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.

  • 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...

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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...


Illinois Bobcat Bill Awaits Governor's Consideration

Illinois hunters could pursue bobcats for the first time since the 1970s if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill approved in May. As expected, the measure has stirred up lots of rhetoric from anti-hunting factions and drawn sharply contrasting opinions from lawmakers. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune...


1 Million Served … Trap Targets, That Is

Youngsters with guns passed a major milestone recently in Iowa: the 1 million target mark. Shooters in the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program ’s 2015 league play, held April 1 through May 24, shot more than 1.088 million targets during 380 league matches at 58 facilities, according to the Iowa...


Pro-Hunting Legislation Moves Forward in New England

Two pro-hunting efforts made headlines recently in New England: Maine repealed its minimum hunting age, and a bill that would allow Sunday archery hunting for deer on private land in Connecticut headed to the governor’s desk. According to an article by George Smith in the Bangor Daily News , Maine...


DU Aims to Rescue North America’s Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited has launched the largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation program in history to help protect and restore North America’s critical wetland habitat. The conservation group announced the $2 billion Rescue Our Wetlands: Banding Together for Waterfowl campaign at its 78th annual convention, held May 27 through 30 in Milwaukee,...


Forbes: Bass Pro Shops Among America’s Best Employers

What does Bass Pro Shops have in common with Google, Facebook and Harley Davidson? They’re among the best companies in the country to work for, according to a recently published list. Forbes magazine recently named Bass Pro as one of America’s best employers. The list was determined via an independent...


Blaze … Pink for Wisconsin’s Deer Woods?

Two Wisconsin lawmakers think pink might encourage more state residents — especially women and youngsters — to hunt. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel , Wisconsin state Reps. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, and Nick Milroy, D-South Range, recently announced that they’ve introduced a bill to let state hunters wear blaze pink instead...


Senate Bill Would Establish New Mexico Wilderness Areas

Senate legislation to create two wilderness areas on federal land in New Mexico would benefit wildlife, hunters and local economies. According to Backcountry Hunters & Anglers , an organization dedicated to maintaining America’s backcountry habitat and sporting traditions, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forest and...


New Hampshire: No Chocolate in Bear Bait

New Hampshire recently became the first state to ban the use of chocolate as bear bait, and at least one official believes the change could receive national attention. According to an article by Dave Solomon in the New Hampshire Union Leader , the state’s Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously...


Sportsmen Could Lose Out in Land Transfers

Hunting, fishing and wildlife could suffer if some Western states take over management of federal public lands, according to a National Wildlife Federation review. According to an article by Judith Kohler on the group’s website , the review found that states would likely restrict access, sell choice parcels or increase...


Report: Pennsylvania Hunting Safer Than Ever

For the second consecutive year and the second time on record, Pennsylvania recorded fewer than 30 hunting-related shooting incidents in 2014. According to an article on www.pennswilds.com , 2014 hunting-related shooting incident numbers support recent and long-term trends. A report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission said there were 29 hunting-related...


Audit to Review Minnesota’s Deer Management Program

A legislative audit will review how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages the state’s deer population. According to multiple media reports — including the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Duluth News Tribune — the audit is being conducted at the urging of hunters and state lawmakers. Some groups, including the...


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