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. 

  • Missouri Lawmakers To Eliminate Hunting Licenses?

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), one of the most well-endowed wildlife agencies in the country, finds itself in the crosshairs of the new legislature. A little background first. The current funding model for the MDC stems from the Design for Conservation Sales Tax, passed in 1976, which gives 1/8th...

  • Florida Set to Get a Bear Hunting Season?

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission met on Wed., Feb. 4, to consider whether to open a bear season in the state, as early as next fall. As part of a 10-year bear management plan, the proposal to hunt bears again in the state appears because of a growing...

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Bobcat Bill Sponsor Now Director of Illinois DNR

In a turn of events that might be coined political, Wayne Rosenthal accepted the appointment as the new director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR). You may remember his name because he sponsored the bobcat-hunting bill that passed late last yea r, and then was vetoed by outgoing...


Hunting By the Numbers

Along with finding new products at last week’s Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, I also attended a press conference that released data on firearms and ammunition. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Report 2014-2015 Industry Reference Guide , a 186-page document, broke down the numbers and included a section...


Kentucky Police Officer Shoots Fingers While in Gun Store, Sues Store

When Darrell Smith, a police officer, stopped in at the Barren Outdoors store last March in Glasgow, Ky., and asked to see a gun from the display counter, he never expected to leave the store minus a finger. An employee handed him a loaded .380. An article in The Washington...


Illinois Passes the Bobcat Bill

Hunting of bobcats will soon be legal after a 42-year ban in the state of Illinois, thanks to the legislature’s recent passing of a bill to allow a hunting season on this species. Bobcats officially came off the state-threatened species list in 1999, having been on the list since 1977...


Colorado Waitresses Pack Guns and Serve Food

Hey Hooters, you got wings and shorts? Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., meets that challenge and raises it by offering a full grilled menu and guns. The guns -- such as a Ruger Blackhawk chambered in .357, Kimber in .45 and Springfield XDS in 9mm -- can be seen in...


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...


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...


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