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
Oct 14 
6th Annual Twin Rivers Junior Shooting Sports Banquet - Anderson Building, Lyon County Farigrounds - Contact Bev for more information, 620-340-7521
Oct 14
2nd Annual Youth Hunt presented by Second Split Delta Waterfowl - Flyer
Oct 21
Virgil Brown Memorial Fishing Tournament - Flyer
Oct 28
Council Grove 14th Annual Outdoor Youth Event - Flyer
Nov 4
Kansas Crappie Club tournament to benefit Kansas Special Olympics on Saturday November the 4th at Ramp #2. Registration is online

Week of 09-02-16

  • Recap of Family Fun Day, the Lyon County Tour de France, Team Schnak Junior Diabetic Research Foundation JDRF and Special Olympic Fundraiser


  • Roadside Reflections...from the intersection of HWY 56 and the Americus Road.

The countryside is really starting to show the change of seasons. Before long,  you will be amazed to see how magnificently splashed with color our rural surroundings will become almost overnight. The prairie grasses will be turning brown and trees will start changing color. The red and purple brilliance of the wild plums, sumac,  broom weed and mass fields of soybeans with their yellow/green tinged leaves will be something to behold.  Hopefully, the roadside ditches and pastures, laden with milkweed,  goldenrod (ah-choo!) and purple ironweed will play host to the thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies that will float majestically through the air and make our journey through the country that much more enjoyable.  What would it be like to be free as a bird or float like a butterfly instead of doing the daily menial task called work?

  • Tim Webb, retired fire chief, Olpe and currently fishing the FLW Bass Pro Circuit will join the What's in Outdoors show to discuss his upcoming tournament schedule., trip to Canada and fall fishing patterns

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What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 08-26-16

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly--Hidden dangers found in Critter Cages.


  • A recap of What's in Outdoors at the Lakewood Discovery Center in Salina.

Week of 08-19-16

  • Roger Wells, Wells Wildlife Consultants of Americus and volunteer Kansas Hunter Education instructor will join the show this morning to discuss the upcoming upland game bird season and what land managers can do to increase habitat for wildlife on their property.  Contact Roger at 620-340-5808

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  • Saturday, August 13th
    What's in Outdoors at Clinton State Park with Sherri Henderson Withers, Outdoor Kansas Kids Day event coordinator. A good time was had by all!

  • August 14 finds What's in Outdoors at Flint Oaks Shooting Sport Resort with volunteer hunter education instructors from Lyon, Coffey and Franklin counties conducting a Kansas Hunter Education certification class. The goal of Kansas Hunter Education is to produce safe, knowledgable, responsible and involved hunters.
    Thanks for what you do and thank you Flint Oaks for hosting this outdoor education program!

  • Thank you Richard and Lila Taylor, Fall River for your hospitality and the tour of Fall River Reservoir! That is quite a camper your friends have.
    Becky and Mike Lolley, Tri Corners Restaurant--Lila told me about your chicken fried steak and I think my lips fell in love!

Week of 08-12-16

  • Tom Bigford, Director of Policy, American Fisheries Society will join us on the show to discuss the Society's 2016 annual get together at The Kansas Convention Center in Kansas City, August 21-25.

For more information about the convention and The American Fisheries Society, please visit http://fisheries.org/

  • Joe Bragg, Kansas Crappie Club and Patriot Jig Works reports the crappie are biting despite the hot weather.
    These fish were caught Wednesday at Lake Perry

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More about Joe, youth fishing opportunities and the Kansas Crappie Club's benefit crappie tournaments can be found on Facebook. Search Kansas Crappie Club

  • A What's in Outdoors Tip of the Hat to George Weber Jr. and Keith Burton-Weber's Wonders and Big Wings, Great Bend, Kansas for their generous donation of sand hill crane and Canada goose decoys to use as teaching aids in Critter Camp Plus and Lyon County Hunter Education classes.

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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

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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