Realtree Outdoor News

Brian Lovett, Realtree's news blogger, has been an outdoors reporter, writer, magazine editor and book author for 27 years. Spring turkey hunting and autumn waterfowling take up most of his outside time, but he also enjoys fishing, deer hunting and upland-bird hunting. Lovett lives in Oshkosh, Wis., with his wife, Jenny, and their retriever.

  • New Hampshire Mulls Bobcat Season

    New Hampshire outdoorsmen could soon join their New England neighbors and enjoy opportunities to hunt and trap bobcats. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has proposed issuing 50 bobcat permits through a lottery process, according to a press release from the Sportsmen’s Alliance . The proposal came about after...

  • Psychedelic Song Dogs

    Only in California. At least that’s the reaction from some folks after hearing that recent coyote “attacks” on vehicles in the San Francisco Bay area could be caused by animals having psychedelic experiences from hallucinogenic mushrooms. According to an article at pacificsun.com , coyotes in the West Marin, Calif., area...

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Hansen Honored By QDMA

If you’ve read about deer hunting the past decade, you’re familiar with the work of Tony Hansen. Now, Realtree’s editorial director is being honored for his accomplishments. Hansen, 40, of Vermontville, Mich., was recently named the Quality Deer Management Association’s Signpost Communicator of the Year at the group’s 2016 national...


Report: Cabela’s to Sell Credit-Card Business

Recent reports say Cabela’s will look to sell its profitable credit-card business before the entire company goes on the block. The New York Post , citing anonymous sources, said Jan. 21 the surprise move has prompted speculation about when — even if — the giant hunting, fishing and outdoor gear...


Group Defends Coyote Contest

Predator hunters don’t usually receive much publicity, but that changed recently when a Wisconsin organization defended a coyote contest against anti-hunting critics. Several environmental and anti-hunting groups recently complained about a one-day coyote hunting contest held by northeastern Wisconsin tavern, saying federally protected timber wolves might be harmed during the...


Florida Kicks Off Python Removal

Snake hunters got off to a fast start in Florida’s Burmese Python Removal Competition , and officials hope those efforts will increase abatement of the non-native snakes from the Everglades. As of Jan. 18, participants in the hunt , part of the 2016 Python Challenge , had registered 17 Burmese...


Colorado Says No to Wolves

Colorado wildlife commissioners have taken a stand against wolf introduction, voting to oppose the release of the predators into the Centennial State. The state’s Parks and Wildlife Commission voted 7-4 on Jan. 13 to support a resolution that "opposes the intentional release of any wolves into Colorado,” according to an...


Conservation Group Urges Calm in Standoff

A sportsmen’s group dedicated to preserving America’s public-land habitat and recreational opportunities is calling for calm in the continuing occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. “National wildlife refuges like Malheur are a treasure shared by all Americans,” Land Tawney, president and chief executive officer of Backcountry Hunters...


Former Tide Player Rolls Huge Buck

As his alma mater was preparing to play for the Division 1 college football championship, former University of Alabama punter Bryne Diehl experienced another once-in-a-lifetime event — with a huge whitetail. According to ABC 3340 , Diehl was driving his family to an event Jan. 8 in Jefferson County, Ala.,...


Train Vs. Elk: ‘Pretty Devastating’

Most hunters agree that it’s exciting to see elk. Of course, most hunters probably aren’t driving a speeding locomotive at the time. According to an article in the Independent Record , a train recently struck a herd of elk east of East Helena, killing 23 animals. The impact was so...


Christie Defends Bear Hunt

Bear hunting recently took center stage in the 2016 presidential race, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican candidate, stood firm against critics of his state’s newly expanded black bear season. According to a Yahoo News report , Christie was pressed at a New Hampshire town hall event about...


Alone in the Wilderness

A 14-year-old Utah hunter is thankful to be alive after surviving a night in single-digit temperatures at a large wetland area. Brayden Neilson, of Bluffdale, Utah, was hunting Dec. 26 at the Ogden Bay Bird Refuge with a 21-year-old friend when the two became separated, according to an ABC News...


California Suspects Wolf Depredation

As wolves re-colonize California, the inevitable has followed. State officials recently confirmed a “probable” wolf depredation incident involving a calf during November in the northern part of the state. According to a California Department of Fish and Wildlife report , employees at a Siskiyou County ranch were gathering cattle Nov...


Huge Buck Poached in Park

Typically, celebration and congratulations accompany the harvest of a trophy buck. Unless the animal was killed illegally in a metropolitan park. That’s what happened recently, authorities said, when a Milwaukee man shot a well-known 160-class deer with a crossbow in the Menomonee River Parkway in nearby Wauwatosa, Wis. The buck,...


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