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.


Do’s and Don’ts of

makin’ ‘em

Everyone laughs when I tell them I teach Boy Scouts the secret to making a campfire using two sticks of wood, is to make sure one of them is a match. It gets a lot of laughs at most parties and frowns from the wife. I tell her it’s a guy thing. Anyway, I don’t like to build a fire under any kind of handicap like rain, wind, snow, sleet, hail, wet wood, etc., without first preparing to build that fire in my mind at home and having the makin’s of a...

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Eagle Marsh, Little River Wetlands Project’s wetland preserve on Engle Road in southwest Fort Wayne, has just grown to 716 acres with the group’s acquisition of 11 acres of mature forested wetland at the site. The new property, adjacent to existing woods and bordered on three sides by Eagle Marsh, had long been identified for possible purchase. Once the owner agreed to sell, LRWP moved quickly to arrange a closing earlier this month. Eagle Marsh is the largest preserve in Allen County and one...

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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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