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

Setback for groups opposed to Minnesota wolf hunt

Two groups challenging Minnesota’s wolf hunting and trapping season were dealt a major setback Tuesday when the Minnesota Court of Appeals dismissed their petition.

Updated: May 28, 2013, - 09:32 PM

Minnesota's bowfishing season extended

Bowfishing enthusiasts now will be able to shoot rough fish year-round, with some important exceptions.

Updated: May 28, 2013, - 09:04 PM

Voyageurs National Park: Come for the fish, stay for the beauty

Minnesota’s only national park is a sparkling vista of water, woods and wilderness that straddles the Minnesota-Ontario border five hours and a world away from the Twin Cities.

Updated: May 25, 2013, - 11:27 PM

New Mille Lacs bass regulations under fire

The new regulation is a 17- to 20-inch protected slot, with a possession limit of six, with one longer than 20 inches allowed.

Updated: May 22, 2013, - 01:07 AM

Smith: In face of widespread habitat loss, conservation fight continues

Habitat is the big victim in the wetlands-grasslands war.

Updated: May 18, 2013, - 09:26 PM

Field report: Cold spring has fishing license sales on ice

Tens of thousands of Minnesota anglers figure it’s just been too cold to go fishing — or to even buy...

Updated: May 15, 2013, - 12:52 AM

Angler woes: First a late ice-out, now a bait shortage

Ice on lakes has prevented minnow trapping, and the leech situation is also bad. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” a wholesaler said.

Updated: May 12, 2013, - 12:23 AM

Key Minnesota lakes still will be frozen on opener

It's possible Mille Lacs won't reach ice-out by Saturday's fishing opener, and the likelihood of open water lessens with every step north.

Updated: May 08, 2013, - 12:32 PM

Minnesotans prefer to buy their fishing licenses at store or bait shop

Fishing permits are available over the Internet, but only one angler in 20 buys that idea.

Updated: May 08, 2013, - 12:24 PM

Up North, resorts see revenues going south

Ice is likely to take a toll on the earnings of opening weekend.

Updated: May 06, 2013, - 06:30 PM

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