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

Fly Fishing Entomology: Fly Selection & Fishing Tactics

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Join us as we take a deeper look into the world of fly fishing. In this virtual class we will discuss entomology and how it relates to selecting the perfect fly for your next fishing trip. Sean Austin, Hunting and Fishing Academy volunteer and experienced fly fisherman, will be back to share some of his favorite fishing tactics that should help you catch more fish. You don’t want to miss this virtual series.

Introduction to Boating

Thursday, June 3, 2021
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Summertime is here and it’s time to get out on the water. In this Virtual Class, boating officer Seth Snow joins the Hunting and Fishing Academy crew to talk about things you will need to know before heading to the lake. We will cover the equipment you’ll need in your vessel, launching your boat, and the basics to safely operating your boat while out on the water.

Camping Essentials

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Over the course of the last year more families and individuals than ever before have been looking for ways to enjoy the great outdoors. 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.

Tennessee Big Game Quota Hunts

Thursday, June 17, 2021
7:00–8:00 p.m. CT
It’s only June, so many people may not be thinking about big game hunting seasons. But, it is time to apply for big game quota hunts in Tennessee. Join Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunting and Fishing Academy as we discuss how to research, apply, and scout out quota hunt locations for big game. We’ll walk you through the application process, and show you how you can prepare for success this fall.

Planting Fall Food Plots for Deer

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT
Fall food plots are a great way to not only attract deer to your property, but they also serve as a great habitat management tool. In this upcoming virtual class, Wade Gefellers, Hunting and Fishing academy Hunt Master, will be walking us through all the steps in preparing a fall food plot for deer. We will discuss everything from plot location to soil prep and crop selection. Wade holds a Masters Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Tennessee and is currently the owner/operator of Heritage & Habitat LLC. We hope you join us as we learn all about preparing a fall food plot.

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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