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

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, Margaret Holmes, Shockstrap, Nitesite, and Smokin Tex Electric Smokers.   

  • 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.
  • Rhino Steel Buildings.  Engineer-designed and approved buildings built on your property.
  • Margaret Holmes  seasoned canned goods for every outdoor feast. Online at: margaretholmes.com
  • Hunter's Supply.  Cast lead bullets for your shooting needs.
  • 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
  • Texas Deer Association.  The unified voice of deer enthusiasts.
  • ​​Airforce Guns.  Powerful and accurate air rifles.  Online at airforceairguns.com

  • Hunter's Supply.  Cast lead bullets for your shooting needs.  On the web at:  hunterssupply.com

  • R&L Airgun Supply.  Most everything for the airgun hunter.  Online at: airgunsupply.com

  • Smokin Tex Electric Smokers.  Smoke meat the easy way.  Their website is: smokintex.com
  • Airguns of Texas.  The first dedicated airgun store.
  • Rhino Steel Buildings.  Pre-engineered metal buildings with engineer-approved plans.  More information is available at:  rhinobldg.com

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

Luke Clayton

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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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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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.

Bill Dance

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.

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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.

American Whitetail Authority: Hunting With a Camera?

Oct 25, 2013
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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.

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.

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.  

Luke Clayton

 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.

Luke Clayton

Folks, it's week two up here at Elk Camp, and I am having the time of my life!  

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.  

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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.  

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.  

fishingalways.blogspot.com

  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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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.

Luke Clayton

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

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.

Folks, you get a couple Texans together, fishin' on a pond, and I guarantee the thing they'll be talking about as they head to shore is cookin' what's on the stringer.

Lake Fork guide Seth Vanover buried his face in his side imaging sonar and instructed Billy Kilpatrick, Phil Zimmerman and myself to study the image.

This past week, I was one of Jay’s students and after some intensive one on one instruction, learned some things I never knew about rifle shooting and also was reminded of some of the basics of rifle shooting that I had forgotten.

Luke Clayton

“These bottoms remind me of south Louisiana. I thought everything was bone dry down here in Texas,” says Jake Hebert, pronounced "A-Bear,"  as my friend Larry Large and I drove them into the area we hunt hogs. Jake’s girlfriend Courtney Dugas, also a 110 Carat Cajun, agreed.

Menace to Meal

May 23, 2013
Goin Fencing

Don Gresham has discovered a way to turn negatives into positives when it comes to dealing with feral hogs.  Gresham is the owner of, "Goin Fencing," a portable trap for catching feral hogs.  Don was motivated by the destruction caused by these animals to invent a method for their capture.  Don combined the technology of smart phones with a circular trap to catch and contain the pigs.

Air Gun Innovator

May 17, 2013

Terry Tate lives in northeast Texas, a place called Cumby.  Last week we talked with him about hunting with air rifles, and this week I asked him to come back to talk about how he discovered his passion for building them. 

Did you know that air rifles have been around since the Fifteenth Century? The Lewis  and Clark Expedition might have failed had it not been for an air rifle! That's right the expedition had only one air rifle but it was capable of shooting multiple shots and shooting them very accurately. The Native Americans encountered  along the way were usually given a demonstration of the 'silent and deadly' big bore rifle. When they saw tight groups shot at extended yardages, from a weapon that was almost as silent as their bows, they were awe struck.

I've been talking to Joe Wilson, the president of Squirrels Unlimited, about cooking squirrel.  Joe's favorite recipe is to brown the meat, (he likes it deboned).  While that meat is browning, start your rue, cooking it until it's the color of chocolate.  Add the meat.  Once it's nice and thick, add the vegetables- things like bell pepper, onion, and celery.  Then turns the heat down, and simmer for about two hours.  Add okra when you're almost ready to serve, because as Joe reminds me, you don't want it to get slimy.  Serve it with white rice and french bread.    

Squirrels Unlimited

Apr 11, 2013

Squirrel hunting was a big deal when I was growing up in Northeast Texas.  My mother was a great wild game cook.  Crispy fried squirrel and smothered squirrel were a couple of our favorite meals.  Did you know that there is a group dedicated to squirrel hunting?  Squirrels Unlimited.  Yes, I said Squirrels Unlimited, not Ducks.  

Hmmm.... Shark Fillet

Apr 4, 2013

Last week, Captain Mike Williams was on the show, and we talked about catching shark.  Today, I got him on the line, and we started talking cooking shark.  One of our favorite sharks to eat is a Black Tip, and the best eating size is the 30-50 pounder. 

There are few fishing trips more exciting than shark fishing.  My friend, Captain Mike Williams of Galveston, Texas, told me it was like standing on a corner, a Harley comes by going about 80 mph- downtown with both barrels, and you throw a hook out to snag it.  That described it exactly right.  It's a heck of a fight.

Wingbone Player

Mar 7, 2013

We've spent some time getting to know Cleon P. Carraway over the past couple weeks.  Today, I talked with Cleon about the first call he developed- the wingbone turkey call. 

  Cleon P. Carraway loved music.   He also loved hunting.  Experiments fascinated him.  How could you combine those passions into an endeavor?  Cleon found a way.  The discovery and perfection of these interests has been a lifetime journey.

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