Outdoor Freedom is an endeavor of the Florida Forest Service that provides recreational opportunities to wounded veterans. Participants must have 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|
|Crystal River Fishing Trip||Other Public Land||09/16/16 2:05 PM||09/18/16 2:05 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.612085797950144 28.899828297877789)|
|Lake Hancock Gator Hunt #1 -2016||Other Public Land||09/16/16 6:00 PM||09/18/16 10:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-81.810638888888889 27.983894444444445)|
|Pt. Washington Dove Hunt||Point Washington State Forest||09/23/16 4:00 PM||09/25/16 8:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-86.086951550309749 30.353875630843341)|
|Picayune Strand Deer Hunt||Picayune Strand State Forest||09/23/16 5:00 PM||09/25/16 8:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-81.564424444444441 26.141617888888888)|
|Gulf County Shark Fishing Trip||Other Public Land||09/29/16 11:00 AM||09/30/16 8:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-85.206162519064748 29.906554120991675)|
|Ladies Bay County Deep Sea Fishing Trip||Private Land||09/30/16 4:00 PM||10/02/16 9:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-85.826939393445087 30.18792304490368)|
|Pine Island October 2016 Saltwater Fishing Event||Other Public Land||09/30/16 4:00 PM||10/02/16 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.149161111111113 26.699775)|
|Operation Bass Warrior 3||Other Public Land||10/08/16 12:00 PM||10/09/16 3:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-80.919033 26.7571833)|
|Hollister Hog Hunt (World War 2, Korea, Vietnam Vets Only)||Private Land||10/16/16 12:00 PM||10/18/16 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-81.744112472222227 29.689010888888888)|
|North Tract/Newnans Lake||Other Public Land||11/07/16 12:00 PM||11/09/16 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.26024533333333 29.673100555555557)|
|Newnans Lake SF (WWII, Korea and Vietnam Vets Only)||
Newnans Lake State Forest
Registration not yet open
|12/02/16 12:00 PM||12/04/16 12:00 PM||POINT (-82.260437472222222 29.673240833333335)|
|Lake Talquin Hunt # 1||Lake Talquin State Forest||01/06/17 1:41 PM||01/08/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-84.626133833333327 30.477738305555555)|
|Pine Log State Forest Deer Hunt||
Pine Log State Forest
Registration not yet open
|01/13/17 12:00 PM||01/15/17 10:00 AM||POINT (-85.882046231449479 30.429290705237914)|
|Lake Talquin Deer Hunt # 2||Lake Talquin State Forest||02/03/17 12:00 PM||02/05/17 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-84.626133833333327 30.477738305555555)|