Hunting and Fishing Academy


Help recruit the next generation of hunters and anglers.

Fly fishing in river

Become a Hunt Master

Hunting and Fishing Academy volunteers—also known as Hunt Masters—are dedicated outdoorsmen and women who want to share their experience and passion for the great outdoors with first-time and novice hunters and anglers.

Through a comprehensive training course, Tennessee Wildlife Federation will prepare you to become a Hunt Master who can host a hunting or fishing event from start to finish.

Let us know you are interested in becoming a Hunt Master.

It’s More Than Just Hunting and Fishing

We’ll help you incorporate primitive camping, skills training, range time, cooking, family bonding, and more to create a life-changing outdoor experience for Hunting and Fishing Academy participants.

Generous landowners open their fields, forests, and waters to the Hunting and Fishing Academy, giving participants and volunteers access to some of the best hunting and fishing grounds in the state.

Even if you don’t want to lead a full event of your own, there are plenty of ways to help. Hunt Masters can also chip in to help with parts of others’ events. These opportunities include:

  • Assisting with hunt logistics
  • Cooking
  • Firearm instruction
  • Outdoor education
  • Guiding
  • and more

When you become a Hunt Master, you’ll join a growing family of volunteers across the state who are making a difference for the future of outdoorsmanship.

Hunting with a crossbow

Begin Your Outdoor Journey

Discover Tennessee’s wilderness by being in it. Live, eat, and wake up underneath the big Tennessee sky while you get to know wildlife from outdoorsmen and women with a lifetime of experience.

No previous experience necessary. We will provide all the equipment and training you’ll need for a great experience.

Hunting and Fishing Academy

Classes and events

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Family Experiences

Explore one and multiple day hunting and fishing experiences with hands-on instruction for families (youth nine years or older).

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Adult Workshops

Our adult workshops work with the busiest schedules and are great for those who want to become self-reliant in the outdoors and source their own local food.

Turkey calling demonstration

Virtual Classes

Join our free virtual classes to learn new skills and dust off old ones to make your next hunting and fishing adventures even more successful.

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Become a Volunteer

Our comprehensive training course will prepare you to help with a hunting or fishing experience or host one from start to finish to pass on your experience.

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