Free Wounded Veteran Hunting, Fishing on Tap in Florida


Free Wounded Veteran Hunting, Fishing on Tap in Florida

Since 2011 “Operation Outdoor Freedom” has enabled over 2,500 wounded Florida veterans to enjoy free hunting and fishing events, and the state is now accepting registration from eligible vets to participate in forthcoming events around the state.

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The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, organizes and hosts events where participants can fish, hunt, boat, and more. Outdoor excursions are held regularly on state forests and private lands throughout Florida and are funded through private donations. Upcoming activities include turkey, hog, and deer hunts ranging from North Florida to South Florida. Other events held through the year include: alligator and deer hunts, quail hunts, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.

In the next three months there are more than a dozen Florida recreational events, like hunting and fishing, available to wounded veterans.

131022-N-ES994-001 OSWAYO, Pa. (Oct. 22, 2013) A Wounded Warrior and a volunteer with the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve pose for a photo during a pheasant hunt in Oswayo, Pa. LEEK was selected to receive the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award for 2012. LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve has provided outdoor hunting, fishing and recreational experiences for disabled veterans for more than five years. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Steven MacDonald/Released)

“Operation Outdoor Freedom is a special way of connecting the natural resources our state is blessed with to the men and women who’ve courageously and selflessly put their lives on the line,” says Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “It’s the least we can do for those who have done so much for us.”

Interested people scan register for events, and learn details about the program online at the website.

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Bob McNally is currently a writer for AllOutdoor who has chosen not to write a short bio at this time.

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