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
Shell mound Fishing Trip Other Public Land
Registration Closed
11/29/17 12:00 PM 12/02/17 10:00 AM POINT (-83.06731281585769 29.207575730841636)
Newnans Lake Deer Hunt (Wheelchair) Newnans Lake State Forest
Registration Closed
12/01/17 12:00 PM 12/03/17 12:00 PM POINT (-82.26081141666667 29.673111055555555)
CAMP PRAIRIE DEER HUNT Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
Registration Closed
12/01/17 1:00 PM 12/03/17 1:00 PM POINT (-81.284722222222214 27.848055555555554)
Madison County/Two Crow Deer Hunt Private Land
Registration Closed
12/05/17 10:00 AM 12/07/17 10:00 AM POINT (-83.506833333333333 30.50138888888889)
Double Eagle Deep Sea fishing Other Public Land 12/09/17 6:30 AM 12/09/17 5:00 PM Apply POINT (-82.826352777777771 27.976802777777777)
TM Ranch Hog/Gator hunt Private Land 12/10/17 12:00 PM 12/11/17 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-81.17071335355952 28.389023691316218)
Twin Rivers Fall Deer hunt 17 Twin Rivers State Forest 12/11/17 1:00 PM 12/14/17 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-83.0423949093117 30.530550163617107)
Crescent Lake Conservation Deer Hunt Other Public Land
Registration Closed
12/12/17 1:00 PM 12/15/17 1:00 PM POINT (-81.350036111111109 29.133333333333333)
Blackwater gun hunt Blackwater River State Forest
Registration Closed
12/12/17 2:00 PM 12/15/17 12:00 PM POINT (-86.801890120483293 30.773249935033281)
JB Ranch Deer Hunt Private Land 12/18/17 12:00 PM 12/20/17 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-81.338255555555548 26.268680555555555)
Gilley Creek Deer and Hog Other Public Land 01/05/18 12:00 PM 01/07/18 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-82.292993 27.51311)
Lake Talquin Deer Hunt #1 Lake Talquin State Forest 01/05/18 12:00 PM 01/07/18 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-84.626133833333327 30.477738305555555)
Camp Prairie Hog hunt Lake Wales Ridge State Forest 01/12/18 4:00 PM 01/14/18 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-81.284722222222214 27.848055555555554)
Peace River State Forest Deer and Hog Peace River State Forest
Registration not yet open
02/02/18 12:00 PM 02/04/18 12:00 PM POINT (-81.972332 27.118136)
Lake Talquin State Forest Deer Hunt #2 Lake Talquin State Forest 02/09/18 12:00 PM 02/11/18 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-84.626133833333327 30.477738305555555)
Babcock Ranch turkey hunt Other Public Land 03/02/18 2:22 PM 03/04/18 2:22 PM Apply POINT (-81.758759 26.885305)
Gilley creek Turkey hunt Other Public Land
Registration not yet open
03/23/18 12:00 PM 03/25/18 12:00 PM POINT (-82.292653 27.511933)
North Tract Newnans Lake Turkey Hunt Other Public Land
Registration not yet open
03/23/18 12:00 PM 03/25/18 12:00 PM POINT (-82.260447694444451 29.673041083333334)
Williams/Rice Creek Turkey Hunt (Women Only) Private Land
Registration not yet open
04/09/18 12:00 PM 04/11/18 12:00 PM POINT (-81.740843833333329 29.686230000000002)
Newnans Lake Turkey Hunt Newnans Lake State Forest
Registration not yet open
04/13/18 12:00 PM 04/15/18 12:00 PM POINT (-82.260692194444445 29.673155166666668)