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.

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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(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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photos by Cindy Cornwell Little River Wetlands Project members take a surveying walk at Eagle Marsh on Saturday, March 12, 2005. (l-r) Sam Schwartz-original board member, Dennis Reichard-board member and contract photographer for Smithsonian, Paul McAfee-original board member and Executive Director, Tom Maher-member, and Richard Poor-original board member and President.

Little River Wetlands Project, Inc., a 501c(3) non-profit organization, has recently opened an office at 2403 Fairoak Drive in Waynedale. Their mission is: "An innovative partnership together with public and private organizations dedicated to maintaining a harmonious relationship with the community through wetlands restoration, preservation and educational programs."

Their goal is to reclaim the floodplain land that was once part of the historic marsh that at one time existed between Allen and...

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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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