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.

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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quarantine expanded to cover additional Steuben County township

 

The emerald ash borer, an exotic species of beetle that destroys ash trees, was recently confirmed at a second location in Steuben County. As a result of the confirmed discovery, the DNR has extended the quarantine for most ash products to include Millgrove Township. Jamestown Township was placed under the quarantine earlier this year.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources found a live larva of the emerald ash borer on a...

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O'Bannon Woods is Indiana's 24th State Park

 

"Parks help people see how they fit into this thing called life," said former First Lady Judy O'Bannon at an O'Bannon Woods State Park dedication ceremony .

The new 2,000-acre state park in Harrison County was created out of the former Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area. The park contains more than 100 miles of recreational trails and is surrounded by the 24,000-acre Harrison-Crawford State Forest, 1/2 hour west of Louisville.

"So many of us...

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15 STATE PARKS WILL BE CLOSED

 

The parks will close in order to accommodate the annual deer herd reduction, for the second half of the controlled hunt on Monday, November 29 and Tuesday, November 30.

The 15 state parks are: Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Shades, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, and Whitewater Memorial. Twin Swamps Nature Preserve also is included in the herd...

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