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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Conservation Group Urges Calm in Standoff

A sportsmen’s group dedicated to preserving America’s public-land habitat and recreational opportunities is calling for calm in the continuing occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. “National wildlife refuges like Malheur are a treasure shared by all Americans,” Land Tawney, president and chief executive officer of Backcountry Hunters...


Former Tide Player Rolls Huge Buck

As his alma mater was preparing to play for the Division 1 college football championship, former University of Alabama punter Bryne Diehl experienced another once-in-a-lifetime event — with a huge whitetail. According to ABC 3340 , Diehl was driving his family to an event Jan. 8 in Jefferson County, Ala.,...


Train Vs. Elk: ‘Pretty Devastating’

Most hunters agree that it’s exciting to see elk. Of course, most hunters probably aren’t driving a speeding locomotive at the time. According to an article in the Independent Record , a train recently struck a herd of elk east of East Helena, killing 23 animals. The impact was so...


Christie Defends Bear Hunt

Bear hunting recently took center stage in the 2016 presidential race, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican candidate, stood firm against critics of his state’s newly expanded black bear season. According to a Yahoo News report , Christie was pressed at a New Hampshire town hall event about...


Alone in the Wilderness

A 14-year-old Utah hunter is thankful to be alive after surviving a night in single-digit temperatures at a large wetland area. Brayden Neilson, of Bluffdale, Utah, was hunting Dec. 26 at the Ogden Bay Bird Refuge with a 21-year-old friend when the two became separated, according to an ABC News...


California Suspects Wolf Depredation

As wolves re-colonize California, the inevitable has followed. State officials recently confirmed a “probable” wolf depredation incident involving a calf during November in the northern part of the state. According to a California Department of Fish and Wildlife report , employees at a Siskiyou County ranch were gathering cattle Nov...


Huge Buck Poached in Park

Typically, celebration and congratulations accompany the harvest of a trophy buck. Unless the animal was killed illegally in a metropolitan park. That’s what happened recently, authorities said, when a Milwaukee man shot a well-known 160-class deer with a crossbow in the Menomonee River Parkway in nearby Wauwatosa, Wis. The buck,...


Fox Hunting Banned? Hardly

As countless Americans prepare to enjoy hunting or other outdoor activities during the holidays, our allies across the pond are fighting to keep their sporting traditions alive — and winning. A new survey by the Countryside Alliance, a pro-hunting group in the United Kingdom, recently found that more than a...


The Couple That Poaches Together …

College homecomings can prompt some crazy stunts, but poaching sprees involving trophy bucks typically aren’t among them. Until now. Four people, including a couple nominated for homecoming king and queen at Montana State University Northern, recently received fines, jail time and hunting privilege bans after being caught spotlighting and killing...


Wolves Continue to Grab Headlines

Wolves are always a hot topic during hunting season, and this year is no exception. Recently, two wolf-related stories generated attention among outdoorsmen. On Dec. 8, the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and its partners filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Western Great Lakes wolf lawsuit. The...


Nun Harvests Buck, Faces Backlash

It was a compelling, uplifting hunting story: A woman of faith takes a great buck, shares the harvest with others and discusses the renewing power of the outdoors. But then animal-rights folks sullied the tale for everyone. The tale began Nov. 30, when Sister John Paul Bauer, a Benedictine nun...


Pinizzotto Tabbed to Lead Deer Alliance

Nick Pinizzotto has been named president and chief executive officer of the National Deer Alliance, a group dedicated to uniting deer hunters, managers and enthusiasts. Pinizzotto’s previous experience as CEO of the Sportsman’s Alliance and Delta Waterfowl Foundation, coupled with his passion for deer and deer hunting, made him an...


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