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

Smith: Weather raises havoc for paddlers, boaters

The danger was underscored over the weekend when a group of young canoeists overturned in rapids on the St. Croix River in Pine County. Fortunately, all were wearing life jackets.

Updated: June 26, 2013, - 01:39 AM

Thief steals Montevideo's community boat, but not spirit

A thief swiped Montevideo’s ‘‘Let’s Go Fishing’’ pontoon boat, leaving senior citizens and youths high and dry.

Updated: June 19, 2013, - 12:30 PM

Hugh Becker: Leaving a lasting legacy for muskies

In Hugh Becker’s life, fishing provided a highlight. In his death, his estate provides for the fish he held so dear.

Updated: June 11, 2013, - 02:51 AM

Bear mauls Aitkin County woman; first bear attack in Minn. in 7 years

The animal, which was later shot by a conservation officer, may have been defending its 3 yearling cubs.

Updated: June 06, 2013, - 07:24 AM

Freeport group is one of many getting kids hooked on fishing

Clubs, sportsmen’s groups, agencies and even cities around Minnesota sponsor fishing events for kids — all aimed at hooking youths on angling and the outdoors.

Updated: June 05, 2013, - 10:58 AM

Rainy, cold spring dampens state park and trail use

Renovation projects await summertime users, too.

Updated: June 01, 2013, - 11:54 PM

Setback for groups opposed to Minnesota wolf hunt

Two groups challenging Minnesota’s wolf hunting and trapping season were dealt a major setback Tuesday when the Minnesota Court of Appeals dismissed their petition.

Updated: May 28, 2013, - 09:32 PM

Minnesota's bowfishing season extended

Bowfishing enthusiasts now will be able to shoot rough fish year-round, with some important exceptions.

Updated: May 28, 2013, - 09:04 PM

Voyageurs National Park: Come for the fish, stay for the beauty

Minnesota’s only national park is a sparkling vista of water, woods and wilderness that straddles the Minnesota-Ontario border five hours and a world away from the Twin Cities.

Updated: May 25, 2013, - 11:27 PM

New Mille Lacs bass regulations under fire

The new regulation is a 17- to 20-inch protected slot, with a possession limit of six, with one longer than 20 inches allowed.

Updated: May 22, 2013, - 01:07 AM

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