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

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

An early teal hunting season being considered for Minnesota in 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife is studying an early teal hunting season on an experimental basis; identifying teal is an issue.

Updated: September 18, 2013, - 12:22 AM

Pine River man has a passion for hunting grouse

Ted Lundrigan hunts lots of birds, but grouse have mattered most for four decades.

Updated: September 15, 2013, - 12:05 AM

Conservative mode continues for hunting state's antlerless deer

But firearms hunters in many areas have to apply for a limited number of non-antlered permits.

Updated: September 11, 2013, - 12:48 AM

Could late hatch help grim pheasant picture?

For pheasant hunters, the news is as hard to swallow as an overcooked bird: Minnesota’s ringneck population dropped 29 percent...

Updated: September 11, 2013, - 12:05 AM

Waterfowl Day gives kids a taste of hunting to boost numbers

An estimated 5,000 youngsters age 15 and under who endured summerlike heat and humidity to take a crack at ducks and geese on Minnesota’s 18th annual Youth Waterfowl Day.

Updated: September 07, 2013, - 08:10 PM

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