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
February 2-4 Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show.   Kansas Expocentre in Topeka
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 Crappie University 2018 - Flyer
April 21 Youth Aquatic Education Day - Marina Cove, Council Grove Reservoir

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!


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

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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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