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. 

  • 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...

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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,...


Colorado Hikers Angered by Legal Moose Hunter

Colorado hikers who witnessed the death of a legally killed bull moose earlier this month are questioning the ethics of hunting on public lands. The hunt occurred on U.S. Forest Service land, at Brainerd Lake. A bowhunter delivered a double lung shot into a mature adult moose, and the animal...


Maine Wildlife Agency Says 'Vote No' to Bear Hunting Restrictions

Ask most hunters where they’d like to hunt bears in the contiguous U.S., and they’ll probably say “Maine, of course.” It has one of the largest populations of bears in the country, and allows hunters to hunt with dogs or trap during specified times of the season, which began Aug...


Giant Alligators in the News

Almost weekly, we see and hear reports of hunters bagging giant alligators throughout the Southeast. Four days into Mississippi’s season, Brian Montgomery and two others worked for more than an hour to bring a new state-record-holding, 792-pound alligator aboard . It measured 13 feet, 5 inches, and bit a hole...


Realtree on Ice

At this point in the viral “ice bucket challenge,” you might be weary of seeing yet another celebrity or commoner get a bucket of ice water dumped on his or her head. Even though the bloom might be fading from the marketing rose, people still are drawn out to the...


Trail Cameras Used to Catch Thieves

The sheriff’s department in Montgomery, Ala., is asking the public to identify two men they saw on a trail camera. The men broke into a hunting cabin and storage shed in Rammer community on Aug. 11. The men allegedly stole a 2004 Polaris ATP 500 ATV and a 5x10 trailer,...


Olympic Athlete and Army Sergeant Poaches Deer in Colorado Springs

Say it ain’t so. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Dremiel Byers has been cited for stalking and shooting a deer out of season near a car dealership in southwestern Colorado Springs. Someone reported Byers’ bowhunting near the Kuni Lexis on Thurs., Aug. 14. His arrow hit...


Chicago Priest's Gun Buyback Targets Youth

On August 16, Chicago priest Fr. Michael Pfleger will hold another gun buyback event, but this time he's especially inviting 16- to 30-year olds. Host of other buybacks, the priest of St. Sabina believes gun buyback programs work to get dangerous guns off the street. The first 150 Participants will...


Tourist Busted for Transporting Trophies

Any chance you might want to bring home an old peice of taxidermy or even a piece of coral from your summer vacation abroad? You might want to think twice. In fact, here’s a scenario that recently occurred: A Philipino man decided to take his family on a vacation to...


Ebola and Hunters

Ebola. A virus that kills 90 percent of the humans who contract it, again makes headline news as American victims return home from West Africa for treatment. It's believed that the virus initially spread to humans from infected bush meat; the catch-all term for any number of animals that are...


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