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
Aug 7

What's in Outdoors and Fishing's Future will be at the Bowyer Building, Lyon County Fair Grounds.

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

Aug 26

Smoky Hill Outdoor Youth Festival Coming Up

Sept 30, 2017

WoodFest 2017 - http://woodfestks.com/

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. 


Week of 06-10-16

  • David Kehler will join WIO to discuss native wildflowers and what to expect at Symphony in the Flinthills, June 11. 

David is affiliated with K-State Research and Extension/Butler County, El Dorado Ks  and can be reached at -316-321-9660

Here are links to a couple of good sites for wildflowers....... courtesy of David. 




  • A "Wild Space" retreat with wild flowers, a occupied bluebird house and a few annuals to attract hummingbirds and butterflies is beginning to take hold at Council Grove City Lake. 

  • Cats up to 20 pounds were on the prowl and largemouth bass outside the slot limit had a fondness for Hot Pink during a recent outing at Council Grove City Lake. 

CGCL is a CFAP Lake which entitles you to free fishing but you do need to have Aquatic Nuisance Species ANS certification. 

Please observe all rules and regulations posted at the Lake. 


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Week of 06-03-16

  • Kent Schnakenberg founder of Team Schnak will be our guest. Kent will be riding in the Dirty Kanza 200 and will begin touring the country in July to heighten the awareness of the fight to defeat juvenile diabetics.

  • You boys mind if I play through?

What would you do if you met this fella on the golf course?


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Week of 05-27-16

  • Mike Andrew Gingerich, Mudcat Mike of Topeka will join us on the show to talk cat fishing and the secrets to his success. 

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Mud Cat Mike and friend enjoying a great day of fishing!

  • WIO is proud to announce Joe Petty as it 2016-2017 scholarship winner


Michael Joseph Petty,
Shawnee Mission South High School


  • Recap of the 2016 Keep it a Safe Summer activity at the Lyon County Fairgrounds. 

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  • Woodpecker Stalking - 

    Which of these two birds inspired the creation of Woody the Woodpecker?
    The red-headed woodpecker(picture courtesy of Audrey Agin or the crow sized pileated woodpecker? See video



  • Kansas Crappie Club benefit tournament, Milford Lake, May 21-22 - One tough bite!









  • Park Visitors asked to leave firewood at home!


Week of 05-20-16

  • "Brush piles" are proven fish attractors!



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Link to Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wveI9444eas

Press Release - http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/1-29-15/NEW-FISH-ATTRACTORS-FOR-KANSAS-LAKES


  • Milford Lake, a crappie tournament and birdwatching


Week of 05-13-16

  • The show will be from Anthony, Kansas at Lake Anthony's Earth Day Celebration where I will be doing What's in Outdoors Critter Camp Plus. 

  • Helping the vets is something WIO initiated last February with the first donation with hopes other groups will follow. We have created an awareness.



  • Sometimes Nature doesn't present a pretty picture. 

Catfish only a mother could love!

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First channel cat cat looked like it had been hit by a heron.  


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Other pics are of a 35 inch  catfish with a spring scale weight of 14 pounds. Should have been a 20 pounder!

Biological reasoning: Sores could be a result from a hundred different things - predators, boat props, debris, and even parasite hatching. The bumps are most likely some annelid (worm) parasite.  Quite common in catfish due to sedentary and scavenging tendencies but only that severe on fish with other health issues or poor conditions.  Properly cleaning and cooking the filet is usually acceptable but with that density, I would not advise eating. 

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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