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

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.

Wild Game Cooking

Thursday, November 10, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Step into the kitchen with us and learn some tips and tricks on processing and preparing the wild game you have harvested this year. We know it is a labor of love from taking your harvest from field to table, so we want to help you enjoy that bounty in the best way possible, and that’s on a dinner plate. Together, Amy Hall and Daniel Holder, of the Hunt-Fish-Eat Podcast, will be focusing on a few recipes and show you how they cook a few of their favorites. Whether you are wanting to serve some wild game for an easier family-style dinner sitting around a fireplace, or a nice dinner party with friends, we will help share some of our knowledge so that you can apply it in the most delicious way possible. We hope to see you there and answer any and all questions you may have.

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, we 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.

After the Turkey Harvest

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Turkey season is underway here in Tennessee, and we hope you have been able to get out into the field and had some success. If you are successful, we want to make sure that you know what to do after the harvest. Wild turkey meat is definitely a favorite amongst hunters, and we want to make sure you know what to do with it. Join Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunting and Fishing Academy as we discuss how to clean (dress) your harvested turkey.Also, if you have more questions than answers as to what you have been seeing and hearing in woods, we are going to block off some time to answer any questions you may have.

Catching Catfish

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Learn how to catch catfish with the founder of Scenic City Fishing Charters Inc. and friend of the Federation, Richard Simms. Whether you are a new angler wanting to learn a new skill or you live to chase big catfish this is the class for you. We hope you join us as Richard leads us into the world of catching catfish and how he has found such great success over the years.

Fly Fishing

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Join Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunting and Fishing Academy as we discuss everything you need to know to get started in fly fishing. We will discuss different species commonly pursued by fly fishermen in Tennessee, basic gear needed to get started, regulations and where to go fish. We hope you join us as we take an in depth look into the world of fly fishing.

Bream Fishing

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

Bream fishing is an action packed way to enjoy Tennessee’s great outdoors. In May, Bluegill and other panfish species move into shallow water to bed. This makes them concentrated in one area and easier to locate. Join us for this one hour virtual class as we discuss where to find bream, rigs to catch them, and the best bait to use.

Spring Trout Fishing

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Tennessee is home to some of the best trout fishing in North America. We are privileged to have an abundance of rivers and streams that hold beautiful rainbow, mighty brown, and wild brook trout. We hope you join us for this virtual class where we will introduce you to each of these species and how you can plan your next fishing adventure.

Finding Arrowheads

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

In our virtual classes we discuss lots of topics related to hunting and fishing, but there are lots of ways to enjoy Tennessee’s great outdoors. Looking for arrowheads is a great way to do just that. The best thing about it is, there is no equipment needed to get started and when you actually find an arrowhead the thrill is huge! Join us for this virtual class as we discuss the best places to look for arrowheads and some of the rules governing the removal of these native artifacts.

Intro to Boating

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
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.

Bass Fishing

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

Bass are one of the most popular sport fish found in Tennessee. Join the Hunting and Fishing Academy for this virtual class, as we discuss where to find bass, how to identify the different species, the best lures to catch them, and the proper tackle.

Using Fishing Electronics

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Over the last 30 years the advancements in fishing technology has drastically changed the way the modern day fisherman locates fish. In this virtual class we will discuss cartography, sonar, down imaging, side imaging, live imaging and the basics of how to use each. This virtual class will be the first step to using the electronics that will make you a more successful fisherman.

Fishing Small Streams, Rivers, and Creeks

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Tennessee is a popular destination for anglers across the country. Our abundant lakes and rivers are well known for producing a variety of fishing opportunities, but there are many overlooked bodies of water that provide exciting and unique fishing experiences. The small streams, creeks, and rivers that feed our larger waterways are excellent locations for anglers who are looking for a big challenge in small places. Join our next virtual class to learn more about the fish that inhabit these spaces and the gear you will need to pursue them this summer.

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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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