Now that the wild turkey has been restored to Tennessee, our goal is to ensure that a vigorous, self-sustaining population is maintained in all suitable habitats of the state. Turkeys will be managed to best meet the needs and desires of the people of Tennessee. Following restoration, certain parts of the state experienced tremendous turkey population growth. Large s of turkeys in these areas of the state have brought about conflicts and, in some instances, economic losses.
Fall has officially arrived and with it, the big game hunting season!
In Tennessee, big game hunting season begins on Sept. The basic Hunter Education class provides firearms safety training and introduces students to their responsibilities regarding hunter ethics and wildlife management. Children are not required to take the course until age 10, but 9-year-olds are allowed to take the class.
Hunter Education is deed to give participants an education on the hunting sports but more importantly, how to safely handle a firearm while in the field. Hunter Education gets kids outdoors and teaches them to have a healthy respect for firearms and to be ethical hunters who respect the game. Most classes generally last hours.
Traditional Field days typically last four hours. The course is free excluding the online course to anyone interested in hunting regardless of age; however, you must be 9-years-old or older in order to become a certified hunter education graduate.
Parents are encouraged to go through the course with their child. Find a hunter education course near you by clicking here. This may be purchased consecutively for up to three years.
Young hunters purchasing the Apprentice must be accompanied by a person 21 years of age or older who is a Hunter Education graduate or is exempt from the Hunter Education requirements born prior to This person must be able to take immediate control of the hunting device. While it is never too early to get your children outdoors, hunting requires a great amount of care and responsibility.
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Some children may be ready to be guided on a hunt before they are even required to have the Hunter Education class, while others may not be ready until much later. The TWRA believes the parent who hunts with his or her child is the best to gauge when their child is ready to be taken hunting and when they are ready to hunt on their own.
For young hunters and their families, hunting is a great activity that can be shared. Youngsters learn to be patient, and while waiting for animals they get to see nature up close and personal. Kids are the future of wildlife management and if they experience the hunt they can understand why it is important to protect those natural places and the animals that live there.
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