The latest news and information
The Best of the West comes to Tennessee to hunt with TWRF.
February 10, 2017
Our friends and partners, The Best of the West, from Cody, Wyoming, films an episode in Tennessee for their TV series.
The Best of the West heads east of the Mississippi to put two of their new weapon systems to the test on extreme range whitetails. Witness the unbelievable precision of these unique shooting systems in uncharted territory with the help of TWRF.
Click here to watch the episode.
Tennessee Wilderness - A Legacy Endures.
December 19, 2016
Our new books just arrived and they are beautiful!
"Tennessee Wilderness - A Legacy Endures", is a pictorial essay of woods and waters; it is a time capsule of natural beauty, a display of those who are charged with its perpetuation and a legacy of forever wild things and places in Tennessee.
This beautiful coffee table book would be a great addition to anyone's home or office, who loves Tennessee's wildlife and wilderness. It contains over 150 vibrant photographs of state, national and public lands and waters in Tennessee accented by quotes from noted outdoorsmen and women.
Click here to learn more or order yours.
Young Gunner's bring home the venison.
October 31, 2016
Our 2nd Young Guns event took place on Oct. 29th for the opener of the Tennessee Young Sportsman's Season. We provide kids with special needs the opportunity to take a unique part in Tennessee’s youth deer hunting season. This event is growing quickly with more than double the youths we had last year.
The weather was warm for hunting but everyone saw lots of deer and wildlife. Some even saw coyotes, turkeys, and raccoons. In total, there were 2 bucks and 3 does harvested by the kids.
Tim Samples & "The Beech Boys," brought their mega-grill to the event and cooked enough food to feed a small army, and Gander Mtn. provided gift bags for all of the hunters. Our friends at Tennessee Uncharted came out and filmed the event and will promote it in an upcoming episode.
Thank you to our sponsors: Beech Construction, Gander Mtn., SunDrop, Golden Flake Snacks, Waffle House, Mossberg, and Breland Buggies. Also, thanks to our volunteers for guiding and helping provide a special day of hunting for these awesome young people.
Click here for more information on our Young Guns program.
Heritage Club Long Range Shoot Out.
October 19, 2016
Our friends at The Best of the West, teamed up with us again on Saturday, Oct. 16, to host a day of long range shooting for our Heritage Club Members and their guests. The science of long range shooting is well understood by The Best of the West crew, and their signature series rifle systems and ammunition make this mastery of ballistics game simplified.
Long range shooting is no longer isolated to rifles. The 2016 event included long range shotgun and muzzle loader shooting. The shotgun fired a slug at 400 yards, and the very unique muzzle loaders fired out to 800 yards.
Each shooter had several targets ranging from 300 yards to 1300 yards. This unique event was held at a farm near in Lynnville, TN, and is always a day of fun and camaraderie with friendly competition. It's a way for us to say a special "thank you" to our dedicated Heritage Club Members.
Click Here for more information on the Heritage Club Long Range Shoot Out.
The Delek Fund for Hope benefits TWRF.
September 30, 2016
Delek and its MAPCO stores created The Delek Fund for Hope, a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. It supports charities recommended by Delek’s leadership as well as by employees serving on benevolence committees in Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee. These grants are Delek’s way of giving back to the communities where their employees live and work.
Their annual Tournament of Hope Celebration & Auction event was September 27 - 29th, and included a banquet with auctions, a golf tournament, sporting clays, pheasant hunts, and a Nashville Armory Experience…all to benefit Delek’s local charitable outreach in the Nashville community.
We were proud to be one of the benefiting non-profits invited to attend this years event. The celebration and auction at Nissan Stadium, gave us another opportunity to explain who we are and what we do, to a new crowd, while also raising funds for our mission through our auction items. We also sponsored a golf team to play in the tournament among the hundreds of other participants at the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, TN.
Thank you to The Delek Fund for Hope for inviting us to their charitable event, 3-D Technology in Franklin, TN, for sponsoring a hole for us at the golf tournament, and The Tennessee Titans for donating signed collectable items to us for the auction.
Young hunter pays it forward.
September 26, 2016
Preston Bryan participated last year in out first annual Young Guns Special Needs Youth Hunt. After Preston saw unbelievable success in the field, his community in Rockvale, TN, held a benefit in his honor to purchase an adaptive shooting device for his wheelchair. Their event was so successful, it allowed for two adaptive gun mounts, to be purchased from the proceeds.
Knowing what an impact that Young Guns had on Preston’s life, he and his family felt it was important to donate the second one to us, along with Preston’s retired wheelchair, so we can offer the same incredible experience to other children with adaptive needs.
The shooting devise was manufactured by Be Adaptive. Their company is dedicated to producing adaptive hunting equipment for all ranges of abilities.
Thank you to Preston, his family, the Rockdale, TN community, organizers of the event, and all who participated.
Click here for ways you can contribute to our Young Guns program.
Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit moves to a new location and time.
September 23, 2016
We are excited to hold the Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit at a new location and time.
The 2017 Summit will be July 16 - 21, in a natural and beautiful environment at the Clyde York 4-H center in Crossville, Tennessee.
The center is located on 190 acres of well-maintained grounds and hosts a large swimming pool with a 180 foot waterslide and two diving boards. There is a rifle and archery range, ATV trails, lakes for canoeing and kayaking, horseshoe pits and a campfire circle. There is also a sand volleyball court, covered basketball court, and softball field. All of which are lighted.
Students will be staying on-site in modern cabins and lodges, with dining facilities and meeting rooms. The cabins are handicap accessible with central air. Because of the center's location, atop the beautiful Cumberland Plateau, the average temperature is cooler and usually more comfortable during the hot summer months.
We are already looking forward to the week-long adventure at this new location.
Click here for more information.
Hunting together is bonding.
September 7, 2016
Our Father & Child Dove Shoot was on Labor Day in Erin, TN. This year started with a hay ride and a hot lunch. Parents guided their kids in the fields and we kept everyone cooled off with cold drinks and snacks.
If you’re a parent and enjoy hunting, this is a great event to introduce them to the outdoors. One of the best things about teaching your child to hunt is the bonding time it gives the two of you.
We can’t wait to do it again next year.
Click here for more information about our event.
Our Regional Dove Shoots are steeped in tradition.
September 7, 2016
We just wrapped up our 2016 Regional Dove Shoots across the state. We had beautiful weather and everyone gathered to honor the change of season with the time-honored traditions of dove hunting. And whether or not the shooters went home with full limits, they experienced a great day in the field and left knowing they have helped support our mission.
Region II was Friday, Sept. 2, in Erin, TN
Region III was Saturday, Sept. 3, in Rossville, GA
Region IV was Saturday, Sept. 3, in Surgoinsville, TN
We plan to add a Region I shoot close to Memphis next year.
This is an event that everyone looks forward to, including us.
Click here for more information about our shoots.
Austin Peay graduate student, Megan Hart, first recipient of Robert M. Hatcher Scholarship.
August 25, 2016
Megan Hart, a graduate student at Austin Peay State University, is the first recipient of the Robert M. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is named in honor of Bob Hatcher, who served the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for 38 years including serving as the Non-Game and Endangered Species Coordinator from 1987 until 2001.
Megan was presented the scholarship award on the campus at Austin Peay with members of the Hatcher family, members of her family, and officials from the TWRA, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, and the Tennessee Ornithological Society.
Click here to read more about the presentation.
Kroger will donate a portion of your shopping total to us.
August 19, 2016
It's easy, it's free. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card.
Kroger’s annual participant re-enrollment will be during the entire month of August.
To support us, register your Kroger Plus card at www.kroger.com/communityrewards for 2016-2017.
If you have signed up to support our organization previously, re-enrollment is required. The enrollment period ends on August 31st.
Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with TWRF after you sign up.
Enter NPO number 26902 or name of organization (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation)
Thank you for supporting us!
Tennessee Elk Permit eBay auction concluded.
August 8, 2016
The Tennessee Elk Permit eBay auction ended last night with a winning bid of $9,000.00.
Congratulations to Wade Roberts of Leoma, TN. Wade is an avid sportsman, and has hunted elk successfully in Idaho. He has experience, along with essential gear, but is very excited for a different challenge in the mountains of Tennessee. His 5-day season dates are October 17, through 21, 2016.
Wade's purchase is very much appreciated, and proceeds from the sale will go to the elk restoration program. We want to give him our personal best wishes for a successful hunt this fall.
TWRF is proud to be a part of this success story, where an animal reintroduction has been successful enough to allow for management through hunting. Thank you to all of the auction bidders.
Tennessee Elk Permit eBay auction is nearing the end.
August 5, 2016
The Tennessee Elk Permit eBay auction is getting close to the end. The eBay auction ends at 8:45 PM CST, on Sunday night, August 7. (We previously announced that it would end at 9:30 PM)
The permit goes to the high bidder. The winner will hunt bull elk on one of the five Elk Hunting Zones of the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Areas during the 2016 Elk Rifle Season. The 5-day season dates are October 17, through 21.
Proceeds from the sale of this special bull elk tag will go to the elk restoration program.
Best of luck, if you are bidding!
Click here to go to the eBay auction page.
Tennessee Elk Permit eBay auction is LIVE
July 28, 2016
The eBay auction is LIVE for the remaining Tennessee Elk Permit. You can be one of the very few to hunt for the majestic bull elk in Tennessee this Fall. The permit goes to the high bidder. The auction will begin at 9:30 p.m. (CST) on July 28, and will end at 9:30 p.m. (CST) on August 7, 2016.
Tennessee made up 20% of the 2016 SASP National Championship.
July 20, 2016
The SSSF National Championship, which is a combination of SASP and SCTP, was held July 9-16, at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. This year’s tournament had approximately 3,000 competitors, plus almost 10,000 coaches, parents, grandparents, siblings, and other spectators during championship week.
TWRF's, Lacey Lane is the Tennessee SASP Director. She assisted in the programs activities and represented our state.
Click here for the 2016 National Championship Tennessee results.
Bass Pro Shops Outpost opens with an Evening for Conservation.
July 14, 2016
Thousands of excited customers poured into the new Bass Pro Outpost in East Ridge, TN. on the evening of July 13. It was the public’s first chance to explore inside the new 84,700-square foot retail destination. The Grand Opening featured the Evening for Conservation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrities, and entertainment. We were there to greet the crowd, talk about what we do, and hand out wildlife calendars along with activity books for the kids.
Fifty cents of every dollar spent during the event will be donated to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, the Tennessee Aquarium and the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum.
Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops stated, "If it wasn't for conservation, why would we need a store like this, a store for all of the outdoor sportsmen and women?"
A very special "thank you" to Johnny Morris for his generosity to us and wildlife conservation.
Tennessee Elk Permit Update.
July 12, 2016
We have changed the eBay auction dates for the 2016 special bull elk tag to start directly after the application period for the drawing elk tags.
The new auction will begin at 9:30 p.m. (CST) on July 28, and will end at 9:30 p.m. (CST) on August 7, 2016.
We will award this 2016 permit to the successful high bidder. Proceeds from the sale of this special bull elk tag will go exclusively to the elk restoration program.
The 2016 SASP and SCTP National Championships are July 9-16.
June 30, 2016
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), parent organization for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP), is announcing a change of venue for the 2016 SCTP and SASP National Championship events. The 2016 National Championships are being planned for July 9-16 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.
There will be over 150 shooters from the state of Tennessee competing. Lacey Lane of TWRF, is the Tennessee SASP Director. She will be assisting in program activities and representing our state.
Click here for more information.
East Ridge Bass Pro Shops Outpost to host grand opening.
June 29, 2016
The East Ridge, TN Bass Pro Shops Outpost will be holding its grand opening on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The store will be kicking off the grand opening with a special event called an "Evening for Conservation" and we will be there to welcome the crowd. The celebration will include a ribbon-cutting, gift giveaways, and exhibit booths. The event will also include a number of sports and entertainment celebrities who will stop by and sign autographs between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
A portion of each dollar spent on products will be donated to The Tennessee Aquarium, the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.
East Ridge Bass Pro Shops will continue to celebrate the grand opening throughout the weekend with vendor exhibits and giveaways, until Sunday, July 17th.
The "Evening for Conservation" event is free and open to the public. Come and join us.
Click here for more information on the East Ridge Bass Pro Shops.
Tennessee Elk Permit.
June 20, 2016
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced the issuance of five Special Elk Take Permits for the upcoming 2016 hunting season along with one Young Sportsman permit (resident only, ages 13-16). Four of the special permits will be issued through the TWRA quota hunt drawing system. The fifth permit for participation in Tennessee's eighth managed elk hunt has been awarded to TWRF. We will award this 2016 permit to the successful high bidder through an eBay auction. Proceeds from the sale of this special bull elk tag will go exclusively to the elk restoration program.
The auction will begin at 9:30 p.m. (CST) on July 14, and will end at 9:30 p.m. (CST) on July 24, 2016.
This will be an active link to the eBay auction page starting July 14.
2016 TNSASP State Championship Results.
May 27, 2016
The Tennessee State Match was held at Carroll County Shooting Sports Park in Huntington, TN, on May 14 and 15th.
The Big Payback
May 3, 2016
The Big Payback is a 24-hour, online giving event to increase philanthropy in the 40 counties served by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The goal is simple – inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their community, and contribute to the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations.
Big Payback is on May 3, and the clockstarts at 12. a.m. Donations will be accepted in a 24-hour period through their secure website; through authorized, secure giving forms on participating nonprofits’ websites; and partnering sponsor websites.
We're asking you, our dedicated friends, to help us fund our mission.
Click the link below to join the cause and make a difference for us. Thank You.
Wounded Soldier Bass Tournament and Bill Terry Benefit on Kentucky Lake May 6 - 7.
April 26, 2016
Many of you have heard about the sudden passing of Bill Terry, a dear friend of many and national sales manager for ORCA Coolers. Bill was an awesome guy and loved working in the outdoor industry. Bill was a passionate angler and greatly appreciated the family atmosphere we enjoy in the outdoor world. His wife Patricia and two boys, Harrison (13) & Andrew (9), meant the world to him. They will miss him dearly.
Years ago Bill and some friends organized a wounded soldier event to serve our military heroes by providing a great opportunity for them on Kentucky Lake. To honor Bill and help raise some money for his boys' future, a benefit tournament is being held in conjunction with the wounded solider event this year. The dates are May 6-7.
This will be a one-time event to encourage everyone to contribute to the cause and make an impact for the family. The fishing community has consistently shown its generosity at these events and we hope you all will be able to help this fine family as well.
2016 Tennessee Scholastic Action Shooting Program State Championships and Banquet.
April 25, 2016
The Tennessee State Match will be held at: Carroll County Shooting Sports Park, 680 McAdoo Cemetery Road, Huntington, TN 38344.
SCHEDULE: May 14 and 15
8:00 AM Check-in
8:30 AM Shooters Meeting
9:00 AM Match Begins
This year the two-day state shoot will consist of rimfire and centerfire pistol, along with rimfire rifle.
Friday, May 13th, there will be a National SASP fundraising banquet at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntington, TN, hosted by TWRF. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Dinner provided by Mallard's Restaurant at 6:30 PM with live auction to follow. Cost is $35.00. Anyone is welcome to attend.
For more information, contact TN SASP State Director, Lacey Lane, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (731) 415-0641.
Beretta celebrates opening of Tennessee plant.
April 15, 2016
Beretta USA’s new $15 million state-of-the-art firearms manufacturing and engineering center in Gallatin has officially opened. State and local officials, along with Beretta representatives, gathered for a ribbon cutting and tours of the 156,000-square-foot-facility today, which will produce the company’s M9 9 mm pistol as well as a variety of other firearms including shotguns and rifles.
Beretta is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world. Starting in the early 1500's, the Beretta business has been a continous family ownership for 16 generations. The decision to move from Maryland, where Beretta USA started manufacturing operations in 1977, came as a result of the state’s tighter gun control restrictions. Beretta officials cited strong Second Amendment support in Tennessee in the decision to invest in the state.
The Beretta family has always insisted on the highest quality in its products. The Beretta motto is, "If it bears the Beretta name, it will be the best." We are very pleased to be partnered with Beretta and their ongoing support of our mission. Welcome to Tennessee!
One Shot raises funds for our mission.
April 13, 2016
Our flagship fundraising event, The Tennessee Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt, was held on the opening of spring turkey season at The Factory at Franklin. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts travel from all over the volunteer state and the nation to take part in this yearly event that celebrates their passion for the outdoors and wildlife. Vendors and artists display their products and educate attendees on the latest innovations. The event cultivates a unique opportunity for sportsmen and women to come together and have a really good time while supporting a cause that is dear to their hearts.
After the hunt on April 2, the social activities included a reception, banquet dinner, comedian Gary Mule Deer, raffle, silent action and live auction. Items included exceptional hunting packages, historical artifacts, firearms, and unique items and packages designed especially for the event.
We had a very fun and successful 2 days and would like to thank our hunters, guides, landowners, sponsors, guests and volunteers.
Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit (TOYS) is approaching.
February 11, 2016
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host the Seventh Annual Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit (TOYS), June 12-17, 2016 for high school students from across Tennessee. The camp introduces many outdoor activities to students.
The summit is designed to teach outdoor skills. Students will participate in hands-on classes that teach the importance of the natural resources and their management. Instructors are wildlife and fisheries biologists, wildlife officers, college professors, professional shooting coaches and experts from specific fields of interest.
TOYS will be held at the Montgomery County Shooting Complex near Clarksville. Participants will experience boating, hunting, trapping, archery, photography, marksmanship, plant identification, forestry, camping, water quality, trap shooting, skeet shooting, wildlife identification, and several classes focusing on wildlife and fish biology.
Students will attend at least 10 classes during the week. They will have the opportunity to gain certification in many different programs. Those who are interested in a career specializing in natural resources management will enjoy the experiences that are not normally obtained until joining the work force.
Click here for more information.
Tellico Hatchery Brook Trout Internship.
February 5, 2016
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is hiring an intern through TWRF to assist with the management of the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout Facility at Tellico State Fish Hatchery. Tellico State Fish Hatchery is located in the Cherokee National Forest near Tellico Plains TN. The intern will assist with the rearing of Southern Appalachian Brook Trout. This is part of a cooperative effort between Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to increase the range of this native fish. The intern will also participate in the daily activities associated with the Tellico State Fish Hatchery. Housing is available at the Tellico District Ranger Station and mileage reimbursement ($0.58/mi) is available from the housing to the hatchery.
Location: Tellico State Fish Hatchery
Pay Rate: $7.25/hr. (40 hr./wk.)
Start Date: March 15, 2016
End Date: June 15, 2106
- Assist with inventories of fish stocks. - Feeding fish. - Assist with water quality sampling. - Assist with record keeping. - Cleaning and maintenance of hatchery and equipment. - Assist with fish stocking.
A B.S. in a natural resource field or progress towards completion of a B.S. degree in a natural resource field.
Assistant Chief of Fisheries
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
PO Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 781-6573
Fax: (615) 781-6667
Our Second Annual Wild Game Dinner.
January 26, 2016
Nothing quite compares with sharing, sampling and savoring the bounty with other sportsmen. One of the endearing joys of being closely connected to the outdoors is sharing experiences with others of a similar turn of mind.
Join us for a full dinner featuring game prepared by Russell Catering, including venison, elk, antelope, waterfowl, wild turkey, pheasant, alligator, fish and more! $100 donation per guest, all inclusive. It's a great night of food, drinks, camaraderie and fun. We would love to see you there.
TWRA Becomes Nation’s First Wildlife Agency to Start Online Streaming Platform.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has launched TWRA.tv, an online streaming platform to broadcast agency and local independent outdoor video content, including the award-winning series, “Tennessee Uncharted.” The project is collaboration between the TWRA Extreme Outdoors TV and Horton Group, Inc.
The TWRA has become the first wildlife agency in the nation to start its own online streaming platform. Similar to Netflix or YouTube, TWRA.tv will allow the agency to stream agency-produced, new and historical programming to users across the state and world.
Subscribers will be allowed full-access to all platform content as well as the ability to upload and share their own video content. In addition, the platform will incubate a community for independent producers to distribute and monetize their own targeted outdoor recreation content. Read more...
November 24, 2015
Our latest news? You're looking at it! We relaunched our website with a fresh new look to showcase some of Tennessee's wildlife and resources. We are thrilled you took time out of your day to learn more about TWRF and our mission. Our sincere hope is that this site provides you with a deeper understanding of our story, our vision, and our heritage. Please help us celebrate change and many great things to come by sharing it with others to let them know who we are and what we do.
Lacey Lane oversees the Scholastic Action Shooting Program for TWRF.
November 2, 2015
An article was posted on the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation's website in midsummer featuring Lacey Lane, not long after Lane had been named to oversee the Scholastic Action Shooting Program for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. Here's what the article had to say about Lane:
"Lacey Lane of McKenzie, Tennessee, just might be the most important woman in youth pistol shooting sports today."
When told of the comment, Bill Cooksey of Bartlett, editor of the Mid-South Hunting & Fishing News, said: "That is strong."
"That kind of blew me away, too," Lane said. Read more...
Young Guns Special Needs Youth Hunt hits target.
November 2, 2015
Our first annual Young Guns event was held on opening day of the youth season (Oct. 31, 2015) and it was a life-changing experience for many young hunters and the adults that were involved.
The event provides kids with special needs the opportunity to take part in Tennessee's youth deer hunting season. Our goal was to provide each youth inspiration, education, and the opportunity to enjoy the tradition of deer hunting while adapting to their special needs. It was very rewarding for us to make this happen and came with unexpected emotions.
Thank you to our sponsors: Gander Mtn., Golden Flake Snack Foods, Rob.Co. Automotive & Motorsports, Hawke Sport Optics, The Best of the West, and SunDrop. Also thank you to all of our guides and volunteers.