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

Sept 23

Fishing's Future Let's Go Fishing/Vamos A Pescar - Camp Alexander - Flyer - Call Phil at 620-794-5373

Sept 30

WoodFest 2017 - http://woodfestks.com/

Sept 30 - Oct 1

NWTF State JAKES Camp - White Memorial Camp, Council Grove Reservoir - Flyer - Registration

Oct 7

Rush the Rails Celebration - http://bit.ly/2y1RINE

Oct 7

Kansas Internet Assisted Hunter Education Certification Class - Williams Farm   www.safehunters.com or call Phil at 620-794-5373 for more information. 

Oct 14 
6th Annual Twin Rivers Junior Shooting Sports Banquet - Anderson Building, Lyon County Farigrounds - Contact Bev for more information, 620-340-7521
Oct 21
Virgil Brown Memorial Fishing Tournament - 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 02-06-15

  • Clyde "The Guide" Holscher former Emporian will join the WIO show to discuss fishing area lakes and what this year's Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show has to offer.  

  • Former KC Royals Star Tom Bruno Hosts Walleye Seminars - Info

  • Recap of Phil's trip to Buda, Texas and what in store for area youth and families concerning Fishing's Future presentations  

    Clear Springs Restaurants 

    Winner, Winner, Catfish Dinner!   Finger Lickin Good!

    Goodness, do they put out a plate of food at the Clear Springs Restaurant, New Braunfels, Texas.  Onion rings come in a stack about 18 inches high.

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  • A 2.5 minute youtube video about growing Channel Catfish in Kansas


  • Follow the actual bill in the Kansas House of Representatives:


  • How a bill becomes a law:


  • Tips on writing to your legislators:


Week of 01-23-15


  • Randy Claussen, inventor and founder of the Goosinator of Denver, Colorado will join Phil on the show to discuss how to rid golf courses and lake lots of unwanted geese. For more information concerning the Goosinator and how to get rid or those pesky geese, contact Randy Claussen

RMD Concepts, Inc.
303 916-1676
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  • Dan Thurston at Sutherlands in Topeka

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  • Casey's has also caught the MonsterBuck Fever! 

Text  "Caseys" to 28748 for a three dollar discount on tickets and please join us at the What's in Outdoors "Outside for a Better Inside" booth to learn all about the Great Outdoors!

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  • Monsterbucks is in the Air! 

Please stop and visit with Phil, Outdoors Writers of Kansas, 4-H Kids and members of the Flint Hills Bass Club of Topeka at the What's in Outdoors "Outside for a Better Inside" both at the Topeka Expocentre this weekend. 


Win two tickets to Monsterbucks on today's show. 

What "Close Encounter of the Weird Kind" do Lil Mern and Psycho Sue point out to during a recent upland game bird outing?   Tip, skin from its inner ear was once used in the early study of leprosy.  

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Week of 01-16-15

  • John Torrence with the 4-H Western Heritage Project, Lebo will join us on the show to discuss their January 17-18 program. 

The purpose of the 4-H Western Heritage Project is to instill firearms safety, personal responsibility, and marksmanship in youth members along with an appreciation for American history.   www.4-hwesternheritage.org

  • Speaking of American History.



Posted on Hubert's League Facebook page. 

Courtesy of David Zumbaugh. Outdoor Writers of Kansas, Kansas Wildlife Fedration, Director at Large 

..... A relatively new monument to "Buffalo Bill" Cody is located near Oakley, KS.

 Legend has it that 10 miles west, there was a contest to see who was the real "Buffalo Bill", Cody or William Comstock. Both provided meat to the Kansas Pacific Railroad workers. Cody won 56 to 37. He shot a .50 Springfield that would drop a bison with a thud. Comstock used a .44 Henry lever repeater. 

Supposedly, spectators came all the way from St. Louis to witness the event.

  • Cub Scouts at Timmerman Elementary

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Week of 01-09-15

  • Dan Thurston will join Phil on the show for a Celebration of Dave Hollond's life.  

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  • Monsterbucks coming to Topeka, January 23-25. 

  • Is your dog good enought to win the revised Topeka Capital Journal's Jim Ramberg "Dog of the Year" contest?  See the following link.

What's in Outdoors is also interested in your stories!

Link: http://cjonline.com/sports/outdoors/2014-12-27/josh-rouse-c-j-reviving-jim-rambergs-dog-year-contest

  • The Flint Hills Gobblers Youth Essay contest is taking entries once again. Deadline for essays is March 3. 

    In 500 words or less, please share your most memorable outdoor experience with the Gobblers. Youth 16 and under will stand a chance to win a guided turkey hunt and a brand new shotgun! - Entry Form and Info

  • KVOE's AJ Dome remembers Dave Holland

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Week of 01-02-15

  • Does your crickets lose their flavor on the bed post late at night!  (I will cover another wildlife recipe)


Week of 12-26-14

  • Open Spool...What's in Store for What's in Outdoors in 2015. 

  • Recap of Boat Load of Prizes BLOP

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From the kitchen of June Bell, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  Just in time to treat your friends for Christmas and through the Holiday Season. Wild turkey breasts work also. 


1 Can Cream of Mushroom soup

1 C. mayonnaise

1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese

½ small onion chopped fine

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

2 C. cooked, diced pheasant

1 C. minced celery

Microwave cream cheese on defrost setting for about 3 minutes to soften.  Add soup and mayonnaise, Worcestershire and onion.  Mix again, then add pheasant and celery.  Good served at room temperature or chilled.

  • My Christmas Wish Story

My Christmas Wish……….A better understanding of firearm safety education.

Christmas 2014 has past. If you bought your child 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?  What are the pros and cons?

The mother’s basic “BB gun block,” and the teacher’s and Santa Claus’ “You will shoot your eye out!” from the movie “A CHRISTMAS STORY” pose a definite concern.  But there are many positive things a child can learn from firearms safety education and especially the shooting sports:  safe habits and 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, does the parent have the knowledge and experience to give proper instruction in the basics of firearm safety?  Ralph’s parents were concerned that he might shoot his eye out, but on Christmas morning they let him go outside, unsupervised, with his brand new Daisy Red Ryder and shoot at a target on a metal backstop.  Ralph or an innocent bystander could have lost an eye when the BB ricocheted off the metal surface.  Or worse.

Flashback, Christmas, 1963.  A classmate of mine received a brand new .410 shotgun for Christmas.  Before night fell, Jimmy was in the hospital with a massive injury to the side of his head and eventually lost an eye due to a blast from that shotgun.  He recovered, but had to undergo many painful skin grafts to restore the damaged portion of his face. Others haven’t been so lucky.  Don’t let such a tragic incident happen.

Supervision and instruction on the basic firearm safety rules should also have been a part of his 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 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 an adult and under 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 that decision much easier.

Even if you don’t have any intentions of buying a gun or having one in your home, chances are your child will come in contact with a firearm one place or another. Statistics show that firearms are present in at least one-half of all the homes in America.  The National Rifle Association’s award winning Eddie Eagle program teaches a child to STOP and DON’T TOUCH any firearm.  It is important to resist the natural temptation to pick up a gun and put your finger on the trigger.  Explain to the child that real guns, unlike toy guns, can be very dangerous and that a real gun might look like a toy gun.  Tell your child to immediately LEAVE THE AREA.  Impress upon your child to TELL AN ADULT about what they have found so the situation can be controlled and other children won’t be at risk.

If you do own a gun, 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.

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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