Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some commonly asked questions about Freedom Hunt:
What is Freedom Hunt?
Freedom Hunt is a not-for-profit organization providing special needs children the opportunity to hunt. With a host of volunteers, we assist each candidate in Hunter's Education and provide a fun outdoor hunting and camping experience. On opening day, each young hunter - along with his or her own experienced hunting guide - gets a spot in the field.
How did it start?
The Freedom Hunt organization was created from the idea of Steve Griffey of Kokomo to create a special camping and hunting experience for children with special needs. After months of trying to bring their collaborative vision to life, the first Freedom Hunt took place on September 22-23 of 2006.
What is the criteria to participate?
Participant must be 17 years of age or younger with special needs, have interest in the outdoors, have passed or can pass the Indiana Hunters Education, and must be proficient with minimal assistance in using a shot gun.
Do you have to be from Kokomo or Logansport?
We have not set any geographic boundaries for participants or volunteers.
How old do you have to be?
17 or younger on date of event
Do you have to have a hunting license?
Yes, an Indiana youth license is required.
Do you have to have a Hunter's Education Card?
Yes. We will assist the participant in studying and testing to obtain one. The test will be oral, not written. For more information, visit: Hunters Ed
Is it just deer hunting?
No, our partner site Freedom Hunt Southern Swing offers turkey hunts during Indiana's youth season in early April.
Can parents attend?
Yes. We require at least one parent be present throughout the weekend. We provide tents, beds and food for parents as well.
* All non hunting children attending Freedom Hunt events must have an adult guardian in camp with them at all times.
Where is the event held?
The fall deer Freedom Hunt event is held on private property in Cass County, Indiana.
The spring turkey Freedom Hunt is held on private property in Southern Indiana.
Will there be anyone to help my child?
Yes, every participant will have their very own hunting guide while in the field. There are also numerous volunteers to assist children back at camp . * However, any children left at camp must have an adult camp guardian with them at all times.
What will my child have to wear?
We will provide required hunter orange items, as well as an assortment of hunting gear! The young hunter is responsible for his/her own sleeping bag and personal gear.
Is it just for boys?
No, girls can participate too!