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.org

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This week, Luke visits with Will Herring, owner of Wild Boar Meats in Hubbard, Texas and discusses putting wild hog meat to good use. Herring's processing plant buys thousands of wild hogs each year and puts the meat to good use in the form of pet food.

The demand for wild hogs is so great that the plant is currently expanding so that more hogs can be utilized.

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Luke joined his friend Deryl Markgraf on his hunting least in north Texas along with Terry Tate and Matthew Yates. The group set up what they kiddingly referred to as their "mid-winter rabbit camp". A fajita dinner featuring axis deer steak served as the evening meat, complete with some of Deryl's specialty Chorizo cheese dip. 

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We hunters are not always fortunate enough to drive a vehicle right up to a downed game animal and sometimes, we have to pack the meat out. As luck would have it, Luke harvested a good eating "meat hog" just before deadline for this week’s show.

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Wild pork is plentiful during the winter months at Luke Clayton’s house and he puts it to use in various ways, but any lean meat - domestic or wild - will work with this recipe. 

Luke first learned how to prepare this tasty dish from a Mexican cook at a hunting camp down on the Texas/Mexico border back in the late 70s.

Rather than measure the cumin, salt, garlic, etc., Luke much prefers to taste test the stew as it cooks. Cumin is the predominate seasoning and it's important to use enough of it to give the dish it's "Mexican" taste.

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Luke tells about a very busy week he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his buddies from Canada. Luke and friends enjoyed a mid-winter outdoor vacation pursuing wild hogs at night with thermal gear, hunting them with rifle and bow during daylight hours, and catching big blue catfish weighing up to 54 pounds with mutual friend guide David Hanson at Lake Tawakoni. Luke's Canadian buddies even had a chance to land their first largemouth bass on the adventure.

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Each week, Luke brings us some fishing or hunting news from the great outdoors. Sometimes, like this week, he passes along little bits of information that makes the time we spend outdoors easier and more productive. This week, Luke gives a recipe for making dehydrated has hbrowns topped with cheddar cheese. 

For many years, Luke and many camp cooks have spent time during the early morning hours slicing and shredding potatoes for hash browns to go with the standard bacon and egg camp breakfast.

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Making venison barbecue the way Luke explains how to make it is a great way to use pre-packaged steaks that are cut into half inch or so thickness. Luke uses his Smokin’ Tex Electric Smoker to supply the wood smoke flavor and he also slow cooks it in the smoker to make it really tender.

But, for those who don't have a smoker, a bit of liquid smoke and an oven should suffice. So, if you have venison steaks in the freezer and have a "hankering" for some tasty barbecue, give this week's show a listen!  

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Join Luke this week on the porch of his hunting cabin as he discusses making a tasty Dutch Kettle full of Chili, made from mule deer steak off of a fine buck he harvested up in Northern Colorado a couple of weeks ago, while hunting with his friends David and Regina Williams and Terry Tate.

Great tasting venison can be made from just about any type game meat, everything from wild hog to elk and just about everything in between! 

Larry Weishuhn

Alan Cain whitetail deer program leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Alan and Ellis Powell, also with TPWD, recently used big bore air rifles to do a bit of research into the effectiveness of big bore air rifles for harvesting game.

Cain recently spoke at the TPWD Commissioners meeting in Lufkin and gave his opinion of the power and effectiveness of big bore air rifles in cleanly and humanely dispatching deer-sized game. 

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November marks the beginning of trophy blue catfish season on many lakes. Guide David Hanson says about the time the whitetail deer begin their annual rut, the big blue catfish turn on at Lake Tawakoni, where he has been fishing and guiding for most of his life.

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Luke gives an update on the whitetail rut and some tips on rattling bucks during early season. Whitetail bucks have started breaking away from the bachelor herds where they spent the summer months.

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Luke describes the easy way of making smoked jalapeno German summer sausage, from a kit that contains the blended seasoning, casings and cure.

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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.

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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. 

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

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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!

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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.

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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! 

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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