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

All Year 

Friends of the Kaw events - More Info 

July 16 & 17

Future of FH QUWF Youth Chapter YC-01 3D Archery Shoots - Flyer

July 19

Angler Education Instructor Certification course - Info

July 23-24

Coffey County Fair

July 30

Kansas Hunter Education Class - Wolf Creek - Info

Aug 20

Future of FH QUWF Youth Chapter YC-01 3D Archery Shoots - Flyer

Sept 3 & 4

Future of FH QUWF Youth Chapter YC-01 3D Archery Shoots - Flyer

What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 04-15-16

More to come but fishing now!
Riverside Elementary-Olpe NASP Archery 


  • Kansas Crappie Club Tournament and Member News Recap of the April 10 crappie tournament benefiting the Beverly Woods Memorial Kid's Fishing and Hunting Foundation.


Shane Eustice of El Dorado with a 27 inch Walleye


  • Welcome to Hookers and Reelers on the east side of the dam at Lake Perry. The people are friendly, and the staff, service and food is fantastic! The crappie fishing isn't too bad either!








  • A fun time was had by all at the 6th Annual Beau Arndt Foundation youth turkey hunt.  

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Raliegh Decker of Leroy guided by Fred Masters was one of 5 youth from as far away as Olathe that took part in this year's hunt. 

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And Derek Jackson shows the chef has its privileges. 

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More than 40 guides, families and friends were treated to lunch after the morning hunt on April 9th. 



2016 WIO Annual Catch, Photo & Release Contest

2016 WIO Catch, Photo & Release Contest


Fishing’s Future, KDWPT FishKs, Friends of the Kaw, L&L Pets, Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply and KVOE What's in Outdoors want to hear your fishing adventures. Youth 15 years of age or younger are asked to send a photo and share stories concerning their fishing adventure!  For complete rules, Click here


  • The contest runs from April 1 to May 31.

  • Winners will be selected at random on the WIO show May 6th and June 3 along with major prize winners.

  • To enter, send a photo and story (200 words or less) of your catch to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." ' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy52059 + '\' target="_blank">'+addy_text52059+'<\/a>'; //--> . 


  • Entries can also be mailed to KVOE Outdoors CPR Contest, PO Box 924, Emporia,  Kansas. 66801

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

  • Families have fun fishing together and anyone is allowed to help young anglers write their story to reflect on their experience!

  • Questions or for more information, please contact Phil Taunton, 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Catch, Photo and Release into the GREASE stories are also accepted! 

Please include you favorite recipe.


All photos and winning stories will be posted below.


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Official Rules

2016 WIO Annual Catch, Photo & Release Contest

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

  • Photo must include the fish

  • 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

  • Random selection of winners will start on May 6th and June 3rd.  Each drawing will include male and female winners.

  • Prize packages include fishing combos and lures.  Grand prize will include Educational Float Trip down the Kansas River for 4, courtesy of Friends of the Kaw

  • All decisions by the contest judge's are final

What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 04-08-16

Week of 04-01-16

    • Joseph Bragg of Topeka and Patriot Jig Works will join Phil on the What's in Outdoors show this Friday to discuss making killer crappie jigs and his involvement with crappie tournaments across the state to benefit veterans, non-government conservation groups and youth organizations. 

Patriot Jig Works--A couple of these might result in a mess of crappie or a limit of saugeye, walleye and black bass!
Saugeye pictures courtesy of Captain Steven Starfish.

Joseph Bragg's Patriot jigs are featured on the cover page of latest issue of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks magazine. 

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Please support our state's outdoor heritage and consider subscribing to this excellent publication. Below is a link to the KDWPT webpage for subscriptions.


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See links below. 

Facebook link.....   https://www.facebook.com/groups/KansasCrappieClub/

Website    http://kansascrappieclub.weebly.com/

Tournaments  http://kansascrappieclub.weebly.com/2016-tournament-schedule.html

Joe's story as told by Brent Frazee, Outdoor Writer for the Kansas City Star. 


  • What's in Outdoors will announce a special youth fishing contest for the months of April and May as an introduction to Fishing's Future National Catch, Photo and Release contest that will start June. 1.  www.fishingsfuture.com  For more information on the national contest.

  • The 2016 Spring Turkey Season for youth and disabled hunters starts April 1


Fanning!!!!!    Is this really a good idea?

With the use of a turkey fan or strutting decoy, a hunter can crawl behind the decoy, into shooting range of a tom, provoking the bird to come charging in for a fight. Hunter Education strongly discourages this technique.  You can clearly see why when you see the picture and the video below. 


Turkey Fanning from Rod Slings on Vimeo.

The video was produced by the Missouri Department of Conservation as part of a hunting incident investigation. They chose to record the reenactment, creating an eye-opening video, worthy of an award. 

Week of 03-25-16

  • Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will join Phil on the show to discuss a great family day in Topeka on April 30th. And Lyon County Shooting Sport coordinator, Bev Hilbish will join us to discuss daughter Megan's participation in the recent National NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Match at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

  • 6th annual Ad Astra Archery Tournament. 

The tournament is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30, 2016 at MacLennan Park in Topeka.  The tournament is sponsored by the Secretary of State’s office and the Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Department.  For the last four years we have been able to help send qualifying students to represent Kansas in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament in Kentucky.  Beyond that we have created a fun, family event where K-12th grade students can come and compete against their peers and where families can come to learn archery, fishing and shooting. 

The tournament is open to K-12th grade students who have had some archery training.  The cost to compete is $15 per student.  Each student receives a medal and a t-shirt.  Qualifying students have a chance to earn a scholarship towards expenses to attend the NASP National Championship in Kentucky.

The event itself is free and open to the public. We ask that a responsible adult accompany the students to sign an activities waiver.  Once their waiver is signed students can participate in the learn-to-shoot archery range, the Wildlife and Parks’ fishing clinic , and the Boy Scouts’ BB gun range among other physically active games and activities.

Registration Form, Tournament Rules, Flyer and more available at http://kssos.org/archery/main.html.

  • What's in Outdoors and Lyon County Hunter Education instructors would like to thank Clint Bowyer and his 79 fund supporters for his grant that allowed us to by props to use in the internet assisted Kansas Hunter Education trail test. Bird Dogs and Grizzly Bear aren't included, but you never know what you might find in the trail test! These props will help instructors in their efforts to produce safe, ethical and responsible hunters.

  • Who can identify these mystery archers?



  • What's in Outdoors/Fishing's Future at the Legislative Luncheon in Topeka on Wednesday.

Week of 03-18-16

  • Bob Arndt will join us on the show to discuss the Beau Arndt Foundation's 2016 Youth Guided Turkey Hunt. 

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Bob Arndt in Studio

  • Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation Banquet/Auction - March 19th - info below.

Council Grove QUWF still continues to support our programs. 

They provided insurance to the Dave Hollond Hunt and the Kansas Expo/Beau Arndt Outdoor Appreciation Day and have made it possible to have National Archery in the School Programs in both Riverside Elementary and Olpe High School

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  • Mudcat Mike's Cat fishing Excursions says the fishing is picking up as evident by this mixed creel of blue cats and wipers

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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