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

To boost deer herd, Minnesota hunters will face new rules this fall

The deer harvest could dip as low as 120,000, the Department of Natural Resources said, less than half the 272,000 animals taken as recently as 2006.

Updated: July 24, 2014, - 12:28 AM

Trapping debate goes a new direction

Under hunting access program, landowners retain trapping rights; some aren’t happy about it.

Updated: July 21, 2014, - 11:21 AM

Anglers avoiding Mille Lacs in record numbers

An abundance of small perch for walleyes to munch on is the main reason for the absence of anglers at one of the state’s most popular fishing destinations.

Updated: July 09, 2014, - 09:29 AM

State parks seek to change with the times

Involving more young people and minority members is the goal.

Updated: July 05, 2014, - 06:54 PM

Smith: Upper Red Lake was where action was

Fishing pressure was down because of the weather on many state lakes, but word got around that the fish were biting on Red Lake.

Updated: July 01, 2014, - 11:46 PM

Smith: A water-soaked spring spells trouble for wildlife

Deluges are a nuisance for some, destructive to others.

Updated: July 01, 2014, - 09:20 PM

Motorized reel designed to empower disabled anglers

A dentist was inspired to make a reel to help his son.

Updated: June 24, 2014, - 08:59 PM

Smith: DNR urges caution over high water

High water continues to plague Minnesota boaters and anglers border to border, Canada to Iowa.Emergency no-wake rules have been put...

Updated: June 24, 2014, - 08:40 PM

'Conservation grazing' use on the rise thanks to funding

Officials hope livestock browsing of public wildlife lands improves habitat.

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 05:36 PM

A mountain biking mecca

At Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, abandoned iron mines have been reinvented as a prime mountain biking destination.

Updated: June 19, 2014, - 06:33 PM

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