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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

July 14-17 I CAST Orlando, Florida---- Fishing's Future What's in Outdoors Radio 
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 10-17-14

The Emporia Area Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation QUWF, a conservation and youth minded organization based in Emporia for over 31 years would like to announce it has merged with the Flint Hills Chapter of QUWF.

A What’s in Outdoors “Tip of the Hat” to Ron Whitney, local sponsors, members and the many supporters for all they have accomplished through the years.

For immediate release:

The Emporia chapter of the QUWF working in cooperation with the Flint Hills Chapter of the QUWF would like to announce the merger of the two groups. Effective immediately these chapters, who have for years worked closely on conservation, youth and habitat projects, will form one entity.

There are no plans to change the overall goals or current project plans throughout the Flint Hills region and it is the belief of the committee members of both groups that the efforts of QUWF as an organization will greatly benefit from this merger.

For more information on current project plans, membership or sponsor opportunities or you just want to know more about the QUWF please contact Chris Grant, Kurtis Meierhoff, Chris Myers, or Phil Taunton for more information.

Our 2015 annual Banquet will be Saturday, February 21 at the Morris County Fair Building.

QUWF……Formed in 2009, the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc™ (QUWF), based in Buffalo, Missouri, a rural community whose agricultural roots and moral compass reflect the core of QUWF, was organized to better focus efforts, donated dollars and partnerships on immediate and positive habitat projects to “Turn-The- Dirt“©™ for all upland wildlife. 



Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Natural Resource Officers Jesse Gehrt and Dave Adams helped kids participate in a modified National Archery in the Schools Program at Council Grove Reservoir on Saturday. More than 40 youth participated in the archery, shotgun, and pellet gun “instruction and safe handling” stations. All youth received door prizes and one lucky ‘Ambassador to the Outdoors and future hunter” walked away with a brand new .243 rifle.

The Flint Hills Chapter of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation provided hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and refreshments for all the kids, parents, mentors and instructors.

239 Kansas Schools are now enrolled in the National Archery in the Schools Program---

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Experience archery---It provides a lifetime of fun, enjoyment and friendly competition for all ages.

Olpe High School will host a NASP workshop on October 27th.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism and NASP training instructors will host a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Basic Archery Instructor’s Workshop at Olpe High School, October 27th. The purpose of the workshop is to train and certify educators from Olpe, Hartford, Reading and other local schools as NASP Archery Instructors.

Kansas entered the NASP program in 2006 and the program has grown steadily since. State and National tournaments are held every year, rewarding all participants with a medal, and top scoring archers with prizes ranging from brand new bows to academic scholarships. The National Archery in the Schools Program allows students who might not otherwise engage in traditional sports to participate. Students with special challenges, who cannot participate in the traditional team sports, have excelled in archery and love to participate.  

The NASP program is second only to table tennis in safety in high school sports in the U.S. Local schools already involved in the NASP program are Northern Heights, Emporia and Osage City.

Olpe High School’s NASP program will be completely funded by KDWPT and the Flint Hills Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation. Schools and interested instructors may contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism at (620) 672-5911 for more information concerning the NASP Program and the October 27th workshop. Donations to help fund the National Archery in the School programs in other schools would be greatly appreciated. 

Week of 10-10-14

  • Pat Riese, KDWPT District Biologist will join us to discuss the Quail Initiative Habitat Tour and Dinner, October 21at the Melvern Wildlife Area. We will also cover the 2014-2015 Kansas upland game bird hunting forecast. To learn more about the Quail Initiative and to reserve a place for the habitat tour and/or meal, call 620-342-0658 by October 15th.

If you cannot attend, but would like to know more about the initiative and what we need to do to increase habitat for quail, call Pat at 620-583-5049.



  • Officer on the Train….

The largest beast that roams the face of North America and easily recognized by its track…… is a train!

What’s in Outdoors would like to give a “Tip of the Hat” to Lisa Sage, Administrative Sergeant

Emporia Police Department, Julie LaCombe, OLI Kansas Executive Director, Abilene and Rod McGee, Guthrie, Oklahoma for their Officer on a Train activity last Wednesday.  Please remember when you are out and about, that Anytime is Train Time.

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Lisa Sage and Julie LaCombe shown with Emporia Police and Lyon County Sheriff officers participating in the Officer on a Train, railway safety exercise.


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Railroad employees are required to wear special gear, including safety glasses, gloves, protective booth and reflective clothing while working around trains. Such gear is called personal protective equipment or PPE.  


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View from the cab of an engine.   Trains cannot stop suddenly. Railroad right of ways are private property.  The only place you can legally cross a track is at a public crossing or walkway.

Please remember to Look, Listen and Live!

Photos courtesy of Jacob Welsh

Week of 10-03-14

  • First Cousin’s Reunion, Squealer fishing and plight of quail hunting in Alabama.

Fletcher Scott, retired school teacher, outdoor writer, craftsman and hunter education instructor and my first cousin “Jack of all Trades” and master of most of them, Maron McConnell will join us on the show. Fletcher will give us the low down on the history of quail hunting in Alabama and their decline in numbers.

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Maron and I display his talent in making serving trays out of native pine he got from the old Russell Mills “Sportswear” factory in Alexander City, Alabama. Slow growing wood, showing the tree rings in tight succession makes for a stronger, higher quality wood and better tray.

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Squealers or fiddlers are small channel cat and make a squealing, croaking sound when you take them off the hook. The skies cleared and we were able to spend an enjoyable afternoon on Lake Martin, squealer fishing!    

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More enjoyment came when we sat down to a traditional southern fish dinner of hush puppies, cole slaw, fried fish and French fries. Cousin Faye’s home made jellies and relishes were so good they made my lips fall in love!  

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View of my “home away from home” from the drive way of Cousin Bettie and Clarence McMillan’s home on Lake Martin.

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  • Recap of Critter Camp Plus at Olpe High School on 10/01/2014

A Whats in OutdoorsTip of the Hat to Todd Robert, biology teacher at Olpe High School and to Davin Wolf, apprentice master angling instructorextraordinaire for organizing and assisting with our latest Critter Camp Plus presentation during the Olpe High SchoolEnrichment Day observance for 160 students, grades 7-12.

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Critter Camp Plus promotes wildlife appreciation, preservation of our remaining wild places and the need to conserve our natural resources.  CCP has partnered with Fishing’s Future and KDWPT Fish Ks to include a Fishing Basic 101 “Hands On” Backyard Bass lure casting activity during this learning experience.

This educational program is a lot of fun for students, mentors, parents and presenters alike!  

Fishing’s Future, Families Forever!


Week of 09-26-14

  • Kip Adams will join us on the show to discuss the National Deer Alliance.

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Pup on a stump. 

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Always consider genetics and breed of dog that suits your fancy when choosing a pup.


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Check cording a young dog the right way is very important in its development.


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Genetics, proper training and quality time and not so much the quantity of time spent with your pup is very rewarding! When training, think of the four D’s----distance, distraction, difficulty and duration.


  • NSTRA pointing dog field trial at Prescott, Kan….Puppy Love!


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National Shoot to Retrieve Association NSTRA pointing and retrieving field events are an excellent way for the hunter to keep man’s best friend----that is, if his wife plays golf and doesn’t cook any more---in shape and into birds before and after the upland game bird season. NSTRA was started by a group of dedicated bird hunters who were looking for a way to extend the fun they enjoyed with their bird dogs. Trials not only extend the bird dog season, but also provide a sportsmanlike atmosphere to compete with others who enjoy bird dogs and to recognize their accomplishments. Camaraderie and training philosophies run amok.

For more information, contact Phil at 620-794-5373. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call NSTRA, (317) 839-4059. www.nstra.org

State 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Match - Lyon County Results - the kids presented a check for $1500 to Todd Nettleton, one of our archery and shotgun instructors as he has been battling cancer.  They sold raffle tickets for a chance to win a Mission Craze bow with the sights. 

What a fantastic job by the Lyon county 4-h shooting sports kids at the state archery match held at T.H.E.  Archery Club near Topeka.  Eighteen kids from Lyon County 4-H Shooting Sports competed in the Bow Hunter, Open and Bare bow categories.  

In the Senior Bow hunter category Kohl Prose placed 1st in FITA,1st in 3-D and 1st overall with a total score of 412 out of 440 points possible! 

In the Junior  Bow hunter category Rider Nettleton placed 4th in FITA, 6th in 3-D and 5th overall with a score of 396.  The Lyon county bow hunter team of Kohl Prose, Rider Nettleton, Taylor Botkin and Deryk Witherspoon placed 2nd!  Team Alternates were Jarrett Botkin and Dayne Witherspoon. Others competing in junior bow hunter category were Eli Blankley, 292; Lucas Blankley 348; Jarrett Botkin 361; Riley Botkin 312; Garlin Hanlin 316; Karalyn Karjala 349; Dayne Witherspoon 342; and Deryk Witherspoon 370. In the senior bow hunter category Shelby Baker-McElfresh scored 300; Taylor Botkin 314;and Luke Ikerd 326. 

In the Open catetory Kohl Prose placed 2nd in FITA, 3rd in 3-D, and 2nd overall with 414!  Maura Halleran placed 8th in open with a score of 370! The Lyon County Open team of Kohl Prose, Maura Halleran, Isaac Cushenbery, 346 and Karalyn Karjala, 320  placed 4th! Alternates were Garlin Hanlin, 322 and Thomas Halleran, 274. 

Isaac Cushenbery competed in the bare bow category and scored 210. 

September 27 the Lyon County 4-H Shotgun team will compete at the State Match in Valley Center and on October 4, the Lyon County Smallbore Rifle, Smallbore Pistol and Muzzleloading teams will compete at the State Match in Topeka.











Week of 09-12-14

  • What’s in Outdoors will be broadcast live from the KDWPT Mobile Aquarium at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.

  • Amy Bickel, native Kansan and an expert on its heritage and traditions will join us at the Fair. Amy is the editor of Kansas Agland and writes for The Hutchinson News. Contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (800) 766-3311 Ext. 320 and follow her on Twitter: @KansasAgland @KsAgJournalist

  • NWTF State Jakes Camp at Camp White, Council Grove Reservior this weekend.

  • Early teal season opens Saturday and there are birds in the area.

  • Recap of Bluestem Farm and Ranch Wildlife and Conservation Days.



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David Zumbaugh, Outdoor Writers of Kansas and Director at Large of the Kansas Wildlife Federation entertained patrons with his dog and stories at the Kansas Wildlife Federation booth both Friday and Saturday.


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Fishings Future volunteer Audrey Agin giving new FF volunteer Aubrey Jenkins her “instructor orientation” 

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Lisa Sage, Emporia Police Department greeting people at the Fishings Future Back Yard Bass Casting activity.


Week of 09-05-14

  • Blake Taylor, President of the Kansas Canoe and Kayak Association will join us on the show to discuss the 2014 KCKA Fall Rendezvous at Elk City Lake/Card Creek Campground. September 20&21 - More Info

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  • Critter Camp Plus visits Wichita Heights High School

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  • Dove opener a great success for area youth.








  • Hope to see you at the Bluestem Farm and Ranch's Conservation and Wildlife Appreciation Days this Friday and Saturday. Visit us at the Fishing's Future/KDWPT Fish Ks activity in the Bluestem parking lot for fun and prizes!

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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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