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2019-20 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide Now Available

Just for Kids

Welcome to the Kids Area! You can find all things that the TWRA offers for kids here.
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Hunter Education Program

Anyone 10 or older: before you get out there and hunt, you must have a Hunter Education Certificate. There's still time! Check out the current class dates in your area in our Hunter Education Class Section. 


Youth Hunting Events


Youth Hunting Events
Saturday, September 07, 2019 | 12:00pm

Hiwassee Refuge Youth Dove Hunt

Hiwassee Refuge WMA

Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 11:00am

14th Annual Maury County/Steve Brown Memorial Youth Dove Hunt

Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center Highway 31 N. Spring Hill, TN

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Mobile Check-In for Kids

Youth hunters under the age of 13 must have a TWRA ID number in order to use the mobile check-in for big game animals. Kids can go to an agent location, check station or Regional Office with their parent and SSN card and have a TWRA profile created which will last forever. After that, those youth hunters can use the mobile check-in.

Kids Fishing Events

These listings are not-for-profit kids fishing events. Some of the listings may be non-TWRA sponsored events. The TWRA does not endorse the listed sponsoring organizations but rather provides this list as a public service. If you would like to have an upcoming kids fishing event listed here, please contact the TWRA Fisheries Division.  This information will be updated as new events are received or change, so check back frequently

TWRA Fishing Events
Saturday, June 06, 2020 | 12:00am

Free Fishing Week

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2019 Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

October 12th

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Carl Perkins Fishing Rodeo

Decatur County Fairgrounds
146 Fairgrounds Road



Decatur County Fairground Pond

Ages: 0 - 12


Host: Carl Perkins Center

Other Partners/Sponsors: TWRA

Contact: Brant Luker
(731) 343-1404

  Event Name Location Event Details Notes

Future events in the Fall may be added. Check back often.



Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes
Future events in the Fall may be added. Check back often.        
Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

August 24th

10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Meet Carter County Festival

Roan Mountain/Carter County

Ages: 2 - 12

Doe River

Roan Mountain Community Park, 112Carter Street, Roan Mountain,TN.

Register at pavilion. Children responsible for their poles and bait. 


Other partners/sponsors: TWRA, NETREP, Carter County Parks and Rec., Carter County Hunting and Fishing Club. 

Contact: Harold Little

(423) 213-9262

TWRA First Fish Award

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Congratulations, Your First Fish!

The First Fish Award is designed to commemorate that special moment in everybody's life-the landing of their first fish. The award recognizes this special moment with a frameable certificate identifying the angler, the fish caught, and other details of that moment. Size of the fish and age of the angler have no bearing, only that the fish is their first, and that it was caught in Tennessee.

How to Get Your First Fish Award?

There are two ways an angler can receive their first fish award. There is no charge for using either method.

Online: This method uses a pdf file which can be used to fill out and print a first fish award at home.

By Mail: If you would like to receive a first fish award by mail then simply fill out the online .pdf form provided here and return it to the TWRA Fisheries Management Division at the address on the form (instructions included). This award will be filled-out, printed, signed by the Chief of Fisheries, and mailed to the angler.


Get Your First Fish Award!
Get Your First Fish Award!

National Archery In The Schools Program

The National Archery In The Schools Program is a two to eight week archery course designed to teach International Style target archery in 4th –12th grades. The students shoot at bulls-eye targets placed in front of an arrow resistant net in their gymnasium. The core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening, physical fitness and self improvement.

 Scholastic Clay Target Program

In Tennessee, the Scholastic Clay Target Program provides Tennessee's youth, grades 5-12, an opportunity to compete in clay target shooting competitions with their peers from across the state. There are three disciplines: trap, skeet & sporting clays. Each individual participates with a team of shooters. Most teams are recognized as a school endorsed program, local 4-H clubs or other community groups, such as Boy and/ or Girl Scouts or Venture Crews. Apart from being the nation's leader in youth shooting sports programs, the Tennessee SCTP offers an opportunity for Tennessee's young men and women to experience the fun and excitement of competing in one of the fastest growing sports in the country.