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.

PROPERNESS

(It must be a word; my mother used to use it.)

This is sort of a continuation of AROUND THE KAMPFIRE in the last issue of THE WAYNEDALE NEWS’ outdoor page. I spoke of Scouts not knowing how to handle eating utensils and improper methods of eating.

I found out that not all people (scouts) like salads. Why? I’m not sure unless, it takes time to chew, which most teenagers don’t like to do. Fast foods? I’ve never seen food disappear so fast as when I watched my own sons ‘inhale’ chow...

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Doug Hackbarth

As September approaches, we should consider that applications of “fast release” fertilizers (the type you mix with water) are going to be applied to the rose bushes, the evergreens and trees, and to all of your annual and perennial plants for the last time. Fertilizers tend to speed the growth of plants and also to soften them for vigorous growth and branching much the same way that trimming or cutting back does. It is best to stop fertilizing and watering your plants so much as fall and winter...

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Crawfish – Crawcrabs –

Crayfish –  Mud bugs

(My favorite way to eat ‘em!)

 

Wash the live crawfish in fresh water (just like lobster-make sure they are alive). Plunge them into boiling water that has been seasoned with Crab Boil or a mixture of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. They will turn red. Boil for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on amount and size of the crawfish.

Pour off water and plunge the cooked crawfish into cold water to stop the cooking process. Now follow these...

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OUABACHE’S FALL FESTIVAL

(NOTE: Ouabache is pronounced Wa-Bash)

Volunteers age 16 and older are needed to assist with Ouabache State Park’s Fall Festival Weekend, October 29-30.

Ouabache’s Fall Festival is an opportunity for families to enjoy the fall weather and participate in a variety of events in a safe environment. Individuals are needed to assist with making the potluck soup, decorating Campview Shelter and playing games during the Fall Festival Fair. Other volunteer opportunities also...

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WHAT IS A BOY?

Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood we find a delightful creature called a boy. Boys come in assorted sizes, weights, and colors, but all boys have the same creed: to enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day and to protest with noise (their only weapon) when their last minute is finished and the adults pack them off to bed at night.

Boys are found everywhere – on top of, underneath of, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running...

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Monster Fish Caught

Is this a 3 for 1 deal or what? Sam Whiteleather caught this 4-foot, 65-pound Flat Head catfish on a 22-inch Channel Catfish that had swallowed a green sunfish that had been caught on a limb line.

It was caught June 9, 2010 on the East Fork of the White River.

Sam is the son of Rex and Laura Whiteleather. Laura is an Interpretive Naturalist at Salamonie Reservoir.

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