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.


Should Landowners Own Hunting Rights?

Landowners in Alaska may be allowed to manage game on their properties if the state legislature passes a bill that gives special rights to them to not only hunt big game out of season, but also, to sell hunting permits to whomever they want.

Proposed Illinois Legislation A Double Whammy on Hunters

It used to be that a lot of us in the gun world would say, “As goes California, so goes the USA.” But, lately I’ve been following what’s happening in Illinois and I wonder if it’s a forecast of what’s to come in the country, as anti-gun proponents get emboldened.

Save the Rhino, Spend Your Pension Fund

Recently, I blogged here about hunting exotics in Texas , and the flak that some outfitters get from anti-hunting groups who do not believe these animals should be here in the first place, let alone hunted. The gist of the post?

North Carolina DNR says, 'Bring on the Night!'

Forty-two states allow night hunting for some game species. North Carolina is thinking about becoming the 43rd state and is proposing new regulations that would allow hunting of coyotes and hogs at night.

California antis roaring for Richards’ head

Words like sanctimonious and self-righteous and who-in-the-wide-world-of-the-outdoors do you think you are, California , came to mind when I saw a clip from Channel 7 news, an ABC affiliate out of San Francisco, featuring the story about the president of the California Fish and Game Commission and his recent out-of-state...

Void the FOID?

I read the excitement between the lines of a message from my friend, a hunter in Illinois. She wrote, “ Can you imagine? There exists a possibility that I might actually end up living in a state that doesn't require a freakin' FOID card? Please let this fly ... please...

They shoot fish, don’t they?

Last summer, I spent time bowfishing with some folks in southern Illinois on the Kaskaskia River. These people know what it means to be invaded by a wildlife species that is “exotic.” Every weekend, they’re out there – taking out more and more carp, trying to help the river restore...

This NASA Is Squirrelly

The headline in my Google Alerts read, “NASA Assists Disabled Hunter.” Really? I had to see. So many experiments and theories have been tested in space. In the 54 years since President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Space Act, NASA has filed more than 6300 patents. So, yes, I was...

Hunters Should Be Trusted to Carry for Protection in Any Season

It’s like an undercurrent in the country among hunters, particularly bowhunters. They want to know why their state legislators will not allow them to carry a firearm for personal protection while they are in the woods hunting.

Isn’t the Coyote Just as Wily as the Gray Wolf?

Whenever a species of animal gets delisted, it’s a big deal. For almost 40 years, the federal Endangered Species Act has protected the gray wolf, and just recently, wolves came off the list in Wisconsin and other parts of the upper Midwest. That means these states can manage wolf kill...

Flush When You See Bloomberg and Menino

If I lived in the Northeast, I’d definitely take my Super Bowl bathroom break when I saw a commercial featuring two middle-aged, gray-haired white guys sitting on a couch, wearing Giants and Patriots jerseys and neckties, mind you.

Send Congress to Elk Camp

Kudos to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for hosting 160 students from Las Vegas schools at its annual Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation convention and expo. When the students arrive, they’ll get a short (I hope) lecture on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and then, they will visit booths...