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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 small town called Herald, West Virginia. His web site is at: www.scenicbirchriver.com. I would like to pass it on to you. Check it out; you may want to spend your next vacation in West Virginia. Thanks Skip, here's to you.

 

INDIANA DEER SEASON

Early Archery Season open from October 1 to December 2.

Firearms Season (Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Handgun) open from Saturday,

November 17 to Sunday, December 2.

Muzzleloader Season open from December 8 to December 23.

Late Archery Season open from December 8 to January 6.

Crossbow Season open from December 8 to January 6. (Archery license required)

(Bonus Anterless deer permits – 1 deer in Allen County, 1 deer in Wells County, 2 deer in Huntington County, 1 deer in Adams County – permits not allowed to be used at Salamonie Reservoir, Huntington Reservoir, or Mississinewa Reservoir. Not sure why but that's the way the law reads.

 

"WINTER BIRDS AT FOX ISLAND"

November 11, 18, and 25 from 1pm to 3pm

Join Naturalist Joey Zink for a day in the woods at Fox Island. We will learn about birds, how to attract them to your back yard, and then go into the woods to get a closer look at the winter birds of Indiana. Dress appropriately for the weather. The program will be held in the Bird Observation Building. The program cost is $2 per person. Reservations are required so call 449-3180 to reserve a spot in the program.

 

"IF YOU MAKE IT THEY WILL COME"

From 10pm to 11:30am November 3, (Food), 10, (Water), 17, (Shelter), and December 1, (Space)

Join Naturalist Angie Brown and learn how to attract wildlife into your backyard. She will teach you how to create a habitat suitable to draw in 'the wild things'. The program will be held in the bird Observation Building at Fox Island County Park. The program cost is $2 per person with the gate fee being waived. Reservations are required – call 449-3180. Fox Island is located at 7324 Yohne road.

 

"FROGS AND SALAMANDERS"

Thursday, November 15 from 10am to 11am and from 2pm to 3pm

This is a pre-school program. Bring your preschooler to Fox Island to learn about our 'green' friends. Dress for the weather in case we go outside. There will be a craft and a snack provided. The cost of the program is $3 per person. Reservations are required. For more information call the Allen Country Parks Department at 449-3184 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

"FOX ISLAND HABITATS"

November 11 and 17 from 1pm to 2pm

This is a children's program. Join Naturalist Susan Loebert for a fun and exciting slide show and children's activities. Learn about the animals at the park and why they make it their home. Meet in the Bird Observation Building. The program cost is $2 per person. Reservations are required; call 449-3180.

 

"HAYRIDES"

Sunday, November 11 from 1pm to 2pm

Come to Fox Island and enjoy a fall hayride. Meet at the nature center. This is open to the public. The program cost is $2 per person. Reservations are required and space is limited. Call 449-3180 to save a spot.

 

"NATURE HIKE AND WINE TASTING"

Saturday, November 17 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm

This is an adult program. Join Naturalist Jodi Leamon for an interesting and informative nature hike covering the principles of fruiting, fermentation, and other topics. Following the hike will be a wine tasting with hors d'oeuvres, music, and time for socialization. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about wines in a casual, unstuffy setting. The cost of the program will be $8 per person; age 21 and over only please. Please reserve a spot ahead of time, space is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot call 449-3180.

 

"TAI JI (TAI CHI)"

November 6 – December 11 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join Mona Beesley as she introduces you to a short form that has been proven to be very helpful for arthritis and asthma problems. You will learn the Five Elements, which is a form that very quickly allows you to feel the energy flow in the body. You will also learn a few qi gong exercises. Tai Ji is an ancient Chinese art, practiced for health and self defense. Tai Ji's uniqueness is in its internal form. The practice utilizes fluid, graceful, circular movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. Breathing is improved, relaxing the body, and allowing the life force "chi" to flow throughout the body. Reservations are required; the cost is $37 per person. To reserve a spot or for more information call 449-3180.


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