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.

  • 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...

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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...


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...


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...


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