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Goodbye to woodcock and grouse

Posted on Jan 04, 2016 in Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding The expansion and reestablishment of many wildlife species in Indiana have been remarkable. Programs of reintroduction and resettlement have brought back eagles, peregrine falcons and osprey to our skies; otters to our rivers and streams; and wild turkey and white-tail deer throughout the entire state. But among the list of successes there… Continue reading.

Pointers for poinsettias

Posted on Jan 04, 2016 in Backyard, Outdoors

By B. Rosie Lerner The poinsettia, the most popular holiday plant, is best known as the plant with bright red flowers on a green background. But the showiest part of the poinsettia is the group of colorful specialized leaves called floral bracts that surround the small, yellowish-green structures that are the true flowers. Red is… Continue reading.

Women joining the hunt

Posted on Dec 01, 2015 in Outdoors

by Jack Spaulding What do Eva Shockey, Melissa Bachman, Katniss Everdeen, and 1.5 million other women in the United States have in common? They’re hunters. Shockey and Bachman are hosts of TV hunting shows, and Everdeen is the main character in the “Hunger Games” book and movie franchise. They represent a wave of female hunters,… Continue reading.

More than gift wrapping

Posted on Dec 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

by B. Rosie Lerner Horrors unfold before me about this time each year. But they are not on a big screen from some Hollywood holiday blockbuster; they are watching well-meaning shoppers steer their carts full of holiday gift plants through gusty winds and miserably cold temperatures and place these frigid plant victims into icy automobiles…. Continue reading.

Dutch oven masters

Posted on Nov 01, 2015 in Outdoors

by Jack Spaulding A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were invited to a gourmet outing in Jennings County where we witnessed some of the finest cast iron culinary concoctions we have seen! Our friends Bill and Paula Beville asked if Chris and I could get away on a Friday night for dinner. Having… Continue reading.

Watering now will lessen winter injury

Posted on Nov 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

By B. Rosie Lerner Dry summers are not that unusual in the Midwest. But this year, the dry spell followed an unusually wet spring and early summer in many areas. Of particular concern this year is that the dry spell is lasting well into autumn, putting plants in poor condition to get through the winter… Continue reading.

Hoosier scorpion

Posted on Oct 01, 2015 in Outdoors

by Jack Spaulding Recently, I got a call from Jason Knueven of the Batesville area. Jason is a grandson to Roman Nobbe, and like his grandfather, takes a great deal of interest in the outdoors. He had my undivided attention with the first words out of his mouth when he said, “I’ve got a scorpion… Continue reading.

Digging ginseng

Posted on Sep 01, 2015 in Outdoors

‘Digging it” was a popular saying way back in the day. For an old hippie, it means being in tune with or appreciating something. But, for old time woodland foragers, “digging it” means hunting for ginseng. Ginseng is an ancient mystical plant, highly valued by herbalists for its wide variety of applications, cures and treatment… Continue reading.

One bad apple can spoil

Posted on Sep 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

The Osmonds’ big 1970 hit “One Bad Apple” might give good advice on love, but the brother band didn’t know anything about storing apples. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. If you have excess apples this fall and want to store them, pick only good-quality fruit that is free of bruises, cuts or… Continue reading.

Gardening for pollinators

Posted on Aug 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

Pollinators are all the “buzz” these days as focus on the health of pollinators, so critical to food and ecosystems, continues. It may surprise you to learn that the honeybee is native to Europe and was introduced to the United States. But there are also numerous other pollinator species including native bees, butterflies and moths,… Continue reading.

Turtle midwife

Posted on Aug 01, 2015 in Outdoors

My wife got an early start on her yard work and was hard at weeding when I left for work. Walking out to her flower garden, I wished her a good day, got in the truck and left for work. When I returned that afternoon, she greeted me with, “Where is the outdoorsman you are… Continue reading.

Black bear confirmed in Indiana

Posted on Jul 01, 2015 in Outdoors

It looks as if Indiana’s tourism program is working! On June 12, Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists confirmed the presence of a visiting wild black bear in northern Indiana. The DNR received reliable reports of the wandering bear northwest of South Bend in St. Joseph County and made the confirmation after wildlife biologist Budd… Continue reading.

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