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

2013 firearms season: Where the deer are

What’s the best place in Minnesota to shoot a whitetail when the state’s firearm deer season opens Saturday?

Updated: November 04, 2013, - 01:32 AM

Hunters in trouble: Ten ways Minn. hunters run afoul of the law

The 10 most frequent Minnesota hunting violations produce frustration among law enforcement officials and law-abiding hunters.

Updated: October 30, 2013, - 08:12 AM

Pheasant stamp and small-game license sales tumble

The number of Minnesota pheasant hunters afield so far this fall is the lowest in the past five years and is down 27,000 — or 29 percent — from 2009.

Updated: October 30, 2013, - 12:23 AM

Five-state pheasant hunt road trip hopes to spread a message

Showing the worth of public land is goal on five-state run.

Updated: October 26, 2013, - 04:21 PM

Smith: Despite dire forecasts, hunters find pheasants in S.D.

Each fall, about 25,000 Minnesotans hunt South Dakota roosters — about 25 percent of the 100,000 nonresident hunters — easily making the Gopher State the No. 1 exporter of ringneck hunters.

Updated: October 23, 2013, - 06:44 AM

South Dakota to hold summit on pheasant habitat

Pheasant hunting is a $170 million industry in South Dakota. And the approximately 100,000 nonresident pheasant hunters who visit each...

Updated: October 22, 2013, - 09:12 PM

Young guns get invited to Governor's Pheasant Opener

Eight enthusiastic teenage hunters were invited to the Governor’s Pheasant Opener.

Updated: October 16, 2013, - 12:23 AM

Hunters love the dog they're with

A potpourri of hunting dog breeds will be unleashed on Minnesota grasslands beginning Saturday as canines and their owners open another pheasant hunting season. What's the best breed? It's whichever one you own.

Updated: October 14, 2013, - 12:56 AM

Latest Minnesota license plate puts pheasants at the forefront

Critical Habitat Program’s latest push involves a popular bird and a successful artist.

Updated: October 12, 2013, - 05:27 PM

State tests cattle grazing on hunting grounds

This year, about 13,000 acres of state wildlife management areas were grazed, part of a new Department of Natural Resources program that eventually will be expanded to about 50,000 acres.

Updated: October 05, 2013, - 03:43 PM

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