Free turkey hunting class offered March 18

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is offering an Introduction to Turkey Hunting Class at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center in Knoxville from 9 a.m. - noon Saturday, March 18.

The course will equip attendees with basic knowledge and skills to help them harvest a bearded turkey this spring. Topics to be covered include turkey history, identification, basic biology, scouting, locating gobblers, gear, strategies, calling, and more. Attendees will also get the opportunity to learn and practice calling with experienced turkey hunters.

Hunters are also invited to bring a shotgun for patterning onsite following the classroom session. Target load ammunition will be provided, or participants may bring their own. The course is free for hunters possessing a current Tennessee Small Game Hunting and fishing license and an additional Big Game Gun hunting license. Lifetime or Sportsman licenses are also valid for the event. Attendees without an active license will need to purchase a daily range permit (Type 222) for March 18, 2023. The range permit may also be purchased onsite on the day of the event, but attendees should plan to arrive early to complete the transaction before the class begins. Licenses and range permits are also available for purchase online at