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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 07-31-15

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  • David Zumbaugh, Shawnee, Kansas, avid waterfowler, freelance writer and Administrative Vice President of the Kansas Wildlife Federation will join us to discuss efforts to get Rachel Carson's portrait on the new 10 dollar bill and also the upcoming Kansas waterfowl season. . 

Rachel Carson's words and actions ultimately transformed modern democracy by influencing the federal government to pass of the Clean Air Act (1963), Clean Water Act (1972), Endangered Species Act (1973), Wilderness Act (1964) and directly championed the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (1970) and Earth Day (1970). U.S. Congress enacted legislation banning DDT from agricultural use in 1970. 





  • The upcoming waterfowl season looks promising. 

PRATT – According the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 2015 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations survey, overall duck numbers remain strong as we enter the 2015-2016 hunting seasons. The USFWS stated that total populations were estimated at 49.5 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is 43 percent above the 1955-2014 long-term average and the highest count on record. Last year's estimate was 49.2 million birds.

According to the report, current species estimates are as follows:

  • Blue-winged teal: 8.5 million, 73 percent above the long-term average.

  • Green-winged teal: 4.1 million, 98 percent above the long-term average.

  • Northern shoveler: 4.4 million, 75 percent above the long-term average.

  • Northern pintail: 3.0 million, 24 percent below the long-term average.

  • Mallard: 11.6 million, 51 percent above the long-term average.

  • Gadwall: 3.8 million, 100 percent above the long-term average.

  • American wigeon: 3.0 million, 17 percent above the long-term average.

  • Redhead: 1.2 million, 71 percent above the long-term average.

  • Canvasback: 0.76 million, 30 percent above the long-term average.

  • Scaup: 4.4 million, 13 percent below the long-term average.

Waterfowl hunting seasons in Kansas will begin with the teal season in the Low Plains Zones Sept. 12-27, followed by the High Plains Zone Sept. 19-27, 2015. Regular duck and goose seasons will be approved by the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission at the public hearing portion of its August 20 meeting, which will be held at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend. The public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m.Waterfowl hunters are required to possess a Kansas HIP permit, state waterfowl permit, federal waterfowl stamp, and Kansas hunting license, unless exempt.

For more information on Kansas waterfowl seasons, visit ksoutdoors.com.

To view a complete version of the data, and get a species-by-species breakdown, visit www.fws.gov/birds/news/150702trend.php, or www.ducks.org/DuckNumbers.




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  • Lil Mern takes a break from the Dog Days of Summer and cat fishing to help Phil with an erratic golf game. Psycho Sue entertains herself by hunting snakes!


Week of 07-24-15

  • Recap of the ICAST show in Orlando, Florida. 







  • Fishing's Future instructor training at Herington and a visit to "The Spot" voted one of the 10 top places to eat in Kansas. 

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  • Dog Days of Summer and punch, dip, sponge bait....Chumming for catfish!




  • One in a million shot....



  • Does this look like buzzard bait to you?t....Cole, Bailey, KC Star story and the birds!   


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What's In Outdoors w/ Phil Taunton - 07/17/15

  • Phil renews an old acquaintance with outdoor legend Babe Winkelman at ICAST in Orlando, Florida.


Week of 07-10-15

  • Ken Kreif of Lake Kahola will join us to discuss Aquatic Nuisance Species and preventing the spread of Zebra Mussels. 

We need to do all we can to take necessary actions to protect Kansas Waters and our environment.  

“Silent Invaders.  Zebra & Quagga Mussels”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtqb41CjQfc" 


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Ken Kreif of Lake Kahola and Derby, Kansas will join What's in Outdoors to discuss zebra mussels and protecting our environment. .Ken is very involved with aquatic education and specialized in zebra mussel prevention. He leads a team of inspectors at Lake Kahola and does information seminars across the country.

Ken can be reached at

Home 316-788-1404 (weekdays)

Cabin 620-279-4202 (weekends)

Cell    316-617-5505

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  • Kahola Anglers Club donation to Fishing's Future....Special thanks to Kathryn and Richard Birk, Mary and Ken Kreif and members of the Kahola Anglers Club for their generous 500 dollar donation and 150 dollars worth of fishing equipment and lures to assist in the Emporia Chapter of Fishing's Future efforts to get youth and families "Outside for a Better Inside!"

A matching Fishing's Future grant will make this donation worth 1300 dollars!

For more about Fishing's Future and the programs their volunteers do, please check their website Fishing's Future http://www.fishingsfuture.org/ and give us a like on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fishingsfuture  

Photo courtesy of Ken Krief.


  • Phil, Dakota Orender and Rue Armstrong joins WIBW-TV anchor man Chris Fisher to promote  the Fishing's Future  National Catch, Photo and Release contest and to create an interest in fishing workshops, clinics and derbies.  Please download the videos as the links will expire soon.




Week of 07-03-15

  • Joe Meehan, president of American Tackle Company will be on the show to discuss the making of a good fishing rod, their new fishing line product and the Micro Wave quality guide system. 


  • Today's show will be all about catfish, fresh tomatoes and Fourth of July celebrations! 

  • Enter and Win. Catch, Photo and Release National Contest. 


    Phil will announce an area fishing contest. 

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  • One summer, my father Herman Taunton helped Norm Stevens clean a big yellow cat or flathead. They were surprised to find the cat had fell for a 22 inch channel cat the was first caught on Norm's pole

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Week of 06-26-15

  •  Floyd Dorsey, Dorsey Animal Clinic will join us on the show to discuss what to look out for concerning our pets during the Fourth of July celebration and other Close Encounters of the Canine Kind----Lil Mern bit the bug man! 


  • Phil preps for ICAST in Orlando, Florida.  Advanage Bait Company Pro Staffer Derek Yamamoto will join us on the show from California. 

    We will discuss:

    Custom spinnerbaits featuring their  patent pending Extreme Flash Technology (EFT) blades, custom swim jigs, and NEWheavy mat jigs.

    Advantage Spinnerbait - Spinnerbait Video  

    Advantage Swim Jig - Swim Jig Video  




    Please check them out at www.advantagebait.com  


  • Recap of KDWPT/Fishing's Future Instructor workshop at Flint Hills Technical college. 

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  • Bluebird  enthusiast and good landlords always remove nest of sparrows that try to occupy their bluebird box. !

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Note the differences in the sparrow nest above and and bluebird nest pictured below.  In less than a week, bluebirds had rebuilt in the box and now have four eggs


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Prime habitat for bluebirds are open grasslands. They can be also found in parks, golf courses and cemeteries.   


  • Picture album of the  2015 Conrad Carlson Charitable Foundation/Osage City Lions Club Fishing Derby courtesy of Julie Carlson. 

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  • Swallows spend much of their time in the wild blue yonder. Learn the birding basics of where to spot these colorful songbirds when they come down to earth. - https://shar.es/1qfYCo

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Photo: Francis and Janice Bergquist

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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