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

'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

Rain is a real pain for state's anglers

One of the wettest springs on record has inundated Minnesota’s lakes and rivers, ­causing some problems for anglers — and fish.

Updated: June 18, 2014, - 12:48 AM

Bowfishing tourney takes aim at carp

Evidence that bow fishing continues to grow in popularity will be on the water Friday and Saturday on Chisago Lakes...

Updated: June 11, 2014, - 12:37 AM

A fine day on the water for those who served

Able-bodied and disabled, younger and older, veterans were treated to a day on the water.

Updated: June 09, 2014, - 09:57 AM

Gunflint Trail fishing guide to be celebrated Saturday

Dennis Todd, 59, died last September in a boating accident just across the border in Ontario on one of his favorite lakes, Northern Light.

Updated: June 04, 2014, - 12:23 AM

Hunters say there aren't enough deer

DNR hears call for bigger herd, better communication.

Updated: June 01, 2014, - 09:21 PM

DNR proposal has bass, walleye opener on same date

It is among several proposed fishing regulation changes the DNR intends to adopt and is accepting comments.

Updated: May 28, 2014, - 12:20 AM

BWCA bound: How to pack, eat, pick route, avoid bugs

If you’re contemplating your first BWCA trip — or just haven’t been there for a while — here are some tips the Star Tribune's Doug Smith learned over 40 years of paddling canoe country.

Updated: May 23, 2014, - 12:41 PM

About those drain plugs: Don't forget to put 'em back in

The law says take them out. Now a device is available to help boaters remember to put them back in.

Updated: May 17, 2014, - 03:54 PM

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