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

Federal program to remove problem wolves is restarted

It was restored because the animal is back on the endangered-species list.

Updated: March 19, 2015, - 07:55 PM

Bill in Legislature tries to save dogs from accidental trappings

“We need to do something so our pets don’t get killed anymore,” said Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, author of the bill.

Updated: March 18, 2015, - 10:27 AM

North for Trout: A long trek to Ontario wilderness pays off

The fishing trip to Ontario was full of chills, thrills and beautiful views — not to mention enough bites.

Updated: March 14, 2015, - 11:52 PM

Buffer strip bill has support from sports groups, opposition from farmers

An ambitious plan requiring 50-foot grass strips to protect nearly all state waters draws strong support and opposition.

Updated: March 11, 2015, - 01:03 AM

Proposed trapping restrictions aimed at protecting dogs

The DNR and dog owners back the plan to add new regulations, but trapping advocates oppose it.

Updated: March 10, 2015, - 08:19 PM

Spearfishing sees big surge in license sales

Lower prices, more open lakes are cited in increase.

Updated: March 07, 2015, - 06:55 PM

Wolf pup survival a fragile thing

Breeding boosts numbers, but getting to adulthood always is a fragile thing.

Updated: March 05, 2015, - 08:40 PM

As deer disappear, DNR agrees to develop management plan

Agency prompted by hunters’ concerns after last year’s harvest of 139,400 — the fewest in 25 years.

Updated: March 04, 2015, - 12:43 AM

Outdoor bills include one prohibiting citizens from shooting dogs chasing deer

Action is heating up at the Legislature, where several outdoors-related bills have been introduced. Some have little chance of passing,...

Updated: March 04, 2015, - 12:09 AM

At Mille Lacs, tighter walleye regulations are coming

Continued concern over the population on the famed lake will mean pain for anglers and business owners in the season...

Updated: February 28, 2015, - 04:48 PM

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