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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 28

Ethan Carroll Memorial Coyote Calling Contest in Council Grove - Flyer



Jan 23-24

Monster Buck 300 Archery Tournament - Kansas ExpoCentre, Topeka - Flyer

Feb 20

KDWPT Fish Ks Angler instructor workshop and state Fishing's Future Chapter 2nd annual meeting Flint Hills Technical College - Flyer

Mar 19 

Flint Hills Chapter of QUWF Banquet, Council Grove

The 2015 "Trailer Load of Prizes" What's in Outdoors Red, White and Blue "Outside for a Better Inside" Fundraiser will benefit the What's in Outdoors Fund  through the Emporia Community Foundation.




Week of 09-18-15

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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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Week of 08-14-15

  • On the Road with What's in Outdoors

Cody Munsch, Flint Oak Sporting Clays and Hunting Resort and Roger Wells will join Phil on the show to discuss opportunities in the Great Outdoors for young people and families alike. 



Roger Wells, mentor and hunter education class coordinating instructor and  Cody Munsch, graduate of Kansas State University and Kansas Hunter Education  pending instructor watch as students handle firearms and safely cross a fence during last Saturday's hunter education certification class at Flint Oak Hunting Preserve, Fall River, Kansas. Cody took part in a  Wildlife Outdoor Enterprise Management class while attending at Kansas State University.  

More concerning WOEM can be found here.  Wildlife Outdoor Enterprise Management.   http://www.hfrr.ksu.edu/woem 


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  • Backyard Art and a front porch visit with hummingbird expert, Richard Taylor, Fall River, Kansas. 

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  • Local TV Personality to Raise Money for TARC

TOPEKA, Kan. (August 12) – WIBW 13’s Chris Fisher is aiming to raise funds for TARC’s Children Services this weekend. Fisher will host his 6th Annual Sporting Clays for Kids Classic, Saturday August 15 at Ravenwood Lodge in Topeka.

Fisher is raising money through sponsorships, donations and pledge per targets that he is able to hit the day of the event. Last year Fisher hit 44 of his 50 targets. Clay Sporting is a form of clay pigeon shooting, but simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting.   To make a pledge you can visit www.wibw.com/shoot.

The event is open to the public. Walk-ups are subject to availability and registration is $30.00 per round/per person. Biscuits and Gravy will be provided by Henry’s Grill and Donuts from Bakers Dozen will be provided to all the clay shooters, lunch will be provided by Chef Alli. Pre-registration is highly recommended, to register please visit www.wibw.com/shoot.

Schedule of Events August 15, 2015


Sporting Clays for Kids Classic to Benefit TARC’s Children Services
Ravenwood Lodge, 10147 SW 61st Street, Topeka | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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TARC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides service, support, advocacy and community involvement to over 2,500 infants, children, adults and seniors with developmental and related disabilities throughout the Topeka and Shawnee County community.

Week of 08-07-15

  • What's in Outdoors radio show host Phil Taunton was elected to the Kansas Hunter Education Instructor Association's Hall of Fame on June 20, 2015. Butch Harris, KHEIA is shown presenting Phil the Bronze Bison of Achievement recently in Topeka.

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Additional web sources on Phil’s accomplishments




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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