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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.

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  • Moose Program Stirs Criticism

    Being selected to hunt moose in a national park and receiving free flights to do so might seem like the outdoors equivalent of winning the lottery. However, someone has to pay for that good fortune, and that’s stirred controversy in Newfoundland. According to a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. article , a...

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New Hampshire Commission Approves Bobcat Season

New Hampshire wildlife commissioners recently approved the state's first bobcat season in more than two-and-a-half decades, putting hunters and trappers closer to the chance to enjoy a burgeoning resource. On Feb. 17, the state’s Fish and Game Commission voted 5 to 4 in favor of moving ahead with a proposal...


Mountain Lion Mischief

Mountain lion encounters aren’t always big news in the West and Southwest — unless they enter the realm of the bizarre. On Feb. 6, a San Luis Obispo, Calif., man told authorities he killed a mountain lion that attacked him near a Prefumo Canyon trail, according to an article on...


Antonin Scalia: Hunter

Americans lost more than a great jurist and patriot when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died recently. We also said goodbye to an avid outdoorsman and hunting advocate. Scalia, 79, died of natural causes in his sleep Feb. 13 during a quail hunting trip to Cibolo Creek Ranch in...


The Pink Army?

Wisconsin hunters can go pink. On Feb. 4, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill allowing firearms deer hunters to wear fluorescent pink instead of blaze orange, according to an nbc15.com article . The law’s authors, Wisconsin state Reps. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, and Nick Milroy, D-South Range, say the measure is...


Poaching Infuriates Wisconsin Town

The poaching of a massive buck near a small central-Wisconsin town has residents angry and seeking justice. Authorities say someone illegally shot a 180-class whitetail Jan. 22 — weeks after the state’s gun-deer season closed — during the middle of the day, according to a wbay.com article . The perpetrators...


New Hampshire Mulls Bobcat Season

New Hampshire outdoorsmen could soon join their New England neighbors and enjoy opportunities to hunt and trap bobcats. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has proposed issuing 50 bobcat permits through a lottery process, according to a press release from the Sportsmen’s Alliance . The proposal came about after...


Psychedelic Song Dogs

Only in California. At least that’s the reaction from some folks after hearing that recent coyote “attacks” on vehicles in the San Francisco Bay area could be caused by animals having psychedelic experiences from hallucinogenic mushrooms. According to an article at pacificsun.com , coyotes in the West Marin, Calif., area...


Hansen Honored By QDMA

If you’ve read about deer hunting the past decade, you’re familiar with the work of Tony Hansen. Now, Realtree’s editorial director is being honored for his accomplishments. Hansen, 40, of Vermontville, Mich., was recently named the Quality Deer Management Association’s Signpost Communicator of the Year at the group’s 2016 national...


Report: Cabela’s to Sell Credit-Card Business

Recent reports say Cabela’s will look to sell its profitable credit-card business before the entire company goes on the block. The New York Post , citing anonymous sources, said Jan. 21 the surprise move has prompted speculation about when — even if — the giant hunting, fishing and outdoor gear...


Group Defends Coyote Contest

Predator hunters don’t usually receive much publicity, but that changed recently when a Wisconsin organization defended a coyote contest against anti-hunting critics. Several environmental and anti-hunting groups recently complained about a one-day coyote hunting contest held by northeastern Wisconsin tavern, saying federally protected timber wolves might be harmed during the...


Florida Kicks Off Python Removal

Snake hunters got off to a fast start in Florida’s Burmese Python Removal Competition , and officials hope those efforts will increase abatement of the non-native snakes from the Everglades. As of Jan. 18, participants in the hunt , part of the 2016 Python Challenge , had registered 17 Burmese...


Colorado Says No to Wolves

Colorado wildlife commissioners have taken a stand against wolf introduction, voting to oppose the release of the predators into the Centennial State. The state’s Parks and Wildlife Commission voted 7-4 on Jan. 13 to support a resolution that "opposes the intentional release of any wolves into Colorado,” according to an...


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