NASHVILLE – Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofit organizations dedicated to preserving the state’s wildlife and natural resources, has been working to engage more Tennesseans in the conservation movement through an outdoor lifestyle.
In the past two years, the association has added Virtual Series classes to its program. This year, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation is offering 38 virtual courses that teach the practical skills needed for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.
The Federation Hunting and Fishing Academy began offering virtual classes in 2020 to reach outdoor men and women across the state.
The pandemic necessitated a shift to virtual learning.
However, the format continued to prove extremely valuable for busy individuals who found online courses an ideal way to fit learning into their busy schedules. These courses focus on specific topics related to Tennessee’s resources that participants can apply to their next hunting or fishing trip.
For the second consecutive year, Virtual Series class attendance has nearly doubled, with over 2,700 participants in the 24 classes offered between July 2021 and June 2022.
Participants enjoyed opportunities to learn a variety of skills in an environment tailored to provide the information and support they cannot obtain by simply watching online tutorial videos.
“It’s been great to see how engaged people are in these courses,” said Taylor Martin, associate director of the Hunting and Fishing Academy. “People need information and they want to be able to ask questions. Our virtual courses give participants the opportunity to brush up on skills and ask real people questions as they arise.”
The 2022-23 Virtual Series will consist of courses ranging from hunting and fishing techniques to wilderness safety and more.
All classes are free and everyone who registers for a class will receive a recording of the class afterwards.
In addition to the virtual courses, the Hunting and Fishing Academy offers novice hunters and anglers of all ages (or those just wanting to brush up on their skills) hands-on instruction in the art of being a naturalist.
Upcoming virtual classes
July 26, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Habitat Management with Wade Gefellers
Aug. 2, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Summer Deer Scouting
Aug 9, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Treestand Safety
August 16, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Trolling and jug fishing
August 23, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Pigeon Hunt
September 6, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Archery Deer Hunt
September 13, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Getting Started in the Hunt (Q&A with program participants)
September 20, 7-8pm CT – Introduction to Wilderness First Aid
October 4th 6:30-7:30pm CT – Muzzleloader Stag Hunt
October 18, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Remount and Scoring
October 25, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Deer hunt during the rut
November 1, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Waterfowl tips and techniques
Nov 15 6:30-7:30pm CT – Public Waterfowl Hunt On Land
Nov. 29, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Duck Calling
December 6, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Late Season Deer Hunt
December 13, 6:30-7:30pm CT – Trapping 101
December 20 6:30-7:30pm CT – Winter Trout Fishing
The Tennessee Wildlife Federation is the leader in the conservation, wise management, and wise use of Tennessee’s natural beauty.
Since 1946, the federation has spearheaded the development of the state’s wildlife policy, advanced pioneering air and water quality laws and other conservation initiatives, restored numerous species, and introduced thousands of children to the great outdoors.