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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Winter Calling

Jan 31, 2013

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. 

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!

Size is relative.  Most folks living on the high plains would scoff if you told them a good sized whitetail buck weighed 105 pounds and had 90 inch antlers.  They'd probably tell you that was a half way decent size yearling.  But, those stats are excellent for the Coues deer, named after cavalry surgeon, Elliott Coues.  As a matter of fact, Larry Weishuhn, made the record book recently with a gross score of 135, and a net score of 120 on his deer.  To get into the record book with a Coues deer, you only need a Boone and Crockett score of 110.

So many people tell me how much they dislike duck.  I'm here to give you a recipe that is guaranteed to make those unbelievers mouths water.  Keep in mind that if you want to use this method, you'll need to start a couple days ahead of time.

Night Hog Hunt

Jan 3, 2013

Few things are more exciting to me than hog hunting at night.  Yesterday, I noticed the freezer was getting a little low, so last night I spent a few hours up in the tree stand over my corn feeder.  I went out about nine o'clock, which is prime time for the hogs to be moving in, and from the darkness I heard this big, old boar.  If you haven't heard one before, there is a definite distinction between the sound of a boar and a sow.  Anyway, I'm hearing the big guy coming in closer, then I hear some squealing, and much to my disappointment, the sounder moved away.  If I were a younger man, I would have stayed there all night because I know they returned, but I am what I am, so I headed home cold and empty-handed, but with a great story to share with you.  I'll get him next time.

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. 

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

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. 

Real Men Cook

Nov 15, 2012

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.

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. 

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. 

Upland Birds

Oct 25, 2012

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.  

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. 

One Shot Challenge

Oct 5, 2012

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.

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!

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.     

The Rub Tells All

Sep 14, 2012

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.   

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

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.

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