TWRA News

That time of year has rolled around again. The new 2021-22 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale, with over one million licenses expected to be purchased in the coming year. All current yearly Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses expired Sunday, Feb. 28.

Licenses are available online anytime at www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com, on the TWRA “On the Go App”, or at one of more than 700 license agents across the state. You can now select to auto-renew your license and never worry about your license expiring again. Customers can also purchase a new design of the collector’s card for any annual license. The new waterproof, durable card features a choice of a bull elk or a crappie.

If you like wildlife of any kind, you should thank a hunter or fisherman. Without them, the state would not have the abundance of fish and wildlife that Tennesseans enjoy.

Hunters and anglers have been funding Tennessee’s and the nation’s wildlife conservation for more than 100 years through license purchases. One-hundred percent of hunting and fishing license fees go to support wildlife conservation in Tennessee. What’s more, a license purchase returns taxes paid on firearms, archery equipment, fishing gear and boat fuel to Tennessee at a rate of up to $40 per year so a license purchase is a great investment. This successful funding system is the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration program which is the largest driver of wildlife conservation nationwide.

2021 NASP State Championships to be virtual event

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) annual state championships will be a virtual event.

Participating schools will have the month of March to complete the competition and submit their scores. The competition is divided into the elementary school, middle school, and high school divisions. The scores will serve as a qualifier for the NASP National Championships in May. For information on the event or NASP, contact TWRA’s Don Crawford at don.crawford@tn.gov.

Last year’s tournament was cancelled shortly after Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 14 on March 12 declaring a state of emergency in Tennessee to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19.

Sponsored by TWRA, Tennessee began NASP in late 2004 with 12 pilot schools participating in the program. More than 500 schools now participate in the program. NASP is a 2-8 week curriculum taught during school that teaches International style target archery.