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.

Little River Wetlands Project, a local nature organization protecting over 1000 acres of wetlands southwest of Fort Wayne, will offer lots of exciting day and evening events in early 2008. All are free and open to the community!

 

•Little River Ramblers Nature Hikes at Eagle Marsh every Tuesday 9-11 a.m. Leave from the Boy Scout Office parking lot at the end of Olde Canal Place Road (Verizon exit on W. Jefferson).

 

•Themed Nature Hikes First Saturday of every month, 1-3 p.m.

*January 5 -...

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Connecting to birds and wildlife is one of the greatest benefits of gardening. Fall and winter are perfect times to witness these connections in your own yard. Birdfeeders are great-but supplement them by creating a habitat to invite more (and happier) birds. Here are three tips:

 

* Have you planted any native perennials this year? There are many that offer favorite winter foods for our feathered friends including one of our favorites, the Cup Plant, Native and cultivated varieties of...

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This 10 point, 220 + pounds field dressed was shot by Clay Stark-Waynedale on November 18, 2007 using a handgun.

Indiana Deer Harvest Outlook

 

Deer management biologist Jim Mitchell said hunters can expect deer to be abundant over the state as a whole, despite the dry weather. "With the recent rains, the effect of the drought (on deer hunting) should be negligible for much of the state," he said.

 

Indiana Deer Harvest Trends

Deer hunters harvested 125,381 Indiana deer during the '06 season, slightly fewer than the 125,526 deer harvested during the '05 season. DNR deer research biologist...

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As the explosion of fall fades into winter, some mourn the loss of beauty in their gardens. Winter lacks the bright colors of summer but winter definitely has its own unique magnificence. Personally I love the calmness of a winter day-the smell of cold air, the chilly breezes, and the different view of my garden.

The winter landscape has its own personality. Statues and stones take on a new look and garden benches hold snow and squirrel's nutshells-teasing me to come take a visit in the cold...

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STATE PARKS TRAILS READY FOR FALL

 

With cooler temperatures, fewer mosquitoes and the crunch of colorful autumn leaves underfoot, autumn is a great time to enjoy the 600 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails at the states' 33 state parks and reservoirs.
This fall could be the best yet with several improved hiking features available, including:

The Adena Trace Trail at Brookville Lake, one of only a few long-distance hiking trails at a state property. The 30-mile trail combines several...

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TREE STAND SAFETY TIPS

 

Falls from tree stands are the leading cause of hunting accidents in Indiana. But many of these accidents are avoidable. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers hunters some tree stand safety tips.

Never carry equipment with you while climbing. Use a haul line to raise or lower your gear. Make sure guns are unloaded and broad-heads are covered prior to raising or lowering firearms or bows with a haul line.

Always use a safety harness when hunting...

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