Source your own protein locally. Learn to hunt and fish.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to source your own fresh, local protein?

Do you have a desire to become more self-reliant in the outdoors and at home?

Have you ever had an interest in learning how to hunt or fish, but weren’t sure where or how to start?

If so, Tennessee Wildlife Federation invites you to participate in our Hunting and Fishing Academy. We welcome adult, beginner hunters and anglers of all ages, races, and genders to receive hands-on instruction in the art of being an outdoorsman.

Waterfowl Hunting Workshop near Knoxville

Thursday, December 08, 2022
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET

During this two-hour interactive workshop, participants will learn the basics of waterfowl hunting. We will take a detailed look at the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation, flyways and migration patterns, species identification, and essential gear needs for hunting waterfowl in Tennessee. A discussion will also be held in regard to waterfowl habitat and popular food sources sought by ducks and geese. This is a great opportunity for new waterfowl hunters to learn and grow together. 

Waterfowl Hunting Workshop near Jackson

Saturday, December 10, 2022
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT

In this workshop participants will learn about the types of decoys and decoy rigging available for waterfowl hunters, as well as how to place them in a hunting scenario. We will also cover the basics of duck calling. This will include call options, the sounds ducks make, and when to imitate the different sounds when hunting.

Waterfowl Hunting Workshop near Nashville

Sunday, December 11, 2022
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. CT

In this workshop, we will cover the basics of duck hunting gear and blinds. Participants will learn about the types of decoys and decoy rigging available for waterfowl hunters, as well as how to place them in a hunting scenario. This will include looking at an actual TWRA blind and learning how to locate places to hunt ducks.

How It Works

You’ll learn everything you need to go hunting or fishing again on your own.

Participants attend a series of workshops where they will learn all of the fundamentals of hunting or fishing—and its conservation impact—from highly trained volunteers and staff.

Each workshop focuses on a different topic, including how to properly use equipment, tracking and locating wild game or fish, ethical harvesting methods, and more.

Participants then have the opportunity to apply their new skills on a hunting or fishing experience guided by a trained volunteer.

Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.
–Fred Bear

It’s More Than Just Hunting and Fishing

  • Ethically harvest your own fresh, local protein for yourself, your friends, and your family.
  • Gain outdoor skills such as orienteering, wildlife conservation principles, and more.
  • Become part of the conservation movement that has brought fish and wildlife back from the brink.
  • Join a proud family that—through licenses and equipment sales—is the single largest funder of wildlife conservation in Tennessee.
  • Get the benefits of decreased stress from reconnecting with nature.

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.

Diversity and Inclusion

Tennessee Wildlife Federation values diversity and is dedicated to hosting inclusive programs. Whatever your race, background, experience, culture, or gender, we believe Tennessee’s wildlife and wild places are for all of us. And it will take all of us, working together, to conserve the state we love.

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