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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Howdy Folks!  This is the last week I'm going to talk with David Fort, the president of the American Whitetail Authority.    

David has shared with me the process his organization goes through to choose hunters to participate in their tournaments, and let me tell you what, it is not a walk in the park.  

In addition to having an excellent skill set, there are three tournaments hunters participate in, with the final one in eastern Kansas in January.

Folks, I am pleased as punch to be talking with David Fort, president of the American Whitetail Authority.  David is teaching me about a whitetail tournament sponsored by the AWA.  The competition is done with rifles outfitted with cameras, not bullets.  

Howdy Folks!

This week will be short, because I am packing my gear to head back to the Dale River Ranch.  This past weekend, I was not successful.  It happens to the best of us.  I shot from a vertical angle that I don't practice much, and believe you me, when I get back to the ranch, it will be a shot I'll be practicing before I head back out to try again.

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Howdy Folks!  I took my bow up to Palo Pinto County earlier this week for a short bowhunt on the Dale River Ranch. Shooting from a high rock outcropping to deer on a trail below, I came very close to arrowing the monster buck shown you see running away in the first photo.  You can even see my arrow on the ground under the feeder.  I had a trail camera situated near the feeder, and it captured this rare image.   

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Folks, this is going to be short and sweet because I am heading home from the Colorado mountains.  As many of you know, we have been up here at elk camp for almost a month, and this week has been suuum-thing.  

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 This week, I'm sharing a few details about elk camp.  First, what to bring.  You need to bring your bow, and appropriate clothing.  It's very important that you are proficient with your bow before arriving at camp.  Once you arrive, we get straight to business.  There's no time to practice.

Elk Camp: Bear!

Sep 6, 2013
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Folks, I'm calling in from elk camp again this week.  The numbers of black bear again this year are just tremendous!  We've had some close encounters, and that's enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.  

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Folks, it's week two up here at Elk Camp, and I am having the time of my life!  

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  Folks, I have to tell you, I have had enough of trying to teach Cindee to fish.  I'm headed up to the mountains of Colorado for the next three weeks for some peace and quiet.  My buddy Larry Large and I guide hunts, and I am looking forward to the trip.  Take a listen to the audio.  I called in and chatted with Cindee about a typical day in camp.  It might not be what you expect.  I'll be in touch.

Folks, to this point, I’ve taught Cindee about bait, how to rig her pole, and where to look for catfish.  Today, I’m going to give her a tip that is a sure fire way to catch those cats.  

Howdy Folks.  This week I'm still trying to make Cindee into a fisherman- to be more specific- a catfisher. 

Last week we talked about how cats like deeper water this time of year- 22-24 foot deep.  If you can find shade over a ledge or cavity, or a creek feeding into the lake, you have a good chance to find catfish.

  Folks, today I called Cindee to give her an answer to the question, "What am I going to fish for on a hot, summer day?"  The answer is... catfish, and today I'm going to tell you where you can find them.

Catfish are just like us.  They like a cool place with plenty of oxygen.  This time of year, the spawn is over, and oxygen seems to be plentiful in about 22-24 foot of water.  So, you're going to have to fish a little deeper than you've been earlier in the season.

My ole buddy, Mark Balette, and I have been hunting out on Mark’s ranch for axis deer.  We came home with a nice doe.  Tonight, we’re cooking it up.

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If I was going to tell you that Christmas comes twice a year for deer hunters, you would say I was just plain crazy.  But for those who know about the delicious axis deer, it is the absolute truth.  One of my favorite places to hunt these is with my good friend Mark Balette

Fishing for large mouth bass on live bait used to be controversial because fish could  swallow the bait, however, Seth Vanover has perfected reeling in the big ones and releasing them back into the lake- healthy and ready to go again.

Folks, you get a couple Texans together, fishin' on a pond, and I guarantee the thing they'll be talking about as they head to shore is cookin' what's on the stringer.

Lake Fork guide Seth Vanover buried his face in his side imaging sonar and instructed Billy Kilpatrick, Phil Zimmerman and myself to study the image.

This past week, I was one of Jay’s students and after some intensive one on one instruction, learned some things I never knew about rifle shooting and also was reminded of some of the basics of rifle shooting that I had forgotten.

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“These bottoms remind me of south Louisiana. I thought everything was bone dry down here in Texas,” says Jake Hebert, pronounced "A-Bear,"  as my friend Larry Large and I drove them into the area we hunt hogs. Jake’s girlfriend Courtney Dugas, also a 110 Carat Cajun, agreed.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and that is certainly true for Don Gresham.  He had a problem with feral hogs tearing up his ranch, and decided to try a new approach to catching them.  He began using a portable pen, a feed broadcaster, and a wildlife camera.  He and his son discovered that even with evidence of a previous night's hunt, the animals still came into the pen.  They thought they could be onto something that would help other ranchers dealing with the same pest, and started to market it.  A buddy of Don's developed an ap for smart phones to monitor the trap from any location, and Goin Fencin was born. 

Menace to Meal

May 23, 2013
Goin Fencing

Don Gresham has discovered a way to turn negatives into positives when it comes to dealing with feral hogs.  Gresham is the owner of, "Goin Fencing," a portable trap for catching feral hogs.  Don was motivated by the destruction caused by these animals to invent a method for their capture.  Don combined the technology of smart phones with a circular trap to catch and contain the pigs.

Air Gun Innovator

May 17, 2013

Terry Tate lives in northeast Texas, a place called Cumby.  Last week we talked with him about hunting with air rifles, and this week I asked him to come back to talk about how he discovered his passion for building them. 

Did you know that air rifles have been around since the Fifteenth Century? The Lewis  and Clark Expedition might have failed had it not been for an air rifle! That's right the expedition had only one air rifle but it was capable of shooting multiple shots and shooting them very accurately. The Native Americans encountered  along the way were usually given a demonstration of the 'silent and deadly' big bore rifle. When they saw tight groups shot at extended yardages, from a weapon that was almost as silent as their bows, they were awe struck.

I've been talking to Joe Wilson, the president of Squirrels Unlimited, about cooking squirrel.  Joe's favorite recipe is to brown the meat, (he likes it deboned).  While that meat is browning, start your rue, cooking it until it's the color of chocolate.  Add the meat.  Once it's nice and thick, add the vegetables- things like bell pepper, onion, and celery.  Then turns the heat down, and simmer for about two hours.  Add okra when you're almost ready to serve, because as Joe reminds me, you don't want it to get slimy.  Serve it with white rice and french bread.    

Squirrels Unlimited

Apr 11, 2013

Squirrel hunting was a big deal when I was growing up in Northeast Texas.  My mother was a great wild game cook.  Crispy fried squirrel and smothered squirrel were a couple of our favorite meals.  Did you know that there is a group dedicated to squirrel hunting?  Squirrels Unlimited.  Yes, I said Squirrels Unlimited, not Ducks.  

Hmmm.... Shark Fillet

Apr 4, 2013

Last week, Captain Mike Williams was on the show, and we talked about catching shark.  Today, I got him on the line, and we started talking cooking shark.  One of our favorite sharks to eat is a Black Tip, and the best eating size is the 30-50 pounder. 

There are few fishing trips more exciting than shark fishing.  My friend, Captain Mike Williams of Galveston, Texas, told me it was like standing on a corner, a Harley comes by going about 80 mph- downtown with both barrels, and you throw a hook out to snag it.  That described it exactly right.  It's a heck of a fight.

Wingbone Player

Mar 7, 2013

We've spent some time getting to know Cleon P. Carraway over the past couple weeks.  Today, I talked with Cleon about the first call he developed- the wingbone turkey call. 

  Cleon P. Carraway loved music.   He also loved hunting.  Experiments fascinated him.  How could you combine those passions into an endeavor?  Cleon found a way.  The discovery and perfection of these interests has been a lifetime journey.

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

Here's what you do: