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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 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.



Emporia Police help a child learn about fishing


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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Week of 08-22-14

  • Final random drawing winners will be announced on What’s in Outdoors. Major winners based on content of their story will be announced August 29th.


  • Beau Arndt’s Outdoor Appreciation Day and Kansas Hunter Education return to Camp Alexander this fall!

  • KDWPT is interested in stocking Camp Alexander ponds once again for youth fishing derbies and clinics.

  • Camp Alexander - Story from the past…..

September 24, 1997     Call of the Wild   Emporia Gazette   Phil Taunton

The countryside is really starting to show the magic of Autumn. I took a little drive out to some property I wanted to invest in a couple of Sundays ago just to check on things and was amazed to see how magnificently splashed with color our rural surroundings have become almost overnight. Even though the trees haven’t completely finished their change of color yet, the red and purple brilliance of the wild plums and sumacs and mass fields of soybeans with their yellow/green tinged leaves was something to behold. The roadside ditches and pastures, laden with goldenrod (ah-choo!) and purple ironweed were hosts to the thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies that floated majestically through the air and made our journey that much more enjoyable. What would it be like to be free as a bird or float like a butterfly instead of pushing freight or sitting at a desk?

My destination that particular Sunday was to “a little piece of heaven” just outside of Eskridge. The point of interest was the S&KP Ranch. This property, the whole 1500 acre spread with 14 ponds, a guest lodge to accommodate 12, dog kennels, caretaker house, massive wildlife habitat plantings and game animals galore, went on the auction block September 20. Since Lady Luck never smiled at me and let the Lottery and Reader Digest Sweepstakes slip away all in one week, I had to let this diamond in the rough go for a measly $850,000.00. Such are the things dreams are made of!

It never really dawned on me there’s a little bit of heaven in the making just a couple of miles northeast of Emporia. It’s called Camp Alexander. Go east on old highway 50 until you see the sign and then follow your nose north or, for you city slickers, turn left. After sitting in on a couple of meetings, I am convinced the Board of Directors is dedicated in their effort to improve the Camp and promote it as a carefully managed year-round modern facility open to everyone regardless of race, creed, or ability; where family fun and educational activities in rustic natural surroundings can be enjoyed by all. This tract of land was originally set aside in 1923 in a charitable trust from the last will and testament of E. J. Alexander for the benefit of orphans and other indigent or needy children.

No memberships are required to use the Camp’s newly redeveloped nature trails and fishing pond stocked with channel cat. Please, just treat it as you would like guests to treat your property. Both the trails and pond are accessible to the physically challenged. New benches have been installed along the trails and fishing area to afford a resting place for those who want to stop, meditate, and become one with nature. Such reflection can get the user totally away from the pressures of life. A pamphlet is being printed now and will be available at the Camp to assist the user in identifying all the flora and fauna along these trails. Two experienced nature guides, both retired volunteers to help serve the Camp, are available upon request to aid and assist groups of individuals that want to learn.

At the present time, reservations must be made through the Emporia Recreation Commission,

313 W. 4th Ave. (342-5582) during normal business hours Monday through Friday to secure keys for access to the full kitchen and restroom facilities. There is an outdoor shelter house for those who choose to walk in and picnic. Individuals with reservations or groups conducting specially approved camp functions have priority in these areas. Users without reservations must vacate the grounds by nightfall.

The Board has designated Kay Calvert as the special program coordinator for Camp Alexander. Beginning December 1, a special phone number and answering machine will be available for Camp information. Hopefully, future groups will enjoy activities such as sand volleyball and horseshoes. With the addition of a new ropes course to the existing playground equipment, this facility will be great for family reunions, scouting activities, youth retreats and other camping experiences. Classrooms should take advantage of the low adventure ropes course activity to help individuals gain confidence, along with ethical decision-making skills, and other leadership abilities.

Both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges with certified instructors and hunter education safety classes will become a reserved feature at the Camp and provide yet another avenue to serve the community.

The Board does not wish for Camp Alexander to be thought of as just an Emporia Recreation Center summer camp. This isn’t what their mission is all about. The Camp wishes to provide environmental/wildlife educational experiences for youth and adults of our region. Earth Day awareness programs have been held at the Camp for the last two years, allowing all area 5th graders an opportunity to get outside and learn about their environment. Hopefully, educational representatives from preschool, elementary and secondary schools and the university, as well as other specialized individuals, will become part of the Camp’s Advisory Council and help fulfill its role in becoming an environmental educational center. Groups will also be able to utilize the classroom, dining area/kitchenette and dorm rooms for weekend environmental educational experiences.

Please help the committee make Camp Alexander an asset to the community by sharing your ideas and constructive criticisms. Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Weekend and become involved with the Camp. Take your children to the Camp (it isn’t that far) and try out the new pond. Stroll down the nature trail with a loved one and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer just by being outside this beautiful time of year.

Help the committee during this planning for the future stage by sending any ideas, suggestions or criticisms along with any of your favorite Camp Alexander adventures stories and pictures from the past to Camp Alexander in care of the Gazette, 517 Merchant Street, Emporia Kansas. 66801. Some special projects have already been completed at the Camp and many others are still on the drawing board. If these dedicated people involved with Camp Alexander have their visions fulfilled, the people of Emporia and the surrounding area won’t need to depend on Lady Luck to provide them with a quality outdoor retreat.

Week of 08-15-14

  • Shane Wilson, CEO and founder of Fishing’s Future and Judi Lewis of rural Emporia representing Sisters on the Fly, www.sistersonthefly.com, will join us on Friday’s show to discuss fly fishing and their passion for introducing young anglers to the sport they love. - Info on Shane

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1st Annual Catch, Photo & Release Contest

1st Annual Catch, Photo & Release Contest

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Fishing’s Future, KDWPT FishKs, Cabela’s and KVOE Outdoors want to hear your fishing adventures. Youth 15 years of age or younger are asked to send a photo and share stories concerning catching Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill and any species of Catfish!  For complete rules, Click here


  • The contest runs from June 20 to August 22 with four major prize packages including $50 Cabela's gift certificates being given away on August 29th.

  • Four weekly winners, one for each category, will be randomly drawn and will receive rod and reel combos compliments of Cabela’s, a fishing hat and assorted lures.

  • All winners will be announced on the KVOE What's in Outdoors show each Friday.  Multiple entries from each contestant are acceptable.

  • To enter, please send photo and story (200 words or less) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you don’t do Peytons big fishemail, you can mail your entry to: KVOE Outdoors CPR contest, PO Box 924, Emporia, KS 66801

  • All entries must contain a photo, a story, the youth's date of birth, phone number and home mailing address.

Families have fun fishing together and anyone is allowed to help young anglers write their story to reflect on their experience. Please STRECH the truth if necessary! 

Our first awards will be June 20th so get your entries in now. 


All photos and winning stories will be posted below, on the Fishing’s Future web page, http://www.fishingsfuture.org/, and their Facebook page, facebook.com/fishingsfuture.


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CLICK HERE to view a PHOTO GALLERY of entries for the CPR Contest 


We will list all of the weekly winners here.

August 15 Winners -

Catfish – Jacob Suiter, 13 - Macksville, KS - caught at Wilson Lake

Largemouth bass – Bailey Adams, 13 - Topeka, KS - caught at private pond

Crappie  – Audrey Coates, 8 - Ozawkie, KS - caught at Lake Perry

Sunfish – Ryanne McNellis, 6 - Burlingame, KS - caught at private pond


August 8 Winners -

Catfish – Colton Wolf - Olpe, KS - caught at John Redmond reservoir

Largemouth bass – Macy Wecker - Olpe, KS - caught at Grandpa's pond

Crappie  – Trey Benjamin - Emporia, KS

Sunfish – Colton Senft - Reading, KS - caught at Lyon County State Lake


August 1 Winners -

Catfish – Phillip Smith - Lebo, KS - caught at Kids pond in Lebo

Largemouth bass – Seth Way - Emporia, KS - caught at local reservoir

Crappie  – Daniel Mullin - Goddard, KS - caught at private lake near Wichita

Sunfish – Toller Phipps - Wichita, KS - caught at private pond


July 25 Winners -

Catfish – Hunter and Madison Reno – Topeka, KS

Largemouth bass – Wyatt Hephner - Russell, KS

Crappie  – Dagen Goodner - Humboldt, KS

Sunfish – Hudson Lange - Alta Vista, KS - caught via a low water bridge


July 18 Winners -

Catfish – Kenadee Henry – Topeka, KS – caught at Pottawatomie State Lake #2

Largemouth bass – Jackson Opheim – Lenexa, KS – caught at Shawnee Mission Park

Other species – Jon Burks - Salina, KS – caught at Herrington Reservoir

Sunfish – Abel Clark – Liberal, KS – caught at Meade Lake


July 11 Winners -

Largemouth Bass - CJ Wyant - Cheney, KS - caught at Kingman State Lake

Crappie - Andrew Fischer - Topeka, KS - caught at private pond

Sunfish - Bo Watkins - Kingman, KS - caught in medium-sized pond

Catfish - Jazmin Sotelo - Emporia, KS - caught at Olpe Lake


July 4 Winners -

Largemouth Bass - Timmy Gilio - Blue Mound, KS

Crappie - Skyleigh Pflaster - Solomon, KS - caught at Milford Lake

Sunfish - Ira Lynn Kimberlin - Madison, KS - caught at family pond

Catfish - Alyssa Canfield - Hutchinson, KS - caught at great grandpa's pond


June 27 Winners -

Catfish – Troy Smart - Emporia, KS - caught at Melvern kids pond

Largemouth Bass - Susanna Knight - Waverly, KS - caught at KDWPT fish access pond

Crappie – Callie Seber - Leavenworth, KS - caught at farm pond

Sunfish – Max Bauer - Louisburg, KS - caught at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead


June 20 Winners -

Catfish – Torin Pflaster – Solomon, KS – caught at Smoky Hill River

Largemouth Bass - Chase Terrell – Linwood, KS – caught at Grandma's Pond

Crappie – Hunter Lee – Wichita, KS – caught at Lake Afton

Sunfish – Jaxon Rosales – Wichita, KS – caught at Great Plains Nature Center




Official Rules

1st Annual Catch, Photo & Release Contest

  • Photo must include the youth (15 years or younger)

  • Photo must include the fish and it must be caught in Kansas

  • The four fish categories are Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, or any species of Catfish.

  • All entries must include photo, story, youth's name, youth's date of birth, phone number, and mailing address.       The entry can live out of state.

  • Entries must be submitted by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailing them to KVOE Outdoors CPR contest, PO Box 924, Emporia, KS 66801

  • Selection of winners will start on June 20th and conclude onAugust 22nd, 2014.

  • The four weekly winners, one for each fish category, will be randomly drawn on the What's in Outdoors radio show and will receive rod and reel combos, compliments of Cabela's, a fishing hat and assorted lures.

  • Four major prize packages will be given away on August 29th. Those packages include a $50.00 Cabela's Gift Card. The overall best story selected by a panel of judges will also be awarded a complimentary education float trip down the Kansas River courtesy of Friends of the Kaw. www.kansasriver.org

  • All winners will be announced on the KVOE What's in Outdoors show each Friday and posted on www.kvoe.com

  • Multiple entries from each contestant in each category are acceptable. Only one prize package will be awarded to each family in the random drawing, but all entries and stories will be eligible for major prize consideration.

  • All decisions by the contest judge's are final

Week of 08/08/14

  • Week 8 of the CPR contest - running out of time to get your entries in


Fishing with family and friends create memories that last a lifetime.
Andrew Fisher, Topeka, a soon to be sophomore at Shawnee Heights High School will join us on the show to discuss his love of fishing and the Great Outdoors.  

Andrew Fischer displays the crappie that won him a new rod and reel combo, courtesy of Cabela's in our KVOE, Fishing's Future and KDWPT FishKs First Annual Catch, Photo and Release contest.



Kevin Fischer 10, caught this bluegill on a bass tube that appears to be just short of a state record. Kevin was a little upset with his older brother Andrew when he wanted to keep the fish, but was asked to release it!



Andrew and Kevin Fischer with friend and neighbor Mitchell Lady of Topeka display a nice catch of largemouth bass caught at a private pond in Topeka. Both of Mitchell’s fish were caught on a top water floating frog lure. One was 17 1/2 inches the other was 18 1/2 inches.


  • HUMMINGBIRDS - this gorgeous picture and video were emailed to us by a loyal listener


Video and picture provided by the Bechtel's


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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