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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

All Year Kansas Crappie Club Tournaments - More Info
June  Kansas Wildlife Federation  OAC Camp....Tommie and Teresa Berger, Dave Zumbaugh, Rock Springs Ranch
June Cub Scouts Summer Camp  Camp Double EE, Emporia
June 24

Tour de Lyon County & Family Fun Day at the Grove - more info

June 24

OK Kids Day, Rose Hill Kansas...Master Angler, Terry Sullivan.  Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

July 7-9 WILD Kansas.....Steve Woolf   Supt. of Schools  USD 101 Erie, Kan.   State Conference-- Rock Springs Ranch  Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information
Aug 12 

OK Kids Day, ClintonLake, Sherri Henderson Withers.  Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

Sept 30, 2017

WoodFest 2017 - http://woodfestks.com/

Week of 06-23-17

Juan Ramirez, Camp Alexander Director, discusses new program to promote the Ourdoors to children with disabilities 

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  • Recap of the Wichita Independent Business Association at Botanica Gardens in Wichita

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Week of 06-16-17

  • Recap of Symphony on the Flinthills

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  • A very Happy Father's Day Observance from What's in Outdoors! Memories to Last a Lifetime. 

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A Father’s Day Tribute----Thanks, Dad.

........We had a good time at the Lake during the Memorial Day weekend with most of the family being able to make the "get together" one day or the other. The fishing wasn’t too bad either, considering intermittent rains, high, murky waters, and the wind.

Earth wind and fire--  Yes, we had fire-- when Wifeus burnt the hot dogs!

The note on the refrigerator door was dated August 20, 1995, and had to do with regulations concerning how the family cabin was to be run since my father passed away less than a month earlier. With me being the oldest and living the closest, I guess I just took it upon myself to administer a list of rules to be followed when using the cabin.

Rule Number One had to do with no work being done--don’t even worry about getting the car unloaded, beds made and supplies put away--until hooks are baited and lures cast to proven time-tested "honey holes" around docks, stumps, rock piles and brush. I just couldn’t understand how Pop spent half the day down at the lake and not even wet a line. More than once he told me he had to take the poles out of the water because the fish were so active he just couldn’t get any work done and enjoy all the other things that being outside had to offer. Other things? Was he serious? What could be more important than reeling in fish, one right after the other, once the bite is on?

Dad was born in Alabama on January 20th, 1914. The closest I can figure, he was one of 14 kids- just depended how many came in to the supper table! He had a work ethic that included picking purple hulled peas for less than a quarter an hour when that was the only job available and driving a team of mules. Coming from a large family that depended on everyone doing their fair share just to get by, can do strange things to a fellow.

Number Two on the list was to get bait secured, especially if I was going to make it down later. I just couldn’t stand the thought of a big old catfish prowling around the dock and there not being a juicy tidbit of some sort being offered, enticing the fish to bite and into the frying pan!

Chore Number Three  and only if the fish weren’t biting was to mow the lawn in front of the cabin. We do need to keep a respectable appearance. Remember to roll up the garden hose and try to keep the riding lawnmower from bouncing off the trees and the corner of the cabin. Pop got a kick out of watching the grandkids "learn to drive" and never a harsh word was said when such incidents occurred.

The back of our cabin had long been declared "Wildlife Habitat Area" ever since the day he and I ran our pointing dogs over “hill and dale” only to find more than 30 quail in the  unmowed oasis of tall grass behind the cabin upon our return. I don’t know who jumped the highest when they exploded under our feet, him or me?

Wild flowers are starting to get a hold now. Black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, spiderwort and sunflowers, all interlaced with the delicate white, frost-pattern of Queen Anne’s lace blossoms are a sight to see. The family favorite is a butterfly milkweed plant about the size of a peach basket that always returns in its orange blaze of glory.

Rule Number Four--absolutely no "wimp coffee." Five scoops of coffee to about eight  cups of water should about do it, although I think he made his a little stronger.

As time went on, I found it increasingly hard to return to our beloved "Wilderness" Retreat" because the memory of the man who introduced me to the wonders of nature, taught me about hunting and fishing and presented me with my first sporting firearm and birddog to go with it was just too painful to bear. Dad wouldn’t be there anymore and I just never realized how much I cherished his company.

Pop also taught me about World War II and the horrors of war being a necessary evil needed to preserve our freedom. A lot of good men and women made supreme sacrifices in order for us to enjoy the liberties we have today. Their sacrifice make it possible for us to relax for a weekend at the lake, be at a golf course or perhaps even participate in the Indy 500. Freedom to do whatever suits our fancy. The flag, "God Bless America" and the Pledge of Allegiance were never to be taken lightly at our house.

Dad’s presence lingered everywhere---in the boat, on the water, up in the garden, down at the dock, the Easter egg hunts, working and laughing. The memories of our outdoor experiences will be a part of me and the cabin forever.

Memories. To this day, I still catch a glimpse of a nonexistent roaster of fried chicken on the stove in the kitchen of the cabin. A pan so full the lid wouldn’t fit always awaited my arrival. Dad and I loved chicken. Whenever there was a sale, he was always first in line. Pop’s chicken, bread and butter sandwiches, fried okra, green onions and cold sliced tomatoes made a meal fit for a king, the lake being our Kingdom. I never gave it much thought on how early he had to get up and commence frying all that chicken.

Closure is something I don’t think I’m fully capable of understanding. Maybe I’m not supposed to. Last October when I shut the cabin up for the winter, a ritual he and I shared for years, I entertained the thought of selling the cabin.  Three years had passed and the bewildering feeling of his not being there, ever again, was just too much to bear. My spirits were about as low and dull as the melancholy song of the Harris sparrow that cold, gray, dreary day.

Something happened this Spring that gave me strength, a form of spiritual rejuvenation, I guess, and I decided to keep the cabin. Seeing my niece, a rambunctious seven-year-old, catch fish and answering to her inquisitive imagination concerning our outdoor world probably had as much to do with making this decision as anything. A friend who has a young fish-o-matic son and who helped me fix the cabin’s leaking roof was another reason.

Purple martins have also returned to our birdhouses, the first since Dad’s passing. And, on Memorial Day we watched a pair of bluebirds build a nest in the newly erected box on the front lawn. It now contains four eggs. Life goes on.

The peonies and irises Dad grew behind the cabin especially for "Decoration Day" were splendid this year despite all the wind and rain. I put a couple of tomato plants in the ground next to his flower garden with hopes of catching some of his magic.

Believe it or not, I think I learned what some of those "other things" in life are. A big part of my "lake time" is now spent just watching the birds, puttering around the place and finding solace in having been blessed with such a wonderful family, father and friend.

Dad, thanks for the memories and Happy Father's Day

 

  • Catch of the Week! - Cats, dogs and pancake turtles!

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Week of 06-09-17

  • Roger Wells will be a guest on the show to discuss wildflower tours, nesting birds and a number of outdoor related topics!

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  • Wildfire Awareness Workshop...Home protection

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  • Youth in the Outdoors Day... Ravenwood Lodge, Auburn, Kan.

 
  • Cub Scout Day Camp, Double EE Camp, Scouting Adventure.....

Week of 06-02-17

  • Norm Griffin, range officer at the shooting range located at Hillsdale Lake will be our guest.

Norm will also tell of his experiences hunting in Europe. 

Hillsdale range:http://www.hillsdalerange.org/

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  • TICKs are nasty critters....Protect yourself and your pets. 

PERMETHRIN does wonders!

You're playing Russian Roulette if you don't spray.

--- one tick can carry four or more diseases.

---- Lymes disease is diagnosed more than breast cancer and many diagnosed still face a lifetime of pain.

---- woman at Grand Lake was bitten by one tick, within 1 month all four limbs amputated from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

---- new form of tick disease diagnosed about every year, some fatal. 

---- last year about 540,000 cases of tick-born illnesses in dogs. This year more than 400,000 diagnosed by just the end of April.

Going out in the brush, unprotected from ticks is dumber than climbing in a car and not buckling up for a long drive or sitting in a tree stand without a full body harness.

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Week of 05-26-17

  • David Studebaker, keynote speaker and president of the Catfish Chasers will join us to discuss proposed creel limits for blue catfish to be heard at the June 22nd KDWPT Commissioners Meeting in Kansas City. 

David will also share some of his catfish tournament winning tips on how to catch these monsters, rigging and preparing your own bait.  

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  • Recap of the David Traylor Zoo Emporia Middle School "Free for All" and the Keep It a Safe Summer event. 

 

Week of 05-19-17

  • Christy Davis, Executive Director of Symphony in the FlintHills will be our guest to discuss this year's event at Deer Horn Ranch in Geary County. A few tickets are still available and some volunteer spots are open! 

June 10, 2017  Deer Horn Ranch just east of Junction City. 

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Symphony in the Flinthills - 331 Broadway, P.O. Box 370 - Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 - 620.273.8955 - 620.273.8965 (fax)

 

  • Area fishing success. 

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Rick Meyer introduced 87 years young  Don Hamlet to his first walleye Thursday morning.

Fish were caught drifting nightcrawlers under a spinner in about 8 feet of water. 

 

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Crappie, largemouth bass and wipers at Council Grove City Lake and Coffey County State Lake made for an enjoyable Outdoor Writers of Kansas conference in Council Grove, May 7-9. 

Listen to past shows

Recipes

  • 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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