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
Feb 23

St. Pats Fundraiser, Bruffs Starting at 6:30 PM

Feb 24-25

Sutherlands in Topeka  Mini Monsterbucks Classic - https://www.facebook.com/sutherlandsemporia/

Feb 24-25

Flinthills Greener Living Show - http://www.lyon.k-state.edu/greener-living/index.html

Feb 26 Crappie University 2018 - Flyer
Feb 28

Mission Valley High School working with Kelly Hoelting and her FFA students.  Critter Camp Plus

Mar 3

Kansas Crappie Club, Snowball Fight...Joe Bragg   https://www.facebook.com/events/410323586072251/

Eisenhower Park, Melvern Lake.  Even if you do not fish, Weigh ins are fun to watch
Mar 24 Hills Gobblers Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic and HE Class at Dry Creek Sporting Clays.
Apr 6-7

Youth Turkey Hunt, Melvern Wildlife Area. NWTF Emporia Chapter along with the KDWPT is putting on a youth hunt at Melverne Wildlife Area near Reading, KS April 6th and 7th. They are currently looking for volunteer guides. If you are interested please call 620-699-3372 and ask for Cody Miller or Brad Niemann..

Apr 21

Youth Outdoor Education Day, part of Seth Fest at Marina Cove, Council Grove Reservoir.  

What's in Outdoors will be giving away a KDWPT lifetime fishing license - info
May 5

Spring Fishing Clinic at Bluestem Farm and Ranch

May 12 Aquatic Education Day, Clinton Lake.
May 20 Eric Brown, Blake Rapp, Kansas Hunting and Fishing and Pass it On Outdoor Mentors. BBBS event, Camp Alexander

Week of 12-26-14

  • Open Spool...What's in Store for What's in Outdoors in 2015. 

  • Recap of Boat Load of Prizes BLOP

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From the kitchen of June Bell, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  Just in time to treat your friends for Christmas and through the Holiday Season. Wild turkey breasts work also. 


1 Can Cream of Mushroom soup

1 C. mayonnaise

1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese

½ small onion chopped fine

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

2 C. cooked, diced pheasant

1 C. minced celery

Microwave cream cheese on defrost setting for about 3 minutes to soften.  Add soup and mayonnaise, Worcestershire and onion.  Mix again, then add pheasant and celery.  Good served at room temperature or chilled.

  • My Christmas Wish Story

My Christmas Wish……….A better understanding of firearm safety education.

Christmas 2014 has past. If you bought your child a firearm for Christmas, even a BB gun or an air rifle, please take a couple of things into consideration. Are firearms safe in your home and can your child be trusted with such a responsibility?  What are the pros and cons?

The mother’s basic “BB gun block,” and the teacher’s and Santa Claus’ “You will shoot your eye out!” from the movie “A CHRISTMAS STORY” pose a definite concern.  But there are many positive things a child can learn from firearms safety education and especially the shooting sports:  safe habits and responsibility that can last a lifetime.

Proper handling of a firearm and learning to be a safe shooter teaches responsibility and respect.  Self-discipline and control must also be mastered in order to hit the target.  Learning to hold a firearm steady and to shoot a gun accurately teaches concentration and helps develop hand-eye coordination. Knowing the shooter alone is ultimately responsible for his or her performance teaches self-reliance and builds self-esteem.

Parents should realize a child’s age isn’t the most important factor when deciding whether there should be a firearm in the house or if the child should be allowed to be around firearms.  Mindful, responsible parents know their child better than anyone else.  Can the child follow directions and handle responsibility? Is the youngster mature enough to make decisions that will ensure his or her own safety and the safety of others?  And last but not least, does the parent have the knowledge and experience to give proper instruction in the basics of firearm safety?  Ralph’s parents were concerned that he might shoot his eye out, but on Christmas morning they let him go outside, unsupervised, with his brand new Daisy Red Ryder and shoot at a target on a metal backstop.  Ralph or an innocent bystander could have lost an eye when the BB ricocheted off the metal surface.  Or worse.

Flashback, Christmas, 1963.  A classmate of mine received a brand new .410 shotgun for Christmas.  Before night fell, Jimmy was in the hospital with a massive injury to the side of his head and eventually lost an eye due to a blast from that shotgun.  He recovered, but had to undergo many painful skin grafts to restore the damaged portion of his face. Others haven’t been so lucky.  Don’t let such a tragic incident happen.

Supervision and instruction on the basic firearm safety rules should also have been a part of his Christmas gift.  Hands-on instruction and training, repeated over and over, along with a thorough understanding of the safety rules will teach the child that nothing can be taken for granted concerning gun safety. 

If a new gun is on your child’s Christmas list and you are still apprehensive about giving such a gift, you might want to have your child sign a FIREARMS RESPONSIBILITY CONTRACT.  In this written contract the child promises to learn and obey all the rules of safe firearms handling.

Get a copy of the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety, review them and discuss their meaning.  Make it a point to attend a Hunter Safety Education class if you haven’t already done so, even if you don’t plan on becoming a hunter. A promise should be made to never play with firearms because they are not toys, and that includes BB guns.

Where children are concerned, firearms should be used only with the permission of an adult and under strict supervision. Treat every gun as if it were loaded and never aim it at something you do not intend to shoot.  It should be clearly understood there will be an automatic forfeiture of shooting privileges for whatever length of time agreed upon, if the Firearms Responsibility Contract isn’t adhered to.

An Automobile Responsibility Contract may come into play in years to come when a decision is made to turn the young driver loose with the family vehicle for the first time.  Knowing the youngster’s ability to follow directions, handle responsibility and be trusted will make that decision much easier.

Even if you don’t have any intentions of buying a gun or having one in your home, chances are your child will come in contact with a firearm one place or another. Statistics show that firearms are present in at least one-half of all the homes in America.  The National Rifle Association’s award winning Eddie Eagle program teaches a child to STOP and DON’T TOUCH any firearm.  It is important to resist the natural temptation to pick up a gun and put your finger on the trigger.  Explain to the child that real guns, unlike toy guns, can be very dangerous and that a real gun might look like a toy gun.  Tell your child to immediately LEAVE THE AREA.  Impress upon your child to TELL AN ADULT about what they have found so the situation can be controlled and other children won’t be at risk.

If you do own a gun, always remember to unload the firearm carefully and completely before taking it into the house.  Never load a sporting firearm in the home.  Always make sure that firearms are securely stored in a location inaccessible to children.  You might even treat yourself to a new gun safe for Christmas!

Ammunition should be stored in a separate location, locked up and inaccessible to children.  Place firearms in their proper storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.  When you remove your gun from storage, always recheck it to confirm that it is still unloaded.  It is a gun owner’s responsibility to make sure his firearms are not casually accessible to anyone---especially curious young people who might be looking for Christmas presents.

For more information on firearm safety education, programs and events, contact the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.  Tel 203-426-2359  www.nssf.org

Or call Eddie Eagle 1-800-231-0752 for their latest program information.

Week of 12-19-14

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Maddy Redeker and Camden Hoelting, Olpe High School are recipients of a passel of  prizes "Just in Time for Christmas" for their contribution to the 4th Annual What's in Outdoors Outdoor Trivia story writing contest. Not pictured is Week Two  prize winner Genevieve Lowery. 


Tim Webb, area resident and  professional bass fisherman will be a guest on the show to help with the selection of What's In Outdoors Boat Load of Prizes 10 prize winners. And Phil will reveal what he, Little Mern and Psycho Sue found within 200 yard of the trunk while on a tromp for upland game birds.


Wildgame and Fish cookbook

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Week of 12-12-14

  • Tim Donges of El Dorado and the Quality Deer Management Association will join us on the show to discuss the 2014 Deer Rifle Season and his organizations youth group known as the  Rack Pack. QDMA December Newsletter

  • The What in Outdoors Boat Load of Prizes-Just in time for Christmas fundraiser ends on Dec. 19th. 

  • FLW Pro Bass Fisherman, Tim Webb of Olpe will join us at Sutherlands on Saturday from noon until 2PM to meet with area fisherman and to swap stories. 

  • On Sunday, Nik Roth with join Phil at the Sutherland display to inform local outdoors men and bird dogs enthusiast about the newly formed Lyon County Quail Forever Chapter and their upcoming banquet on January 31 at the American Legion in Emporia.   http://www.quailforever.org/

  • A What's in Outdoors Tip of the Hat to John Hilbish and 4H shooting sports.

Last Saturday, John Hilbish worked with Isaac Cushenbery and Donald Evans, helping them sight in a slew of deer rifles and also let them also try out his daughter, Megan's .243.  Isaac spent the night with the Hilbishes. The next morning's deer hunt was unproductive, but they went back out Sunday afternoon and Isaac was able to harvest his first buck, a ten pointer that obliviously has been in a few scrapes with other bucks during the rut. Isaac was very excited. Working with kids is so much fun!!!

Pictures and story courtesy of Bev Hilbish, Lyon County 4-H Shooting Sport area coordinator. 

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Week of 12-05-14

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Larbow Cheramia 78 of Cut Off, Louisiana admires the deer he harvested on the second day of the Kansas deer rifle season. . Shown with Larbow is guide, Dave Hollond  and also friends Chris Rogers and  Dwight Gautreau from Cut Off Louisiana. Phil was a guest of Dry Creek Outfitters on Dec 4th and took part in a Cajun Deer Camp dinner.  Larbow Cheramie set the table with gumbo, red and white beans, rice, pan-fried shrimp and speckled trout. What's in Outdoors "Tip of the Hat" to Larbow, Dave and Kim Hollond for the invite. 

Photo Courtesy of Chris Rogers.

Boatload of Prizes Holiday Promotion 2014


10 names will be drawn ---and the first person drawn will get the last prize.  The last person drawn will get first choice, second to last, the second choice. Might be fun, might be a disaster. Who knows! The drawing will be Dec 19 on the What's in Outdoors show. 

Local charities taking part in this promotion are  Cooper's Carts, Camille Cooper for Breast Cancer Awareness, Vicki Triemer and Kelly, Riverside Gardens for ALS-TDI research, local scouts and Lyon County 4-H Kids, Wounded Warriors United, Wade's Ride, Gail Barrett, Wagon Wheel to provide benefits for the infant care unit at Newman Memorial Hospital and John Keolsch, Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. 


Updated list of prizes:

******** $2,400 Jon Boat, including , trolling motor, battery, two fishing combos.. 

**********Two-person, one day fishing trip at Milford Lake, spring/summer of 2015 for blue cat or wipers with a noted area guide.  100 pound blue? Priceless!

*********Multi-species fishing day on Riss Lake with Phil and Brent Frazee. Brent will be at our Match Day event at the Flint Hills Mall on Dec. 1. 5PM to 7PM

*******150 dollars Big Catfish  8’ fishing rod and reel combo, shirt, hat, courtesy of Fishing's Future and Pat Mayes, Lyin County Bait Shop

*******A morning in the blind watching the “booming ground” spring mating ritual of greater prairie chickens on their lek, courtesy of Roger Wells;

*******A Camera/Sensor Back-up System courtesy of Hopkins Manufacturing, a 150 to 175 dollar value.

*******A 1983 framed Jane Partin water fowl "Print of the Year"-- courtesy of Roger Hartsook 

*******Gift certificate for clothes, including a Clint Bowyer autographed back pack for hiking, bicycling or school supplies.

*******Winchester Clay Target Thrower—Throws singles or doubles. Case of clays. Courtesy of Howard Magathan, The Window Company.

*******Etched stone portrait of a Labrador Retriever --


Donation tickets to benefit the following organizations or for any of the Emporia Community Foundation's Dec. 1 MATCH DAY participating non-profit  organizations can be obtained by going to Sutherland's Customer Courtesy Booth.


Checks need to be made out to the Emporia Community Foundation and dated Dec.1, 2014  for Match Day consideration 



Our Just in Time for Christmas "Boat Load of Prizes" will be awarded Dec. 19th on the What's in Outdoors show. 


Participating Partners include but not limited to:

Breast Cancer Awareness---A benefit for Camille Cooper and her family. Cooper's Carts 

Wade's Ride to benefit the infant care unit at Newman Memorial Hospital. Gail & Mike Barrett 

Team Schnak and the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

Special Olympics through Polar Plunge and SOS. John Keolsch 

ALS-TDI benefit support. Vicki and Kelly Triemer, Riverside Gardens 

Lyon County 4-H programs, Bev Hilbish, Doug and Tami Cushenbery

The National Archery in the School program. NASP Olpe High School 

Fishing's Future-----Family Fish Camps and Critter Camp Plus, Phil Taunton 

Twin Rivers Junior Shooting Sports, Dick's Machines and the TRJSS Committee

Flint Hills Chapter of QUWF, Chris Grant, Council Grove

Emporia Kiwanis.....Deb Williams, Pat Lyon 

Wounded Warriors United and NWTF Wheelin Sportsman. Fred Masters and Tom Tavigian, WWU


Thank you for your support on Match Day and a Merry Christmas to all. 

Phil Taunton  What's in Outdoors,

What's In Outdoors Trivia Contest 2014



4th Annual KVOE “What’s in Outdoors”

Outdoor Trivia Contest…Just in time for Christmas!

Just submit a “I remember or Do you remember when we did” story that shares a most memorable outdoor experience: Fishing, hiking, hunting, exploring, etc. 

Pictures are a plus but not a requirement to win.

Also, be the first one to answer the following question and win a crisp, new hundred dollar bill!  Submit your answer, along with your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Â">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail story to What's in Outdoors, KVOE, P.O. Box 968 Emporia, KS. 66801. 

Question?  Phil, bird dogs, Lil Mern and Psycho Sue went on a tromp in the woods after upland game. What did they find within 200 yards of the truck?

We will announce weekly winners on Friday’s show November 28th, , December 5th, 12th and 19th. Just in time for Christmas!

Prizes include:

Shakespeare rod & reel combos


Gift Certificates

If you struggle writing a story or have any questions, Please contact Phil Taunton at 620-342-5016 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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