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. 

  • 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...

  • Florida Hunter Calls in Panther During Turkey Hunt

    Who hasn’t called in a coyote or a bobcat while turkey hunting? It happens. When it does, we observe and get a little entertainment (and maybe some cool photos or video), as well. Imagine the surprise of Bobby Reichert when a large panther approached his hen decoy during a turkey...

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BATFE Retreats on 5.56 M855 Ammo Ban

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) announced March 10 that it had withdrawn its proposal to ban 5.56mm M855 ammo, known as “green tips" after receiving tens of thousands of comments from the public opposing the ban. The ammo is popular with target shooters and small game...


New Ammo Ban Coming?

If you're one of the thousands of hunters who owns a .223, you'll want to pay attention – particularly, if you use economical 5.56x45mm ball ammo (often called "green tips") on the target range, or for hunting small game. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) recently announced...


Farm Bill Provides Incentives for More Access to Private Hunting Land

In late February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would accept applications for its Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VAP-HIP). The program will be managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and was part of the 2014 Farm Bill. In this program,...


A Soldier's Best Friend

I never know what to expect at sports/outdoor shows. I always know that I’ll find new gear and guns for future hunts, and I'll likely learn a few new hunting tips along the way. At this year’s National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Annual Convention & Sport Show, I met two...


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...


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...


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