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Just for Kids

Welcome to the Kids Area! You can find all things that the TWRA offers for kids here.
Kids Waterfowl Hunt
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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


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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, September 28, 2019 | 12:00am

National Hunting and Fishing Day

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 12:10pm

2018-2019 Hunting and Fishing License expire

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2019 Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

June 22nd

9 a.m. - noon

Houston County Cops & Bobbers Kids Fishing Rodeo

Danville Ponds

12475 Highway 147


Ages: 0 - 15

8 a.m.: Registration
9 a.m.: fishing begins
11 a.m.: Weigh in and lunch provided
Noon: Prizes

You can set up to fish at either poind north and south of Hwy 147

Hosts: TWRA, Houston County Sheriffs Office, Erin Police Department, USFWS

Sponsors/Partners: several local sponsors

Contact: Nick Luper


July 4th

9 - 11 a.m.

Germantown Lions Fourth of July Youth Fishing Rodeo

Municipal Pond behind Germantown City Hall


Ages: 3 - 15

Event is 30+ years old. Participants bring their fishing gear, although limited amounts of bait and terminal tackle is available. There is ample parking at the Library, City Hall, and the tennis courts. There are 5 age groups, each with 3 major prizes (rods and reels) as well as many minor prizes for any fish caught. The youngest age group is "under 5". Lions Club provides prizes and manpower, the City provides advertising, equipment, the venue, security and free beverages for participants. 

Host: Germantown Lions Club and the City of Germantown
Sponsors/Partners: TWRA

Contact: David Docauer
(901) 574-2536

  Event Name Location Event Details Notes

June 15th

9 - 11 a.m.

Ed Carson Memorial FFD

Fire Academy Lake

2161 Unionville Deason Rd.

Bell Buckle/Bedford

Ages: 4 - 15

Instructions will be available at the main gate.


Host: TN Fire Services & Codes Enforcement Academy

Other Sponsors/Partners: Shelbyville Parks & Rec.; Longbeards Sportsman Org; Backwoods Outreach Ministry; Optimist Club; TWRA; Walmart

Contact: Larry Thurston or David Trott
(931) 294-4111

Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

June 15th

8 a.m. - noon

City of Lakesite Fishing Rodeo


Little Chickie
9310 Thrasher Trail


Age Limits: 1 - 15

Pond is located at 9310 Thrasher Trail, Soddy Daisy, TN. 

Registration: 7 - 8 a.m.
Fishing: 8 - 11 a.m.

Parking is at Lakesite City Park.

Prizes for casting contest. Age categories 1-5; 6-10; and 11-15. The person with the greatest overall weight goes home with a new fishing Kayak. We have rods, tackle and bait if you don't have your own. Lunch and door prizes will be available at the park pavilion. 


Host: City of Lakesite

Other partners/sponsors: TWRA

Event Website:

Contact: Dan Maxwell
(423) 394-9774

Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

July 13th

8 - 10 a.m.

Fun Fest Fishing Derby 

Warriors Path State Park Duck Islan

Fall Creek Road, Kingsport, TN 


Ages: 4 - 16

The event is held at Warriors Path State Park Duck Island. There is pre-registration available at the Fun Fest office prior to the event & registration the morning of the event. No one is turned away. There is no charge for any thing. 

Host: Optimist Club of Colonial Heights 

Other Sponsors/Partners: Bass Pro Shop donates 1 boys & 1 girls fishing rod 

Contact: Linda Campbell
(423) 292-2179 

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.


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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.