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.

  • South Dakota Pheasants Surge Higher

    Upland-bird hunters received great news this past week when South Dakota announced that its 2015 pheasant brood survey showed a 42 percent increase in birds per mile. The survey indicated about 3.80 pheasants per mile, up from 2.68 in 2014 and 1.52 in 2013, according to a press release from...

  • Wolves Return to California

    After a 90-plus-year absence, gray wolves have returned to California. California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials confirmed Aug. 20 that the agency had obtained photos of five wolf pups and two adults in Siskiyou County in the northern part of the state. They’ve named the group the Shasta Pack...

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Quick Trip Nets Huge Gator

Scott Evans plans to serve alligator at his Labor Day cookout. Guests probably won’t leave hungry. On Aug. 14, Evans and two friends caught what is likely the second-largest alligator ever taken in Alabama. The 13-foot, 6-inch, 920-pound gator came from Lake Eufaula in the southeastern part of the state,...


Get Ready for the Python Roundup

Florida offers many great winter activities, including fishing, hunting and … rounding up pythons? Yep. And enthusiastic volunteers can be part of it. Earlier this week, the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced details of the 2016 Python Challenge , to...


Realtree Pro Fishes for Cancer Foundation

Every angler competing in the high-stakes Forrest Wood Cup has a lot to gain, but Realtree pro Jason Meninger gets added motivation from a personal calling. As he’s done throughout the 2015 bass tournament season, Meninger, a sixth-year FLW Tour pro from St. Augustine, Fla., will donate 20 percent of...


Deer Vs. ... Aircraft?

Deer-vehicle collisions are common across whitetail country, but you don’t hear much about deer-aircraft incidents. That changed recently when a deer caused a single-plane accident in Kansas. According to kake.com , the Kansas Highway Patrol said a private pilot was attempting to take off from the Kingman airport in south-central...


Minnesota Deer Numbers Trending Upward

Minnesota deer hunters received some good news recently, courtesy of a mild winter and conservative 2014 harvest regulations. Midsummer reports from the state’s Department of Natural Resources indicate that whitetail populations are rebounding throughout the state. Overwinter survival was good, and observers have noticed strong fawn numbers in most regions...


World Event Displays Archery’s Appeal

Almost 5,000 youngsters recently illustrated archery’s growing popularity and bright future. The National Archery in the Schools Program’s 2015 World Tournament, held July 22 through 25 in Nashville, Tenn., attracted student shooters from across the globe, including Canada, Namibia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. According to...


Anti-Hunters Target Florida Bear Hunt

Florida’s first bear season in more than two decades could be in jeopardy, as activists filed suit July 31 to halt the planned October hunt. An Orlando Sentinel article said Speak Up Wekiva, a central Florida watershed conservation group, and Chuck O’Neal, an environmental activist with the League of Women...


Congressional Bill Could Boost Hunting, Fishing

Hunters and anglers stand to reap the benefits of bipartisan legislation recently introduced in Congress. On July 23, the four House leaders of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus — Reps. Tim Walz, D-Minn.; Rob Wittman, R-Va.; Gene Green, D-Texas; and Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. — introduced the Sportsmen’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation...


CWD Study Raises Grave Concerns

As chronic wasting disease continues its seemingly inexorable march across North America, new research suggests more cause for worry: The mutant proteins that cause CWD might have the potential to affect human health. A study by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, found signs of CWD infection in two...


White Bags to Ward Off Whitetails?

Research to determine the effectiveness of roadside reflectors as deer-vehicle collision deterrents might have accidentally pointed to a better method: white canvas bags. Corinna Riginos and Morgan Graham recently presented results from their three-year study along several highways in the Bighorn Basin. The research, funded by the Wyoming Department of...


Michigan Confirms Second CWD Case

Michigan officials recently announced the discovery of a second case of chronic wasting disease in a free-range deer. The CWD-positive deer, a 2-year-old buck, was found less than a mile from the state’s first CWD-infected deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) in the south-central part of the state, according to...


Big Wins: States Approve Pro-Hunting Measures

Sportsmen celebrated two victories recently, as North Carolina and Illinois expanded hunting opportunities. North Carolina recently broadened Sunday hunting when Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law that legalizes firearms hunting seven days a week on private property. The measure, part of the Outdoor Heritage Act, signed July 8, lets people...


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