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
Jan 29

Wildlife Habitat Workshop - Sponsored by Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Monday, January 29 at the Anderson Building, Lyon County Fairgrounds 600PM
Topics to be covered are: Quail Biology, Habitat Management, Prescribed Fire Consideration, Landowner Programs and a Question and Answer Period
Contact Alex Lyon, 620-343-7276 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 12-16-16

  • Dos and don't concerning getting your child a sporting firearm, even a BB gun for Christmas.

My Christmas Wish……….Responsible Firearm Ownership.

Christmas is just around the corner.   If you are thinking about buying a youngster a firearm for Christmas, even a BB gun or an air rifle; please take a couple of things into consideration. Are firearms safe in your home and can your child be trusted with such a responsibility? 

There are many positive things a child can learn from firearms safety education and especially the shooting sports.  These include safe habits when handling a firearm and instilling responsibility that can last a lifetime.

Proper handling of a firearm and learning to be a safe shooter teaches responsibility and respect.  Self-discipline and control must also be mastered in order to hit the target.  Learning to hold a firearm steady and to shoot a gun accurately teaches concentration and helps develop hand-eye coordination. Knowing the shooter alone is ultimately responsible for his or her performance teaches self-reliance and builds self-esteem.

Parents should realize a child’s age isn’t the most important factor when deciding whether there should be a firearm in the house or if the child should be allowed to be around firearms.  Mindful, responsible parents know their child better than anyone else.  Can the child follow directions and handle responsibility? Is the youngster mature enough to make decisions that will ensure his or her own safety and the safety of others?  And last but not least, do the parents themselves have the knowledge and experience to give proper instruction in the basics of firearm safety?  Supervision and instruction on basic firearm safety rules should also have been a part of the child’s Christmas gift.  Hands-on instruction and training, repeated over and over, along with a thorough understanding of the safety rules will teach the child that nothing can be taken for granted concerning gun safety. 

If a new gun is on your child’s Christmas list and you are still apprehensive about giving such a gift, you might want to have your child sign a FIREARMS RESPONSIBILITY CONTRACT.  In this written contract the child promises to learn and obey all the rules of safe firearms handling.

Get a copy of the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety, review them and discuss their meaning.  Make it a point to attend a Hunter Safety Education class if you haven’t already done so, even if you don’t plan on becoming a hunter.

A promise from the child should be made to never play with firearms because they are not toys, and that includes BB guns.

Where children are concerned, firearms should be used only with the permission of a responsible adult and under their strict supervision. Treat every gun as if it were loaded and never aim it at something you do not intend to shoot.  It should be clearly understood there will be an automatic forfeiture of shooting privileges for whatever length of time agreed upon, if the Firearms Responsibility Contract isn’t adhered to.

An Automobile Responsibility Contract may come into play in years to come when a decision is made to turn the young driver loose with the family vehicle for the first time.  Knowing the youngster’s ability to follow directions, handle responsibility and be trusted will make such a decision that much easier.

If you do own a gun already, always remember to unload the firearm carefully and completely before taking it into the house.  Never load a sporting firearm in the home.  Always make sure that firearms are securely stored in a location inaccessible to children.  You might even treat yourself to a new gun safe for Christmas!

Ammunition should be stored in a separate location, locked up and inaccessible to children.  Place firearms in their proper storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.  When you remove your gun from storage, always recheck it to confirm that it is still unloaded.  It is a gun owner’s responsibility to make sure his firearms are not casually accessible to anyone---especially curious young people who might be looking for Christmas presents.

For more information on firearm safety education, programs and events, contact the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.  Tel 203-426-2359   www.nssf.org

Or call Eddie Eagle 1-800-231-0752 for their latest program information. 

You might also give the Lyon County 4-H Extension Office a call, 620-341-3220 and ask about their shooting sports program. 


  • Photo Contest

Isaac Cushenbery is this week's Jay's Carry Out Photo "Burger,  Drink and Fries" winner for his 11 point buck.  Isaac is shown with outdoor mentor and guide John Hilbish.  

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  • Out and About!

Crappie are still biting despite the weather and bless the Thunder Chicken, Lil Mern has found something she likes more than Cheetos!




Week of 12-09-16

  • Reading, Writing and "Oh, Deer" A Hunting We Will Go!

Erin Kyser, 4th grade reading/language arts and social studies teacher at Erie Elementary Grade School, Erie, Kansas and student , Eli Montee will join Phil on the show to talk about Erin's first deer harvest and a mutual love of the Outdoors with family and friends. 


  • Chris Grant and daughters of Council Grove are the winners of our second Jay's Carry Out  "Outdoor Photo"  award. 



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Good times fishing at Council Grove City Lake

Week of 12-02-16

  • What's in Outdoors and Jay's Carry Out wants to congratulate Megan Hilbish on her 2016 deer harvest and photo.

    You too can win lunch on us by submitting your favorite outdoor photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from now until Christmas. Thanks, Jay!

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  • Tim Menard, USFWS biologist at the Flint Hills National Refuge will join us to discuss maintaining habitat at the Refuge. 





  • Photos from the 2nd Annual Dave Holland Youth Deer Hunt Dinner


  • Camp Jayhawk, Falley Scout Reservation---
    What a great place for wildlife appreciation, Hunter education and shooting sport activities!

  • Recap of the Kansas Hunter Education Class at Camp Jayhawk, Falley Scout Reservation on November 26th.
    Thank you John Young, Howie, Amy Peer and all the volunteers for providing our new "Ambassadors to the Outdoors" this certification class.


  • Story and pictures courtesy of Steve Woolf, Superintendent of Schools, USD 101, Erie, Kansas. 

      Erie High School Fishing U held their First Annual "Black Friday Classic" Fishing Tournament. Erie High School has a Fishing U. class that meets during the school day and is a part of the WILD Kansas program.  Professional bass fisherman and EHS shop teacher, Eric Craft, is the teacher of the class and worked with his students to put on this tournament.  It was a great time to get outdoors and enjoy some fishing and time together instead of spending the day shopping and fighting the shopping battle.  Thanks to all the teams who participated and a big thank you, Eric Craft, for organizing this and making the plaques with our new CNC router!


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Otis-Bison high school freshman, Jayce Kohls displays his personal best smallmouth bass caught at Wilson Reservoir on Black Friday!

Week of 11-25-16

  • A tribute to Marvin D. Schwilling and my visit to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms



  • Recap of the Outdoor Writers of Kansas conference in Great Bend



Week of 11-11-16

  • Money really does grow on trees!
    Today's show will highlight a visit to BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery near Eudora, Kansas. Wait till you hear the rest of the story!








  • Recap of the Kansas Crappie Club tournament at Clinton Lake to benefit Toys for Tots. We never caught the fish like we wanted to, but did come away with a boat load of toys!

Week of 11-04-16

  • What's in Outdoors will have travel to somewhere in Louisiana for an interview with Alabama cousin Maron McConnell, who is fishing for redfish, then back to Alabama for an exclusive interview with  Dan Dannenmueller Sr.

Cousin Maron is really passionate about being outside---hunting, fishing, gardening and building shooting houses!







  • Crappie Dan

Dan Dannenmueller Sr

Dan is a retired Air Force officer with 25 years of AF comptroller and system development experience. He currently is the CEO of Knowledge Management Services, based in Millbrook, AL as well as co-owner and publisher of the largest online crappie magazine, CrappieNow. His lifelong passion for competitive fishing led to back-to-back 2011 & 2012 Angler of the Year awards for the Bass Pro Shops National Crappie Masters Tournament Trail.  Dan shares his 30 plus years of successful tournament fishing thru how-to-seminars, Skype lessons, online articles and informative & educational YouTube videos. http://crappieNOW.com.  Recently, he just announced a new digital magazine he will publish:  http://catfishnow.com.

Dan is a member of SEOPA and the National Association of Professional Anglers (NPAA).  He is also a Kiwanian with a passion for the outdoors, fishing and the future fishing generations.

In 2014, Dan teamed with Nashville country recording artist, Garrett Steele, landing in the 6th overall position nationally on the Crappie Masters Trail. Their team, Crappie Country, is booked on radio and television along their tour to promote Garrett’s music, share fishing tips and techniques and introduce their many national & regional sponsors to audiences across North America.   The team has been labeled the “Ambassadors of Crappie Fishing”.

Dan also takes his promotional and educational skills nationally by presenting, teaching and training at numerous outdoor shows, writers camps and retail outlets such as Bass Pro Shops, Walmart and Cabela’s.

The magazine web pages are;  www.crappienow.com and www.catfishnow.com and DDoutdoor.com

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  • Recap of the What's in Outdoors Outside for a Better Inside  program at Stepping Stones in Emporia. 

Thank you Huston, Josh and Travis for all the help you provided!


  • The Morris County Outdoor Skills event was fun and educational for young and old alike!



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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