Doug Smith

Reporter | Outdoors
Phone: 612-673-7667
Doug Smith, a Minnesota native, has been covering fishing, hunting and other natural resource and outdoor issues since 1995.

Recent content from Doug Smith

Readers reveal how to replenish Minnesota's pheasant population

We asked our readers for ideas on how to boost Minnesota’s pheasant population. And they responded.

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 11:10 PM

Sunrise or sunset for pheasants? Summit seeks solutions

Hoping to rekindle the pheasant population and avoid losing a cherished tradition, Minnesota’s first-ever pheasant summit sought solutions.

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 11:52 PM

A pheasants' life: Fragile, and short

The life of a pheasant is fragile. A bird’s average life span is under a year. They could use a...

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 11:08 PM

First ice: Hot fishing action lures early-season anglers

Early ice fishing almost always produces a “hot bite,’’ but theories vary on why that occurs.

Updated: December 02, 2014, - 11:35 PM

St. Paul ice fishing show continues to grow

About 175 vendors will display and sell their wares.

Updated: December 02, 2014, - 11:33 PM

Counting critters with the Minnesota DNR

Tracks in dirt and snow help the DNR assess Minnesota’s carnivore populations — ranging from coyotes and fox to skunks and feral cats.

Updated: November 20, 2014, - 06:41 PM

Minnesota deer harvest down 22 percent so far this season

With Minnesota’s deer season winding down, the whitetail harvest is 22 percent below this time last year — likely because of the early winterlike weather, fewer antlerless permits and a smaller deer herd.

Updated: November 19, 2014, - 12:42 AM

Minnesotans share hunting tales

Some 500,000 Minnesotans renewed hunting traditions or launched new ones. Here are some of their stories.

Updated: November 19, 2014, - 12:41 AM

Hunters near quotas in wolf season

Some early-season zones are closing; DNR reports population stable.

Updated: November 15, 2014, - 11:43 PM

Low deer population, cold weather impair firearms opener

High winds, cold weather and fewer deer in the woods resulted in a disappointing Minnesota firearms deer opener for many hunters.

Updated: November 13, 2014, - 06:47 AM

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