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.

This young man made his own fishing pole from a limb found on the ground during the Waynedale Daze Memorial Day Free Fishing Event held at Southwest Conservation Club on Memorial Day.

IT'S REEL FUN! FREE FISHING WEEKEND JUNE 11 & 12 

 

Kids are long on excitement and short on patience, so to keep their attention, if you want to take kids fishing, it's important to get fish on the line fast and often. Fishing can be a highly technical hobby. The choices in rods, reels, bait, lures and lines can be mind-boggling. When you're fishing with kids, though it's important to keep it simple and keep it light. The less time you spend fighting equipment, the more time kids will...

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Department of Natural Resources biologist John Castrale and DNR pilot Dennis Rumley spent four days in a helicopter this spring counting Hoosier eagle Nests. While swooping around the state's reservoirs and dodging down Indiana river channels during March and April, the flying surveyors counted a record 60 active Hoosier eagle nests.

Castrale and Rumley counted 50 Indiana nests with eggs last year. Eagle nests were found in 32 counties. More than a third of Indiana counties now have eagle...

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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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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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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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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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