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

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

Rescued mutt is Top Dog in dock-jumping competitions

Remi, a mutt no one wanted, is now a rock star who is the winner of two world championships and will appear on national television.

Updated: December 04, 2012, - 09:25 PM

Sportsmen's bill with wide-ranging support hits snag in Congress

The compilation of 17 bills that would, among other things, improve wildlife habitat fell victim to the "political maelstrom."

Updated: December 01, 2012, - 05:25 PM

Smith: Hunting moose a rare challenge

Few get to hunt moose, even fewer shoot one, and in the BWCA there's yet a bigger challenge.

Updated: November 26, 2012, - 01:15 AM

Election's effect on Legacy Amendment is awaited

Members of the Outdoor Heritage Council say change in the Legislature likely won't affect group's independence.

Updated: November 25, 2012, - 12:45 AM

Wisconsin sues over nighttime Chippewa tribal deer hunt

In a case linked to a controversial wolf hunt and with possible repercussions in Minnesota, the state of Wisconsin filed suit Wednesday seeking to block plans by six Chippewa bands to hunt deer at night across the northern third of the state.

Updated: November 21, 2012, - 08:36 PM

Wisconsin CWD case affects Minnesota hunters

Minnesota sends nearly 17,000 hunters to Wisconsin each fall to hunt whitetails, but this year those who hunt in the northwestern counties of Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn can't bring whole, field-dressed deer back to Minnesota because a wild deer with chronic wasting disease was found last fall near Shell Lake, Wis.

Updated: November 14, 2012, - 07:03 AM

Deer harvest expected to be down due to new restrictions

Minnesota's half-million deer hunters have killed about 70,000 deer since the firearms season opened Saturday -- a 4 percent decline from last year, but about what wildlife officials expected.

Updated: November 07, 2012, - 07:23 AM

For Twin Cities hunter, wolf was a big surprise

Hunters' success rate is less than 2%, a rate officials expect will fall.

Updated: November 06, 2012, - 11:02 AM

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