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.

ONLINE APPLICATION FOR CONTROLLED AND SPECIAL HUNTS

Hoosiers who want to participate in deer reductions and special hunts at state properties this fall will have a one-stop online method for applying.

The change centralizes the application process for such programs. Previously, each category of state property required a separate application. The online service also provides the user with automatic notification of errors. The site on which the applications are posted is...

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NEW STRATEGY FOR CONTROLLING MUTE SWANS

 

In a move designed to better protect the general public and control Indiana's mute swan population, the DNR has enacted a temporary law that places more restrictions on who can lethally remove the exotic invasive species and when the mute swan threatens lake ecosystems and native wildlife.

"In dealing with this or any other invasive species, our ultimate goal is to protect the public, our native wildlife and their habitat," said DNR Director...

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For those of you who think fishing is no more than putting a worm on a hook and setting a bobber to bobbing, The Bait & Hook Store on Winchester Road may have a few surprises for you.
They have added seminars on fly fishing for local residents.

Rick Hinton, a 1966 graduate of Elmhurst High School and a 30-year proponent of fly fishing, teaches the class on Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00am. The lessons are free! Beginners to the sport can learn techniques of casting and tying flies...

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Need a place to get away from the booming sounds of the neighbor kid's music? Looking for a spot where no one can throw an exploding firecracker outside your window? Now there's a haven in the Waynedale area to find such paradise. Plan a visit to Eagle Marsh, the largest wetland restoration project in Northeast Indiana.

The Little River Ramblers hike 2-3 miles to explore the property every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. They meet at the barn off Engle Road and record the present flora and fauna. If...

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A GREAT TIME TO TRY STATE PARKS - JUNE IS GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH

 

This is Great Outdoors Month, as designated by President Bush, prime time for Hoosiers to visit their state's 33 state parks and reservoirs to discover the upgraded and new facilities.

"We are continually working to provide positive and memorable experiences in the great outdoors for our guests," said Dan Bortner, director of state parks and reservoirs. "That includes adding new facilities and services when we can, and...

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Every year, careless use of barbecue grills is the cause of hundreds of fires. The resulting property damage can be widespread and expensive. Careless grilling costs millions of dollars and, tragically, can also cost people their lives.

"Even a moment of carelessness with a barbecue grill can cause a situation that is costly and dangerous," says Allstate Agent Kevin Gwozdz. "However, understanding the causes of common grilling accidents and taking the appropriate safety precautions can help...

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