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
Two Mile Black Powder Withlacoochee State Forest
Registration Closed
10/29/21 1:39 PM 10/31/21 1:39 PM POINT (-82.389679805555559 28.975158888888888)
Blackwater Archery 1 2021 Blackwater River State Forest
Registration Closed
11/02/21 2:00 PM 11/05/21 12:00 PM POINT (-86.802705528253483 30.773548462056546)
🐍 PYTHON HUNT 11/05 to 11/07 Other Public Land
Registration Closed
11/05/21 12:00 PM 11/07/21 12:00 PM POINT (-80.7034559635273 25.467263775659344)
Satsuma Rifle Hunt Belmore State Forest 11/05/21 2:00 PM 11/07/21 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-81.931023388888889 29.982440138888887)
Blackwater Archery 2 2021 Blackwater River State Forest
Registration Closed
11/16/21 2:00 PM 11/19/21 12:00 PM POINT (-86.802497942666 30.77344386161144)
WTC General Gun Hunt Withlacoochee State Forest 11/19/21 2:11 PM 11/21/21 2:11 PM Apply POINT (-82.3365933412426 28.654009072056866)
Plank Road State Forest Hunt Lake Talquin State Forest 12/03/21 1:00 PM 12/05/21 11:00 AM Apply POINT (-84.26179156446824 30.238657929684997)
Madison Deer Hunt Twin Rivers State Forest
Registration not yet open
01/04/22 1:00 PM 01/07/22 1:00 PM POINT (-83.259418079519051 30.554498685106854)
Hollinswood Deer/Hog Hunt - Veteran + Youth Private Land
Registration Closed
01/07/22 3:00 PM 01/09/22 12:00 PM POINT (-82.389489833333343 28.97525)
Satsuma Rifle Hunt Belmore State Forest
Registration not yet open
01/14/22 2:00 PM 01/16/22 12:00 PM POINT (-81.930375777777783 29.98202058333333)
Lower Suwanee Hog Hunt 2022 Other Public Land
Registration not yet open
01/18/22 1:00 PM 01/21/22 1:00 PM POINT (-83.131358995474926 29.363033548646353)
Duck Hunt STA 1 W / United Waterfowlers / FWC/WWP Other Public Land 01/21/22 5:00 PM 01/22/22 5:00 PM Apply POINT (-80.390185444444455 26.684724138888889)
Duck Hunt #2/ STA 1 W / United Waterfowlers / FWC/WWP Other Public Land 01/28/22 5:00 PM 01/29/22 5:00 PM Apply POINT (-80.390185444444455 26.684724138888889)
Lake Talquin State Forest Hunt Lake Talquin State Forest 02/04/22 1:00 PM 02/06/22 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-84.623934801827346 30.478350916990848)
Two Mile Hog Hunt Withlacoochee State Forest 02/11/22 2:00 PM 02/13/22 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-82.389486527777791 28.975132111111108)
Satsuma Spring Turkey Hunt Belmore State Forest
Registration not yet open
03/25/22 2:00 PM 03/27/22 12:00 PM POINT (-81.93112558333334 29.982142749999998)
Rock Lake Turkey Hunt Withlacoochee State Forest 04/22/22 1:00 PM 04/24/22 12:00 PM Apply POINT (-82.216566222222227 28.554076527777777)
8th Annual Operation Bass Warrior Fishing Tournament (CANCELED) Other Public Land
Registration Closed
10/08/22 11:59 PM 10/09/22 3:00 PM POINT (-80.9190638888889 26.757352777777779)