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

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

Tom Knapp, legendary Minnesota exhibition shooter, dies

Tom Knapp, one of the world’s greatest exhibition shooters who for years amazed audiences at Game Fair in Anoka County, has died.

Updated: April 30, 2013, - 08:25 PM

Nine of Minnesota's top 10 walleye lakes could be ice-covered for opener

Henry Drewes, DNR regional fisheries manager in Bemidji, said 26 to 36 inches of ice covers Lake of the Woods, Upper Red, Leech and Cass lakes

Updated: April 29, 2013, - 12:55 AM

Minnesota turkey hunters find spring and gobblers, in Kansas

A visit to Kansas provided a brief taste of spring and a chance to take turkeys in groups of two — again.

Updated: April 24, 2013, - 01:59 PM

Late ice-out: What will it mean for Minnesota anglers?

Lingering winter brings worries in the fishing business.

Updated: April 20, 2013, - 11:36 PM

Smith: Do youth hunts really produce future hunters?

It’s difficult to measure whether mentored hunts produce hunters. Proponents say any gain makes it worthwhile.

Updated: April 17, 2013, - 06:07 AM

April 15: 21 more charged with walleye poaching

A three-year investigation, known as Operation Squarehook, involved about 60 officers from the DNR, the Fish and Wildlife Service and tribal authorities from the Red Lake and Leech Lake bands.

Updated: April 15, 2013, - 10:46 PM

N. Minnesota walleye-poaching scheme broken

Ten men from northern Minnesota have been indicted for allegedly netting walleyes and other fish from lakes on the Red Lake and Leech Lake Indian reservations and reselling them.

Updated: April 15, 2013, - 12:51 AM

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