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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

 Jan 23-25
Monster Bucks at the Topeka Expocentre - http://www.monsterbuckclassic.com/
Jan 31

The Lyon County Quail Forever Chapter will hold its 1st Annual Banquet at the American Legion in Emporia, Kansas on Saturday, January 31, 2015. - Flyer

See attachment concerning sponsorship levels and memberships. For more information, please call Nik Roth at 620-794-3998

Feb 6-8

Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show

Feb 20-21

Kansas Wildlife Federation - 64th Annual Meeting - Info

Mar 28

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

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.


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  • 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.

Week of 06-13-14

  • Dan Maiers and Cortney E. Bartley local scout leaders will join us on the show to discuss activities at the Camp Double E.


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  • A Tribute to Dad, Happy Father’s Day.

A Fatherdad’s Day Tribute----Thanks, Dad.

........We had a good time at the Lake during the Memorial Day weekend with most of the family being able to make the "get together" for one day or the other. The fishing wasn’t too bad either, considering intermittent rains, high, murky waters, and the wind. Earth wind and fire-- Yes, we had fire-- when Wifeus burnt the hot dogs!

The note on the refrigerator door was dated August 20, 1995, and had to do with regulations concerning how the family cabin was to be run since my father passed away less than a month earlier. With me being the oldest and living the closest, I guess I just took it upon myself to administer a list of rules to be followed when using the cabin.

Number one had to do with no work being done--don’t even worry about getting the car unloaded and supplies put away--until hooks are baited and lures cast to proven time-tested "honey holes" around docks, stumps, rock piles and brush. I just couldn’t understand how Pop spent half the day down at the lake and not even wet a line. More than once he told me he had to take the poles out of the water because the fish were so active he just couldn’t get any work done and enjoy all the other things that being outside had to offer. Other things, was he serious? What could be more important than reeling in fish, one right after the other once the bite is on?

A work ethic that included picking purple hulled peas for less than a quarter an hour when that was the only job available and coming from a large family that depended on everyone doing their fair share just to get by can do strange things to a fellow.

Number two on the list was to get bait secured, especially if I was going to make it down later. I just couldn’t stand the thought of a big old catfish prowling around the dock and there not being a juicy tidbit of some sort offered, enticing the fish to bite and into the frying pan!

Chore number three, and only if the fish weren’t biting, was to mow the lawn in front of the cabin. We do need to keep a respectable appearance. Remember to roll up the garden hoses and try to keep the riding lawnmower from bouncing off the trees and the corner of the cabin. Pop got a kick out of watching the grandkids "learn to drive" and never a harsh word was said when such incidents occurred.

The back of our cabin had long been declared "wildlife habitat area" off limits to mow

ing ever since the day he and I ran our pointing dogs over “hill and dale” only to find more than 30 quail in an oasis of tall grass behind the cabin upon our return. I don’t know who jumped the highest when they exploded under our feet, him or me?

Wild flowers are starting to get a hold now. Black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, spider wort and the sunflowers all interlaced with the delicate white, frost-pattern of Queen Anne’s lace blossoms are a sight to see. The family favorite is a butterfly milkweed plant about the size of a peach basket that always returns in its orange blaze of glory.

Rule number four--absolutely no "wimp coffee." Five scoops of coffee to about ten cups of water should about do it, although I think he made his a little stronger.

As time went on, I found it increasingly hard to return to our beloved "wilderness" retreat because the memory of the man who introduced me to the wonders of nature, taught me about hunting and fishing and presented me with my first sporting firearm and bird dog to go with it was just too painful to bear. Dad wouldn’t be there anymore and I just never realized how much I cherished his company.

Pop also taught me about World War II and the horrors of war being a necessary evil needed to preserve our freedom. A lot of good men and women made supreme sacrifices in order for us to enjoy the liberties we have today. Their sacrifices make it possible for us to relax for a weekend at the lake, be at a golf course or perhaps even participate in the Indy 500. Freedom to do whatever suits our fancy. The flag, "God Bless America" and the Pledge of Allegiance were never to be taken lightly at our house.

Dad’s presence lingered everywhere---in the boat, on the water, up in the garden, down at the dock, the Easter egg hunts, working and laughing. The memories of our outdoor experiences will be a part of me and the cabin forever.

Memories. To this day, I still catch a glimpse of a nonexistent roaster of fried chicken on the stove in the kitchen of the cabin. A pan so full the lid wouldn’t fit always awaited my arrival. Dad and I loved chicken. Whenever there was a sale, he was always first in line. Pop’s chicken, bread and butter sandwiches, fried okra, green onions and cold sliced tomatoes made a meal fit for a king; the lake and cabin being our Kingdom. I never gave it much thought on how early he had to get up and commence frying all that chicken.

Closure is something I don’t think I’m fully capable of understanding. Maybe I’m not supposed to. Last October when I shut the cabin up for the winter, a ritual he and I shared for years, I entertained the thought of selling the cabin. Three years had passed and the bewildering feeling of his not being there, ever again, was just too much to bear. My spirits were about as low and dull as the melancholy song of the Harris sparrow that cold, gray, dreary day.

Something happened this Spring that gave me strength, a form of spiritual rejuvenation, I guess, and I decided to keep the cabin. Seeing my niece, a rambunctious seven-year-old, catch fish and answering to her inquisitive imagination concerning our outdoor world probably had as much to do with making this decision as anything. A friend who has a young fish-o-matic son and who helped me fix the cabin’s leaking roof was another reason.

Purple martins have also returned to our houses, the first since Dad’s passing. And, on Memorial Day we watched a pair of bluebirds build a nest in the newly erected box on the front lawn. It now contains four eggs. Life goes on.

The peonies and irises Dad grew behind the cabin especially for "Decoration Day" were splendid this year despite all the wind and rain. I put a couple of tomato plants in the ground next to his flower garden with hopes of catching some of his magic.

Believe it or not, I think I learned what some of those "other things" in life are. A big part of my "lake time" is now spent just watching the birds, puttering around the place and finding solace in having been blessed with such a wonderful family, father and friend.

Dad, thanks for the memories and Happy Father's Day

  • "We were fishing out of our boat. We saw some fish on the finder. Daddy was catching fish but I wanted to fish by myself. Then I felt a fish and yelled for Daddy. I stayed calm while Daddy got the net. I was scared of the fish and didn't want a picture with it. Then we threw it back in. Daddy was proud. I was happy because it was my first fish all by myself." - Kaylee Zumbrunn



  • Phil will discuss the format of the 1st Annual KVOE What’s in Outdoors and Fishing’s Future Catch Photo and Release contest.

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Week of 06-06-14

  • Stan Perry of the East Emporia Veterinarian Clinic will join us on the show to discuss summer care of pets and the latest on parasite prevention.


  • Phil will announce the 1st annual Fishing’s Future/ KVOE Outdoors- Multi-species Catch Photo and Release Contest for kids 15 years of age and under.  Stay tuned for further details

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Week of 05-30-14

  • Friday’s show will be about the US Open clay shooting championships at Claythorne Lodge, south east Kansas - www.claythornelodge.com


  • Game Wardens active over Memorial Day Holiday Weekend - Full Story

Week of 05-23-14

  • Tom Tavtigian, founder of Wounded Warrior’s United WWU, Sgt. Charles Cleghorn of Clay Center and Fred Masters of the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation NWTF will join us on the show to discuss the goals of WWU and a special turkey hunt the local chapter hosted for these heroes.

Visit them at www.woundedwarriorsunited.com or their facebook page www.facebook.com/woundedwarriorsunited

  • Fred will also highlight this year’s annual FHG banquet in Olpe on June 7th.  See outdoor calendar for more information.

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Jack J.D. Williams harvested a nice bird with members of the Flint Hills Gobblers and Outdoor TV Scott McFadden of Eldorado with the assist. J.D. hails from Kentucky and bagged his bird using a compound bow.  


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Sgt, Chuck Cleghorn displays the bird he harvested during the special WWU hunt sponsored by the Flint Hills Gobblers on May 10th.


  • National Safe Boating Week is May 18-24.

Think safety while boating or being on the water this weekend.

Ten Tips for Safe Boating                                                   

TOPEKA, KAN – The tragic death of a man at Tuttle Creek Reservoir on Sunday, May 18, is a sad reminder that fun on the water can quickly turn catastrophic. National Safe Boating Week is May 18-24, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Safe Kids Kansas strongly encourage outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared and follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable boating experience.  

  1. Wear a life jacket. Boating accidents can happen without warning, leaving no time to locate and put on a life jacket. Always have children wear a life jacket while on boats, around open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Kansas law requires that all boats have one U.S. Coast Guard-approved, readily-accessible personal flotation device (PFD) for each person on board. Children age 12 or younger are required to wear a life jacket at all times when on board a boat, and KDWPT strongly recommends that adults do the same.

  2. Designate a “Water Watcher.” Regardless of a swimmer’s age or skill level, it’s smart for a responsible adult to keep watch when anyone is in the water. If there are several swimmers, designate a Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision. Download a http://www.safekids.org/other-resource/water-watcher-card" href="http://www.safekids.org/other-resource/water-watcher-card">Water Watcher card here.

  3. Learn CPR. Learn adult, infant and child CPR. Many local hospitals, fire departments, Red Cross offices, and recreation departments offer training at little to no cost. It will give you tremendous peace of mind, not only around the water, but also in everyday life.

  4. Learn how to safely help someone in distress. All too often, the victim of a drowning has succumbed while trying to rescue someone else. Hurriedly jumping into the water without wearing a life jacket is a recipe for disaster. Instead, try to follow these steps in succession: a) reach out to the victim with a long pole, b) throw a rope or preferably a life ring, or c) row out to the victim. As a last resort – and after donning a life jacket – you could try to enter the water while carrying a spare life jacket or ring with you. Never jump into the water to rescue someone if you’re not wearing a life jacket yourself.  

  5. Adhere to a “no drinking” policy while boating. Boating under the influence is just as deadly as drinking and driving. Penalties can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges, and jail terms. To be safe, only consume alcohol when on land, and never before operating your boat. 

  6. Allow only those who have completed boater education to operate the vessel. In Kansas, anyone age 12-20 must have completed an approved boater education course before operating a vessel without the direct supervision of an adult. Approved adults include anyone age 18 or older who has completed the course or any adult age 21 or older. No one younger than 12 years of age may operate a vessel without supervision, regardless of a boater education certification.

  7. Know the rules of the water. Many people are unaware that there are operating rules for boats on the water, which include being able to recognize buoy markers and the proper use of navigation lights. Knowledge of these rules can prevent dangerous, and even deadly, situations.

  8. Educate yourself and your children about swimming safely. Teach children how to tread water, float and stay by the shore. Make sure kids swim only in areas designated for swimming. Swimming in open bodies of water is not the same as swimming in a pool. Be aware of uneven surfaces, underwater trees and rocks, currents (yes, there are currents in Kansas reservoirs) and changing weather.

  9. Keep warm. A dip in the lake may be tempting on a hot day, but remember that the water temperature may be too cold for prolonged swims – particularly in the spring and fall. Children are at a higher risk for hypothermia, so keep them out of the water or only allow short swims when the water is cold. If a swimmer seems cold or is shivering, get them out of the water immediately, and wrap them tightly in a dry blanket or towel.

  10. Make sure your boat has all the required equipment and is thoroughly tested before hitting the water. Safely operating a boat – like safely operating a motor vehicle – requires attention to the vessel’s worthiness to be on the water.

In the last five years prior to 2014, there have been 28 boating-related fatalities in Kansas. Twenty-six of the fatalities were from drowning. Only four of those victims were wearing life jackets, and other medical conditions contributed to their deaths. Two other victims were wearing life jackets but suffered traumatic injuries. Ten of the 28 victims were fishing, four were hunting and four were kayaking. Twenty-seven were males, of whom 24 were 18 years of age and older.    

For more safe boating information, including a list of current boating regulations, visit http://www.ksoutdoors.com and click http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/Boating 

For more information about child safety topics, including boating and water safety, visit the Safe Kids Kansas website at http://www.safekidskansas.org 

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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