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 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 big bore air rifles, and fishing for everything from Northern Pike to catfish.  

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, Smokin Tex Electric Smokers, and Airforce Air Guns.  

His new book, Kill to Grill was recently published.  He's also the author of  the book, "Hunting and Fishing Texas." You can also find more information about his books and listen to his weekly hour-long radio show at www.catfishradio.com

Support for High Plains Outdoors comes from the following sponsors:   

  • 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.
  • Snap Lock Hunting Blinds are lightweight and strong.  They can be assembled in the most remote areas with ease. On the web at: snaplockhuntingblinds.com
  • ​​AirForce Airguns.  Airguns designed to meeting a variety of needs.  Online at: AirForce.com
  • Hunter's Supply.  Cast lead bullets for your shooting needs.  On the web at:  hunterssupply.com

  • For nearly a century, the Purina Animal Nutrition Center has been learning what helps animals reach their full potential. Purina Mills.  Online at purinamills.com

  • Smokin Tex Electric Smokers.  Smoke meat the easy way.  Their website is: smokintex.com

  •   Sun Optics USA.  Scopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and other shooting supplies.  On the web at: sunopticsusa.com   
  • Darton Archery.  DartonArchery.com

  • Shock Strap. Shockstraps incorporate the reliability of ratchet systems and the versatility of shock cords.  Online at shockstrap.com

  • Hogman Outdoors.  Hogman Outdoors is a product development company that draws up ideas, concepts, and builds prototypes.  The company also field tests prototypes.  Online at hogmanoutdoors.com

  • NiteSite.  NiteSite designs and manufactures patented night vision products for hunting, security, and zero light observation.  NiteSite.com

  • Pyramyd Air.  Pyramyd is a one stop shop for everything airgun related.  Online at Pyramydair.com.

In today's High Plains Outdoors, Luke tells you how to use inexpensive cuts of pork to make some of the tastiest smoked sugar cured ham you can imagine.

Luke Clayton

In this weeks show, Luke takes you with him to the wilds of northeast Texas on a hog hunt with Tim Smith, owner and publisher of Airgun Hobbyist Magazine www.airgunhobbyist.com and Tim's son Ben. Ben is an accomplished marksman but this was his first big game hunt. We were hunting Terry Tate's ranch. Tate makes the Professional Big Bore Air Guns www.pbbairguns.com. Ben was successful in harvesting two wild hogs, one with the .45 caliber PBB Airgun  shootine a Hunter's Suipply roundball and one with an arrow using a Sam Yang rifle designed to shoot arrows. Not that Ben has his first big game animal in the cooler, he's ready for a lifetime of hunting adventures...the journey has begun!

Luke Clayton

Jump in the truck with me and let’s head down to Lake Tawakoni, located about an hour east of Dallas. Tawakoni is a great fishing lake for many species but especially blue and channel catfish. We’ll join veteran catfish guide David Hanson (903-268-7391) and enjoy some fast paced catching in the shade of the brand new Two Mile Bridge. David is baiting the area with soured grain and cattle cubes and catching regular limits of good eating channel catfish in the 1.5 to 3 pound range.

Luke Clayton

Join me this week and let's discuss catching and eating an often overlooked species of catfish, the bullhead.

There are three species of bullheads, the black, brown and yellow/, black being the most prevalent.

Luke Clayton

Join Luke this week on High Plains Outdoors and visit with Debbie Hagebusch, Director of Tourism for the famous Y.O. Ranch in Texas  www.yoranchheadquarters.com . 

Luke Clayton

Howdy, Folks!  It's your ole buddy, Luke Clayton, and I tell you, if you were to tell me 20 years ago I'd be fishing on Lake Fork for sand bass, I'd say you were absolutely crazy.

But, time changes everything, and today that's exactly what I'm doing with my buddy, Larry Large.  So, grab a glass of iced tea, put your feet up, and jump in the boat with us.

Luke Clayton

   In the 26 years that I have been writing this weekly outdoors column, I’ve come to learn thatmost of us that enjoy hunting and fishing also like to learn new ways to put the fruits of our outings to good use. We all have our special recipes and favorite ways to cook fish and game.

About six years ago, my friend Mike Pullen with Frisco Spices (www.friscospices.com) instructed me in the simple process of canning venison. Mike shipped me a jar of his Au Jus Base with instructions for making some of the tastiest canned venison imaginable.

Luke Clayton

Luke discusses fishing reports this week and how best to "glean" reliable fishing information that will help you catch fish on your next outing. Luke also shares a bit of humor concerning a fishing trip earlier this week when he thought he "had em' figured out!"

Luke Clayton

This week on High Plains Outdoors, Luke visits with Shawn Ballard, owner of Diamond Park Homes www.diamondparkhomes.com in Alba, Texas. Ballard's company builds tiny homes (399 sq. feet or less) and ships them all over the country. There is a boon in Tiny home living today. Tune in and learn all about this downsized way of living.  

Luke Clayton

The natural world is governed by cycles that repeat themselves in a pretty predictable pattern! We have learned much about the cycles or “patterns” of fish and wildlife. We know when to expect the whitetail rut or the crappie to move shallow. We fishermen have also learned when the time is right for catching trophy-size blue catfish or smaller fish better suited for the frying pan.

Luke Clayton

 For the past couple of decades, my friend Randy Routh has been telling me about the White Ranch where he has been hunting since the 1990s. Randy and several of his friends help the White family work cattle on the ranch and through the years, the group has set up a nice little hunting camp on the property.

Many youngsters have been introduced to the outdoor lifestyle thanks to these veteran outdoorsmen. In essence, the hunters trade their skills and labor working on the ranch for hunting rights, but it’s easy to see the relationship between hunter and landowners go much farther than this.

After spending a couple of days hunting turkey with Routh on the ranch, it was clearly obvious to me that all these folks have become very close through the years.

A little Texas Bucket List Postcard

Apr 29, 2016
Cindee Talley

Luke, 

Thanks for letting me share my Texas Bucket List adventure, but mostly thanks for being my friend and my tour guide.  This trip was great because of you.  

Three of us, my dear friends Rick and Kelly Reece, and I left Western Nebraska on Wednesday morning with a goal of experiencing two destinations: Mark Balette's ranch near Goveton, Texas; and the Gulf Coast.

Cindee Talley

This week’s High Plains Outdoors is the start to a grand adventure for Cindee and three of her friends.  The men are headed to Mark Balette’s ranch, B&C Outfitters, to hog hunt, while Cindee and her dear friend, Kelly, are headed to the Gulf. 

Luke Clayton

Luke's guest on High Plains Outdoors this week is one of his long time friends Joe Dunn. Joe is a Chaplain for Victim Relief Ministries and also uses his BBQ skills and... his gigantic smoker nicknamed The Beast, to feed homeless folks and anyone in need of a great BBQ meal. 

Joe gives some cooking tips that is sure to help your next BBQ turn out great. Joe's wife Donna works with her husband and through the years, the duo have prepared thousands of meals for people in need. 

Luke Clayton

Folks, after making corned venison last week, I got an idea to make sauerkraut to make some Reuben sandwiches.    Now, I've never done it before, but I have to tell you, it turned out to be pretty simple, and very delicious!

Take a listen, I give you step by step instructions.  

Until next week, go outside and enjoy the great outdoors!

Venison Pastrami

Mar 25, 2016
Luke Clayton

Join Luke this week for some hands on, step-by-step instructions in making pastrami and corned venison at home! Many people might be surprised to learn that making corned beef (or corned venison) has very much in common with making pastrami. Both tasty sandwiches cuts require curing the meat first. After curing, pastrami is seasoned and either baked or slow smoked. Corned beef or corned venison is slow simmered for a couple hours after curing. Luke goes into great detail this week in describing the process.   

Luke Clayton

Luke Clayton here. Let's head out to my little "meat processing" building behind the house today and I'll show you how to make some very tasty snack stick from ground venison and wild pork. 

Today, we're making Salami flavored meat sticks. We'll use the sausage stuffer with the small tube and crank out about ten pounds. Through the years, I have experimented with purchasing all the various spices, mixing them with proper amount of cure and blending them with ground meat. But I've found a much better way! Now, I get the Snack Stick sampler kit from Butcher Packer Supply  www.butcher-packer.com. This kit contains everything needed for making 10 pounds of salami snack sticks, 10 pounds of deer hunter blend and 10 pounds of Teriyaki flavored sticks...The blend of spices is perfect and after they are smoked, I freeze the little snacks sticks for a quick snack (or in some cases, a MEAL) when out hunting or fishing. 

Phil Zimmerman

In last week’s column we visited about my recent five-day fishing trip with Cree River Lodge to the remote waters of northern Saskatchewan. This week, I’d like to recreate a typical day up there, if there is such a thing as “typical” in the most awesome part of the world.

Luke Clayton

On this week's show, I'm making chicken fried wild pork cutlets for a couple buddies coming over.  Take a listen, and give it try!

Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

It's spawn time for white bass, some people call them sand bass, and I am out fishing with my neighbor, Mike Price and his son Josh.  We're at their secret spot, and I am not going to tell you the location on their creek, but if you just look at the pictures, you'll see we brought home a great catch!

What is better than sunshine, a stringer of fish, a splat of mud, and some great neighbors?

This is the life!

Take a listen and come back next week.  I'll have another outdoor adventure to share!

Let's talk turkey!

Mar 8, 2016
tpwd.texas.gov

 Howdy, Folks!

Join me this week and learn a few tips that might just help you harvest that ole' long beard turkey gobbler in a few weeks!

landsofamerica.com

Well, howdy folks!

Today, I'd like to you to hop in the pickup with me as I travel down to South Texas to be with a couple old friends.  I'll be meeting up with Larry Weishuhn and Wayne Hays at Wayne's ranch.  We're going to be doing some Axis Deer and hog hunting.

I've know Wayne for a lot of years.  He owns Hogman Outdoors.  What I regret to tell you is that my hunt is not over.  I had to send this off to meet deadlines, so stay tuned for the rest of the story as Paul Harvey used to say.

Luke Clayton

In today's era of political correctness, which definitely spills over into the outdoor press, we seldom read about going fishing when the primary goal is to catch fish to eat. It’s all about catch and release.

I’m a firm believer in releasing all the big fish of any species I’m targeting, even when out on a quest for fillets for a big fish fry. To me, a big fish fry is a tradition that is the ultimate end to a great fishing trip. 

A blue catfish weighing much over fifteen pounds is definitely not nearly as tasty as those smaller.

Luke Clayton

There is no ‘predator hunting season’ in Texas but if there were, it would be now.  

After the close of deer season, many hunters depart their hunting leases with sagging spirits, relegating the next few months to watching hunting shows on TV and setting by the fireside. BIG MISTAKE! Predators such as coyotes, fox and bobcat numbers are at an all-time high these days, largely because of low fur prices. I’ve yet to meet a farmer or rancher that didn’t appreciate hunters removing coyotes from his land.

Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

This is the time of year when you're starting to plan your hog hunt to the great state of Texas.  I have some things I'd like you to think about when you're making those preparations.  

Consider how much time you've got- that will make a world of difference the type of hunt you'll want.  A reserve will take a lot more time, simply because if those hogs have any pressure at all, they're going to change up their patterns.

Take a listen to today's show, I've got some more insider hints to share with you.

Luke Clayton

 Howdy Folks!

In this weeks version of High Plains Outdoors, Luke takes us to Lake Fork to fish for white bass with his friend guide Seth Vanover www.lakeforkcatandcrappie.com. Seth is usually fishing the Sabine River this time of year for spawning white bass but the river is currently almost out of it's banks which making fishing tough.

The whites at Lake Fork are in pre spawn mode and biting like crazy. Seth and Luke will show you what to look for on your graph when targeting winter "whites" and, how to catch them.

 White bass are in pre spawn and holding tight to bottom now. A small Rat L Trap or slab worked very slowly within inches of bottom is the ticket to some fast paces action.   

Luke Clayton

Hello Folks!

I had a great time at Caddo Lake with my long time friends Billy Carter and Phil Zimmerman. Billy and I have fished for good eating yellow bass for the past couple of decades. Billy was one of the first fishing guides that introduced the public to the yellow bass. They are hard fighters and, in my opinion, one of the best eating fish in freshwater.

Billy and his wife Dottie have several rental lake houses at Caddo. Billy also offers fisherman cabins at Johnson's Ranch Marina.

Luke Clayton

More than 50,ooo people from across the globe streamed into the Dallas Convention Center last weekend to attend the granddaddy of all outdoor expos reports KERA News.  The Dallas Safari Club's Annual Convention is a place  you can find smokers, custom boots, leather cell phone cases, electric buggies, four-wheelers, insulated deer blinds, taxidermy services, hunting trips, guns, and High Plains Outdoors' Luke Clayton.  

Luke says you need a couple days and a good GPS to find your way around.  He found a few of his friends, and talked with them about their products.    

Luke Clayton

Hello Folks!

The last buck of the season brought a big surprise to this ole boy.  I was set up in my ground blind, the last day of deer season, the last hours of the day, when movement caught my eye.  And, there was a big ole tom bobcat.  I thought he'd just look around, and then go on his way, but the rascal headed right for the door of my blind.  He was about six feet away when I shut the door.  There simply was not enough room for ole Luke and that cat in the blind.

That really got me going!

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Howdy, Folks!

This week I'm cooking rabbit and divulging one of my recipes for making crisyy fried rabbit and... smothered rabbit with mushroom gravy.

In recent years, many newcomers to the sport of hunting have concentrated on big game but small game such as rabbit and squirrel are excellent eating and provide a very challenging hunting experience.

I'll be back next week with more hunting and fishing, and until then...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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