Just 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.
Young Sportsman Hunts
2016- 2017 Young Sportsmen Deer Hunts
|Season Type||Season Dates||Antlerless
|Unit L||Unit A||Unit B||Unit C||Unit D||Statewide|
|Young Sportsman (G/M/A)**||Oct. 29- 30, 2016
Jan. 14– 15, 2017
(one antlered deer
per day not to exceed
2 for the license year)
Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single non-hunting adult.
Register to Win a Free Youth Deer Hunt!
If you are between the ages of 10-16, hunter safety-certified, and have never harvested a deer before, you are eligible to win the hunt of a lifetime for opening day of the Tennessee’s Young Sportsman Deer Hunt on October 29. This year, 30 lucky hunters will be selected.
The agency will hold a drawing and the winners will be notified by October 20. Confirmation packets will be sent, which will include a map, a list of things to bring, and a list of area hotels. Winning hunters are responsible for providing the appropriate Tennessee hunting license and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years of age or older. Applications must be in by October 15. Free Youth Hunt Registration Application
2016 Young Sportsmen Bear Hunt
- October 29- 30, 2016 (ages 6 through 16)
- Limit one (1) per year, either sex. Bear Hunting Zones 1. 2, & 3 only.
- No dogs allowed.
Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single non-hunting adult.
2016 Young Sportsmen Waterfowl Hunt
- Feb. 4 & Feb. 11, 2017 (ages 6 through 15)
- Same as regular season daily bag limits.
Federal regulations allow only youth waterfowl hunters from 6 -15 years of age to participate. An adult at least 21 years of age must accompany the youth hunter into the field and must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. The adult accompanying the youth hunter may not hunt ducks but may participate in other open seasons. Geese, coots, gallinules, moorhens, and ducks may be taken by youths during the Youth Waterfowl Season. WMAs with special closing times are open all day, each day of the Youth Waterfowl Season. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.
2017 Young Sportsmen Spring Turkey Hunt
March 25- 26, 2017 (ages 6 through 16)One (1) bearded turkey which counts toward statewide bag unless taken on a WMA where turkeys are designated as bonus birds. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device, who is not required to have a license. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.
2017 Young Sportsman Turkey Quota Hunts
The application period for these hunts will occur between December 14, 2016 and midnight January 18, 2017. More information will be available soon.
TWRA Youth Programs
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.
TWRA First Fish Award
Congratulations, your First Fish! The First Fish Award is designed to commemorate that special moment in every boy's or girl'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. You can even fill out the award online, and then print it!
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.