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

Jan. 4: Wolf season ends, but not debate

Does the easily reached quota point to resurgence or vulnerability of once protected animal?

Updated: January 04, 2013, - 06:50 AM

With quota nearly met, Minn. wolf season ends Thursday

DNR chief says controversial first hunting and trapping season "went very, very well."

Updated: January 02, 2013, - 10:38 PM

Expectations and issues ahead for hunters and fishers in '13

We know 2013 will bring Minnesotans hunting and fishing license fee increases, and more roadside checks for boaters. But what else?

Updated: January 01, 2013, - 07:29 PM

Tails of the hunt

For as long as I can remember, there was always a black Lab in our home. As a youngster I...

Updated: December 29, 2012, - 10:23 PM

2012 outdoors in review: Wet, wild

From balmy winter temperatures that cut the ice-fishing season short, to the controversial inaugural wolf hunting season, to new roadside checks for boaters — for outdoors enthusiasts, 2012 was a year to remember.

Updated: December 27, 2012, - 01:33 AM

Young artists lured toward fish-head ornament idea

A high school class in Verndale is learning about business by making and selling fish-head Christmas ornaments. And it can't keep up with the demand.

Updated: December 26, 2012, - 05:35 PM

Upper Red Lake makes comeback

After lean (and even closed) seasons, Upper Red Lake is a "walleye factory."

Updated: December 19, 2012, - 06:46 AM

Famed Owatonna tannery back in business

A famed 108-year-old Owatonna tannery is back in business.

Updated: December 18, 2012, - 08:25 PM

Trappers having more success than wolf hunters

Trappers have doubled the kill rate of hunters when it comes to wolves, a result that had been expected by officials.

Updated: December 15, 2012, - 05:56 PM

Lake of the Woods counts days, inches

Despite a mild fall in Minnesota, soon the ice should be thick enough up north for another bustling winter fishing season.

Updated: December 09, 2012, - 10:13 PM

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