Realtree Outdoor News

Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in the outdoor and travel industries. A former newspaper and magazine editor, her bylines now routinely appear in Turkey Country magazine, National Shooting Sports Foundation's publications and Shooting Sports USA. Barbara also publishes an e-zine, Women's Outdoor News, which features reviews, stories and tips from women who hunt, shoot, fish and love being outdoors. Barbara resides in central Missouri and she hunts whatever is in season with gun or bow. 

  • Should Montana FWP Have Seized This Hunter's Elk?

    What should have been a dream hunt for a bull elk turned sour because of the timing in attaching a tag. Minnesotan Jim Latvala met his brother, Warren, a Montana resident, to elk hunt near the Shields River. It was their first hunt together, and Jim is 65. Jim Latvala...

  • Man Shot in Privates

    Unfortunately, hunting is not 100 percent safe, and every season we read about people shooting themselves or others accidentally. Here are four accounts found in the news recently that show we must be aware of whether our guns are loaded, where they are pointed and how they are handled. Back...

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Montana's New Roadkill Law a Success

Last year the Montana legislature passed a law that allows salvage permits for deer, elk, moose and antelope roadkill. As of mid-November, more than 800 dead animals have been recorded as picked up and processed. Flathead County, which borders Canada in the far northwestern region of the state, leads the...


New Jersey Bill Would Allow Hunters to Sell Venison

A New Jersey assembly woman introduced a bill last March that lifts the ban on commercial deer hunting. The bill has yet to get a hearing in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. If it does, you can bet that anti-hunting groups, along with hunting organizations, will line up to...


Should Guns Be Allowed in Senior Photos?

It’s that time of year again for our nation’s high school seniors. They have to decide what they want to do with their lives when they graduate and what to wear and feature in their senior photos. In a Nebraska school, seniors may choose to include guns in their official...


Is Your Deer Infested with Parasites?

Here's a news flash from the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) about what might be living inside that deer you just tagged. The parasites are a bit weird, really creepy, but fortunately, of no threat to humans. What a relief. Seems like with the Ebola scare and flu season, all...


Mixed Election Day Results for Hunters

In what has been called a tsunami, results of national and local elections washed in last Tuesday and will likely change the landscape of several areas on the U.S. political map – particularly pertaining to decisions regarding wildlife management. In Michigan, opponents of wolf hunting cried victory as voters rejected...


Please Don't Take Selfies with the Bears

Visitors to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center have been told to stop taking selfies with the bears while on premises. The U.S. Forest Service might even close the area if phone photographers don't heed its warning. According to Lisa Herron, speaking on behalf of the South Lake Tahoe Basin Management...


State Vs. Feds in Battle of How to Hunt Alaska

In an ongoing battle, the National Park System (NPS) and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG) dance in the ring, jabbing at each other about hunting methods for certain predator populations in 10 national preserves. These new policies affect sport hunting, presently permitted on 38 percent of national...


Utah's First Season Nothing to 'Crow' About

Utah recently closed its first crow season at the end of September, without a lot of “crowing” from hunters on their successes afield. The first crow season yielded one reported bird down. Hunters did not have to report their kills. Licensed hunters could take 10 crows daily and have 30...


New Law Will Keep Hunters' and Trappers' Names Confidential

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will introduce a bill in the upcoming 2015 legislative session that prohibits naming hunters and trappers who have taken animals during designated seasons. Presently, the FWP is not allowed to disseminate information about hunters who tag bears, mountain lions and wolves. This new law...


Government Wants Pros to Pay for Filming and Photographing on U.S. Forest Service Lands

The U.S. Forest Service's recent announcement that professional photographers and filmmakers must apply for permits or pay fines of $1,000 to photograph and film on public lands reminds me of the IRS. More regulations buried in more layers of bureaucratese mean more trouble. First Amendment proponents screamed that the new...


Is Hunting More Affordable than Golf?

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) recently released a report on “Hunting in the 50 States,” that finds that, in many cases, a day spent hunting is cheaper than a round of golf. To compile the report, the NSSF gleaned information from all 50 states’ hunting regulations. The report lists...


Florida Expands Hunting with Suppressors

It looks like Florida is primed to allow the use of suppressors on hunting guns. On Sept. 10, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission unanimously voted to reverse a 57-year ban on suppressors for hunting turkeys, deer, squirrels, rabbits and quail. If the Commission approves the change in November,...


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