Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

HOW WE SPENT A LOW-COST GET-A-WAY WEEKEND FOR TWO

In an earlier column I told you that we had bought a small used, 1972, Boler camping trailer. It looks like a bowling ball on wheels and has a little more room than the inside of one. It’s perfect for two short people and maybe two small children.

If you’re over 6-foot tall then don’t buy one of these. It is 5 foot 11 inches from the floor to the ceiling and the bed is 6 foot 3 inches long and around 4 foot across. It was made for two...

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I usually end up with a lot of deerburger left in my freezer at the end of the deer meat. What do you do with 25 to 30 pounds (sometimes more) of deerburger??? Here are two ways to ‘save/use’ the ground meat. First, I never have pork mixed in with my deer burger like a lot of hunters do. To me it tastes rancid over time. Next I get out these two recipes and go to town. Sometimes I wrap the finished product in fancy paper and give it away to my huntin’ buddies. If I gave them deerburger...

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(A column, whereas, you the reader may ask Ben questions about camping, cooking, hunting, fishing, or anything concerning living in our Great Outdoors.)

 

 

Q – How come hunting licenses don’t classify deer as Buck or Doe?

A – Because it’s easier to say antlered or anterless deer mainly because a button buck and a doe are both anterless deer and are legal to hunt with an anterless license. There have been instances where a doe has developed antlers and are therefore legal to hunt with...

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FROM TENTS TO TRAILERS

 

For some reason sleeping in a tent has lost some of its appeal for me. My body doesn’t bend around roots, rocks, and lumps under my sleeping bag like it used to when I was in the Boy Scouts. Now I like a cot to sleep on when I’m camping and a camping trailer with a bunk is even better.

Over the 40+ years Joanne and I have been married, we’ve run the gamut of camping shelters. We spent our honeymoon in a new (leaky because I forgot to season it) canvas tent. We...

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FRIED GROUNDHOG, RABBIT, SQUIRREL, OR RACCOON

 

(Sorry, I don’t do ‘possum.)

Flour

Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika to taste

Canola oil for frying

Skin, gut, and cut carcass into 6 pieces - (4 hams and two back pieces). Soak meat in salt water overnight or at least for a few hours in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to remove the kernels (fat tissue) found in the armpit area. I usually save the back body parts and freeze them until I have enough for a good cold weather stew or...

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(A retraction)

 

 

RE: October 7th issue of THE WAYNEDALE NEWS - Boy Scout Troop #344 is planning a trip to visit a submarine in Muskegon, Michigan in 2010 but they are only taking reservations and money from members of their own troop at this time and not from other troops or the general public. I’m sorry if the information has caused any problems.

Troop 38 Making Plans For Comeback

It was announced recently that Troop 38, sponsored by Calvary United Methodist Church at 6301...

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