Hunting and Fishing Academy

Virtual Classes

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 Classes

Antler Shed Hunting

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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 really helps you become a more successful hunter. By finding a deer shed 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.

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Intro to Hunting

Thursday, February 29, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Knowing where to take your first step in becoming a hunter can be daunting. Where do I hunt? Which license do I need? How do I know if I am making mistakes? These are all common questions among new hunters and they shouldn’t keep you from taking your first step. During this virtual class, we will walk you through the process of what you need to know to get started in hunting this year. We will cover the basics including, but not limited to hunter’s education, purchasing a license, and finding access to hunting opportunities. We hope this class gives you a firm foundation on which to build going forward.

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Turkey Hunting in Tennessee

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
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.

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Turkey Calling

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
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 class 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 which can entice a shock gobble to a putt that will make that Tom raise his head at the last moment. This is a great virtual class for anyone who wants to improve their turkey calling skills and know what calls to make at the most opportune times.

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Women in the Outdoors

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Women are the fastest-growing demographic in the outdoors. In hunting, though especially, the demographic also exits the fastest. Building community is imperative. Join us for a discussion with four women as they discuss their journeys and paths for them to be involved in the outdoors. These women have different specialties including hunting with dogs, trapping, gear expertise, and what it is like to move and learn how to hunt in a different environment.

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Mushroom Foraging 101 

Thursday, March 21, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Join Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunting and Fishing Academy as we discuss wild mushroom hunting in our Mushroom Foraging 101 virtual class! Whether you’re a novice or an experienced forager, this experience promises to set you up for success by educating you about mushroom harvesting safety and regulations, gear to harvest mushrooms, and prepping you for the coming spring morel mushroom season.

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After the Harvest (Turkey)

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Turkey season is almost underway here in Tennessee, and we hope you can get out into the field and have some success. If you are successful, we want to make sure that you know what to do after the harvest. Wild turkey meat is 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 the woods, we are going to block off some time to answer any questions you may have.

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Wild Game Cooking (Turkey)

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Perhaps the biggest driving force behind learning to hunt is providing a sustainable source of protein for you or your family. Learning to properly prepare and cook your wild game is an important step in fully enjoying the outdoors. During this virtual class, we will discuss some tips and cooking techniques to help you prepare your harvested turkey. After this class, you should have a better understanding of how to handle your wild game in the kitchen and how to prepare some of our favorite recipes for you to enjoy at home.

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Catching Catfish

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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.

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Bream Fishing

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
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.

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Fly Fishing

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
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, the 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.

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Fishing Basics

Thursday, May 2, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Fishing is one of Tennessee’s greatest pastimes and a great way to share the outdoors with friends and family. Getting started in fishing can be overwhelming with all the different types of rods, reels, line, and lures to choose from. In this virtual class, we will discuss which rods and reels work best for different scenarios, common knots used to tie on lures, and much more. This is the perfect virtual class to use as a first step into the world of fishing.

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Intro to Boating

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Summer 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 operate your boat while out on the water.

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Trout Fishing

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
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.

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Bass Fishing

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
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.

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Fishing Small Streams and Rivers

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
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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Deer Quota Hunt Applications

Thursday, June 13, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Tennessee is fortunate to have an abundance of public land hunting opportunities. 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 deer quota hunts for the upcoming season.

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Fishing Electronics

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Over the last 30 years, advancements in fishing technology have 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 angler.

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Waterfowl Quota Hunt Applications

Thursday, June 27, 2024
6:30–7:30 p.m. CT

Tennessee is fortunate to have an abundance of public land hunting opportunities. 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 waterfowl quota hunts for the upcoming season.

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