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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

Apr 25 Flint Hills Sustainability Fair - Flint Hills Techinical College - see below for more details
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 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.

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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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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