hog Hunt - Camp Prairie||Lake Wales Ridge State Forest||01/03/20 10:00 AM||01/05/20 10:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-81.338119666666657 27.827862833333334)|
|Florida Cattlewomen's Sporting Clay Shoot 2020||Private Land||01/04/20 8:00 AM||01/04/20 3:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-80.7179111111111 27.44991388888889)|
|Perry District Deer Hunt 3||Twin Rivers State Forest||01/06/20 9:00 AM||01/08/20 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-83.243217684401856 30.535701867214939)|
|19-20 Satsuma General Gun Hunt 2||Belmore State Forest||01/10/20 2:00 PM||01/12/20 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-81.931967222222227 29.981961833333333)|
|WRB Deer Hunt (Vietnam Vets only)||Other Public Land||01/17/20 10:00 AM||01/19/20 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.051057555555559 28.302450166666667)|
|Duck Hunt STA 1 W / United Waterfowlers / FWC||Other Public Land||01/24/20 3:00 PM||01/25/20 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-80.390185444444455 26.684724138888889)|
|Loxahatchee River kayak & fishing||Other Public Land||01/24/20 3:00 PM||01/26/20 9:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-80.145091666666673 26.992191666666667)|
|Lake Talquin State Forest Hunt||
Lake Talquin State Forest
Registration not yet open
|02/14/20 12:00 PM||02/16/20 12:00 PM||POINT (-84.62713997222221 30.475821916666664)|