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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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The salami-making Beast

This vintage electric sausage grinder belonged to one of Luke’s dearest friends, the late Bob Hood. The old grinder, probably made back in the 1940s, still works as good as new.
Credit 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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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Summer deer hunt in Texas Hill Country

Axis deer in Texas Hill Country
Luke Clayton

Folks, this week, I'm hunting for Axis deer in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  Back in the 1930's, Axis deer were stocked on ranches in the Hill Country and parts of South Texas.  Today, there are thousands of Axis roaming the region.

I used a .45 caliber big bore air rifle on a hunt for free ranging deer just outside a small town near San Antonio.  

As most of you know, I put my game meats to good use.  While recording this week's show, I was smoking a neck roast from the deer I harvested!

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

One last outing for the Clayton family before school starts

Grandson Jack reeling in the big one with Captain Mike
Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

This week I'm making it short and sweet.  I'm working on a story about shark fishing in the Gulf of Mexico with our old friend, Captain Mike, and I've made the trip into one last family vacation before school starts.  I'm sending pictures for you to enjoy of my grandson, Jack, catching a shark from the pier, and a big one he landed with the help of Captain Mike.

Right now, the kids are over at Schlitterbahn Water Park.  It's great family fun.  Their website is: schlitterbahn.com

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Long and slow is the key to good barbeque

This small amount of dry plum wood is all the wood that’s necessary to smoke up to 20 pounds of meat. This is the ‘well used’ Smokin Tex electric that has been put to work many times during the past seven years
Credit Luke Clayton

I’m sure that most of you that have been listening to me for any length of time understand that I dearly love the entire outdoor lifestyle, everything from the actual hunting or fishing trip to transforming the fish/game meats into tasty meals.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Is high-fenced hunting sporting?

Credit Luke Clayton

With the outdoor hunting shows coming up in a few weeks and many hunters making plans for their fall hunting trips, I though it might be interesting this week to discuss hunting on high fences ranches. This is a ‘hot button’ topic for many hunters.

Let me share my thoughts on hunting ranches with game proof fencing. I know many of you have been reading my columns/articles for years and I hope you have come to learn that “Ole Luke” is all about the total hunting experience rather than just the harvest.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Catfish + Kids = Summertime Fun

Guide Seth Vanover with an ‘average’ size Lake Fork channel catfish. Two of Luke’s grandsons, Conner (left) and Jack Zimmerman will remember this trip for a long time.
Credit Luke Clayton

Catfish have always been a favorite of mine for many reasons. I love catching the big blues, usually during the cold weather months, and I dearly love the often non-stop catching that is common this time of year on lakes with high numbers of channel catfish. Dusted with a liberal amount of cornmeal and dropped into hot cooking oil, catfish fillets fried crispy are a culinary delight.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Bring home the fish, but leave the mussels

Zebra mussels are very small.
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The spread of Zebra mussels in Texas lakes has caused for new regulations that all fishermen/boaters should be aware of. Beginning July 1, boaters must drain all water from their boat and on-board receptacles before leaving or approaching  a body of fresh water anywhere in Texas.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Watch out Wylie, Luke's on the porch!

Luke's waiting for Wylie Coyote on his front porch.
Credit Luke Clayton

My son spotted coyotes on two occasions late at night close to the house during the past week. Most of these sightings occurred around midnight or later, long after I am in bed sound asleep. After another cat came up missing 2 nights ago, I decided to devise a plan to remove Ole Wiley from the equation!

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High Plains Outdoors
2:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The best smoked beans you'll ever taste

The table is set, and Luke's smoked baked beans are part of the feast!
Credit Luke Clayton

 Howdy, Folks!

Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite outdoor recipes with you.  Give it a try!  You won't be sorry.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The life cycle of a hunter

Luke bow hunting this season
Credit Luke Clayton

 Howdy, Folks!

This week Cindee asked me to talk about the way my hunting experience has changed with time.  When I think about it, as a young man it was all about bagging the tags and having a bigger gun.  Through the years, I was challenged by the skill bow hunting required, and moved that direction.  Now, I'm experimenting with air rifles, and the different skill set they require.  As I think about it, hunting at this time is about the experience.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Axis deer are rutting in Texas

Axis Deer in Texas
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Howdy Folks!

Axis deer are a big deal down here in Texas. They came to the area on exotic ranches. Some of those rascals got loose, and now they free range across the state.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

How to can pork

Canned meat hot out of the pressure cooker.
Credit Mike Pullen

Luke talks with Mike Pullen of Frisco Spices about canning pork.

 Howdy, Folks!

It's your ole buddy, Luke, and today we're talking to Mike Pullen of Frisco Spices.  He's walking us through the process of canned pork.  Take a listen.  If you have questions, Mike would love to talk you through the process. 

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Canned venison better than Grandma's

Credit Mike Pullen

Luke talks with Mike Pullen, owner of Frisco Spices about canning venison.

Howdy Folks, 

It's your ole buddy, Luke.    Today, I'm talking to Mike Pullen, the owner of Frisco Spices.  

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High Plains Outdoors
8:01 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Easy fajitas for your next camping trip

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Howdy, Folks!

Today, I'm going to share my secret recipe for making fajitas when I'm camping.  

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Cleon P Carraway... the Hog Whisperer

Cleon P Carraway in action with one of his calls.

  There is a great deal of information available on most aspects of wild hog hunting but the art of using calls to attract porkers within shooting range is one that is often skirted around, probably because of lack of factual information. Through the years, I’ve had very limited success using calls to attract hogs. The lion’s share of my failures I attribute to lack of skill on my part and possibly the fault of the calls I used to perfectly duplicate the sounds made by wild hogs.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

World record whitetail changed this Canadian's life

Milo Hanson and his two Boone and Crockett record bucks.
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

Today, we wrap up our visit with Milo Hanson.  Milo has the world record typical whitetail, and he's made the record book again with the rack shown in this picture.  

The world record changed the lives of Milo and his family, and it also affected his community.  At one point his wife said she'd "like to beat the record with a hammer."

Take a listen.  This man is a great story teller. 

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Tell me the story of the world record whitetail buck, ey?

Milo Hanson and his world record typical whitetail
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Howdy Folks!

I tell you what, I have just had a conversation with Milo Hanson about the day he shot his world record whitetail buck.  I feel like I've just been on the set of The Red Green Show.

Milo is from Biggar, Saskatchewan.  He tells the story of that day better than any radio theater.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, lean back, and listen to Milo.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A tale of turkey and hogs

Mark Balette (right) takes aim through the Nite Site as Randy Douglas uses the Nite Site Spotter to scan through the darkness for wild hogs.
Luke Clayton

There are few things that I enjoy more than hunting turkeys in the spring when the landscape is coming to life in many hues of green and the sun’s warming rays once again informs Mother Nature that it’s time for all her creatures to go about the task of procreation.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Wiper fishing during the shad spawn

Jason Barber catches a big one.
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

If you will take a few minutes and listen, Jason Barber will tell you the secrets of catching catfish and wipers now that spring has arrived and the water temperatures are warming up.  The warmer temperatures also mean the shad are spawning, and that's key for a successful day!   

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

The secret to catfishing

Jason Barber brought in the big one!
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy folks!

This week, I tell you what, we are going to discover the secret of reeling in those big cats!  Jason Barber shares with us how cormorants are a key to unlocking the mystery.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Bass Fishing: The nitty gritty details of deadstickin

Jason Barber
Luke Clayton

The conversation with Jason Barber continues. Learn more about deadstickin.

Howdy Folks!

I tell you what, I wish we would have had 30 minutes to talk with Jason Barber about deadstickin last week, so I've done the next best thing.  I've brought him back again this week.  

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

To catch a big bass this time of year, do some deadstickin

Jason Barber brings in a big one!
Credit Luke Clayton

Deadsticking is a term used for fishing a bait, usually a soft plastic but not always, very slowly during the winter months when water temperatures are at their lowest. When the water is cold, fish become lethargic. They must eat but they prefer a meal that remains somewhat stationary rather than something they must chase down. Thus the reason that 1.5 inch soft plastic shad imitations held motionless near the top of big schools of white bass provided so much excitement at Cedar Creek Lake last week.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Campfire Cooking: One Skillet Breakfast

 

This breakfast is easy to make, and easy to clean up.  The only pan you need is a cast iron skillet. 

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Recollections of varmint calling for the first time

Sometimes when Larry and I get together, our conversations head toward the past... and stories of our "firsts."  Larry's asking me about the first time I went out calling.  Here's my story:

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Winter varmint calling

This week around the campfire, Larry Weishuhn and I were talking about winter varmint hunting.  Winter is a perfect time to get out and do some calling.  With varmints here on the High Plains, this is a true challenge.  You don't have to be a pro, even extreme novices can be successful using an electronic caller.  Now my friend Larry, you can't believe the sounds he can make with his mouth.  It is unbelievable.  He can sound like white tail deer, rabbits, but me, I have to use a call. 

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Embarrassing hunting moment: Trapped in a blind

Let me tell you, folks, some of my favorite hunting memories are not about bringing home a trophy buck or making the record book, but about some of the mishaps that have happened along the way.  One of those times was when Larry and I were out deer hunting.  We were not having much luck, so we decided to do a little calling.  We were getting a little hungry, nothing was happening, so we decided to head back to camp to get something to eat.  I pushed on the door to open it, and the thing did NOT move.  The hasp had slipped down and locked us in!

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
5:48 am
Sat February 1, 2014

What's the big deal about air powered rifles?

Luke Clayton harvest a big boar using an air rifle
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke Clayton talks with big bore air gun designer and builder

Howdy Folks!

I have had quite the adventure spending time with big bore air gun designer and builder,
Terry Tate.   I'm kinda sad to see our time come to an end.

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High Plains Outdoors episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Talking with Terry Tate: Air Rifle Designer and Builder

Terry Tate
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke talks with big bore air rifle designer and builder Terry Tate.

Howdy folks!

This week I have the pleasure of talking with Terry Tate.  If you recall, he's a designer and builder of big bore air rifles.  He's been giving me lessons before we go out hunting with the air rifles for wild hogs.

I can't wait!

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Home-cured Ham

Doesn't that look good? Wild hog that I cured and then smoked.
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

This week, I'm walking you through the steps to cure and then smoke ham.  You can do it with ham you buy at the store, but the ham you see to the right is a wild boar I got a couple weeks ago.  Take a listen.  This is delicious!

Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors!

High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

New Year's Resolution: Outdoor Ideas

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Howdy Folks!

I have some great ideas of ways to spend time outdoors during the coming year.  If you've been wanting to get out of that rocking chair, and into the fresh air, take a listen.  You might hear an idea that appeals to you!

Until next time, enjoy the outdoors!

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