high plains outdoors

Luke Clayton

This show originally aired on Dec. 8, 2018. Luke will be back with a new show next week!

This week, Luke talks about his favorite lake for catching striper, Lake Texoma situated on the Texas/Oklahoma border.

By now, most of us that hunt deer have plenty of venison in the freezer, the majority of which will be prepared in the usual way, i.e., chicken fried steaks, roasts, venison bacon wraps, barbeque, jerky, deer chili, etc. In recent columns, we’ve been talking about recent hunts and the gleaning of the meat. So, this week, let’s visit about actually putting all that fresh venison to good use! 

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The serpentine course of the Brazos River below what is now Possum Kingdom Lake, situated an hour or so west of Ft. Worth, Texas runs through what was back in the late 1800’s some mighty call wild Texas real estate. 

This big ranch country is still sparsely settled and once away from the public roads, it’s easy to picture what the hardy souls that settled the land might have encountered. 

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A recent post of a social media page prompted this week’s column but for the past several years, I’ve witnessed many negative comments concerning ‘trophy bucks’ harvested by hunters and I thought it about time to voice my take on the word ‘trophy’  when used in reference to deer hunting.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me, I like heavy antlered whitetail bucks as much as the next hunter but a buck’s antlers doesn’t necessarily have to ‘score’ high in order to make the animal a trophy.

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Regardless which state you are listening from, IT'S DEER SEASON!

In today's show, Luke talk deer hunting – using tactics such as rattling antlers to bring the big ones.

If you enjoy hunting deer, today's show is tailor-made just for you. So, pull up a chair by the campfire and join Ole' Luke in a little deer hunting talk! 

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Luke talks a bit about a recent deer hunt on the Dale River Ranch and shares a quick, easy and tasty camp recipe.

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In this week’s High Plains Outdoors, Luke recaps a recent solo hunt for deer and hogs in northeast Texas.

He also talks about an upcoming bow hunt for deer on the Brazos River with his longtime friend Randy Douglas, manager of the Dale River Ranch

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When I first discovered the power of modern day air rifles about eight years ago at an outdoor show in Waco, I was amazed at their power and accuracy.

John McCaslin, president of Airforce Airguns invited me to the Airforce Airguns booth and indoor range to shoot one of his company's .25 caliber PCP (Pre-Charged Pneumatic) rifles.

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Walking back to the ranch headquarters after an afternoon mule deer hunt last week in northern New Mexico, I stopped to cast a backwards glance at the night sky and the outline of the Continental Divide, the summit of which lay about a half mile to my west.

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Luke is off this coming week for New Mexico to hunt mule deer with his muzzleloader.

Each year, Luke makes the drive to northern NM around the village of Cuba to hunt with his friends, David and Regina Williams, owners of Hunters Supply Bullets. 

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Hunting seasons are quickly approaching and it's time to give some thought to upcoming camp meals. In today's show, Luke walks us through the steps of preparing some mighty tasty Mexican Cornbread.

You probably won't find this recipe in a cookbook anywhere - it's one Luke has devised through trial and error. 

High Plains Outdoors: One Wild Hog Hunt

Sep 24, 2019
Luke Clayton

Archery whitetail season is just around the corner and Luke has had his new Gearhead Bow out in quest of camp meat! 

In today's show, Luke tells of a hunt earlier in the week for wild hogs with his buddy Jeff Rice on Jeff's Buck and Bass Ranch, near Lake Fork in eastern Texas.

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Just this past week, Luke traveled up to Red River County, situated in the northeast corner of Texas, a few miles south of the Red River to the Rio Rojo Rancho www.riorojorancho.com, owned by his friends, Mike and Lori Ford.

Football fans might remember Mike's career as a star quarterback with SMU back in the 80s, and later, the NFL with Tampa Bay.

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Join Luke this week for High Plains Outdoors.

He gives a recipe for wild pork gusiado that is easy to prepare.

Luke also talks a bit about an upcoming bow hunt for axis deer on his friend Mike Ford's Rio Rojo Ranch situated in Red River County near the Texas/Oklahoma border. 

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In this week's High Plains Outdoors, Luke discusses the advances in compound bows since he first began shooting and hunting with one back a quarter-century ago.

Today's bows are much quieter, faster, lighter and easier to shoot than bows just a few years ago, thanks to advancements in technology. 

High Plains Outdoors: Catchin' Big Blues

Aug 23, 2019
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke discusses catching giant blue catfish during the summer months (right now).

Traditionally, the big blues are caught during late fall and the winter months.

Lake Tawakoni guide Tony Pennebaker told Luke during a spring fishing trip that he felt confident that the big blues should go on a dependable bite in August, after they finish spawning and disperse widespread over the lake.


This week, Luke discusses the impact that social media has made on the way outdoor folks connect. Sites such as Facebook offer groups with like interests that vary from topics as diverse as night hunting for wild hogs to catching salmon in Alaska. Social media 'connects' those of us that love the outdoors in a way that was not possible before the internet.

High Plains Outdoors: Refried, Refried Beans

Aug 9, 2019
Luke Clayton

In this week's High Plains Outdoors, Luke shares one of his favorite camp recipes that actually can be prepared at home before the camping trip.

Refried beans is something that is often taken for granted, something served at a Mexican restaurant as a side dish to enchiladas or fajitas. And they often taste like, well, just mashed beans.

But seasoned properly and cooked to the right consistency, refried beans become a bit more than a side dish. 

Take a listen as Luke explains how he makes ‘em!  

High Plains Outdoors: Finding Fish Easier Than Ever

Aug 2, 2019
Luke Clayton

When I was a youngster, I remember my Dad using an old window weight tied on a piece of rope to determine the depth below our little 12-foot wooden boat. He had the rope marked in three-foot increments and simply lowered the weigh overboard and counted down until the weight hit bottom.

We did a lot of ‘trotlining’ and he always set his lines parallel to a creek channel. I remember spending hours bouncing that weight off bottom and marking trees that grew along the submerged creek channels.  Later the ‘flasher’ units became popular and fishermen bought them with relish.

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In a recent show, Luke talked about the awesome fishing for channel catfish at Lake Tawakoni in northeast Texas.

Guide Tony Pennebaker and Luke enjoyed some action packed catfishing and Tony divulged some of his fish catching secrets that should help us all put fish in the boat. On this trip, Tony reached into his ice chest and handed Luke a pint jar that Luke's nicknamed, "Tony's lunch in a jar.”

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I was well into my twenties before I set down to a platter of catfish fillets. I was raised eating catfish either fried whole or cut into ‘steaks’. My Dad probably didn’t even know what a ‘fillet’ was. Had he known, I’m positive he would have considered the practice of filleting a waste of good fish!

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In past shows, Luke has talked about making ham from wild hog backstrap. Join him this week as he walks us through the process of sugar curing and smoking a bone-in, whole ham from a feral hog.

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I am continually amazed at what I don’t know about the outdoors. Oh, I’ve spent a very active life I the woods and on the water, learning about the patterns of fish and wildlife. It’s now been almost six decades since I was a 10 year old tromping the backwoods of East Texas. As a long time outdoors writer, I have had the privilege of being schooled by some expert biologists and guys that make their living in the outdoors.  In my quest to learn more, I took the courses and became a Master Texas Naturalist several years ago.

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Did you ever see a new, innovative product or way of doing something that made you stop and think, “WOW, why didn’t I think of this?” As a lifelong outdoors person, I have occasionally come across such products. One was a mirror blind several years ago that a company called Ghost Blind introduced me to. I actually used and tested one of the prototypes. The blinds are lightweight and easy to pack into the woods have become very popular and revolutionized the way many of us hunt from the ground.   

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Many of us will be spending time at the lake this summer and in today's High Plains Outdoors, Luke shares a quick and easy and... TASTY recipe for breakfast or brunch.

Take a listen to today's show and you'll get the idea. It might just become a favorite weekend brunch around the house, as well.

Capt. Mike Williams

A potential client once asked Capt. Mike Williams to describe hooking, and landing a big shark. Williams, who has spent a lifetime fishing and guiding anglers in the bays and Gulf around Galveston, answered: “It’s like standing on a street corner with a rod and reel and hooking a passing Harley Davidson going 80 miles an hour. I tell my new clients to anticipate the fish fight of their lives, then multiply their expectations by 10, and they will come close to understanding the sheer power of a big shark.

Luke Clayton

Through the years, I have been designated cook in camps from the wilds of Canada to south of the border. I absolutely love cooking outside and preparing meals that are simple and tasty. This past weekend while filming a cooking segment for my weekly outdoor show, I prepared a Dutch Kettle recipe that I learned years ago from the late Bob Hood, who wrote about the outdoors for almost a half-century. Bob was a great Dutch Kettle cook and taught me a recipe for quail that we used on many quail hunts.

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Luke is about to head to the wilds of northern Saskatchewan to Iskwatikan Lake Lodge for five days of catching walleye, pike and lake trout.

In today's show, Luke explains how easy it is to coordinate the travel and details of actually 'getting there.’

Feel free to email Luke for more information through his website or visit the following two links for more information. 

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This week, Luke recaps a couple of very enjoyable days earlier in the week that he spent with his friends, the Rices, at their Buck and Bass Ranch in east Texas.

Richard Rice traveled from Arizona and harvested a big wild boar and Luke connected with a small 'eater' hog, the backstraps from which he had on the smoker within an hour after the harvest.

The resulting pulled pork BBQ backstrap sandwiches made for an awesome lunch - from the woods to the dinner table in 3.5 hours!

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Luke's guest for today's show is fishing guide Seth Vanover.  Seth guides on Lake Fork and Lake Of The Pines in eastern Texas for crappie, catfish and trophy largemouth bass. 

In today's show, Seth goes into detail explaining the subtleties of summer fishing for crappie using a jig and light tackle.