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.



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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(Sorry, I don’t do ‘possum.)


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



Q – I want to take my son fishing for the first time; he’s ten. What kind of bait do I use and what kind of rod and reel do you suggest that I buy. I won’t be fishing.

A – I take it that you aren’t a fisherperson! I started out teaching my own kids to fish by buying a two-piece cane pole. I found them in the Boy Scout catalog and...

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I usually keep two ‘chuck boxes’ packed in my garage ready to go at a moment’s notice. All I have to do is load them in my Jimmy (GMC) and I’m off and running. What is a chuck box? It’s a box to transport chuck. Ok, so I put in a little humor. Let’s just say it’s a box used to contain your cooking equipment and/or food. Cowboys use them but theirs have wheels and they call them chuck ‘wagons’ and they’re a lot bigger. Mine, you can carry in your car trunk.

If you...

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(Great for snacking.)


5 lbs. venison round steak, tenderloin, back strap, etc.

10 oz. bottle of soy sauce                            5 oz. bottle liquid smoke

1 heaping tablespoon garlic powder         Hot sauce to taste (optional)

Slice meat into pieces about 1/2 inch thick. Cut pieces into strips about 2 inches long, and about 1 inch wide. Put meat pieces into a...

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