Brush up old skills and learn new ones.

Hunting and Fishing Academy wants to help you make being a sportsman a lifelong pursuit. Whether you’re looking to learn something new or dust off old skills, our free virtual classes will get you ready for the next season. Whatever that season might be!

Hear from our outdoor staff and from other lifelong sportsmen and women about what works for them in the blind and on the boat.

New classes are being posted all the time, so check back often and become a part of our outdoors community!

Upcoming Virtual Classes

Waterfowl and Big Game Quota Application

Tuesday, July 5, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Tennessee is fortunate to have an abundance of public land hunting opportunities. Whether you prefer chasing white-tailed bucks, green head ducks, or both there are a variety of spaces to pursue each. While some Wildlife Management Areas follow statewide seasons and regulations, others require a special quota permit allocated through a computerized draw. Join us for our next virtual class to learn how to apply for quota hunts for the upcoming season.

Kayak Fishing

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Do you enjoy fishing, but find it difficult to access those hard to reach areas where the fish seem to congregate the most? You should consider kayak fishing! Kayaks are great tools to enjoy our waterways, but they also have many practical uses for anglers. During this virtual class we will discuss what to look for when investing in a fishing kayak, the benefits of using a kayak to find new fishing opportunities, and some additional equipment that might make your kayak fishing adventures more successful and enjoyable.

Habitat Management

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Do you want to see more deer and turkey on your property? Habitat management is a valuable tool to increase not only the quantity, but also the quality of the wildlife on your land. In this virtual class, Wade Gefellers, owner and operator of Heritage and Habitat LLC, will be leading us through some of the practices you can implement to maximize the potential of your property. Whether you wish to increase the size of your deer herd or you simply wish to create a wildlife sanctuary, this is the class for you.

Summer Deer Scouting

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

We know it’s hard to think about preparing for deer season. But, the summer is a great time to get ahead of the competition, and start locating deer and the places they may be when season rolls around.Whether you are an early archery or late gun hunter, summer scouting can give you great intel on how deer use a certain area. In this virtual series, we’ll look at

Treestand Safety

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Deer Season is just around the corner and it’s time to start preparing. No matter the type of hunting you enjoy, safety is always paramount. In deer hunting, many hunters use elevated treestands for better concealment, a better vantage point, and to aid in scent control. In this class, we’ll go over the gear and techniques to keep you safe when using the different types of treestands.

Trotline and Jug Fishing

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

In this virtual class the Hunting and Fishing Academy team will discuss trot line and jug fishing. These methods are a fun and unique way to fill your cooler with fish. Anyone from kayakers to pontoon owners can enjoy these fishing techniques. We’ll cover everything from the gear you’ll need to get started to picking the perfect fishing spot.

Dove Hunting

Tuesday, August 23, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

September 1 is the date many hunters wait for each year. That is because it is the opening day of dove season in Tennessee! Each year, thousands of sportsmen and women head to the field to try and harvest these fast flying migratory birds. Join us for this free virtual class as we discuss all you need to know to start dove hunting this year. We will discuss what to look for when planning a dove hunt, the gear you need, and even locations to hunt. We hope to see you there!

Archery Deer Hunting

Tuesday, September 6, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Deer Season is just a few weeks away and it’s time to start preparing. In this virtual class the Hunting and Fishing Academy team will be discussing everything from the gear you’ll need to get started in the sport of archery, to picking the best location for a treestand.If you are completely new to archery hunting or just wanting to pick up some tips to make you more successful this fall, this virtual class is for you.

Getting Started in Hunting (Q&A with Program Participants)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

At the Hunting and Fishing Academy, we understand that it can be a difficult journey to become a hunter. Connecting with current outdoorsmen and women can also be a challenge, but we strive to provide high quality experiences for new individuals and families alike to learn from experienced Tennessee sportsmen. Join us for our next virtual class where we will hear from actual Hunting and Fishing Academy participants as they share what their path looked like in becoming a hunter. We hope this provides a time for you, new hunters, to ask questions from those who have recently walked in your boots. Our goal is that this class will encourage any who are just beginning their hunting journey to continue on through the growing pains. We hope to see you there.

Intro to Wilderness First Aid

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
7:00–8:00 p.m. CT

As hunters and anglers we often find ourselves in remote and wild areas. No matter how much we plan or strive to avoid dangerous conditions, accidents and emergencies can still happen and often do. If you want to be more equipped to handle emergency situations and think more proactively about safety consider signing up for our next virtual class, Introduction to Wilderness First Aid. This class will introduce you to several skills and techniques that might just save your life or the life of another. We are excited to provide these resources in efforts to create informed and safe Tennessee outdoorsmen and women. We hope to see you there!

Muzzleloader Deer Hunting

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Muzzleloading is an age old tradition in Tennessee. Rick Weber, of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, understands and values this tradition. Join us as we discuss all you need to know to get started in deer hunting with a muzzleloader. In this virtual class we will cover the differences in black powder and modern rifles, additional equipment you will need, and why deer hunting with a muzzleloader is safe, effective, and so much fun. Whether you are new to muzzleloaders or just want to learn more this is the class for you.

Deer Aging and Scoring

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

As hunters we all desire to see healthy and flourishing deer herds that result from sound management practices. Understanding how to properly determine the age of individuals within the deer herd is oftentimes crucial to ensuring we reach our goals as hunters and wildlife managers. Join us for our next virtual class where we will discuss techniques to determine the age of deer on the hoof as well as post harvest. We will also discuss the process to correctly score your deer to measure antler growth.

Deer Hunting the Rut

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

The rut, this is perhaps the most exciting time of year to be in the woods. As hunters, we look forward to the rut each year because it marks the peak of the breeding season for whitetail deer, which means high activity levels and great hunting. This virtual class will help you understand not only what the rut is, but also how you can plan your hunting to maximize harvest potential during these periods of high activity within deer herds. If you are new to deer hunting or just want to refresh on old skills, then this class will benefit you. We hope to see you there!

Waterfowl Tips and Techniques

Tuesday, November 1, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Waterfowl hunting is a growing segment of outdoor recreation and it is for good reason. Waterfowl hunting is interactive, community focused, so much fun, but the amount of gear and expertise needed to be successful might seem overwhelming for a beginner. Join us for this next virtual class where we will discuss the gear you will need as well as some tips and techniques that can help you be successful, even as a beginner.

Public Land Waterfowl Hunting

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Tennesseans are blessed to have access to lots of public lands that hold waterfowl, In this virtual class wel will cover the diverse landscapes of Tennessee and how it relates to migrating waterfowl, current procedures for Tennessee’s waterfowl draw site locations, how to use interactive maps to find public lands, and gear recommendations for a variety of waterfowl hunting methods.

Duck Calling

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Are you new to duck hunting or looking to become a more proficient hunter? Join us for the Duck Calling Virtual Class. We will discuss the sounds that many species of ducks make, the different types of duck calls, and how to use your duck call as a tool to get ducks into shooting range

Late Season Deer Hunting

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Want to increase your success when hunting whitetails during the late seasons of Tennessee? Sign up for this virtual class hosted by Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunting and Fishing Academy. From knowing what deer are looking for in the last month of the season to knowing how to deceive a mature buck, this class will cover everything you need to know to be successful late in the deer season.

Trapping 101

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Trapping can be a great management tool to increase game on your property! Join us for the Trapping 101 Virtual Class as we discuss the different types of traps, common furbearer species, and basic techniques.

Winter Trout Fishing

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Did you know that winter is still an excellent time to grab a rod and reel and go fishing? Trout are a common species pursued by anglers during this time of year and there’s probably more places to find them than you might realize. Join us for this virtual class where we will discuss how to find fishing opportunities in your area , the gear you might need, and even some techniques that might help you land those tasty trout this winter.

Rabbit Hunting

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

It’s rabbit season! Rabbit hunting was once the favorite pastime of hunters across the landscape, but as big game hunting opportunities increased over the years the small game hunters slowly faded to the background. However, the sound of beagles singing with noses to the ground still rings in the ears of old souled hunters today. Rabbit hunting is fast paced, interactive, and built on the foundations of community. Join us for part one of our small game series as we learn all about rabbits, their habitat, and how to hunt them.

Squirrel Hunting

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Squirrel hunting is widely known as a fun and exciting way to introduce new hunters to the outdoors. Here in Tennessee, squirrels are as plentiful as the opportunities to hunt them. Join us for part two of our small game series as we discuss how to hunt squirrels and what to look for when planning your next hunt.

White Bass Fishing

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Winter is almost behind us and it’s time to put up the hunting gear and get out the fishing rods! Early spring can be an exciting time to fish and one of our favorite species to fish for this time of year is the White Bass (Stripe). White Bass are found in many tributaries across the state. In this virtual class we’ll show you where to find white bass, the tackle used, and the best lures to catch them. Join us for this free virtual class!

Quail Hunting

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Quail were once regarded as one of the most populous game birds in Tennessee. Recent years have shown declines in population numbers, but hunting opportunities still exist for hunters to pursue these delicate and tasty birds. Join us for part three of our small game virtual series as we learn about how to hunt quail and more importantly the management being practiced across the state in efforts to create a thriving population once more.

Crappie Fishing

Thursday, February 9, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Crappie fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy Tennessee’s vast tributaries in the spring. They can be found almost anywhere and are one of the tastiest of all game fish in Tennessee. Join us for this one hour virtual class as we discuss where to find crappie, the best lures, and techniques that will help you land more fish this spring.

Antler Shed Hunting

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

As most of you know, whitetail deer shed their antlers each year around the month of February. Looking for these shed antlers is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature, but also can really help you become a more successful hunter. By finding a deer sheds you can determine its antler size and most importantly, it tells you he made it through the hunting season! Join us for this virtual class as we discuss the ins and outs of everything shed hunting.

Turkey Hunting in Tennessee

Tuesday, March 2, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Join Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunting and Fishing Academy as we talk about turkey hunting in Tennessee! We’ll be talking about the amazing conservation story of the Eastern Wild Turkey. We’ll also cover the annual life-cycle, biology, and mannerisms of turkeys and how this knowledge can make you a more effective turkey hunter. We’ll discuss what to look for when scouting, basic hunting strategies, and how you can begin to prepare for turkey season. Whether you are a new hunter or experienced, this virtual class can help you be a better turkey hunter.

Calling Turkeys

Tuesday, March 7, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

We are just weeks away from turkey season getting started in Tennessee, and we want you to be well prepared before heading out to the woods in April.This virtual series is all about calling turkeys and the different vocalizations that can mean the difference between leaving the woods empty handed or having a bird in tow. We’ll cover everything from locator calls to entice a shock gobble to a putt that will make that Tom raise his head at the last moment. This is a great virtual series for anyone who wants to improve their turkey calling skills and knowing what calls to make at the most opportune times.

Camping 101

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Camping is one the best ways to connect with nature and here in Tennessee we have an abundance of camping opportunities. Camping is great because it can be paired with a multitude of other outdoor activities like hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, and so much more. So, whether you are planning a weekend getaway with the family or preparing for an upcoming hunting or fishing trip, join us as we discuss all the essential gear you will need to get started in camping this year.

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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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