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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Black Friday Gun-Purchase Background Checks Top Record

Americans apparently have plenty to be thankful for this holiday season, including the right to keep, bear and purchase firearms. According to an article in USA Today , more Americans underwent background checks while buying guns on Black Friday 2015 than on any previous day. The National Instant Criminal Background...


To Whom Go the Antlers?

Prosecutors and an Iowa farmer are fighting for the right to keep a set of massive antlers seized during a tangled poaching case. Marion County farmer Marvin Clark is seeking to keep the trophy rack, claiming he killed the buck out of mercy three years ago when it was stuck...


Federal Funding to Boost Wildlife Habitat

The federal government wants to encourage folks to preserve wildlife habitat and maintain land for farming and ranching — in a big way. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Nov. 16 that $350 million will be made available to help landowners protect and restore critical farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the...


Oh, Say Can You See ... a Dead Buck?

Students and staff at a Florida high school recently received a bizarre surprise: A dead 4-point buck hanging from the flagpole. The Tampa Tribune reported that Hillsborough County, Fla., deputies were called to Brandon High School on Nov. 16 to find the deer hanging from its rear leg on the...


Hunters Ease Hunger Across America

Hunters have always been generous, but a new infographic from the National Shooting Sports Foundation illustrates their massive contributions to help America’s hungry. The graphic, Hunters Feed Those in Need , said the almost 2.8 million pounds of game meat donated annually by hunters provides more than 11 million meals...


Fighting Back for Kentucky Bears

The Humane Society of the United States has asked Kentucky’s governor to stop the state’s remaining 2015 bear hunts, but the Sportsmen’s Alliance is having none of it. The hunting-, fishing- and trapping-rights organization recently sent a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear urging him to dismiss the animal-rights group’s plea...


Bass Pro Shops Buying Cabela's?

It might be the hunting and fishing equivalent of Coke buying Pepsi. According to several reports, outdoor retail titan Bass Pro Shops is exploring a bid for Cabela’s Inc., its top competitor. The story was first reported Nov. 5 by Reuters news service, which said Bass Pro is working with...


Plague Ploy

Leave it to the anti-hunting fanatics at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to exploit a hunter’s misfortune. According to an article in the Statesman Journal , the group recently sent a vegan care package and a letter filled with anti-hunting rhetoric to a Crook County, Ore., teenager who...


Bad Dog!

It’s not every day the news business offers such a softball lead, so I’m going to savor this: Dog shoots man. Well, actually, a dog shot a woman. And it wasn’t on purpose. But the dog’s name is Trigger, which makes the story even better. Here’s what happened, according to...


Bear-ly Open

Florida's new generation of bear hunters outdid themselves during the 2015 hunt, nearing the statewide harvest quota after two days and prompting officials to halt the season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed the state’s North and South bear management units to hunting Oct. 25, according to an...


Antler Error

Shooting a giant buck isn’t always a good thing — especially when you don’t have a hunting license and ask a warden to measure its rack. According to an article by Todd Masson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune , that’s what an Abbeville, La., man did recently. Senior Louisiana Department...


Fire Recovery Effort

Record wildfires in the West during Summer 2015 affected more than people, and a wildlife conservation group is doing something to repair the damage. The Mule Deer Foundation recently started a Wildfire Disaster Fund to raise money to restore Western mule deer and black-tailed deer habitat damaged by the blazes...


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