Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation

Preserving Tennessee’s Hunting and Fishing Heritage.

A Letter From The Executive Director

I am reaching out to you today because we need your help.

Access to public hunting lands can be challenging for any hunter. Access for hunters with disabilities is even more challenging. Earlier this year, a disabled hunter won the coveted President’s Island hunts through the 2020 Tennessee Conservation Raffle. During the course of his first hunt, we discovered that his motorized wheelchair did not provide him with reliable off-road capability. This limitation impacted where he was able to hunt, and potentially his opportunity for success.

We want to make sure that disabled sportsmen have every advantage possible when they take to the woods. That’s why we’ve decided to raise funds to purchase an Action Trackchair. TWRF plans to make the use of this wheelchair available (free of charge) to disabled hunters across Tennessee on TWRA quota hunts and special events. TWRA is excited about the opportunity and has agreed to transport the chair to any region of the state when there is a need.

Please help us make this idea a reality. Your donation* today will help ensure that disabled TN hunters will have better access to public land hunting.

Thank You For Your Support.

Joey Woodard
Executive Director
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF)

* Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation Inc is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is deductible as a charitable contribution as allowed by law. We suggest you consult with your tax advisor as to its deductibility in your particular circumstance.


“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”

— Aldo Leopold

Without wildlife, without wilderness, what will we lose?
For centuries, these very resources have not only sustained the pioneering spirit of Tennesseans, but afforded them the means of crafting a living and a legacy. Forged as the charitable arm of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) lends strength in defending compromised wildlife and imperiled habitat. By contributing priceless fundraising efforts and targeted educational campaigns, the TWRF is poised on the front lines of a struggle to not only protect Tennessee’s resources, but the heritage they represent as well.

Who we are:

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, Inc. (TWRF) was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1999 to support the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and to promote habitat conservation, responsible land stewardship, and the preservation of Tennessee’s hunting and fishing heritage. TWRF assists TWRA with youth education programs as well as strategic land acquisitions to provide opportunities for habitat conservation/restoration and public hunting. Through our fundraising efforts and support, we provide a synergy to help the TWRA realize its goals.

We have taken great strides to organize and structure our operations in order to find the most effective ways to benefit the TWRA. If you are interested in the promotion and preservation of our hunting and fishing heritage in Tennessee, we encourage you to join TWRF and offer your support to a worthwhile cause. After all, it’s up to all of us to ensure that future generations have the same opportunity to enjoy Tennessee’s wildlife resources and take part in the rich hunting and fishing heritage that has been passed down from countless generations of Tennessee’s sportsmen & women.

What we do:

With your support, we pledge:

  • To preserve and perpetuate Tennessee’s hunting, fishing and shooting sports heritage through innovative, mentor-based educational programs.

  • To educate and engage with students interested in wildlife management careers through our Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit Camp, providing hands-on learning that teaches the importance of natural resources management.

  • To continue to host and support numerous free youth hunting and fishing events across Tennessee.

  • To help high school students develop shooting skills, discipline and sportsmanship through our Tennessee Scholastic Action Shooting Program.

  • To continue to serve as a conduit for vital wildlife disease and endangered species research.

  • To provide special needs children with the opportunity to take part in Tennessee’s youth deer hunting season through our Young Guns Program.

  • To offer scholarships to students interested in the field of wildlife management, ornithology and wildlife art.

  • To provide quality hunting, fishing, and outdoor experiences for physically disabled men, women, and children, as well as wounded members of the armed forces by producing wheelchair accessible facilities in TWRA wildlife management areas throughout Tennessee.

Visit our programs and events pages to learn more about what we do.
Remember, if you want to help TWRA, support TWRF!

Banner Image – Bobcat (Lynx rufus) – Photo Credit: Geoffrey Kuchera