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

Lakeville artist Hamrick wins fourth trout stamp contest

Stephen Hamrick won his fourth state trout stamp contest this week with a painting of a brook trout, putting him in exclusive company.

Updated: August 13, 2014, - 12:42 AM

State officials question federal duck harvest survey showing big drop in hunters

Data says hunters in state dropped by 33 percent in 2013 — hard to believe.

Updated: August 11, 2014, - 10:32 AM

Dispute erupts over hiring Outdoor Heritage executive director

State group spends $100 million on outdoors projects each year.

Updated: August 06, 2014, - 12:00 AM

March 1: Legacy Council needs to find successor for its executive director

Executive Director Bill Becker is retiring from Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Updated: August 05, 2014, - 05:05 PM

New field guide to Minnesota's amphibians and reptiles

Amphibians and reptiles aren’t the state’s most visible critters, but they make a great introduction to wildlife.

Updated: July 31, 2014, - 05:56 PM

Smith: DNR says too many boaters still violating invasive species laws

So far, conservation officers have issued 232 tickets and 516 warnings for AIS violations.

Updated: July 29, 2014, - 11:47 PM

Satellite phones proving vital in wilderness

Satellite phone facilitated BWCA rescue, but everyone isn’t sold.

Updated: July 26, 2014, - 11:21 PM

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

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