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

Low deer population, cold weather impair firearms opener

High winds, cold weather and fewer deer in the woods resulted in a disappointing Minnesota firearms deer opener for many hunters.

Updated: November 13, 2014, - 06:47 AM

Chippewa bands' first-ever swan hunt underway

A first swan hunting season ever opened Saturday for some Chippewa Indian band members in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.Ten bands,...

Updated: November 05, 2014, - 12:02 AM

Are wolves to blame for fewer Minnesota moose?

The jury is still out on climate change, but more wolves seems to correlate with a decline in moose population.

Updated: November 01, 2014, - 07:14 PM

Duck season in doldrums; cold front could help

Weather change should impact animal activity.

Updated: October 28, 2014, - 08:18 PM

Minnesota black bear population finds stability

New DNR strategies have helped bruins come back.

Updated: October 25, 2014, - 04:49 PM

Pheasant hunting dilemma: Where are the hunters?

Except for the oldest, numbers have slipped dramatically since 2007.

Updated: October 21, 2014, - 09:14 PM

Smith: Conservationist leads fight to restore prairies, wetlands

Avid Worthington pheasant hunter also advocates for state hunting lands and clean drinking water.

Updated: October 15, 2014, - 10:10 AM

Pheasants play hard to get throughout much of state

Minnesota pheasant hunters — hampered by a sea of standing corn and below-average pheasant numbers — struggled to find birds on opening weekend despite optimistic forecasts.

Updated: October 14, 2014, - 08:30 PM

A picture-perfect pheasant hunting opener

Most hunters found birds, and spectacular weather, at the Governor’s Pheasant Opener.

Updated: October 12, 2014, - 12:07 AM

Pheasants are a cherished gamebird in Minnesota

Minnesota’s pheasant population has been on a roller coaster since the birds were introduced here in 1905.

Updated: October 10, 2014, - 12:37 AM

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