Luke Clayton

High Plains Outdoors writer and producer

Outdoors writer, radio host and book author Luke Clayton has been addicted to everything outdoors related since his childhood when he grew up hunting and fishing in rural northeast Texas.  Luke pens a weekly newspaper column that appears in over thirty newspapers.

Luke is on the pro staff of Mathews Bows, GhostBlind, Innerloc Broadheads, Smokin Tex Electric Smokers and Carbon Express Arrows.  Luke is the Editor at Large for Texas Bowhunters Journal and East Texas Outdoors Magazines and the author of the book Hunting and Fishing Texas.  Follow his columns and listen to his weekly radio show throughout the year and you’ll surely get exposed to many facets of the outdoor life.

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This week, Luke takes us on a hog hunt in the Pineywoods of East Texas at his friend Mark Balette's ranch. Mark owns B & C Outfitters (www.easttexasexotics.com) in Trinity County and hosts hunters from all over the country on hog and exotic hunts.

On this hunt their good friend Bryan Shrum and Gary travel down from Tennessee to enjoy a couple of carefree days hunting hogs and catching bass and enjoying some great fellowship together. As Luke says, outings like this are "good for the soul".

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Most readers of this column are within a few hours drive of Lake Texoma and some of the very best striper fishing in the state, probably in the southwest. Stripers are currently the heaviest they will be all year. They are voraciously feeding on shad, putting on weight for their annul spawning runs up the Red and Washita Rivers.

Luke Clayton

Did you know that there are big bore air rifles on the market shooting over 500 foot pounds of energy which is more than ample for harvesting any animal in North America?

I've been shooting and hunting with air rifles for the past couple years and highlights this week what I considers to be the perfect air rifle for hunting hogs, predators and exotics. It's an easy to handle 45 caliber carbine sporting a 20 inch barrel. 

Luke Clayton

I like to keep our weekly visits lighthearted and hopefully share a bit of information and knowledge I’ve gleaned from kicking around in the outdoors the past half century. But occasionally I feel the need to “vent” a bit about outdoor related topics. What are your feelings about “hunting” wild hogs from helicopters? Let’s look at the many facets of this often controversial subject.

Luke Clayton

Curing and smoking ham at home is very easy. Pictured here are the hams from a 50 pound porker I took on a recent hunt. You can do this yourself!

Here how:

Order a packet of maple sugar cure from Frisco Spices www.friscospices.com. You will actually receive two packages of cure which is plenty for even a couple of ten pound hams. 

Mix a packet of cure with two quarts of water to create the brine. Place hams into the brine and place in refrigerator.

Luke Clayton

I recently wrote about how much there is to do in the outdoors this time of year. Well, last week, I took my own advice and brought my words to fruition by first joining goose guide Rick Hrncir with Family Affair Guide Service for a Conservation goose hunt south of Corsicana and later in the week, did some fishing down in east Texas. So, relax in your easy chair and let me recap both outings with you. Hopefully you can find time this week to get out and enjoy some late winter activities.

Winter Catfishin

Feb 13, 2015
Luke Clayton

The dead of winter is prime time for catching giant blue catfish. The listening area of High Plains Public Radio encompasses some of the very best catfishing waters in the country. In today's show, Luke highlights some of his favorite catfish waters and discusses a big catfish tournament down in Texas that is scheduled later this month, details at kingkatusa.com.   

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This week, Luke discusses some of his views on hunting on HIGH PLAINS OUTDOORS. It's important for hunters to show respect for the animals and birds that they hunt. Granted, wild hogs are a problem for many in the south and southeast but swine, for many decades have been a staple food source. Even though wild hogs present problems to landowners, they are still animals and, as wild hogs, game animals. They should be treated with respect by hunters.

Luke Clayton

"What's for supper tonight, Luke?"    Give me twenty minutes and we will be eating gumbo!

This week, Luke tells divulges his quick and easy method of making  "Instant Gumbo"!

Begin cooking a couple gallons of gumbo stock which contains all the baiscs, ie.  tomaotes, okra, celery, bell pepper and onion. This can be preserved by canning in quart jars or freezing in quart freezer bags.

Luke Clayton

In this week's High Plains Outdoors, I'm wondering, "What game animal do you consider the most challenging to hunt?"  I hunt everything from elk and bear up in the mountain states to deer and birds. I consider a wise older wild sow the most adept at avoiding humans, thanks mostly to the refined sense of smell. I've been watching this one wild sow for the past 4 months on trail cameras and occasionally see her in the woods. One of the fat pigs is my target.

In my opinion, there is no finer eating game animal than a fat wild hog weighing between 20 and 50 pounds.

Luke Clayton

Hello Folks!

The last buck of the season brought a big surprise to this ole boy.  I was set up in my ground blind, the last day of deer season, the last hours of the day, when movement caught my eye.  And, there was a big ole tom bobcat.  I thought he'd just look around, and then go on his way, but the rascal headed right for the door of my blind.  He was about six feet away when I shut the door.  There simply was not enough room for ole Luke and that cat in the blind.

That really got me going!

The main reason most people don't like the strong taste of duck is because they don't take steps to remove the blood from the duck.   Here are a couple mouth-watering methods.  Remove the breast of the duck, butterflying each half, then place them in a 50/50 mix of soy sauce and Coca-Cola.  I marinate them overnight in a Ziploc bag.  The next day, I put a slice of jalapeno pepper in the middle, fold it over, wrap it with bacon, then indirectly smoke it.  Don't put it right over the flame, but smoke it for about an hour.  

There are a number of steps to take for a successful duck hunt, but one of the most vital ingredients is- hide! 

Luke Clayton

Merry Christmas!

This week I'm sharing one of my favorite winter dishes- smoked chili.  The secret to this recipe is to smoke the meat prior to adding any liquid ingredients.  Take a listen to the show, and I'll walk you through the process step by step.

Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!  Join me this week as I travel to east Texas to hunt aoudad and wild boar with my long time friend Mark Balette who owns B & C Outfitters

On this hunt, I put more meat in the freezer with the with a good eating wild boar and Aoudad Ram.  I used my Darton Crossbow  for the hog hunt and a new big bore air rifle that will be on the market next month for the ram.

Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!  This week, we're headed west to the canyon country of southwest Texas.  I'm meeting Steven Ray.  He's an expert antler rattler, and the creator of Rattling Forks.

This hunt brings in one of the nicest bucks I've seen in years.

Hop in my truck, and let's go!

Luke Clayton

Deer season is well underway and I’m betting many of you have a freezer full of venison. What would you think is the most popular method of cooking venison? Maybe chicken fried steak? I’m betting the old standard fried backstrap or ham steak is very high on the list! I’ve enjoyed chicken fried venison since childhood and thought I’d share with you my method of preparing it.

Luke Clayton

DEER SEASON is in going strong right now and the rut is either in the early stages or full swing, depending upon where you hunt.

Luke Clayton

Well folks, today I’m sharing my favorite wild game barbeque.  It’s mouth-watering good.

Luke Clayton

So far, this has been an awesome year in Texas for harvesting trophy class white tail bucks. Today, a buck that makes the Boone and Crockett book with the minimum score of 170 BC has become almost commonplace, especially on well managed ranches, many of which are high fenced, all across the state.  I, and most veteran deer hunters, can remember not too many years ago when there were only a handful of ‘book’ bucks taken in the state each year. While visiting and hunting with my friend outdoor writer and TV show host Larry Weishuhn recently, we spent a good bit of time discussing the subject of the increase of big deer taken in Texas and across the country.

Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks, today I'm taking you on a quail hunt to Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort.  My buddy, Terry Tate, is on this adventure with me.  Places like this are the only place you'll find quail, they've been gone from there for about 25 years. 

Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

This note is going to be short.  My wife and I are on vacation in the Galveston Bay.  We're staying in a canal house, and fishing off the deck.  I've also been going out at night gigging flouder with one of my friends.  We've also been taking care of the crab traps.  Take a look at the slide show, and you'll see the amazing stone crabs we brought home.

It's a great time to be outdoors!

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I’ve been penning stories about the outdoors now for almost a quarter century. One of the benefits of being an outdoors writer so long is sharing the knowledge I glean from all the professional hunters and fishermen I work with. 

Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!  My guest this week is guide Billy Carter who has lived, fished and hunted on beautiful Caddo Lake in deep east Texas his entire life. Billy and his wife Dottie own Spatterdock.  They have several furnished rental houses situated right on the lake. They also manage the oldest inland marina in the state, Johnson's Ranch Marina.

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Well, hello folks!

Today, I'm going to share a recipe that I made up in elk camp. 

Luke Clayton

For the past five years, my friend Larry Large and I have outfitted elk and bear hunts on a ranch located in northern Colorado, not far from Wyoming’s southern boundary. This is rough, wild country and game is plentiful. It’s one of the few places that I know of with such a large population of black bear. Elk are always plentiful here and because we hunt during the September archery season, before snowfall triggers the resident elk to migrate to lower, warmer valleys, the animals are using their summer pattern of bedding in the black timber up high and moving into the valleys and lower elevations during the day to feed and water. 

Luke Clayton

 Howdy, Folks!  It's your old buddy, and do I have a story to tell you!  The week up here at elk camp, one of our hunters, Chris, was hidden, waiting for elk to come by, when he caught sight of a mountain lion about 12 foot away!  Yes, I said 12 foot!  Now, Chris was beside the trail, pretty well hidden, and the lion caught his gaze, then appeared to move away.  Chris remembered what he'd been taught, and watched for the lion to circle back, and that's exactly what happened.  Listen to Chris tell the story of the hunter becoming the prey.

Luke Clayton

Howdy, Folks!

We're all settled in up here in the Rocky Mountains.  We've been hearing the bugling, and seen some pretty nice herds, but so far, we've been unsuccessful.

This morning, one of the hunters missed a pretty good shot, but there will be another.

We're all back in camp, and I'm on the porch, talking with our Camp Manager Billy about the delicious breakfast he made.

Be sure and take a look at the pictures!

I'll be back with another story from the mountains and more pictures next week!

Elk Camp: On the Road

Aug 29, 2014
Luke Clayton

 Howdy, folks! 

It's raining on the way to the mountains.  It looks like the end of the rainbow is our elk camp.  I'll be sending you audio postcards from the trip thanks to my son-in-law who got me one of those smart phones and showed me how to use it.  I'll be sending pictures too, so you can see what things look like up here.

Luke Clayton

Most readers of the outdoor press have read newspapers and magazine articles written by Bob Hood. Bob was a very active outdoors writer for close to half a century. He was one of my best friends and we hunted and fished together often and shared story ideas, pictures and the experiences of spending time together in the outdoors from the brush country of Mexico to the Rocky Mountains.

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