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

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

Ice makes stubborn exit on northern lakes

The long, cold winter refused to release its grip on some northern lakes in time for Saturday’s fishing opener.

Updated: May 14, 2014, - 02:04 AM

Historic Gull Lake ready for Fishing Opener spotlight

When Gov. Mark Dayton fishes Gull Lake on Saturday, he’ll become part of the lake’s renowned history, which includes Indian chiefs, gangsters, gamblers and resort visionaries.

Updated: May 07, 2014, - 12:53 AM

Ice remains on many lakes, but it should be gone on some by opener

Many of the biggest lakes should be open soon.

Updated: May 03, 2014, - 11:36 PM

Surge in ammo, gun sales means more dollars for wildlife habitat

Tax revenue windfall must be spent on wildlife projects and hunter education.

Updated: April 26, 2014, - 04:55 PM

The pros and cons of turkey-hunting blinds

A hunting blind can provide comfort and improve your chances of bagging a turkey. Some, however, still prefer the thrill of being in the wide open.

Updated: April 23, 2014, - 12:17 AM

Collegiate conservationists: Students launch Ducks Unlimited chapters

Conservationists still in school make it their way to give back to nature.

Updated: April 21, 2014, - 08:20 PM

Huge fish: Minnesota angler lands possible 100-pound sturgeon

When Andy Fronek went sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River for the first time last weekend, he thought it would be cool to catch a fish bigger than his kids, ages 9 and 11. Instead, he landed a fish bigger than him.

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 12:36 PM

Lance Ness: On a mission for turkeys ... and conservation

Lance Ness got hooked on the excitement of turkey hunting more than 30 years ago, calling the sport addicting.

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 01:23 AM

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