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.

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Rotary Club Benefit Clay Shoot and Camp out at Camp Prairie Lake Wales Ridge State Forest 10/07/22 12:00 PM 10/08/22 7:00 AM POINT (-81.340196800209583 27.82773493154766)
9th Annual Operation Bass Warrior Fishing Tournament Other Public Land
Registration Closed
10/08/22 4:00 PM 10/09/22 7:00 PM POINT (-80.9190638888889 26.757352777777779)
Polk City Bow Fishing Other Public Land
Registration Closed
10/15/22 5:00 PM 10/16/22 10:00 AM POINT (-81.895642805555568 28.143206499999998)
Tampa Bay Trout and Redfishing Event- Ruskin, FL Other Public Land
Registration Closed
10/21/22 8:00 AM 10/21/22 2:00 PM POINT (-82.474081179916283 27.729793060172121)
Pine Island Saltwater Fishing Event (CANCELLED) Other Public Land
Registration Closed
10/21/22 4:00 PM 10/23/22 11:00 AM POINT (-82.081540400698785 26.493260420096679)
Blackwater October 2022 archery Blackwater River State Forest
Registration Closed
10/24/22 3:00 PM 10/26/22 12:00 PM POINT (-86.787943096498466 30.777509060205048)
Two Mile Black Powder Deer Hunt Withlacoochee State Forest
Registration Closed
10/28/22 1:00 PM 10/30/22 12:00 PM POINT (-82.391231450378427 28.969052015460719)
CANCELLED***🐍 PYTHON HUNT ****CANCELLED Other Public Land
Registration Closed
11/04/22 12:00 PM 11/06/22 12:00 PM POINT (-80.602576504193124 25.46458050609867)
Blackwater November 2022 Archery hunt Blackwater River State Forest
Registration Closed
11/14/22 3:00 PM 11/17/22 12:00 PM POINT (-86.783820915579611 30.792981939725436)
Withlacoochee Training Center Deer Hunt Withlacoochee State Forest 11/18/22 1:00 PM 11/20/22 1:00 PM Apply POINT (-82.338092916666668 28.655125499999997)
Satsuma Tract Whitetail Deer Rifle Hunt #1 Belmore State Forest 11/19/22 11:00 AM 11/21/22 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-81.93187016666667 29.981306999999997)
Great Florida Cattle Drive - 2022 - (CLOSED) Other Public Land
Registration Closed
12/03/22 12:00 PM 12/10/22 3:00 PM POINT (-81.098357200074219 28.189787969144014)
Plank Road State Forest Hunt Lake Talquin State Forest 12/09/22 1:00 PM 12/11/22 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-84.261965244542537 30.239331912377683)
Two Mile Deer General Gun Withlacoochee State Forest 12/09/22 1:00 PM 12/11/22 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-82.391961011230492 28.973919566158884)
Satsuma Tract Whitetail Deer Rifle Hunt #2 Belmore State Forest
Registration not yet open
01/06/23 1:00 PM 01/08/23 12:00 PM POINT (-81.931822694444449 29.981311027777775)
Lake Talquin State Forest Hunt Lake Talquin State Forest 01/13/23 1:00 PM 01/15/23 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-84.624901052573 30.477298667995193)
Satsuma Tract Hog Hunt Belmore State Forest
Registration not yet open
01/27/23 12:00 PM 01/28/23 12:00 PM POINT (-81.9317413888889 29.981093027777778)
Jennings State Forest Pioneer Trail Hike/Camp Event Jennings State Forest
Registration not yet open
02/03/23 10:00 AM 02/04/23 2:00 PM POINT (-81.965652111111112 30.128358361111111)