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
Mar 24-26 Midwest Hunt Fest--Century II       Wichita 
Mar 25

Flint Hills Ducks Unlimited Banquet - Flyer

Apr 1

Council Grove 17th Annual Spring Turkey Hunt - Flyer

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 8
Kansas Wildlife Federation Annual Conference and CAP Awards - Flyer
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 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!

What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 07-15-16

  • Frank Haidusek, crappie fisherman extraordinaire will join the What's in Outdoors show to talk vertical jigging in timber and his love for tournament fishing. 

    Frank's team currently ranks 17 in a field for 400 plus in the for the Bass Pro Shop's Crappie Master's Al American Tournament Trail Angler Team of the Year Race. 


  • Recap of What's in Outdoors, Critter Camp Plus activity during Cabela's Family Great Outdoor Adventure Day with Weston Orender, Rue Armstrong, Sherri Henderson Withers and our 2016 What's in Outdoors Fund Scholarship awardee, Joe Petty of Shawnee Mission South High School.

Sherri Henderson Dithers, Pictures by Sherri


  • Purple coneflowers and sunflowers from the WIO Wild Space garden will soon play host to a variety of feeding songbirds!






  • Catch of the Week

While fishing for bluegill, Richard Upshaw, Salina, Kansas got quite a surprise when a 12 to 15 pound snapping turtle took his offering!
Flatheads from 10.5 to 18 pounds and several channel cats fell for the bluegill Richard caught.

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What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 07-08-16

  • Celebrating the 4th of July with family and friends!







  • Catfish on Parade





  • Friends for over 65 years, brothers Gary and Richard Upshaw joined disabled veteran Joe Bragg for some successful crappie fishing over the 4th.



  • A blue heron was a regular visitor to Phil's john boat being used as both a live well and "Minnow Bucket!"

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Week of 06-24-16

  • Recap of KDWPT Great Outdoor Day and Governor's Campout at El Dorado State Park.






Miss Kansas pictures courtesy of KDWPT.

  • Angler Education Instructor Certification Course - July 19  - See calendar above

Week of 06-17-16

  • Joe Wilson, Bentonville, Arkansas, founder of Squirrel Unlimited will discuss squirrel hunting and his favorite recipes.  

 Joe Wilson,    Founder of the World Champion Squirrel Cook off       479-866-4342  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


  • Recap of Symphony in the FlintHills and Prairie Walk experience where things went south concerning armadillos! 




This link will provide some interesting facts concerning armadillos.  http://icwdm.org/handbook/index.asp#carn

Nine-banded Armadillo

In Kansas, armadillos can be taken year round with a hunting license, or in cases of damage like digging in the yard or being in or near buildings, they can be shot, trapped, etc without any additional license under the damage statute. 



  • Saturday, What's in Outdoors, Critter Camp Plus and "Outside for a Better Inside" will be at El Dorado State Park, Walnut River Amphitheater Area in celebration of Great Outdoors Day & Governor's Campout. 


Week of 06-10-16

  • David Kehler will join WIO to discuss native wildflowers and what to expect at Symphony in the Flinthills, June 11. 

David is affiliated with K-State Research and Extension/Butler County, El Dorado Ks  and can be reached at -316-321-9660

Here are links to a couple of good sites for wildflowers....... courtesy of David. 




  • A "Wild Space" retreat with wild flowers, a occupied bluebird house and a few annuals to attract hummingbirds and butterflies is beginning to take hold at Council Grove City Lake. 

  • Cats up to 20 pounds were on the prowl and largemouth bass outside the slot limit had a fondness for Hot Pink during a recent outing at Council Grove City Lake. 

CGCL is a CFAP Lake which entitles you to free fishing but you do need to have Aquatic Nuisance Species ANS certification. 

Please observe all rules and regulations posted at the Lake. 


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Week of 06-03-16

  • Kent Schnakenberg founder of Team Schnak will be our guest. Kent will be riding in the Dirty Kanza 200 and will begin touring the country in July to heighten the awareness of the fight to defeat juvenile diabetics.

  • You boys mind if I play through?

What would you do if you met this fella on the golf course?


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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.

Tips of the Week

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News Releases, General Information, etc...


Videos - What's In Outdoors