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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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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I truly believe that really great anglers are born with an uncanny ability to catch fish or at least the burning desire to learn how to catch fish.  Stubby Stubblefield who resides on the shores of Lake Fork in east Texas is a good case in point.  “Stubby” spent his time as a touring bass pro in his younger years, guided for years for a variety of species and then, about 12 years ago, decided to slow down and concentrate on catching catfish.

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Texas’ plan that will allow the poisoning of wild hogs as a control measure has many Texas hunters and environmentalists upset and in Luke's opinion, is doomed to failure from the outset. Luke is of the opinion that far too little research went into the adoption of this regulation that, if put into effect, will actually do far more harm than good in decreasing the number of wild hogs in Texas.

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In this week's High Plains Outdoors, Luke is joined by his friend, veteran coastal guide Capt. Mike Williams.

Mike has logged in more hours fishing the Galveston Bay Complex than any person alive today.

Galveston is a great spring break destination for the entire family and Mike's guide service specializes in taking Mom and Pop and the kids on the fishing trip of their lifetime.

He also caters to veteran "old salts" that feel the need to do battle with some BIG fish!

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Guide Billy Carter is Luke's guest this week.

Billy has lived and guided on this huge cypress swamp/lake for the majority of his life. He and his wife Dottie have several rental houses located right on the water  www.spatterdock.com  and Billy also manages Johnson's Ranch Marina, the oldest inland marina in Texas.

Tune in this week and learn a bit of history about this mystical place. 

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Luke's Dragon Claw 50+caliber air rifle shoots not only 50-caliber round balls and pellets but also the Air Bolt, which is an arrow.

The Dragon Claw is pressured to about 3,000 psi via a scuba or carbon fiber tank and provides multiple shots on each filling. There is a low and high power setting. Low power works great for many shots when target shooting but when hunting big game such as wild hogs or exotics, the high power setting is recommended.

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The process of curing and smoking ham is easy and something than anyone can accomplish at home.

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Dallas - I’ve been attending the annual Dallas Safari Club (DSC) conventions for almost three decades now and I can truly state this annual “get together” of outdoorsmen and women is the greatest hunting show on the planet. It is that and a whole lot more.

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Texas has a large population of wild boar. There are more wild porkers in Texas than in any other state. Reducing their numbers each year is a must. 

Using a muzzleloader to hunt deer

Dec 31, 2016
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Hunting wild hogs at night

Dec 24, 2016
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On this week's edition of High Plains Outdoors, Luke Clayton talks about the Mossberg MVP Patrol Rifle in .223 with Hornady Big Boar ammo.

The rifle is topped with a Photon XT night vision scope, which can be used day or night. 

Hunting for whitetail deer

Dec 16, 2016
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This week on High Plains Outdoors, Luke Clayton goes on a whitetail hunt with Larry Weishuhn (Mr. Whitetail) and Steven Ray, inventor of Rattling Forks. The deer are in full rut right now and coming in to the horns. 

Planning a winter hunt for wild hogs in Texas

Dec 11, 2016
Luke Clayton

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 discusses planning a winter trip to Texas for a wild hog hunt at Hunting East Texas

Preparing fried rabbit

Dec 3, 2016
Luke Clayton

Not too long ago, rabbit was a staple fare on the hunter's table but today, big game hunting steals much of the  limelight.

Nevertheless, rabbits are great fun to hunt and when fried tender in a cast iron skillet, make a mighty tasty meal.

Blue catfish season kicks off

Nov 26, 2016
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With this most recent cold front, the trophy blue catfish season begins. Shad will be moving to deeper, warmer water and those jumbo size blues will be in hot pursuit. 

In today's show, Luke talks about catching catfish with Guide David Hanson on Lake Tawakoni, the Catfish Capital of Texas and shares details of some exciting deer hunts he enjoyed close to home.

Luke's son Drew Clayton shows off some long range groups he fired using Airforce Airgun's www.airforceairguns.com "Texan"  in .35 caliber. The rifle was pressured to 3,000 psi. and as you can see, even at 100 yards, several "killing" shots were achieved. As pressures drop, the group also drops because of lower velocities. 

Tune in to today's show and learn all about shooting big bore air rifles. Luke gives some tips on shooting and hunting big game with rifles powered by compressed air.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 . 

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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.

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   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.

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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!"

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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.  

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