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 10 point, 220 + pounds field dressed was shot by Clay Stark-Waynedale on November 18, 2007 using a handgun.

Indiana Deer Harvest Outlook


Deer management biologist Jim Mitchell said hunters can expect deer to be abundant over the state as a whole, despite the dry weather. "With the recent rains, the effect of the drought (on deer hunting) should be negligible for much of the state," he said.


Indiana Deer Harvest Trends

Deer hunters harvested 125,381 Indiana deer during the '06 season, slightly fewer than the 125,526 deer harvested during the '05 season. DNR deer research biologist...

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As the explosion of fall fades into winter, some mourn the loss of beauty in their gardens. Winter lacks the bright colors of summer but winter definitely has its own unique magnificence. Personally I love the calmness of a winter day-the smell of cold air, the chilly breezes, and the different view of my garden.

The winter landscape has its own personality. Statues and stones take on a new look and garden benches hold snow and squirrel's nutshells-teasing me to come take a visit in the cold...

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With cooler temperatures, fewer mosquitoes and the crunch of colorful autumn leaves underfoot, autumn is a great time to enjoy the 600 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails at the states' 33 state parks and reservoirs.
This fall could be the best yet with several improved hiking features available, including:

The Adena Trace Trail at Brookville Lake, one of only a few long-distance hiking trails at a state property. The 30-mile trail combines several...

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Falls from tree stands are the leading cause of hunting accidents in Indiana. But many of these accidents are avoidable. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers hunters some tree stand safety tips.

Never carry equipment with you while climbing. Use a haul line to raise or lower your gear. Make sure guns are unloaded and broad-heads are covered prior to raising or lowering firearms or bows with a haul line.

Always use a safety harness when hunting...

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by Bob Jensen


When fish go on the bite during the autumn months, there are a variety of ways to catch them. Many anglers are discovering that soft bait on a jig is a great way to catch a wide variety of species in the early weeks of fall. Here are some ideas as to how you can catch more fish right now with jigs tipped with soft baits.

Two of the soft baits that are most popular throughout the Midwest are Gulp! and PowerBait. These baits come in a...

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers put-and-take hunting for ring-necked pheasants, November 17 - 25, at Atterbury, Glendale, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Willow Slough and Winamac fish and wildlife areas and Roush Lake.

The hunts are $15 per person and the bag limit is two birds.

Hunters can reserve these pheasant hunts online until midnight November 24 at: http://www.in.gov/dnr/indianaoutdoor/

Hunters will be able to select the date, property...

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