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Demystifying Public Hunting Land Access

Through the Federation’s various educational opportunities…

Cooking Wild Game: Jalapeno Duck Poppers

Don't let that successful weekend in the blind go to waste. Sometimes…

Cooking Wild Game: Spaghetti and Venison Meatballs

You've got the venison in your freezer, now what? Sometimes preparing…

Like a Duck to Water: Waterfowl Hunting Gear Everyone Needs to Start

If you have ever been hunting, you know what a special connection…
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2023 Calendar Winners Announced

The 2023 Tennessee Wildlife Federation Photo Contest has…

Federation to Restore Forest and Grassland Habitats in Tennessee

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…

Scholastic Clay Target Program 2021-2022 Season Wrap Up

That’s a wrap for the 2021-2022 Tennessee Scholastic Clay…

Free Opportunity for Youth to Try Busting Clay Targets

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Scholastic Clay Target…

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry Celebrates 25 Years

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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Tennessee CLEAN Coalition Member Highlights Tennessee CLEAN Through Art

A new mural encouraging people to support Tennessee CLEAN,…
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Michael Butler Looks Back On 20 Years as CEO

In 2002, after a five-year stint as a technical advisor,…

Grasslands Conservation Legislation Will Strengthen Collaboration, Save Endangered Landscapes

The North American Grasslands Conservation Act will help…

New Bill Would Gut Conservation Funding

The 1937 Pittman-Robertson (PR) Wildlife Restoration and…

Athletes Win Big Among Challenging State Championships

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…

RAWA Inches Closer to Passage; House Votes “Yes” on Conservation

On June 14, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the…
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Teaming up with State, Army Corps to Ensure Clean Water

On April 28, Federation policy staff participated in a day-long…
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Largest Wetland Restoration to Date Completed

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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Settlement Protects Duck River from Impacts of Tennessee’s Growth

The Duck River is North America’s most biodiverse river.…
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Support Conservation While You Shop at Amazon and Kroger

Did you know that you can support conservation while you…

Tennessee Wildlife Federation Honors State’s Top Conservationists

Tennessee Wildlife Federation celebrated its 57th annual…

Hunters for the Hungry Distributes 500,000+ Servings of Protein to Those in Need

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
Raccoon ThinkingLindy Stem

Looking for a Tax-smart Giving Strategy in 2022?

If you have an individual retirement account (IRA) and are…
Marcy Wielfaert

Federation Clinches A Win for Public Lands

Public Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) managed by the state…
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Tennessee Wildlife Federation Adds Four to Board of Directors

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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Federation Helps Reach Settlement to Protect Duck River’s Wildlife and Overall Health

Recently, the Nature Conservancy and Tennessee Wildlife Federation,…
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Tennessee’s Eastern Spotted Skunk is Getting Harder to Spot

Whether you’re driving down the road or walking through…
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Tips for Successful Spring Nesting

As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, our fine…

Federation Helps Secure Much-Needed Federal Funds for Invasive Carp Control

Since 2019, the Federation has been integral to the efforts to…
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Pre-Season Shoot Showcases This Year’s Talent

On March 6th, Tennessee Wildlife Federation held its first…
Golden-winged WarblerMark Peck

Proposed Legislation Could Keep This Warbler in Song

Golden-winged warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) are slim,…

Blackberry Farm Executive Joins Tennessee Wildlife Federation Advisory Board

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
Tennessee Capitol building | The Federation is tracking more than fifty pieces of legislation

Tennessee General Assembly Session Begins 2022

The 112th Tennessee General Assembly reconvened on January 11.…

Conservation x Crypto: Tennessee Wildlife Federation Now Accepting Cryptocurrency Donations

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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The Little Brown Bat with Big Problems

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act needed to restore little…

Swimming for Survival: Meet the Endangered Minnow Found Only in a Few Tennessee Streams

The laurel dace (Chrosomus saylori) is an endangered and rare…
Marcy Wielfaert

New Bill Aims to Transfer WMA Away From State

Public wildlife management areas (WMAs) managed by the state…
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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Gains Traction with Tennessee’s Support!

Progress is being made toward passage of the Recovering America’s…
Jamie Gilliam

Tennessee Shows Up in Strong Support For CWD Research and Management Act!

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the CWD Research...
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Tennessee Frogs Are Ready for Spring

Though much cold weather looms ahead, the winter solstice…

Nominations Open for 57th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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Federation Welcomes New Director of Communications, Colleen Dolan

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…

Hunters for the Hungry Aids in Tornado Relief

This week, thanks to the generosity of hunters and processors…

Angling for Some Fun: Bill Dance Lends Legacy to Support Tennessee’s Lakes

Iconic sportsman Bill Dance might be redubbed Saint Nick…

Blocking and Tackling To Stop Invasive Carp on a National Scale

Football and the national effort to stop invasive carp have a lot in common...

75 Years of Conservation: Conservation Is Collaborative

Conservation is no single approach or method. It’s a collaborative…

Federation Collaborating With Wildlife Agency To Get More Families Outside Hunting and Fishing

Ryan Bachor has had a passion for the outdoors since he can…
Christina Anderson

Tennessee Wildlife Federation To Restore 6,800 Acres of Cumberland Plateau Habitat

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is partnering with Ruffed Grouse…

Deer Processors: The Heart Behind Hunters for the Hungry

Deer season is here and Hunters for the Hungry is once again…

Senator Hagerty Supports Bipartisan Bill To Help At-Risk Wildlife

Senator Bill Hagerty has signed onto a bipartisan wildlife conservation bill...
Brandon McDowell

2022 Wildlife and Landscape Photo Contest winners

Thank you to everyone who entered Tennessee Wildlife Federation's…

Collaborating with Tennessee’s Science Teachers to Tackle Litter!

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s policy staff was honored to…

Svend Brooks Joins Federation Advisory Board

Knoxville resident with an international upbringing adds a new…
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Garden Spiders

Garden spiders, those large yellow-and-black ones that create those intricate webs with the zigzag pattern in the center...

SCTP Athlete Shoots 375 Straight, Wins World Championship

Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program athlete goes up…

The Federation Weighs in on Waters of the U.S. Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps…

Mississippi River Facing Severe Ecological Decline

Tennessee’s western border and one of the nation’s most…

Addressing Tennessee’s Litter Problem at the General Assembly

On September 16, expert panelists organized by the Tennessee…

Hunters Can Donate Their Deer to Feed Tennessee Families in Need

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry…

Tennessee Wildlife Federation Promotes Rebeca Bell as Director of Development

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
Recruiting Day 2020, coach helps youth

Youth Invited to Try Busting Clay Targets for Free

Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) invites youth…
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Restore the Health of the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is facing severe ecological decline, but a new bill would create the solution.

Keeping Water Flowing at Cordell Hull

Cordell Hull Lake, on the Cumberland River just northeast of…

Public Lands Duck Hunting Access Increases

Statewide polling showed a large majority of waterfowl hunters…

Corporate Council Strengthens Federation’s Work Statewide

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is proud to partner with businesses…
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Collaborate Our Way to No Litter

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…
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Sen. Lamar Alexander | 75 years of Tennessee Wildlife Federation

In celebration of Tennessee Wildlife Federation's 75th year,…
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Summer Sun Creates Winter Habitats

As the blazing summer sun begins to bake your flowers and shrubs,…

Conserving the Duck River for All Uses

On July 14, at a public meeting on the Duck River, the Federation…
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Athletes Bust Targets at State Championships

This June, the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program 2021…

Conservation Wins at the Tennessee General Assembly

This past legislative session, Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s…

Experts Hosting Free Virtual Classes on Outdoor Skills

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunting and Fishing Academy…

75 Years of Conservation: Celebrating Others

For 75 years, Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been dedicated…
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Athletes Earn Titles at State Championships

More than 2,000 youth athletes, from middle school to college,…
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America’s Longest Serving Wildlife Chief, Gary Myers

In celebration of Tennessee Wildlife Federation's 75th year,…
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Help Native Species Stay Hydrated

As the heat intensifies during the peak of summer, many small…
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How to Keep Hummingbirds Happy and Healthy

Feeding hummingbirds is an incredibly popular activity and…
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Comprehensive, Statewide Litter Pollution Study Underway

The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations…

Federation Celebrates 75 Years: Some Things Never Change

Since our founding in 1946, Tennessee Wildlife Federation has…

Federation Honors Tennessee’s Top Conservationists

Each year, the Federation recognizes individuals and companies…

Hunting and Fishing Academy Offers Virtual Classes

In addition to hosting hands-on outdoor experiences for novice…

Prescribed Burns Completed At Savage Gulf Natural Area

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation—in…

Hunters for the Hungry Provides 569,000 Servings of Protein to Neighbors in Need

For more than two decades, Hunters for the Hungry has fed Tennesseans…
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Tennessee Wildlife Federation Adds Development Coordinator

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
Tennessee CLEAN: Cleaner Landscapes for the Economy, Agriculture, and Nature

Why We’re Tackling Litter in Tennessee

When we think about the great state of Tennessee we envision…
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Gov. Phil Bredesen | 75 years of Tennessee Wildlife Federation

In celebration of Tennessee Wildlife Federation's 75th year,…
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Nature Note: Native Bees

Everyone wants to save the bees. That’s a laudable idea,…
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Tennessee Wildlife Federation Adds Gifts Manager

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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Woodcocks Signal the Coming of Spring

Along with the calls of spring peepers, nothing says spring…
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Tennessee Wildlife Federation Adds Director of Policy

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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Athlete Finds Community on All-Girls Trap Team

A senior in high school, Olivia Longsworth, is one of the…
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Former TWRA Director Ed Carter Shares his Views About the Federation’s Work

Ed Carter retired in May 2020 from his position as executive…

A Letter From Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bruce Fox

Last week marked my first as chairman of the board for Tennessee…
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112 Teens Spend Weekend Duck Hunting at 13th Annual Waterfowl Hunt

Last weekend in duck blinds across northwest Tennessee, 112…

Sheriff’s Office Teams Up With Hunters for the Hungry

This February, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office teamed up…
Tennessee CLEAN: Cleaner Landscapes for the Economy, Agriculture, and Nature

Solve Tennessee’s Litter Problem

It’s time to fix litter pollution in Tennessee once and for all. Tennessee CLEAN Act creates

Nominations Open for 56th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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$25M Authorized to Erect Asian Carp Barriers on Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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Funding, Time Remains for Hunters to Donate Deer to Feed Those Out of Work

During the holidays, there’s still time and funding for…
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Prescribed Burns Being Used at Savage Gulf Natural Area to Restore Native Habitat for Wildlife

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is partnering with the Tennessee…
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Federation Supporters Help Secure Passage of Two Conservation Bills

This year two landmark conservation bills were passed—the…

Federation, Nature Conservancy Collaboration Generates National Support

Late this summer, Tennessee Wildlife Federation and The Nature…
Becky McRae

Donor Shares About Impacting Wildlife—Today and for Future Generations

When we talk about wildlife conservation, we are rarely talking…
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Families Can Learn To Hunt From Experts with Hunting and Fishing Academy

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
Bob Howdeshell

Hunters for the Hungry Accepting Donations

Hunters for the Hungry provided more than 561,600 servings…
Adam Whitman

Federation Monitoring Water and Wetland Protections

For nearly five decades, the nation’s waterways have been…
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2021 Calendar Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered Tennessee Wildlife Federation's…

This Thanksgiving, Hunters Can Donate Deer to Help Others Give Thanks

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry…
Recruiting Day 2020, coach helps youth

Athletes Score High At Unusual State Championships, Program Welcomes New Recruits

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Tennessee SCTP State Championships…
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No Need to Imagine ‘Day Without Water’

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…

Hunters Asked to Donate Their Deer to Feed Tennesseans in Need During COVID-19

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry…
Brenda Walker

America’s Conservation Enhancement Act Passed!

On Oct. 1, the U.S. House followed the Senate’s example…

U.S. Senate Candidates Share Their Opinion on Conservation in Tennessee

In an exclusive interview with Tennessee Wildlife Federation,…

Speaking to Community Groups About Asian Carp

Tennessee Wildlife Federation CEO, Michael Butler, traveled to…

Bird Lovers, Music Lovers, Conservation Groups Donate $27,000+ to Nashville Symphony

Tennessee Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy in…

Youth Invited to Try The Shotgun Shooting Sports For Free

Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) invites 4th…
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Bird lovers and music lovers unite for Tennessee’s purple martins and the Nashville Symphony

In a campaign launched by Tennessee Wildlife Federation,…
David Sloas

A Huge Win for Tennessee’s Wildlife, Public Lands, Economy

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…
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6th Annual Wildlife and Landscape Photo Contest Taking Submissions

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…

Leave a Legacy That Lasts

Ric Wolbrecht first learned about Tennessee Wildlife Federation…

55th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
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Candidates for U.S. Senate Talk Conservation

Know Candidates’ Views Before Voting November 3 With the…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Natisha Brooks

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, the race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Emerson

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, a race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Yomi Faparusi

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, a race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Bill Hagerty

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, a race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Ronnie Henley

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, the race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Jon Henry

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, a race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Dean Hill

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, a race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate James Mackler

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, a race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Kacey Morgan

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, a race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Aaron Pettigrew

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, a race is on to become…

Hear from U.S. Senate Candidate Manny Sethi

With the retirement of Senator Alexander, a race is on to become…

Conservation Wins at General Assembly

Engaged supporters like you make all the difference for conservation…

The Great American Outdoors Act Passed!

Biggest Conservation Win for Public Lands in Decades A national…
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Cradle of Southern Appalachia Initiative: A conservation blueprint for regional livability

People don’t just enjoy nature, we need it. Thrive Regional…

Athletes Bring Their A-Game to State Championships

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Tennessee SCTP State Championships…

Timeline of Work to Better Share Our Rivers

Tennessee Wildlife Federation has heard from anglers and private paddlers...
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Join the Fight Against Invasive Carp

Invasive carp are a serious threat to our aquatic ecosystems, recreation, and economy.
Terry Kreeger

Learn About CWD and How to Stop It

CWD is a threat to Tennessee’s deer populations and the conservation funding they generate.

Support Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

This bill would give Tennessee $25.6 million annually to keep species from becoming endangered.

Join the Share Our Rivers Coalition

Commercial boat rentals have crowded individual users off public waters and are damaging our natural resources.
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Why We Need A 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…
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Focusing on the Next Asian Carp Funding

Up and down the Tennessee and Cumberland River Basins, Asian…
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Native Grasses Offer Great Addition to Your Certified Wildlife Habitat

By Tony Lance, the Federation’s in-house certified wildlife…
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In Memory of J. Clark Akers, III

Trailblazing conservationist passes On February 20, Tennessee…
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Federation Program Inspires Athlete to Pursue a Career in Conservation

Growing up in an outdoor family, Minmay Pup was no stranger…
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Tennessee’s Underfunded State Parks

Most Tennesseans live within an hour drive of at least one…
Benet Theiss

Hunters for the Hungry Experiences Funding Cut Due to COVID-19

In March, Hunters for the Hungry experienced the brunt of…

Federation Welcomes New Board Member Bobby Pidgeon

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is honored to welcome Bobby…
Jill Hanggi

Tennessee Wildlife Federation Adds Jill Hanggi to Board of Directors

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is pleased to welcome Jill Hanggi…
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Habitat Conservation Program Plants 96,000 Shortleaf Pine Seedlings

In partnership with the Forest Stewards Guild and Tennessee Department…
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Gaining Support for America’s Conservation Act

The bi-partisan America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act…

Tennesseans Staying at Home Encouraged to Create Wildlife Habitats in Their Yards

TennesseeWildlife Federation—in partnership with National…
Mark Shull

Informing Tennessee’s Wildlife Professionals

The Federation presented a public policy update about issues…
Tennessee Wildlife Federation Hunting and Fishing Academy

Father and Son Hunt For The First Time—Begin Lifelong Tradition

Conservation work is often a slow and steady process that…
Lori Hailey

Talking Carp in D.C. Congressional Briefing

Fishing and recreational boating generate $7.2 billion in economic output and support more than 27,500 Tennessee jobs.
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Secured $25M to Fight Asian Carp

This winter, efforts by Tennessee Wildlife Federation and its supporters paid off big!
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150,000 Trees Planted By Habitat Conservation Program

Forest or field, stream or river—habitat is where conservation…
Turkey TennesseeJohn Ray

The Conservation Funding Crisis

The next time you venture out in Tennessee’s great outdoors,…
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Looking Back On A Year of Certifying Wildlife Habitats

Last year—as part of Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s…
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12th Annual Davis P. Rice Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Last weekend in duck blinds across northwest Tennessee, 115…
Tennessee SCTP

Federation Program Unlocks College Scholarships

Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), one of the…
Cal Calloway

Follow Tennessee’s Roadmap to Better Water

Tennessee is among the last to have a statewide water plan. Tell leaders you support TN H2O’s recommendations!
Billy Gibbs

Representing Fish & Anglers on State Water Plan

Tennessee Wildlife Federation was instrumental in Governor Haslam’s…
Deb Campbell

Pushing Back on Exemptions to Aquatic Protections

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s conservation policy team regularly…
Harriet Godsey

Modernizing the Endangered Species Act

There are efforts underway to modernize the Endangered Species…
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Leading a Multi-State Response to Asian Carp

Asian carp are invading our waters—harming native fisheries…
Rebecca Johnson

Recovering Tennessee’s World-Class Fisheries

Our waters and fisheries are world class but competing needs can quickly damage them.
Kellie Sharpe

Stop Selling and Transferring Public Lands

Your national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wildlife management areas, and other public lands are at risk.
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Federation Led Effort To Secure Millions for Asian Carp Fight

Asian carp are one of the largest threats facing Tennessee’s…

Federation Welcomes New Director of Finance

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
John Ray

Combating CWD with Landowner Alliance

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is here and is a major threat to…
Drew Senter

Advancing Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

From national and state parks to community trails and historic…
Roger Trentham

Supporting Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA)

Tennessee Wildlife Federation continues to advocate for dedicated…

Securing Funding for Asian Carp Control

For nearly a year, Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been focused…

Nominations Open for 55th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

Tennessee Wildlife Federation has opened nominations for…
Tony Lance

Winter Birding in Tennessee: What to Look For

While it’s fun to casually watch birds at your feeder, learning to...
Megan Hall and Dylan Owens

Federation Adds New Staff Members

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…

Hunters for the Hungry Ready for New Season

Hunters for the Hungry had its second-best year in 2018—providing…

Land and Water Conservation Fund Receives Partial Funding

This March, the president signed into law the permanent reauthorization…

Federation to Restore 5,400 Acres of Cumberland Plateau Habitat

Through a recently awarded grant, more than 5,400 acres of…
Tennessee SCTP All-State 2019

Student-Athletes Named to Scholastic All-State Team

Each year, the Federation’s Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target…

Corporate Council Supports Conservation in Tennessee

Seventy-three years ago, the Federation was founded by an…
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LISTEN: October Asian Carp Grassroots Action Call

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is a consistent voice for our…
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How You Can Feed the Hungry This Deer Season

Depending on how you like to hunt, deer season is here or…
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Funding the Fight Against Asian Carp

Since 1946, Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been a consistent…
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2020 Calendar Winners Announced

Tennessee Wildlife Federation's 2020 calendar contest was…
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LISTEN: September Asian Carp Grassroots Action Call

Asian carp pose the greatest threat to our freshwater rivers…
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Ayers Foundation Joins Asian Carp Fight

The Ayers Foundation, created in 1999 to sustain and significantly…

Hunting and Fishing Academy Adds Staff and More Hunting Opportunities

Tennessee Wildlife Federation's Hunting and Fishing Academy is…
TNSCTP athletes

Try the Loudest Sport You’ve Never Heard of

Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program invites 4th through…

Hunters Can Donate Deer Now to Feed Hungry Tennesseans

Hunters for the Hungry program is now open for the 2019 deer…
Rebeca Bell Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Tennessee Wildlife Federation Adds New Grant Writer

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest…
Hunters for the Hungry Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Hunters For The Hungry Donors Win Knight Rifle Muzzleloaders

“Every Hunters for the Hungry season, we’re impressed…

Grant to Restore 5,400 Acres of Cumberland Plateau Habitat

Through a recently awarded grant, more than 5,400 acres of…
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Tennessee SCTP Athlete Impresses at National Competition

After a battle with cancer forced her to sit out of the competition…
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Hardin County Wetland Restoration Wraps Up

In Hardin County, 50-acres of low-productivity agricultural…
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Being The Voice For Wildlife And Sportsmen on The Hill

We work to ensure the concerns of sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts…
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Tennessee Valley Authority Joins Corporate Council

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is honored to announce one of its…

Federation Family Member, Mitchell Parks Passes

Hunter, angler, and conservationist leaves lasting legacy In…

Hunters Key to Tracking, Fighting CWD

Hunters asked to act now to help the future of deer hunting…
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Athletes Shoot for Success at 2019 State Championships

More than 1,250 youth athletes, from middle school to college,…
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Trashing America the Beautiful

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…

Federation Welcomes Bobby Goode to Board of Directors

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is pleased to welcome former…
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Hunters for the Hungry Reports Second Best Year in Tennessee

The final numbers are in and, thanks to the generosity of Tennessee…
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A Little Litter Adds Up To Big Problems For Wildlife

Decades-old problem only getting worse for habitats, wildlife Litter…
Butterfly Milkweed

3 Plants You Need in Your Garden Right Now

Whether you have a few porch pots or acres of land to work with, a few small changes can make your yard more wildlife-friendly.
54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

Tennessee’s Leaders in Conservation Honored at 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

On Friday, May 10, Tennessee Wildlife Federation hosted its…
Christian Brothers High School Hunger Challenge 2019

2019 Hunger Challenge State and Regional Winners Help Feed Thousands

Hunger Challenge is an initiative of the Federation’s Hunters…
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Create and Certify Your Own Backyard Habitat to Help Wildlife

When it comes to making your yard wildlife friendly, sometimes…
Noah Hollingsworth ready to hunt with dog.

Mother And Son Bond With New Found Love Of Hunting

For Melissa Hinson and her son Noah Hollingsworth, finding ways to spend quality time together isn’t an easy task. Melissa is a single mother working long...
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Trail To Harvard Blazed By Conservation, Hunger Challenge

Experience in the great outdoors inspires admissions essay Freshman…
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Fortitude and Grace

Despite a battle with cancer that took her eye, 17-year-old…
kayak on Tennessee riverAdam Whitman

Commercial Paddlecraft Rental Rules Pass

Permits and safety briefings now required Last month, the…

Chronic Wasting Disease is Here

Why is a deer disease bad news for all wildlife? Chronic Wasting…
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Davis P. Rice Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt Marks 11th Year

Youth from across the state flock to northwest Tennessee…

In Memory of Chairman Emeritus John O. “Jack” Gayden

Friend, mentor, and conservationist On October 5, 2018, the…

Federation Brings Conservationists Together, Leads to Natural Area Addition

Acquisition protects rare dragonfly habitat Tennessee Wildlife…
Sportsmen United

We’re almost 75. Share your memories.

If you’ve been active with the Federation over the years…

Hunters for the Hungry Kicks-Off with Velvet Buck Donations

For the first time in Tennessee, a velvet hunt was offered…
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Needs Mount For Nongame Species

In Tennessee, more than 1,400 species are identified as being…
Governor Bill Lee

Hear from Candidate Bill Lee on Conservation

The Race for Governor is in its final stretch. And Tennessee…

Hear from Candidate Karl Dean on Conservation

The Race for Governor is in its final stretch. And Tennessee…
Asian Carp

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Could Stop Asian Carp

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…
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Hunting and Fishing Academy launches

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is excited to announce our…
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Albert Menefee, Longtime Federation Supporter Passes

Board member leaves legacy On Sept. 2, Albert Menefee, III,…
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Congratulations 2019 Calendar Contest Winners!

The 2019 Tennessee Wildlife Federation calendar contest was…
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Senate’s Wildlife Act Meets the Challenge—Almost

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…
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The War on Asian Carp: Battle Ready

As the war against Asian carp rages, state agencies are implementing…
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Working in D.C. for Tennessee’s Wildlife

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is engaging in conservation…
TNSCTP All-State Athletes

Scholastic All-State Banquet Recognizes Best of the Best

On Saturday, August 11, the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target…
Tennessee SCTP athletes at nationals

Tennessee Athletes Excel at Nationals

For a full week in July, some of the country’s top young…
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Legislative Updates from Tennessee’s Capital

Tennessee Wildlife Federation was founded on the principle…

Asian Carp: A Call to Action

The Federation has greatly expanded our ability to affect…
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Hunters for the Hungry processor wins muzzleloader

Hunters for the Hungry isn’t possible without generous…
Green Elementary School students and Tennessee Wildlife Federation CEO, Mike Butler

Elementary Students Make Unexpected Gift

In early May, the Federation received an unexpected phone…
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The Federation Leads Affiliates with Collaborative Grant

As the National Wildlife Federation Affiliate of the Year,…
Mike Butler

LISTEN: The Federation about Conservation Today

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s CEO Michael Butler sat…
Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships

Athletes Complete Season, Begin Lifetime Outdoors

During the third week in June, more than 1,300 student athletes…
53rd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

53rd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards Recognize Conservation Leaders

The Federation hosted its 53rd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards...

Christian Brothers High School wins statewide Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunger Challenge

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is excited to announce that…
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Federation Continues to Spearhead CWD Containment Efforts

By following game laws and supporting Tennessee Wildlife…
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You are the Key to Keeping Public Lands in Tennessee

Tennessee is home to approximately 2.4 million acres of public…
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Academy Sports + Outdoors Sponsors Federation Programs

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is excited to announce a new…
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Tennessee Wildlife Federation Named Affiliate of the Year

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is excited to announce we have…
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Federation proud supporter of Warner Park Nature Center BIRD Program

For the past decade, Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been…
Knoxville Certified Wildlife Habitat

Tennesseans Create NWF Certified Wildlife Habitats

This fall, Tennessee Wildlife Federation board member Anker…
Great blue heron

Knoxville’s Public Lands Leadership

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Conserves Wildlife Before It’s Endangered

As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a…
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Federation CEO appointed to Tennessee H2O Steering Committee

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is excited to announce that…
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This land is our land, if we protect it

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…
Davis P. Rice Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt 2018

10th Annual Davis P. Rice Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt a Success

Tennessee Wildlife Federation was proud to celebrate the…

A New Year’s Resolution: Invest in an Outdoorsman

It’s a few weeks into the New Year. How’s that resolution…

Former SCTP Athlete Joins Federation Staff

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is excited to announce the addition…

Federation CEO Joins TVA Council

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is excited to announce that Michael…
Pheasant Tennessee

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Keep Wildlife from Becoming Endangered

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Funds Proactive, State-led…

A Bee Obituary

It’s not easy being a bee. You’ve likely heard about…

Tennessee Wildlife Federation Receives Largest Ever Corporate Gift

FedEx supports Tennessee Wildlife…
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Hunters for the Hungry Ready for Another Record Year

After back-to-back record breaking seasons in 2015 and 2016,…

Federation Partners to Restore Cumberland Plateau Forest Habitats

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is excited to announce a collaborative…
Green Heron Tennessee

Habitat Conservation Projects Under Construction

Habitat conservation and restoration is a top priority for…

Outdoor Recreation Pays Dividends

In all that we do, Tennessee Wildlife Federation serves to…

Tennessee Wildlife Federation Welcomes New Board Members

The Federation is excited to announce the addition of two…
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CEO Michael Butler Advocates for Sound Conservation Policy in D.C.

Tennessee Wildlife Federation closely monitors local, state,…

Hunting Season means Youth Hunting & Fishing Program Season

Hunting season is upon us which means Tennessee Wildlife…
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Public Lands Large and Small Benefit Tennesseans

If you ignore things that don’t have a simple price tag, it is still obvious that public lands benefit everyone.

Announcing the 2018 Calendar Contest Winners!

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s 2018 calendar contest was a…
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Federation Adds Conservation Veteran to Policy Team

Tennessee Wildlife Federation has grown its public policy capacity with the addition of Lindsay Gardner.
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Fireflies Illuminate the Value of Public Lands

Last month, The Washington Post wrote a great travel article…
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Athletes Shoot Through the Rain at State Championships

More than 1,300 youth athletes, from middle school to college, participated in the 2017 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships

An Update on Our Legislative Work in Tennessee

Shaping public policy has always been at the core of Tennessee…

How to Bee

Beekeeping has exploded in popularity in recent years as…
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National Trails Day: From Natchez Trace to Pacific Crest Trail

Natchez Trace—the name represents a rich evolution of natural, human, and U.S. histories spanning millennia
2017 Conservation Achievement Awards

17 Recognized at 52nd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

Tennessee Wildlife Federation recently hosted the 52nd Annual…

Providing Leadership for our Natural Treasures

Opinion article by Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife…
Dunavant Fishing Classic

Dunavant Fishing Classic Casts for Future Conservationists

This weekend, the Dunavant Fishing Classic gave nearly 40…
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Why the West’s Public Lands Battle is Important to Tennessee

By Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife Federation If…
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Fighting Hunger in News Ways

Established in 1998, Hunters for the Hungry is fighting hunger…
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Youth Engagement: Our Longest Lasting Work

Many know that Tennessee Wildlife Federation takes a science-based…

2017 Hunger Challenge Winners Announced!

Hunters for the Hungry connects food banks and soup kitchens…
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TWF Hosts CWD Summit to Develop National Response

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, in partnership with National…
Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Youth Waterfowl Hunt Gets 1,000th Youth into the Great Outdoors

Last weekend in Northwest Tennessee, the Davis P. Rice…
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Hunters for the Hungry adds Snack Sticks to Fight Hunger

Hunters for the Hungry was formed to connect food banks and…
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Tennessee Wildlife Federation Adds Joe McCord to Policy Team

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is enhancing its Conservation Policy program.
Nate West

Tennessee Wildlife Federation Adds Director of Communications

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is expanding its reach and capabilities with the addition of Nate West as its director of communications.

Building Lifelong Outdoorsmen and Women through Volunteering

During Young Sportsmen Deer Hunt weekend in January, the…

A Time for Tennessee’s Great Outdoors

A Time for Tennessee’s Great Outdoors The Need for a Long…
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National Ecological Foundation Draws to an End, Assets Gifted to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Funds will Establish the Federation’s First-ever Endowment
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Conservation Starter

Under Tony Campbell’s leadership, the Tennessee Conservation League became a force on behalf of wildlife and habitat.
Clark Akers, Dr. Greer Ricketson, Tony Campbell and Dr. Edward Thackston pose for pictures during the National Wildlife Federation’s 1980 annual convention in Miami. Akers received one of the whooping crane statuettes for his success in stopping the West Tennessee Tributaries Project. Thackston accepted the other “Connie” for the Tennessee Conservation League as outstanding NWF affiliate for 1979.

Clark Akers and the Fight for the Obion Basin

The following is a classic David and Goliath story and remains one of the greatest grassroots victories in the history of the American conservation movement.

Inaugural Youth Deer Hunt a Success

During three damp, cool December days, the Tennessee Wildlife…
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Floating Houses – The Rest of the Story

By Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife Federation The…
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Nashville Mayor Urges Mayors Statewide to Get Involved in Monarch Butterfly Restoration Campaign

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry First in Tennessee to Take the…
Bald Eagle Tennessee

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

By Jay Sheridan Just a few short decades ago, species such…
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Tennessee Wildlife Federation Launches Hunt Master Program

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) held its first ever…
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CEO Testifies Before Congress

Tennessee Wildlife Federation CEO Mike Butler testified in…
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Hunters for the Hungry Ready for Hunting Season

The 2016–17 deer season is underway in Tennessee, and Hunters…
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Tennessee SCTP Wins Big at Nationals

The Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (TNSCTP) has proven…
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2017 Wildlife Calendar Contest Winners

In just the second year of this now annual competition we had…
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An Examination of a Sandhill Crane Season in Tennessee

By Michael Butler, CEO As we approach an August vote by the…
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Crab Orchard Wind Farm — Are we considering ALL the costs?

The truth is that the impacts of wind farms are significant, and they are decidedly not positive for Tennessee’s environment and wildlife.
51st Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

2016 Conservation Achievement Awards

Each year since 1965, Tennessee Wildlife Federation has…

Happy 70th Birthday, Tennessee Wildlife Federation!

As of Feb. 12, 2016, Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been serving as champion of our state’s great outdoors for an amazing 70 years.

After 30 years, now is the time for Tennessee’s Great Outdoors

The last time the state of Tennessee went through a process to…

The TOP FOUR tips for pursuing a collegiate shooting career

Here are a few simple tips and proactive measures that can make all the difference in your pursuit of shooting or landing a scholarship at the collegiate level.
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Cougars in Tennessee — fact or fiction?

Tom Sparks could tell something wasn’t right that day in 1920 high up on Spence Field in the Great Smoky Mountains.

2016 Tennessee Wildlife Federation Calendar

We're thrilled to announce the release of our 2016 TWF Calendar,…
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Five Simple Tips for Cool-Season Birding

Here are five simple tips to help you get the most out of your time in the field.
Cades Cove at dawn by Susan Hay.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund: Is this the end?

Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund “to protect and enhance our nation’s incomparable array of natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities.”
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Tennessee’s Top 20 Fishing Destinations

Tennessee is lined with countless streams and rivers that run into more than 1,000 lakes.
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Protecting the Hatchie Scenic River

By Michael Butler, CEO Over the past ten years, economic…
Chokes

What choke should I use?

Andrew's philosophy on life: Never argue with friends about politics,…
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The Remington 1100

The semi-automatic cousin of the 870, the Remington 1100, is…

Target Assessment

Most of us coaches started with skeet or trap.  We were told…
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Hunters for the Hungry reports strong numbers despite decrease in deer harvest

Though Tennessee's deer harvest numbers were down this season…
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Hammonds honored for support of Hunters for the Hungry

Over the course of more than a decade, one middle Tennessee family…
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Hatfield Knob Elk Viewing Tower

The reintroduction of wild elk in Tennessee and the construction and management of the viewing tower have been big successes
Hunger Challenge Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Memphis University School Wins Hunger Challenge Competition for 2014-15 Season

Staff of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation's Hunters for…
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Does nature really matter in the 21st Century?

It happens as we cruise through our 21st-century life, and it’s nobody’s fault in particular.
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The Top 3 Shooting Habits to Break

  By Erin Lewis, TWF intern Just like in many other…
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The Heart of Wildlife Conservation

Tennessee Wildlife Federation embarked on a journey to establish a personal right to hunt and fish for the citizens of Tennessee.

CTC Tennessee team shines in Colorado

As a large contingent of Tennessee student athletes were competing…
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A quiet but effective conservation tool – the Antiquities Act

By Michael Butler, CEO This past week some of our closest…

Ann Dickinson SCTP Speech

Ann Dickinson, a 2015 graduate of Hutchinson School in Memphis…
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A Hat Trick Win for Tennessee’s Great Outdoors!

It's been a busy couple of months in public policy related to…
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Conservation Non-profits Need You: Here’s Why

If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing well.  Here…
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Asian Carp — A Big Fish Problem in Tennessee

By Michael Butler, CEO, Tennessee Wildlife Federation Sections…
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Monarch Butterflies: Here’s What You Can Do

The monarch, known for its bold orange coloring, rules as…

Fish Under Fire—Federal Plan Threatens to Abandon Mitigation Hatchery Funding

Wading a mountain stream in East Tennessee, a lazy river in the…
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Hummingbirds Take Center Stage

Love hummingbirds? You're not alone...

Wild hogs in Tennessee: The time to take action is now!

Produced by the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, this video…
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TWF Joins Tennessee Nutrition Caucus as Inaugural Member

The state’s Senate Majority Leader, Mark Norris (R-Collierville),…
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Water Resources Development Act Passes U.S. House

by Office of Sen. Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON,…
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Elk Restoration in Tennessee, 2003

Since the Tennessee Wildlife Federation teamed with the Tennessee…