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

A duck dilemma: How many is too many?

The Concerned Duck Hunters Panel is calling for renewed discussion among hunters and policymakers about the future of ducks and...

Updated: September 24, 2014, - 11:07 AM

Early season ruffed grouse reports are mixed

Less than two weeks into the season, ruffed grouse hunting has been hit-or-miss, as heavy cover still hinders hunters.

Updated: September 24, 2014, - 12:57 AM

Minnesota duck kill numbers up, but is it too high?

Liberalized duck hunting regulations boosted harvest, but some fear that too many wood ducks are being killed.

Updated: September 20, 2014, - 06:20 PM

State duck kill expected to be similar to last year; pheasant harvest could be up

DNR officials are unsure about hunter numbers.

Updated: September 17, 2014, - 10:31 AM

Sunrise through thick fog welcomes young hunters

An estimated 5,000 youngsters 15 and under who climbed into duck blinds around the state with nonhunting adult mentors for the one-day special hunt.

Updated: September 13, 2014, - 06:50 PM

Grouse revival might be underway

Hunters are hopeful the state ruffed grouse population finally is on the upswing.

Updated: September 10, 2014, - 01:00 AM

Heritage Council picks executive director

Mark Johnson, executive director of the Deer Hunters Association, was the choice.

Updated: September 10, 2014, - 12:58 AM

Dove numbers high but few Minnesotans embrace the hunt

Mourning doves taste good, some of the best wild game fare to be found, but few have pursued them since the Legislature reinstated dove hunting season in 2004.

Updated: September 06, 2014, - 06:45 PM

Star of the North: Late-summer trek to BWCA is family tradition

The boundary waters shines like a beacon, drawing late-summer paddlers with loons, solitude and fried walleyes.

Updated: August 30, 2014, - 06:12 PM

For Minnesotans, camping is rich tradition that is ever evolving

Minnesotans will flock to campgrounds this Labor Day weekend, continuing a beloved outdoors tradition with a long history and evolving...

Updated: August 29, 2014, - 02:26 PM

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