The 2021 Young Sportsman Turkey Hunt kicks off the spring hunting season in most areas of the state the weekend of March 27-28. The Young Sportsman Hunt will be held later in two areas of the state to benefit struggling turkey populations.

The Young Sportsman Hunt is the weekend of April 10-11 in the newly formed Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) unit (consisting of Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties) and in Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, and Wayne counties.

The 2021 spring turkey hunting season for the majority of the state is April 3-May 16. In the new MAV unit and the four mentioned southern Middle Tennessee counties, the season runs April 17-May 16.

The Young Sportsman Spring Turkey Hunt is the perfect way to get youth outside on an early spring weekend. The Young Sportsman Hunt is for youth ages 6-16. One bearded turkey is allowed per day and any turkey harvested during the Young Sportsman Hunt counts toward the new statewide spring season limit of three birds (two birds in the MAV unit).

Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, age 21 or older who must remain in position to take control of a device. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single non-hunting adult who is not required to have a license.

More information on the Young Sportsman Hunt, the 2021 spring turkey season, and hunting on wildlife management areas (WMAs) can be found in the 2020-21 Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide. The guide is online at and also available at TWRA offices and license agents.

TWRA requests public input for 2022 fishing regulations

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is welcoming comments for its 2022 fishing regulations. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about fishing regulations with TWRA staff.

Public comments will be considered by fisheries managers and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: Fish Comments, TWRA, Fisheries Management Division, 5107 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211or emailed to Please include “Fish Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.

This comment period concerning fishing regulations will be open until April 19.

The fishing regulations proposals are scheduled to be presented to Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission for review during its August 2021 meeting.