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.


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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(In less sophisticated circles this is called Squirrel Stew – & the season is in.)

2 squirrels (skinned, gutted, quartered)

2 tsp. salt


#12 Dutch oven

1 (15 oz.) can lima beans

1 (10 oz.) can condensed tomato soup

1 (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn

1 onion (slice thin)

3 potatoes (slice thin)

1 tbsp. sugar

1/4 lbs. butter

salt and pepper to taste

Place squirrel pieces in the Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the salt and simmer until tender (about 1 and...

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The 2010 Salamonie Senior Fall Fest will take place September 13-16, at the Salamonie Reservoir Interpretive Center. Anyone over age 50 is welcome for a few days of fun, during which he or she could learn a new hobby such as drop spinning, knitting or woodcarving.

The week begins on:

Monday (13th) with the monthly seniors carry-in luncheon at 12:30 p.m., featuring a presentation on Alpacas by Tom Burkhart. Bread and butter making begins at 3...

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Fishing For Life (FFL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving youth through organized fishing programs. In 2010, FFL was selected by the National Parks and Recreation Association to serve as one of 70 Take-Me-Fishing Agencies in the U.S. dedicated to promote and engage youth in fishing activities.

FFL offers three programs to serve this mission: The “Reel ‘Em In Kids” program collects unwanted rods, reels and tackle and distributes them to underserved youth at lake...

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(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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