TWF Seeks Volunteer ‘Hunt Masters’

Blake Russell and his father, Brian, are understandably proud of this rare "piebald" whitetail buck - Blake's first buck ever, taken during a TWF Hunt Masters event. (Photo: Richard Simms)

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, we’re losing about 30 percent of the existing outdoor enthusiasts every generation. TWF wants to change that trend through its Hunt Masters program.

Dyson Remling (center) was presented with his official TWF “First Deer” certificate after taking a doe the first day of the hunt. Dyson is pictured with his father, Doug (left) and their volunteer guide, Austin Bolton. (Photo: Cameron Mitchell)

Hunt Masters are volunteers who provide or assist in special organized hunting and fishing opportunities for young people in Tennessee. Last year Hunt Masters took more than 400 kids hunting, many for the first time ever. This Outdoors story, “The Piebald Buck,” is just one that occurred during a Hunt Masters program.

Hunt Master volunteer opportunities include:
— Assisting with hunt logistics
— Cooking
— Firearm instruction
— Outdoor education
— Guiding
— Many more


TWF Hunt Masters hunts require numerous volunteers including camp cooks who insure that the kids, their parents and other Hunt Masters are well fed. TWF provides funding for certified Hunt Masters hunts. (Photo: Richard Simms)

Hunt Masters are certified volunteers who are trained to lead, plan, and coordinate youth hunts across the state. To become certified, however, volunteers must attend a TWF training course.

To become a Hunt Master, sign up for a training class listed below by clicking “Register Here” on the course selection below. Each training session is $95 and includes lodging, materials, and the three meals during the training. Training sessions begin at 6:00 p.m. with a working dinner and conclude by 4:00 p.m. the following day.

Hunt Master Training Schedule

Date: September 28th-29th
Where: Crossville, TN
Register Here [HOTLINK: ]

Date: October 19th-20th
Where: LaFollette, TN
Register Here [HOTLINK: ]

Date: November 16th-17th
Where: LaVergne, TN
Register Here [HOTLINK: ]

Date: February 22nd-23rd
Where: Cordova, TN
Register Here [HOTLINK: ]

For more information, please e-mail Cameron Mitchell or Taylor Martin

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