Operation Outdoor Freedom
View the schedule and apply to participate
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|
|Jenkins Ranch Hog Hunt||
|05/21/22 12:00 PM||05/22/22 10:00 AM||POINT (-81.895750583333339 28.143326638888887)|
|Kayaking event 1 Perry||
Other Public Land
Registration not yet open
|06/15/22 8:30 AM||06/16/22 5:00 PM||POINT (-83.1708333333 30.098611111)|
|Jenkins Ranch Hog Hunt 2||Private Land||07/23/22 12:00 PM||07/24/22 10:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-81.896698921804031 28.141813731093919)|
|Rightside Fishing Offshore Event (Week of July 25. Dates may change according to weather)||Private Land||07/27/22 4:00 PM||07/29/22 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-80.2193455245181 27.234395480847972)|
|Homosassa Scalloping Event||Other Public Land||08/14/22 12:00 PM||08/16/22 12:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-82.618446617539675 28.784932916635633)|
|OOF/WWSF Lake Hancock Alligator Hunt 1||Other Public Land||08/19/22 5:00 PM||08/21/22 10:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-81.810638888888889 27.983889444444447)|
|Silver Lake Preserve Hog Hunt||
Registration not yet open
|09/23/22 5:00 AM||09/26/22 10:00 AM||POINT (-81.491357031322622 26.867170804219477)|
|Stuart Snook Fishing Event||Private Land||09/30/22 4:00 PM||10/02/22 11:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-80.2193455245181 27.234395480847972)|
|9th Annual Operation Bass Warrior Fishing Tournament||Other Public Land||10/08/22 4:00 PM||10/09/22 7:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-80.9190638888889 26.757352777777779)|
|Polk City Bow Fishing||Other Public Land||10/15/22 5:00 PM||10/16/22 10:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-81.895642805555568 28.143206499999998)|
|Pine Island Saltwater Fishing Event||Other Public Land||10/21/22 4:00 AM||10/23/22 11:00 AM||Apply||POINT (-82.081540400698785 26.493260420096679)|
|Great Florida Cattle Drive - 2022 - (CLOSED)||Other Public Land||12/03/22 12:00 PM||12/10/22 3:00 PM||Apply||POINT (-81.098357200074219 28.189787969144014)|