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

Counting critters with the Minnesota DNR

Tracks in dirt and snow help the DNR assess Minnesota’s carnivore populations — ranging from coyotes and fox to skunks and feral cats.

Updated: November 20, 2014, - 06:41 PM

Minnesota deer harvest down 22 percent so far this season

With Minnesota’s deer season winding down, the whitetail harvest is 22 percent below this time last year — likely because of the early winterlike weather, fewer antlerless permits and a smaller deer herd.

Updated: November 19, 2014, - 12:42 AM

Minnesotans share hunting tales

Some 500,000 Minnesotans renewed hunting traditions or launched new ones. Here are some of their stories.

Updated: November 19, 2014, - 12:41 AM

Hunters near quotas in wolf season

Some early-season zones are closing; DNR reports population stable.

Updated: November 15, 2014, - 11:43 PM

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

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