Hunting and Fishing Academy
Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunting and Fishing Academy provides hands-on instruction in the art of being an outdoorsman to hunters and anglers of all ages, races, and genders. No matter your skill level or phase of life, Hunting and Fishing Academy has a way for you to get outside with confidence.
Never hunted or fished before? No problem.
The Academy’s highly trained, lifelong sportsmen and women lead participants through essential skills giving them all of the basic skills and knowledge needed to go out again on their own.
Start a new tradition
Explore one and multiple day hunting and fishing experiences with hands-on instruction for families (youth nine years or older).
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.
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.
Upcoming Classes and events
Why We Need Sportsmen and Women
Hunters and anglers pay for the majority of wildlife conservation in Tennessee through hunting and fishing license sales, as well as an excise tax on firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment.
Over the last century, hunters and anglers led the restoration of our wildlife and have stayed deeply involved in wildlife conservation efforts. In fact, outdoorsmen and women are eight times more likely to support conservation policies.
Without hunters and anglers, there would be no statewide conservation effort in Tennessee.
But their numbers are declining.
For every 10 sportsmen today, only 7 are growing up to take their place. This decline threatens the primary source for wildlife conservation funding.
How We’re Recruiting More Outdoorsmen and Women
More often, those who have an interest in learning how to hunt or fish do not have connections with people to teach them. Hunting and Fishing Academy bridges this gap to cultivate new generations of conservationists.
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When you donate to Tennessee Wildlife Federation, you become a catalyst for change through our programs that focus on the perpetual improvement of conservation, wildlife habitat, recreation, and more all across our beautiful state.
Many anglers tend to put down their rods in the fall and take to the woods to solely focus on deer season. But you shouldn’t be too quick to stow away your fishing gear just yet.
Tennessee Wildlife Federation is reconnecting residents with the Tennessee outdoors through its hands-on hunting and fishing workshops.