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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.

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DNR NEWS

It's a little more sophisticated than sticking your finger in the wind...or the river in this case. Helping determine water quality in Hoosier lakes and streams takes some fancy equipment.

Again this year more Hoosiers will be a part of monitoring the health of their local river or stream. The DNR is again using federal funds to support the Hoosier Riverwatch program in Indiana to provide the necessary equipment.

Not-for-profit organizations, public agencies, environmental groups...

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DNR sport license system gets faster

The days of carbon copy license books and lick-and-stick wildlife stamps are gone. There's now a better way to buy an Indiana fishing, hunting or trapping license.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is launching an electronic licensing system that is faster, more accurate, and provides the DNR better fish and wildlife management data.

Known as Indiana Outdoor, all annual Indiana sport licenses will be available from local license retailers. Most...

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OPENINGS AVAILABLE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Become an Indiana Master Naturalist. Openings are still available for anyone interested in registering for the Indiana Master Naturalist Program in April 2005. The mission is: To bring together natural resource specialists with adult learners, to foster an understanding of Indiana's plants, water, soils and wildlife and promote volunteer service in local communities.

The program will be hosted locally by Purdue University Extension and...

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ALLSTATE ISSUES WINTER READINESS ALERT IN ICE DAM PREVENTION

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With winter well under way, cold weather and freezing temperatures could make ice and snow build-up an unprepared homeowner's nightmare. Ice dams, which develop when heat from a roof covered with at least eight inches of snow moves through the roof and melts the bottom layer of snow, are among the biggest culprits in winter home disasters.

"Ice dams are lumps of ice that form on gutters, eaves and valleys, and prevent melting snow from running down," says Allstate Agent Kevin Gwozdz. "As the...

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Indiana wild deer report

 

Statewide deer herd nearly stable, contributes to state economy "Indiana's state-wide deer herd size has remained relatively stable since 1998," said Department of Natural Resources deer biologist Jim Mitchell. "The DNR tries to maintain a deer population that provides satisfactory hunting and viewing, and minimizes deer/vehicle accidents and crop damage."

Mitchell says Indiana's wild deer resource annually contributes more than $168 million to the state's economy...

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Eagle Watch programs See eagles and winter's wooded scenery

Grab warm boots and mittens and try a wild Indiana eagle viewing, hiking or ice fishing program this winter.

Winter is an ideal time to view bald eagles in Indiana because they are easier to spot among bare trees and because resident birds are joined by a large number of northern eagles that spend the winter around Indiana's larger ice-free reservoirs and rivers.

Patoka Lake's event, in south central Indiana, on January 15, includes...

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