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 Episode
8:01 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Cooking the Christmas Goose

Today I'd like to share a new twist on how to cook your Christmas goose.  I guarantee everyone will love this recipe.  You'll only be using the breast, but don't throw away the rest of the bird, you can use it for jerky or to make stuffing.  You'll want to start your preparation the day before cooking to allow time for marinating. 

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
11:14 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Easy One Skillet Venison

Grab your cast iron skillet with a lid, and get ready to make an entire meal with venison in one pan.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:02 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

The Perfect Gift for the Outdoorsman

Gift giving is hard for me.  When it comes to giving the perfect Christmas gift for the outdoorsman on the list, I've found the best presents are the tools I use that are tried and true. 

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The Secret to Duck Hunting? Hide!

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

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Real Men Cook

Both hosts of High Plains Outdoors, Larry and Luke, relish spending time in the wide, untamed spaces hunting and fishing, but for these two men, it's not simply about a successful hunt, it's about cooking what you bring into camp.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
1:21 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stripers.... mmm mmm good!

Dave netting a big one on Lake Texoma

Luke Clayton and Larry Sparks “Sparky” call in to share with Marshall Allen Bailey their favorite ways to cook striper. These men are down on Lake Texoma fishing, and they have caught a bunch. Sparky kicks it off with his method of cooking stripers on the half shell.

Each year about this time, thousands of sea gulls converge on Lake Texoma, situated on the Texas/Oklahoma border and striper fishing becomes red hot. 

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Stripers Run at Lake Texoma

Look what we caught!

The stripers are running on Lake Texoma.  Located on the border of Texas and Oklahoma, Lake Texoma is the perfect home for stripers.  It was first stocked in the 1960's, and since the ideal salinity of the water has led to not only the procreation, but thriving of the game fish. 

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Upland Birds

The High Plains offers some of the best upland bird hunting in the country.  Larry and Luke discuss everything from dove to grouse hunting in today’s show.  

High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Sight Pin Placement is Critical for Bow Hunters

Luke has been on the Mathews Bows pro staff for many years and is a devout bow hunter. He and Larry discuss topics such as sight pins, how to get started in archery and how equipment improvements have shortened the learning curve for hunters. 

High Plains Outdoors Episode
9:46 am
Fri October 5, 2012

One Shot Challenge

There’s something special about the one shot challenge of hunting with a muzzle loader. Luke and Larry have both done their share of shooting and hunting with ‘smoke poles.’  This show deals with not only the basics of muzzle loading but also highlights some tricks to get the most accuracy possibly from your front loading rifle.

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8:01 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Black Bear Numbers Increase

Looking Luke Straight in the Eye

Luke Clayton just returned from an elk hunt in Colorado mountains.  Bear numbers and sightings were at an all time high.  A couple close encounters gave Luke a photo to remember, and another guide an opportunity to share his candy bar.  Larry Weishuhn gives some insight into causes for the increased numbers.  Plus, as usual, a good bit of ‘hard core’ campfire talk!

Highh Plains Outdoors Episode
1:47 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Sighting in Rifles and Bows

Sighting Pins on a Bow

Shots can be in close range or from quite a distance, and out here on the high plains, your gun or bow needs to be ready for both.  A general rule is to sight in at different target distances.  It is also important to shoot a number of times a week from  different positions.     

High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:30 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Rub Tells All

Deer rubs and rub lines tell you there is a buck in the area.  When the deer loses its velvet, you'll start seeing rubs.  It could be as simple as a hook in the brush or a rub on a tree.  The purpose of rubbing is to strengthen a deer's neck for the upcoming breeding season.   The size of the rub generally does indicate buck size.  You can also tell about antler structure by looking carefully at the rub.   Here on the high plains, you can find rubs on blue stem, sunflowers, fence posts, or windmill towers.   

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
7:30 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Scrapes Mark Territory

deer scrapes

Learn about the phenomenon of individual and communal deer scrapes.  Scrapes can be equated to pulling into a farmer's yard for a visit, and when you turn around, the dogs are marking their territory on your wheels.    Scrapes seem to be located at the intersection of well traveled paths.  They are most active in the fall before breeding season.  There are two kinds of scrapes- active and inactive.  Many scrapes are found along the path of least resistance, along brush lines, next to a draw, on a tree, the edge of a tree line, or in any type of terrain change.  The ideal time to look for sc

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
7:30 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Spot and Stalk is Challenging on the High Plains

Spot and stalk on the high plains is a completely different game.  Here, creatively seek out the highest vantage point.  That could be a windmill tower, a knoll, or even the top of your pickup cab.

High Plains Outdoors

Luke Clayton invites you to his camp to talk about the great outdoors.   Every Saturday morning, during Western Swing and Other Things, he'll be calling into chat with Dodge City Marshall Allen Bailey, telling hunting and fishing stories, and a whole lot more.  You'll learn how to make sausage, cook over a campfire, get some wild game recipes, as well as inside tips on how you can become a more successful outdoorsman. 

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