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 05/01/15

  • Sustainability Fair sponsored by the Flint Hills Technical College yesterday. 

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  • WP 20150425 018The need to conserve water ​and the aquatic nuisance species message ​was well received. The Corp of Engineers water safety ​; swimming and need to wear a PFD​ ​while boating ​message is also well received.  ​We hope to do a Fish Ks  instructor/need for volunteers workshop at the ​Technical College on June 20th. 

  • Critter Camp Plus promotes wildlife appreciation, preservation of our remaining wild places and the need to conserve our natural resources.  CCP has partnered with Fishing’s Future and KDWPT Fish Ks to include a Fishing Basic 101 “Hands On” Backyard Bass lure casting activity during this learning experience. This educational program is a lot of fun for students, teachers, parents  and presenters alike!
  • What's in Outdoor "Outside for a Better Inside"

Fishing’s Future, Families Forever!​ 

On volunteering....

Critter Camp Plus......Outside for a Better Inside

Goodness, I never knew what I was getting into when I attended an Angler Education Certification Workshop at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, August of 2013. My mail purpose was just to go meet Shane Wilson, CEO and founder of Fishing's Future and to thank him for joining me on KVOE's weekly outdoor radio show, What's in Outdoors. After meeting Shane, Kevin Reich, our Kansas Fishing's Future state coordinator of Salina, KDWPT Fisheries Program Specialist, Bryan Sowards and feeling the energy in the room of other like-minded individuals wanting to "Pass On" their love and appreciation of the heritage and traditions of the Great Outdoors, I was hooked!

Please consider becoming a Fishing's Future instructor, join our Kansas team of dedicated volunteers and introduce youth and families to the Great Outdoors. 

Once you see the smiles on the face of the young people you work with, see them light up with the joy of making a successful cast, catching a fish and experiencing the joy, proud parents express for teaching their children the basics of fishing, you will be hooked too!

  • Spring Open House - White Memorial Camp - Saturday, May 9th



  • Quail Unlimited/Big Brothers Big Sisters Fishing Derby, Father's Pond, Olpe​, Kansas. April 26, 2015.  KVOE ​What's in Outdoors, Weston Orender, David Fraley, Fishing's Future and KDWPT Fish Kansas with the assist. ​  Photos courtesy of Nik Roth. 








Week of 04/24/15

  • Fred Masters, outdoor mentor and Brent Frazee, President of the Outdoor Writers of Kansas will join us to discuss turkey hunting and the May-3 through 5 OWK conference.

  • Tim Webb finished the Grand Lake FLW Rayovac Tournament in 12th place out of 197 participants. He missed the top ten by a mere 7 ozs.

This week, Tim will be fishing a tournament at Beaver Lake, Arkansas




  • Morals are being found but not in abundance. They are where they are!

  • Phil, Fishing's Future and Critter Camp Plus will be at the Sustainability Fair this Saturday. Hope to see you there.

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Week of 03/27/15


  • Derek Jackson....Beau Arndt Youth Turkey Hunt

  • Youth Turkey Hunt Agenda and other opportunities for kids. KDWPT web page and media releases.

  • Debbie Renzler Pomona State Park 

  • OK Kids Day Activities. Easter egg hunt sponsored by Double D Sports Bar and Grill, BP convenience store in Overbook and Friends of Pomona  State Park. Vendors include: Olathe RV, Corps of Engineers, kettle corn KSU extension and 4H clubs.

  • Fishing Reports  Brent Frazee, Ned Keady  103 fish! Riss Lake. A community lake. 28 rainbows. 


Locally....white bass, crappie in ponds

  • What to do with turtles in ponds you want to restock.  15 on a log.


Types of Turtles    Teeter todder trap, fish trap? Shoot them   Charlie Wallace 


  • And speaking of Charlie!  Are you  Fish hungry? 

  • April 4th.   North Lyon County Youth Fundraiser.  Charlie Wallace, Allen 

  • Saturday...... Critter Camp Plus  Endangered species and intro to fishing presentation.

Lee Arena, Washburn University.  250 scouts. 


  • Special thanks to Rex and Debbie Williams---Hunter education class on March 21.

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Week of 03-13-15

  • Sean Doke, Bentonville, Arkansas will join us on the show to discuss optics, binoculars and rifle scopes. 


  • State Seeks National Designation for Arkansas River 

National water trail status would benefit the public, the river and local communities

 Ark River Float Trip


State Seeks National Designation for Arkansas River

National water trail status would benefit the public, the river and local communities

Topeka, Kan. – Following on the success of the Kansas River being named a national water trail by the National Park Service (NPS) in July 2012, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) wants the same designation for a portion of the Arkansas River in Kansas. That goal is a little closer thanks to technical assistance KDWPT will receive from the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program to develop the designation application. The goal is national water trail recognition for the Arkansas River Water Trail from Great Bend downstream to the Oklahoma border, a network of public river access points providing recreational and conservation opportunities, as well as enhancing the prospects for communities and businesses to attract enthusiastic river-goers and boost local revenues.

The Arkansas River is classified as a “navigable water,” so the right of the public to travel on the water is protected by law. The river provides over 180 miles of publicly navigable water and riparian wildlife habitat in Kansas. The public may use the waterway between the ordinary high-water marks on each bank, but people aren’t allowed to trespass on private property adjacent to the river. As a result, it is important to establish reasonably-spaced public access points at suitable locations. Currently, the Arkansas River Water Trail includes more than 15 public access sites established in partnership with cities, counties and private landowners. KDWPT will work with the NPS to engage additional partners and stakeholders, set priorities to analyze issues and opportunities, improve public information resources, and achieve the national water trail designation.

“Designating the Arkansas River as a national water trail will help draw tourists who enjoy leisurely excursions and want to experience Kansas in a unique way,” said KDWPT Secretary Robin Jennison. “Many people might not think of our state as a place to take a river trip, but the Arkansas and Kansas rivers offer some really great opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy parts of the state that are often overlooked.”

According to Jessica Mounts, KDWPT district fisheries biologist, the project is community-driven and individuals and groups interested in water trail development are encouraged to volunteer. Planning meetings will begin in March, 2015. For more information on meeting dates and locations, contact Jessica Mounts at 316-683-8069 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Recap of the Salvation Army Outdoors presentation with Lt. Lynn Lopez

Salvation Army Bible Boot Camp......Ages 4-15.  March 16-20

To register call 620) 342-3093 or stop by 327 Constitution and ask for Rose.  The Bible Boot Camp is Monday through Friday 11AM-4PM next week. Snacks, outdoor games, story time, songs, crafts and lunch served daily.

TSA is hosting a school's out camp next week. 

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  • Phil's take on snow skiing, bluebirds and purple martins. 

Snow Skiing for Us Naturals!     March.... Many years ago.

Webster defines skiing as the act or sport of traveling or gliding on skis.  It does not say anything about the wide-eyed feeling of terror I had the first time my so-called friends turned me loose on the mountain slopes of Colorado.

Downhill skiing is actually simple. It’s the turning before you travel/glide off a mountain or getting stopped before you become a permanent tree implant that creates the problems.  Been there, done that!  And to think I would be a natural. I actually boasted I would be ready for ski jumps and somersaults by the second day. 

I was lucky to be walking the second day.

This short chapter on skiing was added to my mental book of outdoor adventures early in March over twenty years ago.  My wife and I were invited to join several other couples for a skiing vacation.  Reservations were made, clothes were scotch-guarded and away we went.  It was awfully tough to leave Kansas to go skiing.  The sun was shining, spring was in the air, the groundhog never saw his shadow, and fantastic fishing reports were beginning to circulate.  Pond fishing was really heating up.  Bass were on a feeding frenzy, gobbling up just about anything thrown to them and I was going to Colorado to play in the ice and snow?  What's wrong with this picture? It didn’t make sense.  I never really liked to make a snowman when I was a kid, and now I was going to drive over six hundred miles just to travel or glide down a snow-covered hillside.

The thought never really occurred to me until we were well down Interstate 70 that skiing involved sliding with the possibility of being out of control.  WHERE’S MY SIGN?  Would I experience that same feeling of despair and uneasiness a driver feels when trying to brake his car during icy road conditions?   You know the feeling.  Your teeth are clenched, toes curled and you have a death grip on the steering wheel while all the time wondering if the car will stop before sliding into the intersection, curb, or car just ahead of you.  Doubt began to creep into my mind.  Would it really be possible to crash into a tree, or soar off a cliff and join the eagles because you traveled or glided onto an unmarked slope and couldn’t stop in time?  Well, so what,  Columbus took a chance and besides I would be a natural.

Our plan was to drive to Denver the first day and enjoy a delicious Mexican food fiesta at the Casa Bonita. We stayed the night and made it to Winter Park by midmorning the next day.  Once our  reservations were confirmed and the ski rental equipment checked out, it was time to challenge the slopes.  Too late to get lessons, but who needed them anyway.  I was going to be a natural.

The ski lift ride up the mountain was breath taking and offered a panoramic picture perfect postcard view of beautiful Colorado.  Everything was going  great until my wife told me to stand up and push away from the lift.  I discovered in no time there is nothing natural about snow skiing. I lost my balance and crashed into friends who were awaiting our arrival, taking four or five of them down with me.  The rest of the afternoon was all “downhill,” no pun intended.  I felt like a baby bird just learning to spread its wings, but was fortunate to have an audience along who offered encouragement, dusted me off and collected all my skiing apparatus every time I wiped out.  I finally asked my friends to leave me alone, take off and enjoy their skiing time the rest of the afternoon.  

My wife, being the unnatural that she is, picked up skiing in no time  and deserted me also.

One method of reducing speed and gaining control while skiing is to point the tips of your skis across the slope and up the mountain.  By skiing uphill you will gradually come to a stop and once you learn to turn, you can weave your way back and forth across the slope and down the mountain.  That is skiing in a nutshell.  I felt a great sense of accomplishment when  I mastered this maneuver for the first time.  My only problem was that when I stopped, my back was facing downhill and I slowly began slipping backwards down the hill.  I wasn’t a natural at skiing backwards either-- so the only way I could remedy the situation  was to fall down, turn around and start over.

I finally made my way down the slope to what I’ll call a T in the road and stopped for a rest.  Actually a safety net at the intersection stopped me from going into the trees and allowed me this break in the action.  I hadn’t taken such a beating since the third grade picnic!  A decision had to be made.  I could either go to the left on a slope called the Turnpike which would gradually get me to the lodge or go to the right, down  Practice Hill and zoom into the lodge in grand style. 

A couple of kids landed at my feet while I was making this crucial decision and asked for directions.  I guess I looked like a skier anyway.  After watching several people crash on Practice Hill, I told them I would show them the way to the lodge down the Turnpike.  They both replied in unison, “The Turnpike’s for sissies,” and off they went.  Well, my ego got the best of me and I decided to help them conquer the mountain.

This steep practice slope is situated right in front of the lodge. I really got to “cookin,” and was soon out of control.  Something had to be done before I crashed through the doors and joined someone in their broccoli and noodle soup.  I was frozen in terror, teeth clenched, toes curled and wondering if I could ever get stopped when I heard a big chorus of “sit down,” from all my friends who had been watching me all along.  Well I sat down, and when I finally stopped and looked up the slope, there was a forty-yard streak of blue dye the snow had sucked out of my Levis. 

I was first in line for lessons the next morning.  Once I learned to snow plow and to shift my weight the wrong way for us naturals, skiing became a breeze.

Good luck to all the families about to embark on their first skiing adventure this spring.  Enjoy the food, scenery, and get a big breath of cool fresh Colorado mountain air for me.


  • Brent Frazee and special youth event at Eisenhower Park, Melvern Lake on May 3. Outdoor Writers of Kansas Conference in Emporia, May 3-5.

Week of 03-06-15

  • Friday's featured guest will be Brad Roether, Milford Lake fishing guide to discuss pre-spawn fishing for walleye, what lies in store for anglers on Milford Lake in 2015 and Lord know what all we will talk about since I roamed around Junction City before the lake was there!



Every year Brad Roether, brother Dan and Grandpa Boone's Cabin puts habitat in Milford Lake to benefit both fish and anglers.

Look for one of Brad's "PVC pipe and barrell, Walleye Motels that will be opening this spring!

For more information concerning walleye fishing at Milford, their youth and habitat programs contact Grandpa Boone's Cabin & Outfitters. 201 Smith St. Box 93, Milford, Ks. 66514

Brad Roether....785-223-1332

  • Milford baseball team won their league and we told them we would take them fishing if they won it. A good time was had by all!boonetimeasdf

  • Want to learn more about Kansas Walleye and the Fall River District? Click Here

    Courtesy of Carson Cox, KDWPT fisheries biologist. 

  • Furbearing Animals: A Renewable Natural Resource 


Video courtesy of Tim Donges, Bluestem Branch of Quality Deer Management Association, Eldorado, Kansas  316-641-0011  http://www.qdma.com/ 

Week of 02-27-15

  • Jerrie Miller, Chicago and Rose  Colunga, Emporia,  Salvation Army Outdoors will join Phil to discuss their new initiative to get kids and families "Outside for a Better Inside!"

  • The Salvation Army Outdoors web link is http://centralyouthnetwork.com/tsa-outdoors/

  • TSA National Webpage regarding camps  http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/youth-camps-and-recreation

  • Follow TSA Outdoors on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/tsaoutdoors/

  • A lifetime of dogs.....Lassie, Scout, Theresa, Diana or Jake, Josh, Jip, Joker, Jackson--Mert and the quail bet at the lake, Toot, Lucky Bo Dandy---Blue Hen, breed to a fence post and get good pups

  • Rowdy---long legs and went to electronics for training. Never did like the early models of training collars.

  • Peach, Bob Stack-- Litter and Patty Reeves--Bacon Test, Blue eyed pups!

  • Stick and Doc Sommers, Right Ranger---Barshoe Brute bred.  Oda Mae, Sassy, Casey, Brewster, Psycho Sue, Little Mern, Jay Stine and now, Mocha the Pointing Pug! 






  • RECAP OF LAST WEEK....NSTRA certification, Glen Elder, Pheasants and Flint Hills Chapter of QUWF, 


  • Flint Hills Chapter of NWTF 2015 JAKES ESSAY CONTEST and SCHOLARSHIP deadline nears.  See calendar.

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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