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

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

Disabled Minn. hunters, anglers get a shot with Capable Partners

A Twin Cities nonprofit helps disabled hunters and anglers participate, fully, in the sports they love.

Updated: October 04, 2013, - 12:51 AM

Blaze-orange clothing: It's the law and it saves lives

The law requiring hunters to wear blaze-orange clothing has decreased the number of deaths and accidents. There’s no fine if small-game hunters don’t, but compliance is high.

Updated: October 01, 2013, - 11:27 PM

Losses of habitat as grasslands plowed mean trouble for hunters and wildlife

As farmers convert grasslands to crops, bird numbers in the region tumble.

Updated: September 28, 2013, - 11:47 PM

State program to increase wild rice helps waterfowl to thrive as well

A cost-effective DNR and Ducks Unlimited program to grow more wild rice helps waterfowl, too.

Updated: September 24, 2013, - 11:57 PM

Duck hunter's success on opening weekend depended on location

Location, location, location — the mantra for real estate also applies to duck hunting. Minnesota hunters who were in the...

Updated: September 24, 2013, - 08:04 PM

For some hunters, only the unique 'timberdoodle' will do

The woodcock is a bonus bird for many hunters. Only a precious few consider it their priority.

Updated: September 21, 2013, - 05:03 PM

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