New to hunting (Tennessee

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  1. Seaves

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    I am new to hunting altogether (bow or rifle hunting) and am looking to start now hunting until rifle season opens. I am looking for public lands that are not big game quota hunts in Tennessee. I’m looking at Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge, Natchez Trace State Park and Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. Does anyone have any experience in this area or any other public lands they could recommend in TN?
     
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    Fix Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Welcome, although I don't know Tennessee few free to post any question you may have.
     
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    I'm a TN hunting education instructor and bid you welcome. Have you taken a hunter education course in Tennessee? I think you need to show an HE class in another state. You will need that before you can get a license if you were born on or after January 1, 1969. Go to www.tnwildlife.org for information by clicking on "Hunters" for the HE courses offered- traditional 11 hour class or take an online class and attend a Field Day. You will also find a truckload of information on WMAs and other places open to the public. Any license dealer should have the printed hunting guidelines booklet. Good and safe hunting!
     
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    Thank you! Yes I completed my Hunters Education Course in Wisconsin (I just moved to Tennessee and completed it before I left). I will continue to look up locations and appreciate the support!
     
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    I see that the list of hunting areas is west Tennessee. I live in the other end. As I mentioned, the TWRA website is a good source to start with for your area. Hang on- let me check on something.
    This is interesting as it breaks down the hunting in TN. https://hunterstoolbox.gooutdoorstennessee.com/
    Wander through the TWRA website. I think you will find a lot of useful information for hunting and fishing. I have been affiliated with TWRA for 19 years and find them to be helpful in many ways.
     
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    Thank you, this is perfect! I found all the places I posted on the TWRA website and was just looking for personal experiences or recommendations on the areas. I am brand new to hunting and fishing; and none of my friends or family do either so I am having to self teach everything. Because of this I am trying to get the most knowledge possible before I start :)
     
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    Can't help you with western Tennessee as I live and hunt on the other end. I have some contacts with TWRA. I'll see what I can dredge up. Might be a hunting club or shooting range that might be a starting place for you. BTW, I have two grandsons who are getting into hunting and shooting.
     
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    Appreciate all the help again. It's a bit intimidating getting into it without guidance but this and literature to read helps a lot!
     
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    Fix Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I've read allot, listened to many and watch most of the crap out there. Best advise is learn by hunting... Every chance you get and LEARN from your mistakes. After a while you can begin to learn from others mistakes to but if you are like me you have years before that gem kicks in.
     
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    Haven't heard from my friend. He is HE Coordinator and Boating Safety Coordinator. I would think he is busy with boating classes and, hopefully not many, boating accidents.
     
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    Yea I am very excited to learn from experience. Just waiting for small game season to open to start hunting and then deer season eventually :bow:
     

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