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What's In Outdoors



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Every Friday morning at 8:15, Phil Taunton will join the KVOE Morning show and let listeners know What’s In Outdoors.

 Below you can listen to past shows and find information relating to all kinds of stuff.  ENJOY!


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What's In Outdoors Calendar

Sept 26-27

Kansas Hunt/Fish Expo--Beau Arndt Appreciation Day. Peter Pan Park

Sept 26-27 

WoodFest at Camp Wood - http://woodfestks.com/

Oct 3

Tour de Lyon County Gravel Ride for Hope & a Cure - Flyer

Oct 3

Family Fun Day at the Grove for Hope & a Cure - Flyer

Oct 4

No Child Left Indoors Youth Event - Flyer

Oct 17

Fall Forestry Festival - Flyer

Week of 10-02-15

  • Shane Pickett of MesuBait company will join WIO to discuss fishing Kansas lakes and reservoirs for largemouth bass in the fall. www.mesubait.com

At MESU Fishing, it is our goal to produce the absolute best possible jigs.  In order to do that, we have to use great components and innovative design.  This is why we use TroKar hooks in our Wobble Heads and jigs, and why we use UV reflective technology in our powder coat.

MESU stands for 'Make Em Say Uhh'.  The 'Em' in this case is the scale master weighing in your fish.  We want him to strain and make an audible grunt because you bag of fish is so heavy.







  •  Picture mosaic of the Kansas Hunting and Fishing Expo-Beau Arndt Foundation "Outdoor Appreciations" Days at Riverside Elementary School and Peter Pan Park in Emporia.


  • Safari Edventure Day at David Taylor Zoo, October 1.

120 new anglers, teachers and parents were introduced to Operation Lifesaver, outdoor ethics and responsibility, fishing and aquatic education yesterday --approximately 200 more today----- during Safari Edventure Day at David Taylor Zoo, October 1.  

Disabled vet, David Farley of VFW Post 1980 with the assist.  Feet, don't fail me now! 

Pictures below are courtesy of  Bethany Thomas, Neosho Rapids Elementary School, Fourth Grade Teacher 






  • Fall weather fishing including safety precautions


Onyx M-24 Manual Inflatable Life Jacket (PFD) - 131000-100-004-15 (3100RED)

  • Manually inflates when the wearer pulls the “Jerk to Inflate” handle
  • Equipped with back-up oral inflation
  • Provides comfort, safety and peace of mind without knowing you have it on, until you may need it
  • Comfortable, lightweight, low profile design
  • Soft neoprene neckline for all day comfort
  • Reflective piping for greater visibility
  • Durable fabric resists tears and punctures
  • For persons 16 years of age and older; and over 80 lbs.
  • Not recommended for non-swimmers or weak swimmers
  • Minimum buoyancy of 22.5 lbs. when inflated
  • For replacement CO2 cartridge, use Onyx Rearming Kit K301
  •   U.S. Coast Guard Approved Type V Life Jacket / Personal Flotation Device (PFD) with Type III Performance
  •   Item contains a CO2 cylinder and may not be available to ship to Alaska or Hawaii.

Week of 09-25-15

  • What's in Outdoors "On the Road" had an antelope sighting between MP 103&104 on the Turnpike. 


  • Jim  Mason, Director of the Great Director of the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita will join us to discuss pollinators and planting a perennial flower garden. www.gpnc.org

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February 26, 2015

News Release from the Kansas Wildlife Federation, Wichita.

For more information, contact Steve Sorensen 316-214-3001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jim Mason, Wichita, wins KWF Conservation Educator Award

The Kansas Wildlife Federation (KWF) proudly announces winners of the 2014 Conservation Achievement Program Awards (CAP). KWF honored seven recipients on February 21st at a reception and banquet in their honor in Hays.

For 51 years, the Federation has recognized Kansans who have devoted exceptional efforts for wildlife conservation in the state. Kansans, who wished to recognize the awardees for their contributions, supplied the nominations. 

The CAP awards are given in several categories including communication, forest, education, farming and ranching, outdoor skills instructor and conservation organization. 

These are the most prestigious conservation-related awards given in Kansas and are patterned after similar awards in most other states through respective state affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation. Joe Kramer, of Pratt, won the overall award, Conservationist of the Year. Mr. Kramer recently retired as Director of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Award sponsors for these awards included Westar, Inc., Geary County Fish and Game Association, the Kansas Farmers Union, the Kansas State Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Flint Hills Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation.

The 2014 Conservation Educator Award was presented to Jim Mason of Wichita. Jim has committed his life to enjoying and protecting the environment.  He is a naturalist at heart and currently plies that trade as the director of the Great Plains Nature Center in northeast Wichita.

Jim has committed his life to enjoying and protecting the environment.  As a kid, he was so mesmerized watching ants take apart a dead grasshopper in his back yard that he lost track of time and got a sunburn.

“A lot of kids go through a bug phase,” Mason once said.  “I just never grew out of mine.  Since I was really small, I’ve always been interested in critters and wildlife and the outdoors.  I guess it just stuck with me more than it does other people.”

Mason’s interest in the outdoors extended to his concern with the destruction of the environment and lack of concern for its preservation.  At one of the Boy Scout summer camps Mason attended, campers were given an Indian name by other members of the troop.  Mason’s name translated to “Spirit of Good”.

A graduate of Wichita High School West, Mason remembers participating in the first Earth Day celebration there.  As Jim tells it, “I became aware of the world at the end of the political activism in the 1960’s, and it was something I wished I could be a part of it”. 

Mason went on to Kansas University where he completed a degree in biology.  After a few years of working for the Johnson County and Wichita Parks and Recreation Departments in various roles, Mason arrived at the Great Plains Nature Center. 

Jim is an active educator, having given some 2,500 educational programs to groups of all ages since he began as a naturalist for the city of Wichita.  More than 150,000 people visit the center each year.         

Mason is co-author of the Nature Center’s Pocket Guide to Kansas Freshwater Mussels and the author of the Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Butterflies.  A new pocket book on Kansas’ stream fish is scheduled to come out soon to give people a greater appreciation of what lives in our streams. 

Jim has great plans for the future of the Great Plains Nature Center.  Plans for a complete renovation of Koch Habitat Hall are in the making; the center’s bicycle trail will be re-done; and he hopes to increase the center’s educational outreach.

In addition to his naturalist and educational duties in Wichita, Jim and his wife, Helen Ehlers, are nurturing the property they own in the Flint Hills.

Westar Energy, Inc of Topeka sponsored the Conservation Educator of the Year award.

In conclusion, the recognition of Jim Mason as the 2014 Conservation Educator of the Year by the Kansas Wildlife Federation is well deserved.

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Jim Mason, center, receives the 2014 Conservation Educator of the Year award from Randy Kidd, Chair of the Kansas Wildlife Federation’s CAP Committee. Looking on is Eric Johnson of Westar Energy, Inc., of Topeka, which sponsored the Conservation Educator award.

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Week of 09-18-15

Pictures from Kansas State Fair









What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 09/04/15

  • A Facebook "Social Media" experiment. 

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The picture and this being a new record flathead caught in the Missouri River got 40K shares in less than 4 days. The fish is most likely a Wels catfish mentioned in the following release




  • Free State Park Day Encourages Healthy Outdoor Recreation

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism partner to offer free Kansas State Park admission

Topeka, Kan. (Sept. 3, 2015) – Who knew that engaging in outdoor activity at a Kansas State Park could be beneficial to your health and wellbeing? In fact, taking part in outdoor recreation in Kansas can make you happier, build great family memories, promote a healthy body and even live longer. The state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) has teamed up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism and are sponsoring Healthy Fun at the Parks Day on September 26, a day when admission to all Kansas State Parks will be free.

“We are pleased to once again partner with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism and sponsor Healthy Fun at the Parks Day on September 26. As a home-grown and Kansas-based company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas wants our members – and all Kansans – to lead longer, happier lives by engaging in outdoor activity, like these you can find at our state parks,” said Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO. “From one corner of the state to the next, Kansas offers a vast array of landscapes in our parks where we can bike, hike, run, play, horseback ride, hunt, swim, and fish or simply take a relaxing walk in the fresh air of Kansas.”

Kansas State Parks include 32,200 acres of land; more than 500 miles of trails; more than 280 miles of roads; 10,000 campsites, many with utility hookups; more than 120 cabins; and access to more than 130,000 surface-acres of water.

“So many Kansans are unaware of the unique terrain and beautiful landscapes that can be found at Kansas State Parks and the fun and healthy outdoor activities that can be enjoyed at each of the parks,” said Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison. "We appreciate the efforts of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas to promote a healthy lifestyle to their members and all Kansans. We’re pleased that the Kansas State Parks have been selected to serve as the centerpiece of this campaign.”

To help promote healthy outdoor activity to kids, BCBSKS has produced a coloring book featuring illustrations that highlight outdoor activities in eight of the Kansas State Parks and a map of all 26 state park locations. Information about the parks and educational tips are also included. The coloring books will be distributed across the state at state park locations, rest stops, local tourism offices, and at the Kansas State Fair

About the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism:

The mission of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is to conserve and enhance Kansas’ natural heritage, its wildlife and its habitats to assure future generations the benefits of the state’s diverse, living resources. The Department is charged with providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate the state’s natural resources, and to promote diverse communities, natural assets, and the State of Kansas as a tourism destination. Visit KSOutdoors.com to learn more about healthy outdoor recreation opportunities at your Kansas State Parks.

What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 08/28/15

  • Dan Thurston of Lamont and Drury Outdoors will join What's in Outdoors to tell us about his new 6@60 Quest that involved bow hunting in 6 different states. 

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  • Tim Webb of Olpe finished 2nd, just 8 points out of first for the title of Rayovac Bass Fishing Tournament "Angler of the Year!" Tim is now qualified to participate in the Rayovac Championship Tournament held the last of October on the Ohio River. 


Tim Webb with smallmouth bass caught on the English River north of Ignace, Ontario 7-4-2015 





Week of 08-21-15

  • What's in Outdoors, On the Road!

    What's in Outdoors goes back to high school and travels to Dodge City High School to certify physical education teachers to teach fishing at their new pond on the school's campus. 

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Region 3 Dodge City, Ks will join us to discuss the fishing pond at Dodge City High School and one of the newest reservoirs in Kansas, Horse Thief Reservoir. 


  • What's in Outdoors and Back Yard Bass becomes part of the Emporia Recreation Commission's 2015 Corporate Challenge. 

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Listen to past shows


  • Monster Sweet Potato Recipe! Courtesy of Lanne Shayes
  • Fish Salad Recipe….. Use as a dip with our favorite cracker or make a sandwich
  • http://www.crappie.com Recipes and stories.
  • Recipe courtesy of Dustin Teasley, KDWPT

Cold Pack Pickled Fish

1 quart fish (rib meat from carp, white bass or drum fillets)….makes around 3 pints.

2 medium yellow onions

3 C Kosher Salt

1 C Port Wine (White but red will work)

1 C Sugar

2 C or more of White Vinegar

2 C Water

2 Tbsp Pickling Spice

Cut meat into pieces no thicker than 1/2”. In a bowl place a layer of salt, then place a layer of fish, then cover that layer with salt. So on and so forth until you have used all the fish and then cover it with salt. Set in fridge 24 hours. Next rinse all salt off fish and place in container covering fish with white vinegar. Set in fridge 24 hours. In a sauce pan, mix 1 C port wine, 1 C sugar, 2 C vinegar, 2 C water, and 2 Tbsp pickling spice and bring to a boil and remove from heat. Clean onions and slice. Once the solution you boiled has cooled, strain out spices. In pint jars create layers of onion and fish until you reach the neck of the jar. Pour cooled solution in jar until all meat and onion is covered. Place ring and lid on jar and set in fridge 24 hours before eating.

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