High Plains Outdoors

Saturday mornings, 11:30 central during Western Swing and Other Things

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. 

Luke Clayton

Luke Clayton grew up in northeast Texas and is addicted to everything outdoors. Luke’s passion is bow hunting but he also enjoys shooting and hunting with muzzleloaders. He currently writes a weekly newspaper column that appears in over thirty newspapers and several regional publications.

Luke is on the pro staff and media advisor for Darton Archery, Ghostblind, Innerloc Broadheads and Smokin Tex Electric Smokers. He is Editor at Large for Xtreme Hog Hunter Magazine, Bowhunting Adventures Magazine and Dallas Safari Club's "Camptalk". He's also the author of  the book, "Hunting and Fishing Texas." You can also find Luke’s weekly hour-long radio show at www.catfishradio.com

Support for High Plains Outdoors comes from the following sponsors: the Dallas Safari Club, Sniper Hog Lights, Hoffpauir Polaris, and Texas Motor Cars. 

  • Since 1972, Dallas Safari Club has been the gathering point for hunters, conservationists, and wildlife enthusiasts.  You can find more information about the Dallas Safari Club online at: biggame.org.
  • Sniper Hog Lights, makes hunting lights for bows, crossbows, rifles, and shotguns.  You can find them on the web at:  Sniperhawglights.com
  • Margaret Holmes  seasoned canned goods for every outdoor feast. Online at: margaretholmes.com
  • Texas Motors Cars in Addison, Texas.  A family owned business for over 50 years, Texas Motors Cars specializes in online buying and selling of cars and trucks.  Texas Motor Cars can give you a quote on the value of your vehicle using information and photos you upload.  More at: texasmotorcars.com.
  • Shockstrap.  Revolutionary new tie down strap that keeps loads secure without using ratchets.  On the web at: shockstrap.com
  • Nitesite.  A tool for night hunting.  On the web at: nitesite.com
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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 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 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
8:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Hog Hunting With Nikon Camera Gets Western

This boar is headed right for me! Thank heaven for trees!
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke talks with Texan Terry Tate about their hog hunting experience with big bore air guns.

Howdy folks!  You have got to listen to this week's show!  I'm talking with big bore air rifle designer and builder Terry Tate.  We had quite an adventure hog hunting, and I got my first big game with an air rifle. 

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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
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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!

High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Holiday Get Away Idea: Texas Hog Hunting

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Howdy Folks!

If you have some extra time this holiday season, I have a great outdoor idea.  Head on down to Texas, and go hog hunting.  It's economical; most hunts are around $150 per day and that includes lodging.

The internet is a great place to arrange your trip.  I do have a friend, Mark Ballette, at East Texas Exotics, and he'd be glad to help you out.

Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors!

High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

1940: Christmas Camping in the Mountains of Texas

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Luke talks on the phone with his pal, Dubb Wallace

 Howdy Folks.  I've got a special treat.  My ole buddy, James "Dubb" Wallace, took some time to talk with me on the phone about spending his Christmas vacations camping in the mountains of the Texas/Mexico border.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
5:52 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman on Your List

Luke's Smokin Tex hard at work this season.
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke gives Cindee some gift ideas for the outdoorsman on her list.

Merry Christmas Folks!

Today I’ve got some unique gift ideas for the hunter on your list, and I guarantee you will not find these things in every store. 

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Bill Dance: A Door Closed, the TV Window Opened

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Bill Dance talks with Luke Clayton

Howdy, folks! 

Today we're wrapping it up with Bill Dance; talking about how he moved from bass fishing tournaments to television.  When one door closes, a window opens.  That's the story of Bill's life.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Fate Takes a Hand in the Direction of Bill Dance's Life

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Luke Clayton talks with Bill Dance

Folks, you know, sometimes life takes you a direction, and then brings people in that affirm your choice, and take you to the next level.  That is exactly what happened to Bill Dance, and as fate would have it, one of the people he came in contact with was my uncle, Luke.

High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Bill Dance Shares His Defining Moment

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Bill Dance shares his defining moment.

Howdy folks, have I got a surprise for you today… my old friend Bill Dance stopped by for a chat, and we’re talking about the defining moment that changed the course of his life.  Believe it or not, he was 7 years old when it happened.  He was fishing with his grandparents one afternoon.  He was fishing.  His Grandfather was fishing.  His grandmother had a quilt spread out on the bank; she was crocheting.  Ah, heck, why don’t you just take a few minutes and listen to Bill tell it.  Just click on the arrow up above.

Until next time, be safe and enjoy the great outdoors.

High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

American Whitetail Authority: The Tournament Trail

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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.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

American Whitetail Authority: Hunting With a Camera?

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Howdy Folks!  Today, I’m talking with David Fort, president of the American Whitetail Authority.  You know, there’s all sorts of tournaments, but the AWA tourney is unique.  It’s a whitetail competition series, but the unique aspect is that you’re hunting with a camera mounted on a gun.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Even I Miss a Shot Now and Then

The one that got away- note the arrow under the feeder.

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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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Elk Camp: Last Day, Big Rain

Robert Blackstock, bear hunting, Fall 2013
Credit Luke Clayton

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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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Elk Camp: The Details of Daily Life

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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.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Elk Camp: Calling in the Big Ones

Mark Armour and Luke Clayton at Elk Camp
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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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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Elk Camp: A Typical Day

The place I'm headed. Can't wait to get there. See the elk?
Credit Luke Clayton

  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.  

High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Teaching Cindee to Catfish: the saga continues

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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.  

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Catfishin: Rig Your Line, Choose Your Bait

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.  

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Catfishin: Where to Find Them on a Summer Day

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  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.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
6:22 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Mark Balette Shares Axis Deer Recipes

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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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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Deer Rut in July? Absolutely True for Axis Deer in Texas

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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

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Large Mouth Bass Fishing: Live Bait with Seth Vanover

Seth and I calling in from the lake to talk to Marshal Allen Bailey.

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.

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