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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.

DID YOU KNOW? HEALTHY WETLANDS DEVOUR MOSQUITOES

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Surprise!

Contrary to popular belief, healthy, functioning wetlands can actually reduce mosquito populations.

But Everybody Says . . .

Mosquito control programs commonly recommend that wet-lands be drained in order to control mosquitoes. This is because mosquitoes require standing water to breed, and if there is no standing water, there will be no mosquitoes. Quite true. However, mosquitoes have a very short life cycle (from 4 days to a month), and their eggs can remain dormant for more than...

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WAYNEDALE WOODS AND WATERS

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SPRING WEATHER BRINGS OUT THE TURTLES

 

Box turtles are coming out of hibernation and will soon be crossing roads looking for nesting sites. An Indiana law, effective October 23, 2004, prohibits the collection of eastern box turtles from the wild in Indiana. This law was not intended to prevent a child from picking up a box turtle in their yard, a state park, or a state forest to examine it. Nor is it intended to prevent people from helping a turtle cross a road, taking an injured turtle to a...

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LAKE WEBSTER HUSKY MUSKIE

Details DNR fisheries biologists Brad Fink and Keith Bikowski hold one of the monster Webster Lake muskies trapped by the DNR this spring. The spring fish surveys show the 774-acre natural lake in the northeast corner of the state contains over 5,000 adult muskellunge. Some fish measured more than 50 inches long!

Anglers who say Indiana's Lake Webster is among the Midwest's best muskie fishing lakes now have official numbers to back their boast.

DNR fish surveys this spring show the 774-acre natural lake in northeastern Indiana contains more than 5,000 adult muskellunge. A fair number of the trapped fish measured more than 50 inches long.

"That's way more muskies than we originally thought were out there," says DNR fisheries biologist Jed Pearson. Pearson and his crew recently completed a three-week...

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WAYNEDALE WOODS AND WATERS

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Hunters in Indiana took 123,000 wild white-tailed deer during the 2004 deer-hunting season — a 15 percent increase over the previous year's deer harvest of 106,986 deer.

The 2004 antlered buck harvest increased 10.6 percent to 54,768 deer. The antler-less deer harvest of 68,290 deer was almost 19 percent more than in 2003.

"Indiana's state-wide deer herd size has been slowly growing since 1998," said Department of Natural Resources deer biologist Jim Mitchell.

Mitchell says Indiana's wild...

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PROGRESS CONTINUES AT EAGLE MARSH

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(Update from press conference on April 22)

 

The Little River Wetland project, which is located just north of Fox Island Nature Preserve on Yohne Road, continues to move forward in its effort to secure 680-acres of wetland.

Thirty thousand years ago, this same area was home to the Wisconsin Glacier. When the glacier receded it left a moraine, which resulted in a low swampy area between Fort Wayne and Roanoke. The 4 x 9 mile marshy prairie yielded the shortest portage of all North American...

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INDIANA TURKEY HUNTING

Indiana DNR wildlife research biologist Steve Backs expects more than 50,000 hunters for this spring's Indiana turkey hunting season. The season runs from April 27 to May 15. Backs also expects about one-in-four hunters will bring a bearded bird home, resulting in a record harvest of roughly 11,500 turkeys. Data collected by Backs also points to a bigger Indiana turkey flock this spring. Hens observed last summer had significantly more poults than in an average year...

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