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.

  • 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...

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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...


Was Conservation Officer Punished for Mercy?

The Internet lit up recently with debate about whether a British Columbia conservation officer did the right thing when he refused to kill two orphaned black bear cubs and was subsequently suspended. According to a CBC News report , officer Bryce Casavant was suspended without pay for disobeying an order...


Iowa Pheasant Hunting Trending Upward

After shooting more roosters in 2014 and seeing plenty of birds this past spring, Iowa pheasant hunters are optimistic for the upcoming season. Hunters took about 216,000 roosters this past fall, an increase of about 30 percent, according to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources press release . It marked...


CWD Marches Ahead on Two Fronts

Chronic wasting disease continues its impact on the whitetail world, recently touching two great hunting states almost 1,000 miles apart. As of July 1, Virginia hunters cannot use or possess deer scents or lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids. A press release from the state Department...


Refuge Hunting Expansion Plan Draws Praise

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan announced in June would expand hunting and fishing opportunities on 21 properties in the National Refuge System and modify existing rules on more than 100 others. “The service is committed to strengthening and expanding hunting and fishing opportunities,” USFWS Director Dan Ashe said...


First Lead Ammo Ban to Begin in California

Beginning July 1, hunters must use non-lead ammunition on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife lands and for Nelson bighorn sheep hunts statewide. The ban marks the first step in a multi-year phase-out of lead ammo in the state. Proponents of the California ban and similar measures say non-lead...


Florida Bear Hunt a Reality

Despite a heavy push by anti-hunters, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 5-1 Wednesday to authorize the state’s first black bear season in 21 years. The seven-day hunt will be held Oct. 24 through 30, 2016, according to an article on mynews13.com . The number of bears that could be...


Missouri Aims to Slow Spread of CWD

Shoot more deer, help the herd. That’s what the Missouri Department of Conservation is asking of hunters in 19 central and northeastern state counties this season in an effort to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease, a fatal degenerative brain disease in cervids that has no cure. According to...


Natural Protein Roundup

My annual post-hunting season rituals include a quick assessment of the amount of wild flesh my endeavors afield produced. Expand that to the millions of hunters and anglers across North America: How much wild fish and game meat does Mother Nature serve up every season, and how important is that...


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