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: No Chocolate in Bear Bait

    New Hampshire recently became the first state to ban the use of chocolate as bear bait, and at least one official believes the change could receive national attention. According to an article by Dave Solomon in the New Hampshire Union Leader , the state’s Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously...

  • Sportsmen Could Lose Out in Land Transfers

    Hunting, fishing and wildlife could suffer if some Western states take over management of federal public lands, according to a National Wildlife Federation review. According to an article by Judith Kohler on the group’s website , the review found that states would likely restrict access, sell choice parcels or increase...

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Report: Pennsylvania Hunting Safer Than Ever

For the second consecutive year and the second time on record, Pennsylvania recorded fewer than 30 hunting-related shooting incidents in 2014. According to an article on www.pennswilds.com , 2014 hunting-related shooting incident numbers support recent and long-term trends. A report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission said there were 29 hunting-related...


Audit to Review Minnesota’s Deer Management Program

A legislative audit will review how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages the state’s deer population. According to multiple media reports — including the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Duluth News Tribune — the audit is being conducted at the urging of hunters and state lawmakers. Some groups, including the...


Archery Gets Its Own Day-Long Celebration

The vision of a coach has prompted the creation of a day-long recognition and celebration of archery. This past March, home-school teacher Colleen Pusateri, of Greenville, S.C., contacted the National Archery in the Schools Program to suggest that archery deserved a special day. Later that day, NASP said, the group...


North Carolina One Step Closer to Having Sunday Hunting

Limited Sunday hunting is one step closer to becoming reality in North Carolina. On April 28, the North Carolina House passed House Bill 640, the Outdoor Heritage Act , by an 83-35 margin. One portion of the bill would allow most forms of hunting on Sundays on private land for...


Sunday Hunting on the Way for North Carolina?

North Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to let hunters head afield on Sundays, but the idea is stirring controversy. According to an article by Mark Binker at wral.com , one stipulation of House Bill 640 would allow hunting with firearms on Sunday on private property, provided the hunter owns the...


Dream College? University Offers Hunting and Fishing Scholarships

Lots of college students love the outdoors, but that passion doesn’t necessarily mesh with academic endeavors. However, an Alabama university is looking to change that. Beginning in Fall 2015, the University of Montevallo will offer scholarships to students who like to hunt and fish. The President’s Outdoor Scholars program ,...


Great Guns: Firearms/Ammo Industry’s Economic Impact Up 125 Percent Since 2008

It’s no secret that the guns and ammunition industry has been rolling the past few years, and recent numbers bear that out. Best, wildlife conservation is reaping the benefits. A new report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation said the firearms/ammo industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion...


Florida Looks to Open Bear Hunting Season

Florida wildlife officials hope to open a hunting season this fall for the state's increasingly numerous black bears, and the plan is sparking reactions from proponents and critics. According to an article by Chad Gillis on news-press.com , the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will soon present a series of...


NSSF Graphic Reveals Danger Behind Lead-Ammo Ban

In response to a recently adopted measure that bans lead ammunition for hunting in California, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is trying to set the story straight. The organization's "Ammunition Under Attack" video and graphic maintain that such bans have no scientific basis and will actually harm wildlife. View the...


Articles Cast Dim Light on Wisconsin's CWD Situation

Recent news articles suggest that Wisconsin's current policy for battling chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer might lead to serious long-term problems. Testing for the disease has decreased, yet CWD continues to spread throughout the whitetail-rich state and has become more prevalent in the initial infection area. CWD is a...


Low Snowfall Benefits Iowa Pheasants, Quail

Iowa's pheasant population might reverse recent declines in 2015, thanks to two winters with relatively light snowfall and promising spring nesting conditions. Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said pheasant hunters saw more birds in 2014 after below-normal snowfall in Winter 2013-'14. Most of...


Will Tribe Be Allowed to Go Whale Hunting Again?

The Makah Native American tribe of Washington, located in the northwest plateau, wants back its right to hunt whales. The Makah tribe had hunted for an estimated 1,500 years as a tradition. In a treaty in 1855, the U.S. government accorded the Makah the right to continue to hunt whales...


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