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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.

WAYNEDALE GARDENERS

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The Christmas poinsettia (euphorbia pulcherrima) has been falsely accused of being a highly toxic ornamental plant to humans for nearly 75 years. The story says that in 1919 the 2-year old child of an Army officer stationed in Hawaii died from eating a poinsettia bract (leaf). There was never any medical documentation to back up this story.

In 1975 the Consumer Product Safety Commission was petitioned by a citizen who demanded that poinsettias carry caution labels when sold to the public...

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WAYNEDALE WOODS AND WATERS

Details Billy Nunley, a member of the West Virginia Bow Hunters Association, displaying his 8-point buck from Ritchie County.

Deer season is almost over. There are a few days left for bow hunters and muzzleloaders. Also if you have a crossbow you're allowed to hunt deer till the end of the month. Squirrel season will go out December 31, North of US 40, but you may hunt until the last day in January below US 40. Why? I don't know; some joker just made a rule like that for no reason. I know it doesn't make any sense but that's the way some game laws are in Indiana.

I used to publish what I called "The Dumb Law of...

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WAYNEDALE WOODS AND WATERS

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HUNTING SEASON 2001

OK, so I didn't get a deer this year and OK, so I didn't even see any antlered deer either. I shouldn't even mention that it rained (poured) every day and the wind blew every day (we were also camped on the edge of a tornado) and that we were wading around in mud most of the time trying to keep dry and warm under a makeshift tarp/frame/structure. BUT we did sleep good (pop-up camper with electric heater), we ate good (most every one in our hunting party is a certified...

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WAYNEDALE GARDENER

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Christmas Garden

 

Holiday gardening can introduce seasonal color as well as rapturous fragrances into our homes. Surrounding ourselves with the natural beauty of flowers and plants helps us celebrate this very special time. And there is something so energizing about actually experiencing flowers that are intended to be planted and grow up as Christmas unfolds.

Plant an Amaryllis bulb and watch it burst from its bulb and grow seemingly overnight into a gorgeous display of luminous color...

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WAYNEDALE WOODS AND WATERS

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Wondering what to buy your preacher, boss, wife, husband, Boy Scout Leader, girl friend, boy friend, father-in-law, or mother-in-law for Christmas????

Here is what the Indiana Department of Natural Resources suggests:

UNIQUE AND THOUGHTFUL HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

Holiday shopping for the outdoor enthusiast in your family or workplace can be as easy as a phone call to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR offers memorable and useful gifts such as annual entrance...

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WAYNEDALE WOODS AND WATERS

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(formerly THE GREAT OUTDOORS)

 

I've changed the name of this column as a special tribute to West Virginia Journalist/Author "Skip" Johnson, a retired outdoor columnist for The Charleston Gazette in Charleston, West Virginia. I grew up reading Skip's column called Woods and Waters. I know that when I was delivering the Gazette at about 12 years of age, I always looked for his column and read it before delivering my papers. I recently discovered that he is alive and well and living in a...

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