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
May 24 Keep it a Safe Summer, KISS event, Lyon County Fairgrounds 
May 26 & 27 Fishing Tournament & Community Fish Fry @ Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Olpe - Flyer 
June  Kansas Wildlife Federation  OAC Camp....Tommie and Teresa Berger, Dave Zumbaugh, Rock Springs Ranch
June Cub Scouts Summer Camp  Camp Double EE, Emporia
June 3

Dirty Kanza 200  Emporia,   Lelan Dains

June 3

Justin Corbett Memorial outreach,Ravenwood,  Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

June 10 Symphony on the Flinthills, Deer Horn Ranch in Geary County.
June 24

OK Kids Day, Rose Hill Kansas...Master Angler, Terry Sullivan.  Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

July 7-9 WILD Kansas.....Steve Woolf   Supt. of Schools  USD 101 Erie, Kan.   State Conference-- Rock Springs Ranch  Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information
Aug 12 

OK Kids Day, ClintonLake, Sherri Henderson Withers.  Contact Phil 620-794-5373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

Sept 30, 2017

WoodFest 2017 - http://woodfestks.com/


SOS Ad Astra in Topeka, KISS, Emporia. Lyon County Fair.

Bluestem F&R Event and the State Fair in Hutchinson, KCC tournaments  

Youth Aquatic Education Day, Western Kansas  To Be Determined

Events really too numerous to mention, including pointing and retrieving dog field trials,  hunter education classes and advanced outdoor education, memorial events, fishing tournaments and being asked to participate in schools, more every day!

Week of 08-05-16

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  • Save the Buffalo!

Save the Buffalo and Get "Outside for a Better Inside!"

I just love active, passionate people and critters! This year at Midwest Hunt Fest, I had the privilege to meet the What's in Outdoors, Fishing's Future, KDWPT Fish KS team of dedicated volunteers and instructors.

Their mission of passing the heritage and tradition of the Great Outdoors to children, families, and our returning veterans attracted me to their booth. 

There, I couldn't help but notice a majestic, though unresponsive buffalo being part of the Critter Camp Plus display. The buffalo, which is actually a bison was only about a third of the grand animal he once was. He had no feet, legs, no rear end and no back--- which proved quite alarming to me. 

No back means no spine. And all my friends know,  a nice healthy, properly aligned spine is another thing I am most passionate about!

I had no choice but to try and provide relief to my new found fuzzy friend. My problem is, I am not a doctor, but often forget this because I spend so much time telling people about my favorite spine fixer, Dr. Taylor Wilbeck  DC. 

I would never attempt to adjust people, wild or domesticated animals since I am not certified and have been warned by Dr. Wilbeck that doing so could result in a lawsuit. But the bison was just staring at me and I felt I had no choice but to give him some relief.

My efforts were unsuccessful because the spine requires all vertebrates to be present and accounted for in order to function properly. And he was just a head.

It was a sad day for both me and Mr. Buffalo. 

That's when the What's in Outdoors team  swooped in to console me. They informed me this buffalo was just a display mount and there was no hope to revive it, despite my efforts. They told me they too were trying to save and conserve wildlife by teaching our youth the Heritage and Traditions of the Great Outdoors.

What a learning experience it was for all involved!

Do you know cell phones are a huge factor in creating bad posture, along with various neck and shoulder issues in children?  Electronic gadgetry is also keeping the kids from exploring Nature and being active outside. If we don't teach our children how amazing and fascinating wildlife, wild spaces and everything the Lord has given us is, we have no hope of getting them outside. Their future and that of all wildlife depend on just that.

I stand behind the What's in Outdoors "Outside for a Better Inside" initiative 110%  

And to properly stand, you need a healthy spine. 

So, kiss the kids, love your spine, seek relief if you are in pain and get outside people!!!

Yours Truly, Mandy


  • The Fishing's Future National Catch, Photo and Release contest ends August 6 and Shorty is still hauling them in!





  • Phil's Good Friday.   Tyler Armstrong 12 of Yorba Linda, California, grandson of Rue Armstrong, Topeka will be featured on the Today Show, Extreme Kids, Sunday, 0800-0900. Tyler has climbed four of the seven great summits and will do Mt. Everest in the near future.  Tyler is also an spokesman for Cureduchenne, a type of muscular dystrophy. www.TopwithTyler.com

Thanks Tyler for what you do....

Week of 07-29-16




  • Coffey County Fair

What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 07-15-16

  • Frank Haidusek, crappie fisherman extraordinaire will join the What's in Outdoors show to talk vertical jigging in timber and his love for tournament fishing. 

    Frank's team currently ranks 17 in a field for 400 plus in the for the Bass Pro Shop's Crappie Master's Al American Tournament Trail Angler Team of the Year Race. 


  • Recap of What's in Outdoors, Critter Camp Plus activity during Cabela's Family Great Outdoor Adventure Day with Weston Orender, Rue Armstrong, Sherri Henderson Withers and our 2016 What's in Outdoors Fund Scholarship awardee, Joe Petty of Shawnee Mission South High School.

Sherri Henderson Dithers, Pictures by Sherri


  • Purple coneflowers and sunflowers from the WIO Wild Space garden will soon play host to a variety of feeding songbirds!






  • Catch of the Week

While fishing for bluegill, Richard Upshaw, Salina, Kansas got quite a surprise when a 12 to 15 pound snapping turtle took his offering!
Flatheads from 10.5 to 18 pounds and several channel cats fell for the bluegill Richard caught.

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What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 07-08-16

  • Celebrating the 4th of July with family and friends!







  • Catfish on Parade





  • Friends for over 65 years, brothers Gary and Richard Upshaw joined disabled veteran Joe Bragg for some successful crappie fishing over the 4th.



  • A blue heron was a regular visitor to Phil's john boat being used as both a live well and "Minnow Bucket!"

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Week of 06-24-16

  • Recap of KDWPT Great Outdoor Day and Governor's Campout at El Dorado State Park.






Miss Kansas pictures courtesy of KDWPT.

  • Angler Education Instructor Certification Course - July 19  - See calendar above

Week of 06-17-16

  • Joe Wilson, Bentonville, Arkansas, founder of Squirrel Unlimited will discuss squirrel hunting and his favorite recipes.  

 Joe Wilson,    Founder of the World Champion Squirrel Cook off       479-866-4342  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


  • Recap of Symphony in the FlintHills and Prairie Walk experience where things went south concerning armadillos! 




This link will provide some interesting facts concerning armadillos.  http://icwdm.org/handbook/index.asp#carn

Nine-banded Armadillo

In Kansas, armadillos can be taken year round with a hunting license, or in cases of damage like digging in the yard or being in or near buildings, they can be shot, trapped, etc without any additional license under the damage statute. 



  • Saturday, What's in Outdoors, Critter Camp Plus and "Outside for a Better Inside" will be at El Dorado State Park, Walnut River Amphitheater Area in celebration of Great Outdoors Day & Governor's Campout. 


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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