Hunting Resource Library

FEDERAL RESOURCES

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Flood Risk Management Program
The purpose of the Corps of Engineers' flood risk management program is to help prevent or reduce flood risk by using either structural or non-structural means or a combination of the two. Non-structural measures reduce flood damages without significantly altering the nature or extent of the flooding by changing the use of floodplains or by accommodating existing uses to the flood hazard. Non-structural measures include modifying homes, businesses, and other facilities to reduce flood damages by elevating the structure or removing them from the floodplain. Remaining land can be used for ecosystem restoration, outdoor recreation, or natural open space. Flood warning systems are also considered non-structural measures.

This program is within the broader Investigation Program, and initial Investigation Program steps must be completed before it can be initiated. 

See also: Investigation Program 

Tags: Restoration, Research, Flooding, Flood Buyouts, Recreation, Planning


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Guide to Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges
Information and resources for hunting at National Wildlife Refuges, such as Cross Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Site includes a national tool for specific refuge information, information on hunting specific species, licensing and regulatory information, and more. 

Tags: Recreation, Hunting, Permits

Hunter Education Program
The Hunter Education Program provides grant funds to the states and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for projects to provide instruction in firearm operations and safety, wildlife management, nature conservation, ethics, game laws, outdoor survival and wilderness first aid. Funds may also be used for the development and operations of archery and shooting range facilities.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation, Hunting

Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MCGP)
The MSCGP provides funding for wildlife and sport fish restoration projects identified as priority projects by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. These high priority projects address problems affecting states on a regional or national basis. Project types that are generally selected for funding are: biological research/training, species population status, outreach, data collection regarding hunter/angler participation, hunter/aquatic education, economic value of fishing/hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Restoration, Conservation, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Hunting, Fishing, Recreation

National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is a partnership effort with the States and national conservation organizations, and has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States. It is a useful tool that quantifies the economic impact of wildlife-based recreation. Federal, State, and private organizations use this detailed information to manage wildlife, market products, and look for trends. The 2011 Survey is the twelfth in a series of surveys conducted about every 5 years since 1955.

Tags: Recreation, Plans and Reports, Fishing, Hunting, Survey

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants
NAWCA grants increase bird populations and wetland habitat, while supporting local economies and American traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming, and cattle ranching. Wetlands protected by NAWCA provide valuable benefits such as flood control, reducing coastal erosion, improving water and air quality, and recharging ground water.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Wetlands, Recreation, Hunting, Fishing, Birdwatching, Flooding, Water Quality, Groundwater

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR)
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service WSFR works with states to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. The Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program provides oversight and/or administrative support for grant programs such as the Wildlife Restoration Grant Program, Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program, Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, State Wildlife Grant Program, Multistate Grant Program, and Landowner Incentive Grant Program amongst others. 

Tags: Biodiversity, Grants, Recreation, Education


U.S. Forest Service
Daniel Boone National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Daniel Boone National Forest — a National Forest that embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land.

Tags: Recreation, Website

Forest Service Visitor Map 2.0
 The Forest Service's Visitor Map 2.0, provides the public with an interactive online view of the Nation's Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers.  The map can be used on personal computers, smart phones or tablet devices through any modern web browser.

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse
The USDA Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse is an online collection of digital data related to forest resources. Through the Clearinghouse you can find datasets related to forests and grasslands, including boundaries and ownership, natural resources, roads and trails, as well as datasets related to State and private forested areas, including insect and disease threat and surface water importance. You can also find downloadable map products, raster data, and links to other sources of forest resource information.

Tags: Data, Maps and Tools, Forests, Conservation, Recreation, Land Cover

Jefferson National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Jefferson National Forest. A small portion of the Jefferson National Forest is within the Cumberland River Basin. 

Tags: Recreation, Website

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Website
A website with a variety of information about Land Between the Lakes. Key pages include those for campingboating and rampsfishinghuntingswimmingtrails, and more.  

Tags: Websites, Recreation

Maps - Land Between the Lakes
A variety of maps in pdf format showing campgrounds, trails, recreational amenities and more. A recreation map of the recreation areas northern region is here and a recreation map of it's southern region is here

See also: Land Between the Lakes

Tags: Recreation, Camping, Hiking, Maps

Natural Happenings at Land Between the Lakes
A calendar of natural events at the recreation area including water related happenings such as chorus frog singing, sandhill crane and pelican migrations, catfish fry leaving their nests and more.  

Tags: Ecotourism, Recreation, Natural Calendar

Recreation Map - Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. This interactive recreation map can help you find places to fish, paddle, swim, camp, and more. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Swimming, Paddling, Boating, Camping, Maps and Tools

Stearns Ranger District Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Website with resources and recreational opportunity information for the Stearns Ranger District within the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Website

 

STATE RESOURCES - KY

KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Conservation Education Program
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has nineteen full time Conservation Educators (CE’s) that present wildlife conservation programs in Kentucky schools and recruit for our summer conservation camps. CE’s are professionals in their field and are also trained in the instruction of outdoor skills such as fishing, hunter education, archery, and Project WILD. All public, private, and home schools are all eligible to receive our in-school programs free of charge. Programs are designed for students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Past program topics include: Endangered Species, Wildlife Habitat, Kentucky Fish, Amphibians, and more. 

See also: Project Wild

Tags: Education, Fishing, Hunting, Recreation, Conservation

Hunting Education Course
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Hunter Education regulation requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1975 and age 12 or older to have a hunter education course completion card in their possession while hunting, as well as the appropriate Kentucky hunting license.

Tags: Hunting, Education, Licenses, Permits, Recreation

Hunting and Trapping Guide 2016-2017
A guide with information on when and where to hunt, obtaining licenses and permits, recording, checking, tagging and transporting hunted animals, youth hunting and more. 

Tags: Hunting, Recreation, Guides, Permits, Education

Kentucky Afield
Kentucky Afield Magazine is published four times a year. It gives insider tips about the best hunting and fishing in the state. The annual calendar features outstanding photography, proposed season dates, nature notes and tips to help enjoy Kentucky's great outdoors. Kentucky Afield Television is the longest continuously-running outdoors television show in the nation. This webpage allows visitors to watch full episodes online. Kentucky Afield Radio is hosted by KY Fish & Wildlife and broadcasting veteran Charlie Baglan, and the program provides insightful information from experts in the field and department professionals.

Tags: Recreation, Publications, Fishing, Hunting, Media, Education

Kentucky Geoportal
The Kentucky Geoportal is an award-winning data clearinghouse that provides easy and convenient ways to access and share geospatial data resources, including a great many water related geospatial datasets and data resources. Water related KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources datasets you can search for and find include: hunting and fishing access points and maps; blue water trails; boundaries of hunting areas including KY Wildlife Management Areas; conservation areas for bivalves; wetland birds, amphibians, and fish; and species richness bivalves and fish. 

Tags: GIS, Spatial Data, Maps, Recreation, Water Quality, TMDLs, Flooding, Floodplains, Dams, Designated Use Waters, Wells, Groundwater, Combined Sewer Overflows, MS4s, Sewers, Stormwater, Bioregions, Biodiversity, Water Supply, Prioritizations, River Miles

My Profile - Access to your KY Fish and Wildlife Records
This tool allows fishing and hunting license holders to find all of their information, including Telecheck, Quota Hunt, License and Permit history information, as well as replace a fishing or hunting license. 

Tags: Tools, Fishing, Hunting, Recreation, Data, Permits, Regulation, licenses

Online License and Permit Agent
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Online License and Permit Agent site allows visitors to purchase Hunting Licenses, Fishing Licenses, and other permits, for yourself or as a gift for others. 

Tags: Recreation, Hunting, Fishing, Permits, Licenses

Strategic Plan: FY 2015-2019
Information regarding the Department of Fish and Wildlife's 2015-2019 Strategic Plan. 

Tags: Plans and Reports, Planning, Conservation, Recreation

Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
The information listed here is for ducks, coots, merganser, Canada goose, white-fronted goose, brant, snow goose, Ross' goose, snow goose conservation order, falconry and sandhill crane. 

Tags: Hunting, Recreation

Waterfowl Reports and Studies
Waterfowl surveys, ground counts, and hunting activity. 

Tags: Recreation, Hunting, Data


KY Division of Forestry
Kentenia State Forest Website

Kentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corp. It is located in Harlan County along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,081 acres. The forest is open to the public for hunting and fishing and subject to state fish and game regulations. Primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding are also permitted. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs, are prohibited. Click following link for a map of Kentenia State Forest

Tags: Forests, Recreation, Maps

Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website
Kentucky Ridge State Forest consists of 15,251 acres. The forest is open to public hunting and fishing, subject to state fish and game regulations, and is available for primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding.  All off-road vehicles, including ATVs are prohibited. Click the following link for a map of Kentucky Ridge State Forest.

Tags: Forests, Recreation, Maps

Marrowbone State Forest Website
Marrowbone State Forest and Wildlife Management Area is a 1,983-acre tract of land located on Highway 90 in Metcalfe and Cumberland counties. Marrowbone State Forest is open to the public for day use only unless hunting regulations specify extended hours. Allowable activities include regulated hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing. Off-road vehicles, including ATVs and horseback riding is prohibited.

Tags: Recreation, Forests, Forestland

State Forests
The KY Division of Forestry owns and manages 10 state forests, including 3 in the Cumberland River Basin: KenteniaKentucky Ridge, and Marrowbone state forests. 

See also: Kentenia State Forest Website, Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website, Marrowbone State Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Forests, Forestland

 

STATE RESOURCES - TN

TN Land Management and GIS
Recreation Atlas
This 2008 static map shows and lists public lands across the state of Tennessee. 

Tags: Maps, Recreation


TN Division of Environment and Conservation
Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) Grants
The LWCF program provides matching grants to states, and through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Recreation Educational Services administers the LWCF grants. These grants require a 50% match.

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation

Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grants
The LPRF program provides state funding for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. Recreation Educational Services administers the LPRF grants. These grants are a 50% match.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Conservation, Greenways, Recreation

Recreation Educational Services Grants
Recreation Educational Services is responsible for administering federal and state grant programs to local and state governments. 

See also: Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants, the Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grants, Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program, and the Recreation Trails Program

Tags: Grants and Funding , Recreation

Recreation Services Study
A survey was conducted of Parks and Recreation Departments across the State of Tennessee. The results include the services, salaries and inventories of local Parks and Recreation Departments to assist in future planning. 

Tags: Surveys, Planning, Reports, Recreation

Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program
The Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program apportions grant money to cities and counties who lack professional parks and recreational director and do not provide a comprehensive recreation delivery system in their community. These grants are a three-year commitment, $50,000 grant matched by the communities. 

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation


TN State Parks
Tennessee’s Wild Side
Tennessee’s Wild Side is an outdoor adventure show designed and developed for viewing by the whole family. Supported by the Tennessee State Parks and Produced by RockWater, LLC, in cooperation with Nashville Public Television, Wild Side is a nine-time regional Emmy Award winning series that has been on the air almost two decades.

 

TN Wildlife Resources Agency
2016-17 Tennessee Hunting Seasons Summary
A quick guide to TN hunting seasons in 2016-2017.

Tags: Hunting, Recreation

2016 - 2017 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide
TWRA's 2016-2017 guide to hunting in Tennessee.

Tags: Hunting, Recreation

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)
BOW offers women programs in outdoor skills. Tennessee events include canoe trips down the Hiwassee River, muzzleloader workshops, and an entire weekend workshop filled with classes and activities every aspiring outdoors-woman will enjoy. Some of these classes include basic archery, reading the woods, ATV operation, dutch oven cooking, fly-fishing, nature photography, and much, much more.

Tags: Recreation, Education

Download Wildlife Management Area Data
The boundaries of TWRA's Wildlife Management Areas are available for download in two different format types: shapefile or KML. Shapefiles are GIS files used with GIS software, such as ArcView 3.x and ArcMap. A KML file can be imported directly into Google Earth.

Tags: Data, GIS, Recreation, Hunting

Hunter Education Program
Information about TN's Hunter education program including courses, FAQs, and more. 

Tags: Education, Hunting, Recreation, Safety

Hunting and Fishing License Center
This site will allow you quick and easy access to hunting and fishing licenses, permits, regulations and other important information about recreation in Tennessee.

Tags: Recreation, Hunting, Fishing, License, Permits, Regulations

Migratory Bird Hunting
Information and resources on migratory bird hunting in Tennessee. 

Tags: Recreation, Hunting

Moment of Freedom Campaign
Tennessee has become an ideal destination for sportsman with mobility impairments. Many organization have worked hard to provide wheelchair-accessible custom blinds and fishing piers on public lands and waters.  More than a dozen deer, turkey and waterfowl blinds that include ramps and other features to make hunting from a wheelchair more convenient can be found across the state. A number of wheelchair-accessible fishing piers and observation towers offer additional outdoor opportunities as well.  The state’s Moment of Freedom initiative is aimed at increasing these outdoor opportunities. The primary goal of the Moment of Freedom is to create 21 new wheelchair-accessible sites over the next three years.

Tags: Recreation, Mobility Impairments, Fishing, Hunting

Quota Hunts
In some areas of Tennessee the number of hunters needs to be restricted so as not to cause a major impact on the resource. In these areas, the TWRA utilizes a quota hunt system. More information is available about quota hunts on this webpage.

Tags: Recreation, Hunting, Regulations

Tennessee Outdoor Youth Summits (TOYS)
Headquartered at the Montgomery Shooting Complex in the community of Southside near Clarksville, TOYS attracts high-school aged students from across the state. It teaches our youth about the outdoors. It covers topics such as fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, wildlife identification, outdoors photography, biology, firearm safety, archery, trap and skeet shooting, boating and boating safety, and so much more. Students interested in a professional career in natural resources also have the opportunity to experience outings that provide insight into actual professional management (e.g. electro-fishing, aging fish, controlled burning). 

Tags: Education, Recreation, Fishing, Hunting, Naturalist, Wildlife Identification, Motor Boating

TWRA On The Go
TWRA's mobile app for outdoor enthusiasts. With the app you can: view TWRA news; Unting/Trapping, Waterfowl, Fishing, & Boating Guides; Buy your licenses, Renew boats, and report and see your harvests; find a WMA, check station, Hunters for the Hungry Processor, Fishing Spot, Boat Ramp, or a Wildlife Viewing Areas; view fishing reports and identify your fish with our Fish ID Guide; Learn more about Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife; browse wild game and fish recipes; and more. 

Tags: Recreation, Hunting Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Naturalist, Cooking, Paddling, Reports

TWRA TV
Hundreds of videos on variety of topics including fishing, boating, outdoor recreation, Watchable Wildlife, habitat management, paddling, ducks, trout, watersports and more.  

Tags: Media, Recreation, Fishing, Motor Boating, Hunting, Paddling

Wildlife Management Areas Map
An interactive map of Wildlife Management Areas in Tennessee. 

Tags: Recreation, Maps and Tools, Hunting

Wildlife Viewing Opportunities in Tennessee's Wildlife Management Areas
A list and corresponding map of wildlife viewing opportunities in WMA's across the state. Highlighted Cumberland River Basin WMA's include Shelton Ferry, Cheatham Lake, Edgar Evins, Bark Camp Barrens, Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness, The Boils, Jackson Swamp, and North Cumberlands WMA. 

Tags: Wildlife Viewing, Recreation, Biodiversity, Aquatic Biology, Naturalist

NGO Resources

American Red Cross
First Aid Training Opportunities

"Prepare for the unexpected with first aid training from the American Red Cross. Developed and taught by experts, our convenient, affordable courses can help your organization become OSHA compliant – and provide care when it's needed most. With award-winning online classes, plus first aid courses at more than 550 locations across the United States, and our best-in-class blended Simulation Learning, we offer training designed to suit your schedule and your learning style. Red Cross First Aid Certification classes include a free digital certificate, valid for 2 years, plus free access to digital learning materials and online Refresher Courses."

Tags: First Aid, Medical

Hunter Education Course
Official Online Hunter Education Course
"This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Hunting safety education established by Tennessee. Hunter Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Hunting laws and regulations."

Tags: Hunting, Recreation, Education

National Shooting Sports Foundation
How to Get Started Hunting
"Getting the right introduction to hunting is important. Here are a few tips on getting started and also some valuable resources for new and experienced hunters alike."

Tags: Hunting, Recreation

CORPORATE RESOURCES

Bonnier Corporation
Outdoor Life - How to Survive Wild Animal Attacks

This site provides safety guidelines for protecting yourself from wild animal encounters.

Tags: Camping, Hiking, Safety