Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Snowmobiling in June? Yes, it's true

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: June 22, 2012 - 4:52 PM
Snowmobilers illegally skipping their machines across open water usually is a winter or early spring problem in Minnesota.
 
But four Iron Range snowmobilers have been cited this month after doing just that. Three of the four machines sunk.
 
“This apparently is a new thing,’’ said Don Bozovsky, the DNR conservation officer in Hibbing. “I’ve never had that happen this time of year. Now I’ve had two cases in less than a week.’’
 
Three Hibbing men tried to skip their snowmobiles across a small Hibbing lake, but all three machines sunk. Bozovsky issued several citations for failed registration and other violations.
 
But the three also were arrested because they had outstanding warrants — for failing to pay $135 fines related to a water-skipping incidents last winter. They have similar fines for their latest adventure. They were able to pull the sunken machines from the water.
 
Skipping open water with a snowmobile is considered reckless driving, Bozovsky said. And he said sunken machines can pollute waters with gas and oil, and be navigation hazards for boaters.
 
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