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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

Nov 29 Ethan Carroll Memorial Coyote Calling Contest - Flyer - Entry Form
Nov 29 Eat, Shop & Play - Flyer
Dec 1

What’s in Outdoors Charitable Fund will be part of the Emporia Community Foundation’s Match Day event at the Flint Hills Mall on 8AM till 7PM

CLICK HERE to view a PHOTO GALLERY of entries for the CPR Contest

 

 

Week of 08-22-14

  • Final random drawing winners will be announced on What’s in Outdoors. Major winners based on content of their story will be announced August 29th.

  • RALLYING AROUND CAMP ALEXANDER FOR KIDS’ SAKE

  • Beau Arndt’s Outdoor Appreciation Day and Kansas Hunter Education return to Camp Alexander this fall!

  • KDWPT is interested in stocking Camp Alexander ponds once again for youth fishing derbies and clinics.

  • Camp Alexander - Story from the past…..

September 24, 1997     Call of the Wild   Emporia Gazette   Phil Taunton

The countryside is really starting to show the magic of Autumn. I took a little drive out to some property I wanted to invest in a couple of Sundays ago just to check on things and was amazed to see how magnificently splashed with color our rural surroundings have become almost overnight. Even though the trees haven’t completely finished their change of color yet, the red and purple brilliance of the wild plums and sumacs and mass fields of soybeans with their yellow/green tinged leaves was something to behold. The roadside ditches and pastures, laden with goldenrod (ah-choo!) and purple ironweed were hosts to the thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies that floated majestically through the air and made our journey that much more enjoyable. What would it be like to be free as a bird or float like a butterfly instead of pushing freight or sitting at a desk?

My destination that particular Sunday was to “a little piece of heaven” just outside of Eskridge. The point of interest was the S&KP Ranch. This property, the whole 1500 acre spread with 14 ponds, a guest lodge to accommodate 12, dog kennels, caretaker house, massive wildlife habitat plantings and game animals galore, went on the auction block September 20. Since Lady Luck never smiled at me and let the Lottery and Reader Digest Sweepstakes slip away all in one week, I had to let this diamond in the rough go for a measly $850,000.00. Such are the things dreams are made of!

It never really dawned on me there’s a little bit of heaven in the making just a couple of miles northeast of Emporia. It’s called Camp Alexander. Go east on old highway 50 until you see the sign and then follow your nose north or, for you city slickers, turn left. After sitting in on a couple of meetings, I am convinced the Board of Directors is dedicated in their effort to improve the Camp and promote it as a carefully managed year-round modern facility open to everyone regardless of race, creed, or ability; where family fun and educational activities in rustic natural surroundings can be enjoyed by all. This tract of land was originally set aside in 1923 in a charitable trust from the last will and testament of E. J. Alexander for the benefit of orphans and other indigent or needy children.

No memberships are required to use the Camp’s newly redeveloped nature trails and fishing pond stocked with channel cat. Please, just treat it as you would like guests to treat your property. Both the trails and pond are accessible to the physically challenged. New benches have been installed along the trails and fishing area to afford a resting place for those who want to stop, meditate, and become one with nature. Such reflection can get the user totally away from the pressures of life. A pamphlet is being printed now and will be available at the Camp to assist the user in identifying all the flora and fauna along these trails. Two experienced nature guides, both retired volunteers to help serve the Camp, are available upon request to aid and assist groups of individuals that want to learn.

At the present time, reservations must be made through the Emporia Recreation Commission,

313 W. 4th Ave. (342-5582) during normal business hours Monday through Friday to secure keys for access to the full kitchen and restroom facilities. There is an outdoor shelter house for those who choose to walk in and picnic. Individuals with reservations or groups conducting specially approved camp functions have priority in these areas. Users without reservations must vacate the grounds by nightfall.

The Board has designated Kay Calvert as the special program coordinator for Camp Alexander. Beginning December 1, a special phone number and answering machine will be available for Camp information. Hopefully, future groups will enjoy activities such as sand volleyball and horseshoes. With the addition of a new ropes course to the existing playground equipment, this facility will be great for family reunions, scouting activities, youth retreats and other camping experiences. Classrooms should take advantage of the low adventure ropes course activity to help individuals gain confidence, along with ethical decision-making skills, and other leadership abilities.

Both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges with certified instructors and hunter education safety classes will become a reserved feature at the Camp and provide yet another avenue to serve the community.

The Board does not wish for Camp Alexander to be thought of as just an Emporia Recreation Center summer camp. This isn’t what their mission is all about. The Camp wishes to provide environmental/wildlife educational experiences for youth and adults of our region. Earth Day awareness programs have been held at the Camp for the last two years, allowing all area 5th graders an opportunity to get outside and learn about their environment. Hopefully, educational representatives from preschool, elementary and secondary schools and the university, as well as other specialized individuals, will become part of the Camp’s Advisory Council and help fulfill its role in becoming an environmental educational center. Groups will also be able to utilize the classroom, dining area/kitchenette and dorm rooms for weekend environmental educational experiences.

Please help the committee make Camp Alexander an asset to the community by sharing your ideas and constructive criticisms. Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Weekend and become involved with the Camp. Take your children to the Camp (it isn’t that far) and try out the new pond. Stroll down the nature trail with a loved one and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer just by being outside this beautiful time of year.

Help the committee during this planning for the future stage by sending any ideas, suggestions or criticisms along with any of your favorite Camp Alexander adventures stories and pictures from the past to Camp Alexander in care of the Gazette, 517 Merchant Street, Emporia Kansas. 66801. Some special projects have already been completed at the Camp and many others are still on the drawing board. If these dedicated people involved with Camp Alexander have their visions fulfilled, the people of Emporia and the surrounding area won’t need to depend on Lady Luck to provide them with a quality outdoor retreat.

Week of 08-15-14

  • Shane Wilson, CEO and founder of Fishing’s Future and Judi Lewis of rural Emporia representing Sisters on the Fly, www.sistersonthefly.com, will join us on Friday’s show to discuss fly fishing and their passion for introducing young anglers to the sport they love. - Info on Shane

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  • Kent Schnakenburg's double catch

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1st Annual Catch, Photo & Release Contest

1st Annual Catch, Photo & Release Contest

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Fishing’s Future, KDWPT FishKs, Cabela’s and KVOE Outdoors want to hear your fishing adventures. Youth 15 years of age or younger are asked to send a photo and share stories concerning catching Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill and any species of Catfish!  For complete rules, Click here

 

  • The contest runs from June 20 to August 22 with four major prize packages including $50 Cabela's gift certificates being given away on August 29th.

  • Four weekly winners, one for each category, will be randomly drawn and will receive rod and reel combos compliments of Cabela’s, a fishing hat and assorted lures.

  • All winners will be announced on the KVOE What's in Outdoors show each Friday.  Multiple entries from each contestant are acceptable.

  • To enter, please send photo and story (200 words or less) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you don’t do Peytons big fishemail, you can mail your entry to: KVOE Outdoors CPR contest, PO Box 924, Emporia, KS 66801

  • All entries must contain a photo, a story, the youth's date of birth, phone number and home mailing address.

Families have fun fishing together and anyone is allowed to help young anglers write their story to reflect on their experience. Please STRECH the truth if necessary! 

Our first awards will be June 20th so get your entries in now. 

 

All photos and winning stories will be posted below, on the Fishing’s Future web page, http://www.fishingsfuture.org/, and their Facebook page, facebook.com/fishingsfuture.

 

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CLICK HERE to view a PHOTO GALLERY of entries for the CPR Contest 

 

We will list all of the weekly winners here.

August 15 Winners -

Catfish – Jacob Suiter, 13 - Macksville, KS - caught at Wilson Lake

Largemouth bass – Bailey Adams, 13 - Topeka, KS - caught at private pond

Crappie  – Audrey Coates, 8 - Ozawkie, KS - caught at Lake Perry

Sunfish – Ryanne McNellis, 6 - Burlingame, KS - caught at private pond

 

August 8 Winners -

Catfish – Colton Wolf - Olpe, KS - caught at John Redmond reservoir

Largemouth bass – Macy Wecker - Olpe, KS - caught at Grandpa's pond

Crappie  – Trey Benjamin - Emporia, KS

Sunfish – Colton Senft - Reading, KS - caught at Lyon County State Lake

 

August 1 Winners -

Catfish – Phillip Smith - Lebo, KS - caught at Kids pond in Lebo

Largemouth bass – Seth Way - Emporia, KS - caught at local reservoir

Crappie  – Daniel Mullin - Goddard, KS - caught at private lake near Wichita

Sunfish – Toller Phipps - Wichita, KS - caught at private pond

 

July 25 Winners -

Catfish – Hunter and Madison Reno – Topeka, KS

Largemouth bass – Wyatt Hephner - Russell, KS

Crappie  – Dagen Goodner - Humboldt, KS

Sunfish – Hudson Lange - Alta Vista, KS - caught via a low water bridge

 

July 18 Winners -

Catfish – Kenadee Henry – Topeka, KS – caught at Pottawatomie State Lake #2

Largemouth bass – Jackson Opheim – Lenexa, KS – caught at Shawnee Mission Park

Other species – Jon Burks - Salina, KS – caught at Herrington Reservoir

Sunfish – Abel Clark – Liberal, KS – caught at Meade Lake

 

July 11 Winners -

Largemouth Bass - CJ Wyant - Cheney, KS - caught at Kingman State Lake

Crappie - Andrew Fischer - Topeka, KS - caught at private pond

Sunfish - Bo Watkins - Kingman, KS - caught in medium-sized pond

Catfish - Jazmin Sotelo - Emporia, KS - caught at Olpe Lake

 

July 4 Winners -

Largemouth Bass - Timmy Gilio - Blue Mound, KS

Crappie - Skyleigh Pflaster - Solomon, KS - caught at Milford Lake

Sunfish - Ira Lynn Kimberlin - Madison, KS - caught at family pond

Catfish - Alyssa Canfield - Hutchinson, KS - caught at great grandpa's pond

 

June 27 Winners -

Catfish – Troy Smart - Emporia, KS - caught at Melvern kids pond

Largemouth Bass - Susanna Knight - Waverly, KS - caught at KDWPT fish access pond

Crappie – Callie Seber - Leavenworth, KS - caught at farm pond

Sunfish – Max Bauer - Louisburg, KS - caught at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

 

June 20 Winners -

Catfish – Torin Pflaster – Solomon, KS – caught at Smoky Hill River

Largemouth Bass - Chase Terrell – Linwood, KS – caught at Grandma's Pond

Crappie – Hunter Lee – Wichita, KS – caught at Lake Afton

Sunfish – Jaxon Rosales – Wichita, KS – caught at Great Plains Nature Center

 

 

 

Official Rules

1st Annual Catch, Photo & Release Contest

  • Photo must include the youth (15 years or younger)

  • Photo must include the fish and it must be caught in Kansas

  • The four fish categories are Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, or any species of Catfish.

  • All entries must include photo, story, youth's name, youth's date of birth, phone number, and mailing address.       The entry can live out of state.

  • Entries must be submitted by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailing them to KVOE Outdoors CPR contest, PO Box 924, Emporia, KS 66801

  • Selection of winners will start on June 20th and conclude onAugust 22nd, 2014.

  • The four weekly winners, one for each fish category, will be randomly drawn on the What's in Outdoors radio show and will receive rod and reel combos, compliments of Cabela's, a fishing hat and assorted lures.

  • Four major prize packages will be given away on August 29th. Those packages include a $50.00 Cabela's Gift Card. The overall best story selected by a panel of judges will also be awarded a complimentary education float trip down the Kansas River courtesy of Friends of the Kaw. www.kansasriver.org

  • All winners will be announced on the KVOE What's in Outdoors show each Friday and posted on www.kvoe.com

  • Multiple entries from each contestant in each category are acceptable. Only one prize package will be awarded to each family in the random drawing, but all entries and stories will be eligible for major prize consideration.

  • All decisions by the contest judge's are final

Week of 08/08/14

  • Week 8 of the CPR contest - running out of time to get your entries in

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Fishing with family and friends create memories that last a lifetime.
Andrew Fisher, Topeka, a soon to be sophomore at Shawnee Heights High School will join us on the show to discuss his love of fishing and the Great Outdoors.  

Andrew Fischer displays the crappie that won him a new rod and reel combo, courtesy of Cabela's in our KVOE, Fishing's Future and KDWPT FishKs First Annual Catch, Photo and Release contest.

 

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Kevin Fischer 10, caught this bluegill on a bass tube that appears to be just short of a state record. Kevin was a little upset with his older brother Andrew when he wanted to keep the fish, but was asked to release it!

 

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Andrew and Kevin Fischer with friend and neighbor Mitchell Lady of Topeka display a nice catch of largemouth bass caught at a private pond in Topeka. Both of Mitchell’s fish were caught on a top water floating frog lure. One was 17 1/2 inches the other was 18 1/2 inches.

 

  • HUMMINGBIRDS - this gorgeous picture and video were emailed to us by a loyal listener

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Video and picture provided by the Bechtel's

 

Week of 08/01/14

  • August 1   Wk 7 of CPR contest

  • Listener input.  Who has hummingbirds coming to their feeders on a regular basis and what are you doing to bring them in?

  • KDWPT just completed what some called the magical bus mystery tour with stops in Garden City and Colby concerning the pheasant population and wanting to seek the public’s input on what can be done to increase it. Your thoughts are appreciated.

  • Lesser Prairie Chickens….Gov. Brownback is also looking into a program to raise lesser prairie chickens and release them into the wild.  We would like to know your thoughts on this initiative. .

  • The wildest thing that happened to me this week was cooking lasagna. Weighted in at 14 pounds including the slow cooker dish and this was after I ate a big helping. You do not need to use the whole box of noodles!

  • Week 7 announcement of our Catch, Photo and Release contest.  Entries will be accepted until August 20th

  • Your August Hunting & Fishing Update from KSoutdoors.com

Week of 07-25-14

  • Bryan Sowards,  Fisheries Programs Specialist for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism Pratt, Kansas will join us on the show to discuss how to prevent excess moss, weeds and algae in ponds and also fish kills.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

For more information check out these articles by Jessica Mounts, fisheries biologist for KDWPT

  • Week 6, Catch, Photo and Release contest winners.  Goodness, I sure am having a lot of fun with the contest and ol the memories!

  • Do you recognize this bird?

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  • Public Meetings to Discuss Pheasants

Public invited to attend pheasant information meetings

If you have an interest in pheasants and pheasant hunting, plan to attend one of two public meetings to be conducted in conjunction with Pheasant Tour 2014. The first public meeting will be on Monday, July 28, at the Comfort Inn Convention Center, 2225 S. Range in Colby. The second public meeting will be on Tuesday, July 29, at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City Community College campus, Garden City. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

Pheasant Tour 2014 is a cooperative effort between the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and Pheasants Forever, designed to inform the public, decision-makers, and conservation partners about the status of this popular game bird and to examine what can be done to improve pheasant populations. Pheasant numbers have declined significantly across the Great Plains due to the impact long-term, severe drought has had on habitat and reproductive success of all upland birds. 

The tour will have two components: First an invitation-only bus tour that will visit sites providing examples of conservation efforts and habitat projects that benefit pheasants, as well as updates on current research projects. Sites will include a variety of state, federal and private conservation programs. The second component will be the two public meetings.

The meetings will begin with presentations from KDWPT biologists on the status of pheasants in Kansas, along with information about current efforts and programs that benefit pheasants. Time will be allotted at the end of each meeting for questions and suggestions.

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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