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.

Doug Hackbarth

It was just last week we were talking about the temperatures being too hot, up in the 90’s, and now it is time to start planning your strategy for bringing your houseplants inside for the winter. Moving your plants inside early in September (before temperatures dip into the low 40’s and even into the 30’s) is what keeps the leaves from falling off of the plants. If you wait until late September, or even into October, you can be sure that the leaves will turn yellow, then fall off. It’s all of...

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(Use moose burger, elk burger, or regular hamburger if you’re out of deerburger)


2 lbs. deerburger

1 medium to large onion (diced)

1 lump of margarine (about the size of a walnut)

1 large potato (cubed – peeled if you’re squeamish)

1 or two large carrots (sliced)

1/4 medium sized head of cabbage (shredded)

1/4 cup rice

1 to 4 bouillon cubes or to taste

1 small bay leaf (crushed)

1/2 tsp. thyme

2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

6 cups water

1 (15 oz.) can of...

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Free Hoosier Outdoor Experience

Sept. 18-19

Water activities at the free Hoosier Outdoor Experience, September 18-19, at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis will run the gamut. Those interested in kayak and canoe paddling, operating remote-controlled boats, learning about stream biology and enjoying the aquatic wildlife trailer display will get a chance to enjoy each—and much more—free, each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Participants will be able to choose from two...

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Boy Scouts of America will receive The American Legion’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, at the 92nd National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. National Commander Clarence Hill will present the award to Assistant Chief Scout Executive and Chief Financial Officer James J. Terry.

“Scouting was the fist youth program the Legion decided to sponsor,” Americanism Chairman Joseph Caouette said, “I cannot think of a more...

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I’ve been asked what foods to take on camping trips and all I can answer is, “It depends.” It depends on a lot of things like the weather (rainy, sunny, windy, snowy), the time of year (spring, summer, fall, winter), and the likes and dislikes of those members of the group that are going to be eating the food, and last of all, who is the cook? Is he/she knowledgeable in outdoor cooking or is he/she a transplanted indoor cook that doesn’t know a charcoal briquet from a hamburger? Will the...

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Doug Hackbarth

We all know that this has been an incredibly HOT summer. But nothing tells the story of too much heat better than a “hardy” perennial garden chrysanthemum (mum). Garden mums suffer from too much heat by displaying a condition known as heat delay. Simply stated, mums do not like temperatures much above 85 degrees and as they mature, they need to cool down to temperatures closer to 75 degrees. Once the flower buds start to show color, 65 degrees, even down to 60 is best. (Sounds a lot like...

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