Qualifying Florida veterans invited to free hunting, fishing events

Posted at 3:11 AM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 22:28:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Forest Service is inviting the state's wounded veterans who are 30 percent or more disabled or have been been awarded a Purple Heart opportunities to hunt, fish and participate in other activities at no cost.

The invitation is extended through Operation Outdoor Freedom, a program that, since 2011, has held more than 400 such events and provided outdoor opportunities to more than 3,000 veterans.

Information about the program's upcoming events is available at the FFS site.

Some events are guided and include housing and all meals. The state provides all scouting, equipment, blinds, game processing and any handicapped needs.

Unguided events only provide the area to be used and may have primitive campsites and portable restroom facilities, the FFS site says. The veteran is responsible for all hunting equipment, tents and food, although some events may provide a meal.

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