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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

Now - Mar 3

The Flint Hills Gobblers Youth Essay contest is taking entries once again. Deadline for essays is March 3. In 500 words or less, please share your most memorable outdoor experience with the Gobblers. Youth 16 and under will stand a chance to win a guided turkey hunt and a brand new shotgun! - Entry Form and Info

Mar 7-8 National Shoot to Retrieve NSTRA Field Trial for pointing dogs, Prescott, Kansas. Contact Phil - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Mar 21

Kansas Hunter Education class, Emporia - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mar 25

Legislative Luncheon, Rotunda at the Capitol in Topeka What's in Outdoors, Fishing's Future

Mar 28

14th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic & Hunters Education Class - Flyer/Info

Mar 28

Late night Critter Camp Plus at Lee Arena,  Washburn University, Topeka, Scouts.  What's in Outdoors, Fishing's Future

Apr 4 Hunter education class, Falley Scout Reservation,            Scouts, John Young
Apr 11 KWF BOD meeting...Location to be announced. 
Apr 11-12 NSTRA Regional Elimination Field Trial, Mark Gillespie  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Apr 18 Topeka Zoo Earth Day Activity - Fishing's Future
Apr 25 Wounded Warriors United Turkey Hunt - Fred Masters - What's in Outdoors Radio
Apr 25 Ad Astra Archery Topeka - http://www.sos.ks.gov/archery/main.html
Apr 26 Quail Forever QF Youth Fishing Derby at Olpe
Apr 30 CCP Emporia High School Stream Day
May 3-5 Outdoor Writers of Kansas Conference, Emporia ---youth outdoor day on  May 3rd at Eisenhower Park, Melvern Lake. 
May 15-17 KDWPT Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program BOW at Rock Springs...Intro to Upland Game Birds and World of Sporting Dogs. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
May 21 Keep it a Safe Summer - Emporia
May 26-30 National Team Walleye Tournament, Milford Lake, What's in Outdoors radio, youth clinic  
May 31 High school fishing tournament Milford Lake 
June 6 Critter Camp Plus CCP  Ravenwood Sporting Clays, Auburn, Kan 
June 6 Flint Hills Chapter NWTF Banquet 
June 6 Conrad Carson Charitable Foundation Golf     Tournament, Osage City 
June 7 Critter Camp Plus.....Girl Scouts at Camp EE WIO-FF 
June 8-12 Prairie Land Partner's Gator Rally 
June 13 Symphony on the Flint Hills..Tall Grass Prairie 
July 14-17 I CAST Orlando, Florida---- Fishing's Future What's in Outdoors Radio 
July 23 Youth activity for special kids/families including swimming, archery and fishing. Emporia Country Club. Fishing's Future, BBBS, TSA Outdoors  What's in Outdoors 
Aug 15 TARC benefit, WIBW-TV Chris Fisher, Ravenwood 
Aug 29-30

Brewers and Broadcasters Golf Tournament


Bluestem Farm and Ranch Conservation Days first Friday and Saturday in September

Sept 26

Joyful Noise, Camp Wood

Sept 25-27

Kansas Hunt/Fish Expo--Beau Arndt Appreciation Day. Peter Pan Park

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?


  • 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.

Week of 07-18-14

  • Do you recognize this bird?


  • Week 5 Youth Catch, Photo and Release Contest random drawing winners.

  • Flint Hills Gobblers wins prestigious Golden Gobbler award and will host another sporting clays shoot this Saturday at Madison.  Flyer

  • Algae and moss in unban ponds. Jessica Mounts, KDWPT fisheries biologist. Story

Week of 07-11-14

  • What’s in Outdoors will monster catfish, Kansas fish records and can northern pike be found in Kansas.

  • Winners of this week’s Catch Photo and Release (or eat) contest will be announced.

  • Olpe Down Home Days this weekend.

  • Recap of Fourth of July celebrations and the week’s experience in the yard and at Council Grove City Lake

Week of 06-27-14

  • Week Two, Catch, Photo and Release random drawing for prizes.

  • Critter Camp Plus and turtle races took center stage on the Dover base ball field last Saturday during Dover Heritage Days.  Special thanks to Kelly Hoelting’s Mission Valley FFA students and to Kohl Prose of Emporia for assisting with this activity.

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Week of 06-20-14

  • Critter Camp Plus at the Emporia Christian School last Tuesday.

Pictures courtesy of Mrs. Sherilyn Stewart, Emporia Christian School.





My son wanted to go fishing for his ninth birthday. We took him to Melvern Lake where we met up with some relatives. As we were packing up to go, my husband noticed one of the Canada geese goslings acting weird. On closer look, he saw fishing line wrapped around the gosling. Soon three adults and a 9 year old were trying to capture a half-grown goose to remove the fishing line. My husband Ty managed to step on the trailing line and we got a large wad of line. But the poor gosling still had line coming out of its beak. We continued to try to catch to gosling. About this time a park ranger drove up. He sure gave us a hard look until Ty told him what the problem was. The park ranger joined the chase and after a flying leap grabbed the fishing line. The gosling fell down but the ranger got the last of the line. It has a clump of greenery on the end so we think the poor bird has swallowed it. I estimate over a two yards of fishing line was tangled up on the gosling. We used this event to reinforce to our son why we always pick up trash especially fishing line. His Cub Scout pack always picks up around Reading Lake when we go there. We got an overflowing bag last visit. We are really glad we were able save this poor bird but frustrated that careless people caused the situation in the first place.


Grace Short

  • 20 area Kansas volunteer hunter education, bow hunting and furharvesting instructors (including AJ!) were treated to an instructor’s orientation/certification workshop and awards ceremony at the Flint Hills Technical College June 19th, as part of the FHTC Community Connections summer series.






Lyon County hunter education instructors Warren Traner and Larry Adams were recognized for their 40 years of volunteerism. Not pictured is 40 year instructor, William Yeager, Cottonwood Falls. Roger Wells was given a special award for being with the program 25 years and Emporia Johnny Drake was recognized for his service to the program as both a hunter education instructor and bow hunting instructor. .

Making the presentations and giving the workshop were Kent Barrett, head coordinator of the Kansas Hunter Education Program, Pratt, Kansas, shown presenting Warren with his 40 year commemorative Daisy BB gun and Aaron Austin, the assistant state coordinator.  Special thanks to the Flint Hills Technical College for letting us use their facility to do the workshop……Phil








  • Phil will recap the worm race at the Emporia Public Library



Fishing's Future provided the worm race winners with a free CPR t-shirt.

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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