TWF offering mentored turkey hunts for kids

Blake Russell and his father, Brian, with a piebald buck taken on a Tennessee Wildlife Federation 'Hunting and Fishing Academy' hunt. Also pictured (l-r, back row) Hunt Masters Chris Sanders, Cameron Mitchell, Brandon Olinger, (left, front row) NewsChannel 9 Outdoor Editor/Hunt Master Richard Simms.

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation Hunting and Fishing Academy program is offering seven opportunities for youngsters to apply for special mentored (guided) turkey hunts this spring.

Hunting and Fishing Academy hunts are great opportunities for youngsters 9 to 18 to turkey hunt with their parent/guardian and an experienced TWF Hunt Master.

Each hunt is a three-day immersive experience. Youngsters will learn the fundamentals of turkey hunting, and they will also have the opportunity to develop outdoor skills such as field dressing harvested game, outdoor recreation skills, orienteering with a compass, and the principles of "leave no trace" outdoorsmanship.

These opportunities are more than a simple hunting event. Hunting and Fishing Academy provides engaging hands-on instruction in the art of becoming an outdoorsman. Highly-trained, lifelong hunters will demonstrate and guide participants through completing essential skills in the field. These mentors remain a resource to participants long after the weekend is over.

Hunt requirements:

  • Hunters must use a shotgun with a full choke and have the corresponding turkey ammunition. Here is a Turkey Checklist provided by program parnter Academy Sports + Outdoors that can be useful to determine what you will need for a turkey hunt.
  • Hunters must complete the Marksmanship Certification before attending the hunt.
  • Hunters must have successfully completed the Tennessee Hunter Education course prior to the hunt and have a valid Tennessee hunting license.
  • For more information about licenses, check out the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency's (TWRA) Hunting & Trapping Guide.

Participants will be selected from the applicants. Youth not selected for the hunt will be placed on a waiting list. The cost of each hunt is $150 for the hunting youth and $150 for the non-hunting parent/guardian for a total of $300.

Upcoming Turkey Hunts:

  • March 22-24, 2019 in Jackson, TN - Must be 16 years or younger due to the state-wide youth weekend
  • March 22-24, 2019 in La Follette, TN - Must be 16 years or younger due to the state-wide youth weekend
  • April 5-7, 2019 in Greenfield, TN
  • April 12-14, 2019 in Somerville, TN
  • April 19-21, 2019 in Dover, TN
  • April 19-21, 2019 in Rogersville, TN
  • April 26-28, 2019 in Jackson, TN

Apply Here!

Any youngster wishing to hunt is encouraged to apply.

For more information or to express interest, please contact Cameron Mitchell or Taylor Martin or call (423) 827-3691.