Start a new family tradition. Learn to hunt and fish.

Hunting and Fishing Academy provides first-time hunters and anglers—9 to 16 years old and their accompanying parent or guardian—hands-on instruction in the art of being an outdoorsman.

For hunters, this includes practical sessions about reading the land and understanding the species to pick the best location, how to create a blind, what to consider to ensure ethical harvesting, safely field dressing the harvest, and more.

For anglers, participants will learn how to identify different species, scout the best locations, how to use different equipment, proper casting and reeling technique, wildlife conservation principles, and more.

Get Into the Outdoors with Confidence

In addition to learning hunting and fishing fundamentals, participants will learn core outdoor recreation skills such as campsite selection and set up, orienteering with a compass, and the principles of Leave No Trace outdoorsmanship.

You will leave the experience with all of the basic skills and knowledge needed to go again on your own!

Forge a Bond

Tennessee Wildlife Federation Hunting and Fishing AcademyParents and guardians aren’t just present during these excursions. You are participants, learning and doing right alongside your child so you are prepared to lead your family into the great outdoors.

“I want to thank Tennessee Wildlife Federation staff for their hard work, good food, education, stories, and their time to make the hunt enjoyable and successful. We wish we could go every weekend!”

David, father of participant

Begin Your Outdoor Journey

No previous experience necessary. We will provide all the equipment, with the exception of clothing, 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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