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

Angler woes: First a late ice-out, now a bait shortage

Ice on lakes has prevented minnow trapping, and the leech situation is also bad. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” a wholesaler said.

Updated: May 12, 2013, - 12:23 AM

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

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