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

All Year Kansas Crappie Club Tournaments - More Info
Jan 26 Ducks Unlimited Happy Hour at Bruff's - more info
Jan 26
Kansas Crappie Club "Meet, Greet and Eat" organizational meeting and jig tying demonstrations at Bass Pro in Olathe. 
6:00 PM. Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 
Jan 27-29  Monsterbucks...What's in Outdoors "Outside for a Better Inside" Booth.  Kansas Expocentre, Topeka   Iowa Showcase Productions - Flyer
Feb 3-5   
Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show   Mobile Aquarium,  KDWPT Fish Ks presentations and What's in Outdoors seminars - 

              Kansas Expocentre, Topeka    RJ Productions - Flyer

Feb 6-8 National fisheries conference in Olathe, KDWPT Fish Ks and Fishing's Future,
Feb 8 Buffalo Luncheon at the Capitol, Jim Zaleski
Feb 25 

Fish Ks instructor certification workshop and FF State  Chapter meeting KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - Flyer

Mar 10

Burlington Middle School WIO/OFBI-FF Critter Camp Plus - Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Mar 24-26 Midwest Hunt Fest--Century II       Wichita 
Apr 1-2 

NSTRA Northwest Missouri BDC & Cokely's,  Dehia, Kan.

Apr 7-8

Kansas Wildlife Federation State Conference, banquet and CAP  awards - Acorn's Lodge, MilfordLake  David Zumbaugh, Elby Adamson

Apr 8-9

NSTRA Salt Plains BDC  Sterling, Kan 

Apr 22 NSTRA Mo-Kan Regional Elimination-----Youth Fishing Derby, Clinton
Apr 29

Council Grove Arts Council....Richey Cove - Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

May 6  Youth Aquatic Education Day - Family/youth/outdoor mentor outdoor appreciation and aquatic education - Santa Fe Trail Park, Council Grove Reservoir. - Flyer
May 6

Kansas Crappie Club...Spring Camp and youth fishing tournament

May 7-9

Outdoor Writers of Kansas Conference, Council Grove --Brent Frazee

May 24 Keep it a Safe Summer, KISS event, Lyon County Fairgrounds 
June  Kansas Wildlife Federation  OAC Camp....Tommie and Teresa Berger, Dave Zumbaugh, Rock Springs Ranch
June Justin Corbett Memorial Outdoor event, Ravenwood.
June Cub Scouts Summer Camp  Camp Double EE, Emporia
June 3

Dirty Kanza 200  Emporia,   Lelan Dains

June 3

Justin Corbett Memorial outreach,Ravenwood,  Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

June 10 Symphony on the Flinthills, Deer Horn Ranch in Geary County.
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/


SOS Ad Astra in Topeka, KISS, Emporia. Lyon County Fair.

Bluestem F&R Event and the State Fair in Hutchinson, KCC tournaments  

Youth Aquatic Education Day, Western Kansas  To Be Determined

Events really too numerous to mention, including pointing and retrieving dog field trials,  hunter education classes and advanced outdoor education, memorial events, fishing tournaments and being asked to participate in schools, more every day!

Week of 09-16-16

  • 2nd Annual Patriot Outdoor Adventure's "Heroes Helping Heroes" activity at Council Grove City CG C Lake. 

There were flags, all the food you could eat and fishing opportunities for young and old alike. 30 veterans, their guides and 38 kids participated in three separate fun fishing tournaments!
A What's in Outdoors "Tip of the Hat" to Heroes Helping Heroes, the City of Council Grove, the Council Grove City Lake Association, cabin owners, sponsors, boat captains and all the good people who volunteered their time yesterday in an effort to get the veterans and their families "Outside for a Better Inside!"
Please thank a veteran for the freedoms we enjoy today and too often, take for granted.

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Week of 09-09-16

  • Phil's at the Fair!
    Bev and Megan Hilbish will be our What's in Outdoors radio show hosts and bring us up to date on area happenings.

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  • Combat veteran, jig tying, crappie fishing extraordinaire and members of the Kansas Crappie Club will be at Bluestem Conservation and Wildlife Appreciation Days to talk about the sport they love.


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The dates are Friday Sept. 9 and Saturday Sept 10.  4-8pm on Friday and from 9am to 4pm on Saturday.  However, there will be some booths open all day Friday

Week of 09-02-16

  • Recap of Family Fun Day, the Lyon County Tour de France, Team Schnak Junior Diabetic Research Foundation JDRF and Special Olympic Fundraiser


  • Roadside Reflections...from the intersection of HWY 56 and the Americus Road.

The countryside is really starting to show the change of seasons. Before long,  you will be amazed to see how magnificently splashed with color our rural surroundings will become almost overnight. The prairie grasses will be turning brown and trees will start changing color. The red and purple brilliance of the wild plums, sumac,  broom weed and mass fields of soybeans with their yellow/green tinged leaves will be something to behold.  Hopefully, the roadside ditches and pastures, laden with milkweed,  goldenrod (ah-choo!) and purple ironweed will play host to the thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies that will float majestically through the air and make our journey through the country that much more enjoyable.  What would it be like to be free as a bird or float like a butterfly instead of doing the daily menial task called work?

  • Tim Webb, retired fire chief, Olpe and currently fishing the FLW Bass Pro Circuit will join the What's in Outdoors show to discuss his upcoming tournament schedule., trip to Canada and fall fishing patterns

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What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 08-26-16

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly--Hidden dangers found in Critter Cages.


  • A recap of What's in Outdoors at the Lakewood Discovery Center in Salina.

Week of 08-19-16

  • Roger Wells, Wells Wildlife Consultants of Americus and volunteer Kansas Hunter Education instructor will join the show this morning to discuss the upcoming upland game bird season and what land managers can do to increase habitat for wildlife on their property.  Contact Roger at 620-340-5808

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  • Saturday, August 13th
    What's in Outdoors at Clinton State Park with Sherri Henderson Withers, Outdoor Kansas Kids Day event coordinator. A good time was had by all!

  • August 14 finds What's in Outdoors at Flint Oaks Shooting Sport Resort with volunteer hunter education instructors from Lyon, Coffey and Franklin counties conducting a Kansas Hunter Education certification class. The goal of Kansas Hunter Education is to produce safe, knowledgable, responsible and involved hunters.
    Thanks for what you do and thank you Flint Oaks for hosting this outdoor education program!

  • Thank you Richard and Lila Taylor, Fall River for your hospitality and the tour of Fall River Reservoir! That is quite a camper your friends have.
    Becky and Mike Lolley, Tri Corners Restaurant--Lila told me about your chicken fried steak and I think my lips fell in love!

Week of 08-12-16

  • Tom Bigford, Director of Policy, American Fisheries Society will join us on the show to discuss the Society's 2016 annual get together at The Kansas Convention Center in Kansas City, August 21-25.

For more information about the convention and The American Fisheries Society, please visit http://fisheries.org/

  • Joe Bragg, Kansas Crappie Club and Patriot Jig Works reports the crappie are biting despite the hot weather.
    These fish were caught Wednesday at Lake Perry

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More about Joe, youth fishing opportunities and the Kansas Crappie Club's benefit crappie tournaments can be found on Facebook. Search Kansas Crappie Club

  • A What's in Outdoors Tip of the Hat to George Weber Jr. and Keith Burton-Weber's Wonders and Big Wings, Great Bend, Kansas for their generous donation of sand hill crane and Canada goose decoys to use as teaching aids in Critter Camp Plus and Lyon County Hunter Education classes.

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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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