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

  • Bradley's Guide Service's no stink bait at www.catfishbubblegum.com.
  • Darton Archery.  DartonArchery.com

  • Sitemark. Photon XT scopes for night hunting. Online at www.sightmark.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

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

  • Innovative Equipment. Scissor lift hunting blind/lift platform for farm and ranch. Online at www.iequipt.com.  

  • ProAngler Tackle, a complete line of professional quality catfish and crappie rods and accessories. For catfish rods, call catfish guide Doug Elliott at 1-817-988-5468 or order online.

Luke Clayton

Not too many years ago, scouting for game equated to reading the sign the animals left on the ground. Locating buck rubs and scrapes, tracks and wild hog rootings was the only way to pattern game. These skills are still extremely important for the hunter, but today's trail cameras are a great benefit also.

Luke discusses the wide variety of cameras available today and highlights a couple of models from Wildgame Innovations that he has great confidence in.

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With big game hunting so popular these days, many youngsters are missing the sport and excellent eating provided by small game hunting. Back a few decades ago, before deer numbers rebounded thanks to restocking programs, hunting rabbits and squirrel was much more popular. 

With small numbers extremely high these days, why not spend some time and harvest some of the best tasting game meat imaginable? Rabbit or squirrel, first fried and then baked with gravy and rice is the stuff great meals are made of.

Luke Clayton

Deer are in pre-rut and their feeding habits right now are pretty dependable. When the whitetail breeding season (rut) begins, the bucks will be on the move and more difficult to pattern. Find a good oak grove with acorns or a trail leading into or out of an agricultural field and you are well on your way to arrowing an early season whitetail.

Luke also gives some tips on how he sets up the sight pin on his hunting bows.

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After doing a good bit of testing with the Wing Shot, Luke is convinced it would make a great turkey shotgun when used at reasonable yardages. Luke has a feral pigeon hunt planned next.

He’ll have more on air shotguns in an upcoming segment of High Plains Outdoors. 

Luke Clayton

On this week’s High Plains Outdoors, we'll talk a little elk hunting and guide David Hanson shares some camp cooking experience.

Luke Clayton

As Luke explains, there’s something special about hunting on one of the big farms in Kansas, and that’s the deer.

His guest this week, Larry Weishuhn fondly recalls hos own deer hunting trips to Kansas. He drew a tag for the Sunflower State this season and is excited about the opportunity to put one of those bruiser Kansas bucks on the meat pole!

Luke Clayton

For many years, season hunting leases were the norm. Hunters would lease a tract of land, set up feeders, campers, food plots, etc. and "work" the lease throughout the year, putting corn in feeders, fixing up the camp, etc. But, in today's busy world, folks have less time to devote to the year around upkeep of a season lease.

Ranell Scott, owner of Ranger Creek Ranch, located in North Texas, about 80 miles south of Wichita Falls, has a plan in place for her ranch that is being very well-received among the hunting crowd.

Luke Clayton

Everyone loves a good hunting tale. 

In today's show, Luke relates a hair-raising encounter with a full-grown male mountain lion.

Luke says the details of the event are as vivid in his mind today as when they happened. Everyone worries about bear in mountain country, and rightfully so, but a full-grown mountain lion presents much more of a problem, at least to Luke's way of thinking! 

Luke Clayton

GPS is an awesome tool, but nothing beats knowing how to use a compass and the night sky to find your way around. 

Luke Clayton

Many people think that for a catfish bait to be effective, it has to smell to high heaven. Not so! A few years ago, catfish guide Bradley Doyle began experimenting with a catfish bait that actually has a pleasant smell and... CATCHES CATFISH!

Doyle named the bait Catfish Bubblegum and began using it on his guide trip on lake Conroe in Southeast Texas.

It worked so well that he put the bait on the market.

Luke Clayton

Deryl Markgraf is an expert in all types of night hunting equipment and on this week’s High Plains Outdoors, he discusses the different types of night hunting scopes that are available.

For those who are interested in hunting predators or wild hogs at night, today’s show will help you choose the equipment to best suit your needs.

Luke Clayton

Big game seasons will be here before we know it. Summer is a great time to get out and do some shooting.

Ranges are usually much less crowded this time of year and now is the perfect time to spend some time during the morning hours or late afternoon and perfect our shooting skills.

Tune in this week and learn how Luke gets "pretty close" with only one shot, which is a great way to save ammo and get bullet placement close enough for some "fine tuning" shooting. 

Luke Clayton

For the past seven years, Luke and a friend have outfitted archery elk and bear hunts in northern Colorado. This is a busy time of year with lots of preparation for the high country hunting. Luke is busy curing and smoking ham and grinding sausage for the three weeks in elk camp.

There’s nothing more tasty than a big breakfast with cured hickory smoked ham when in that cool mountain air. For more information, visit the Hunting East Texas website

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Luke Clayton takes you "on the scene" this week - on a catfishing trip to Lake Fork in eastern Texas, with his grandson Jack Zimmerman and fishing guide Seth Vanover.

The fish were holding in water 20 feet deep, close to bottom and hitting Stubby’s Cheese bait on a #4 treble hook.

Chumming with cattle range cubes had the fish stacked under the boat and catching was fast-paced! 

Luke Clayton

In this weeks High Plains Outdoors, Luke visits with Guide Seth Vanover and discusses patterns for catching crappie during the warm weather months.

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 Luke Clayton and Lake Tawakoni catfish guide David Hanson (903) 268 7391 discuss a recent trip with Luke, his daughter Ashley and her two children Anna and Conner.

Today's show's theme is introducing youngsters to the sport of fishing. Tune in and learn the do's and dont's of getting kids "hooked" on fishing. 

Luke Clayton

Lake Tawakoni Catfish Guide David Hanson discusses catching channel catfish over holes baited with soured grain.

Fishing "baited holes" is a sure fire way of concentrating channel catfish during the summer months on any lake with a healthy population of catfish.

Luke Clayton

Lake Tawakoni Catfish Guide David Hanson discusses catching channel catfish over holes baited with soured grain.

Fishing "baited holes" is a sure fire way of concentrating channel catfish during the summer months on any lake with a healthy population of catfish.

Luke Clayton

Luke makes salami-flavored meat sticks, using a sausage stuffer. He uses a Snack Stick sampler kit from Butcher Packer Supply www.butcher-packer.com, which contains everything needed for making 10 pounds of salami, deer hunter blend or teriyaki-flavored snack sticks.

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Luke shares a recipe he has used for many years for “camp baked beans,” one that is always well-received around camp or home. If you thought the only way to make tasty baked beans was to actually BAKE them, listen up!  Who knows, you might just discover that Luke's easy baked beans is the way to go! 

Luke Clayton

In a matter of days, Luke will be heading north to Iskwatikan Lake Lodge to join a few friends for five days of fishing, cooking and eating fish and enjoying the pristine wilderness country.

A trip to this area is well within the means of most people. Tune in and learn how to plan your trip of a lifetime!

Luke Clayton

Capt. Mike Williams has fished and guided on the upper end of the Texas coast his entire life and has logged in as many, or more hours, fishing the Galveston Bay Complex than any man alive or dead.

Mike and his team of guides know the waters around Galveston and welcome summer vacationers that are visiting Galveston and wish to spend some time on the water catching fish.

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Larry Large enjoyed a very good career as a professional bass angler a quarter century ago and for the past couple of decades, he's been putting clients on big bass at Lake Fork in east Texas.

Large also discusses fishing other east Texas lakes that are often overlooked. Learn more about Larry's fishing and hunting at www.huntingeasttexas.com.

Luke Clayton

This week, Luke goes into detail on how he transformed some wild pork into a big skillet full of tasty guisado. This is a dish that can be eaten like a soup or, with less liquid, is tasty served on hot flour or corn tortillas.

Wild hogs are plentiful in many states and they receive a great deal of negative press but pork is pork and the meat from wild porkers is rated as the best of game meats by Luke and many others.

You might want to grab a notepad and jot down a few of Luke's cooking tips this week., 

Luke Clayton

Mark Balette, owner of B & C Outfitters, just set up Luke's new Darton Maverick 2 bow and Luke put it to work and harvested a couple of tasty BBQ wild porkers.

A total of 12 porkers were harvested on the hunt and the guys are around the camp house in today's show, shooting the bull and talking hog hunting. 

Luke Clayton

The dark meat from wild turkeys is very flavorful but requires at least 10 hours of slow cooking with moisture in a crock pot to transform those tough legs into the basis of a great tasting soup. After trying this recipe once, Luke is betting that the drumsticks and thighs will become your favorite part of the birds you harvest! 

High Plains Outdoors: Spring turkey hunting

Apr 8, 2017
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Luke also gives an update on the attempt to use rat poison to kill wild hogs in Texas by Ag Commissioner Sid Miller.

Poisoning the woods and waters of Texas has prompted much opposition, and a bill has been proposed that will ensure measures such as poisoning hogs will first have to be studied by a university.

Luke has also discovered a new catfish bait that is pleasant to use, Catfish Bubblegum.

Luke Clayton

Stubby was a guest on the show a couple weeks ago, talking about catching catfish but the lure of catching a big stringer of shallow water crappie is enough to make even the most devout catfisherman abandon his "baited holes" and catfish bait for a few days and head for the shallows! 

The males are always the first to move into shallow water, followed by the egg-laden females. Depending upon which lake you fish, chances are good you can now catch crappie in the shallows that are in various stages of the spawn. 

Luke Clayton

Will Herring is on the cutting edge of the procedures that are being put in place in Austin, Texas to stop the nonsense of introducing poison into our woods and waters to kill hogs.

The legislative wheels are turning in Austin and there is a tremendous amount of support against Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller's proposed use of rat killer as a means of controlling hogs.

Herring gives us an up to date account of the situation from Austin.  

Luke Clayton

It's nice to have four walls and a roof over one's head when hunting, but getting the materials into some remote area and constructing a hunting blind can be challenging and downright hard work.

These easy to assemble blinds are idea for hunting remote, hard to get to spots. 

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