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

Early teal hunting season would be controversial

The fear is hunters wouldn’t identify targets correctly.

Updated: February 04, 2014, - 08:03 PM

Mille Lacs walleye quota for 2014 will be lowest ever

The popularity of the state’s premier walleye fishing lake, Mille Lacs, will be tested this summer.

Updated: February 02, 2014, - 08:44 AM

New Farm Bill is celebrated by backers as 'best we can get'

Conservation groups say it looks like a win for wildlife, but a $6 billion cut in funding makes it a...

Updated: February 01, 2014, - 09:51 PM

Lighted cross-country ski trails proliferate around Minnesota

With lighted trails proliferating, there’s no reason to wait for the weekend to cross-country ski.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 08:29 PM

DNR officers descend on Lake of the Woods in fish poaching bust

About two dozen people, including some fishing guides, are expected to be cited. Many of the cases appear to involve “double-tripping” where anglers catch fish, leave the lake, then return and catch more than their limit.

Updated: January 29, 2014, - 09:28 PM

Smith: Legislative intervention has tipped fish balance in scores of lakes

A change in 'angler attitude' is needed to protect the future of the walleye and perch populations.

Updated: January 22, 2014, - 08:15 AM

Gull Lake's ice-fishing masses

When about 10,000 anglers trudge onto Gull Lake next Saturday near Brainerd for the world’s largest ice-fishing contest they’ll immediately face a key decision: Fish shallow or fish deep?

Updated: January 20, 2014, - 01:56 AM

DNR round table: Problems persist on the prairie

Wildlife as varied as badgers, monarch butterflies, ducks and pheasants are suffering population declines despite millions of dollars of habitat restoration efforts.

Updated: January 14, 2014, - 06:27 PM

Prior Lake Horse and Hunt Club owners vow to rebuild

The rustic amber log building with stone fireplaces, brimming with elk, deer and other wildlife mounts and antler chandeliers, is only a memory.

Updated: January 05, 2014, - 11:47 PM

Heil's passing leaves a hole in the conservation community

The outdoors were everything to the much loved Greg Heil.

Updated: January 05, 2014, - 06:42 PM

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