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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Death by Pontoon

Authorities say a Minnesota man caused a large buck to drown by circling it with his pontoon boat Labor Day weekend as the animal struggled to swim. According to an article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune , Steven W. Timm, 55, of Moorhead, Minn., faces two misdemeanor charges for the Sept...


Baiting to Blame for Deer Leader's Resignation?

Mississippi’s top deer biologist resigned just before a state commission essentially legalized hunting deer over bait, but he won’t confirm there’s a connection. According to The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., deer program leader Lann Wilf submitted his resignation to the state’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on Sept. 16,...


Railroad Moose Rescue

Railroad workers are accustomed to seeing wildlife near train tracks, but they don’t encounter a moose hopelessly caught in trash every day. On Sept. 24, Canadian National Railroad workers near Phillips, Wis., noticed a bull moose entangled in wire. They called the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via the agency’s...


Bluetongue Strikes Idaho Whitetails

Idaho officials estimate almost 1,000 white-tailed deer have died from an outbreak of bluetongue disease. According to a press release from the state’s Department of Fish and Game , the disease has affected herds in the Grangeville, Whitebird, Harpster, Juliaetta, Kendrick, Troy, Deary and other areas this summer. Still, biologists...


Grandma’s Article Thwarts Grizzly Attack

Maybe Grandma knows best when it comes to fending off grizzly attacks. At least that was the case recently in Montana, when a hunter remembered an oddball tactic mentioned in an article his grandmother gave him years ago. It might have saved his life. According to an article in the...


Discarded Natural Treasure

Twenty-three pounds of meat might not sound like much, but it could land an elk hunter in big trouble. Montana officials are seeking a bowhunter who killed a bull elk during mid-September in southern Phillips County and apparently wasted a substantial amount of the animal. Fish Wildlife and Parks wardens...


Prelude to Terror in the Back-Country

A hunter recently survived a terrifying bear attack in New Mexico — and came away with pictures to prove it. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish said a 60-year-old Missouri man was taking a lunch break from elk hunting near Wagon Mound in early September when a sow...


Sage-Grouse Won’t Be Listed as Endangered

The greater sage-grouse does not face imminent extinction and won’t be protected under the Endangered Species Act. That’s what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded in a 12-month finding on a petition to list the birds as threatened or endangered. The decision follows efforts from a massive conservation partnership...


Authorities Follow (Deer) Noses to Record Fine

When Ohio Division of Wildlife officers noticed deer noses and antlers inside a cargo trailer, they knew something was amiss. What they did next led to the largest fine ever assessed for a wildlife crime in the United States. Benjamin N. Chason, 61, of Climax, Ga., was ordered by U.S...


Busted: Deer Thrill-Killer Sentenced

What’s the value of almost 40 deer shot and left for dead? About $3,700 in fines and 45 days in jail for one Wisconsin poacher. Authorities say a Mondovi, Wis., man and a juvenile accomplice shot dozens of deer for thrills this past fall and early winter in Wisconsin’s famous...


Miss America the Hunter

Newly crowned Miss America Betty Cantrell might wear a tiara and sing opera, but she shares a passion with millions of Americans: She loves to hunt. Cantrell, 21, of Warner Robins, Ga., took the Miss America 2016 title Sept. 13, becoming just the second Miss Georgia to win the event...


Removed for Compassion?

A British Columbia conservation officer who was suspended for refusing to kill two orphaned black bear cubs will be removed from his job and transferred to another position. Bryce Casavant gained international attention July 5 when he disobeyed an order to kill the cubs after their mother was killed for...


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