high plains outdoors

Luke Clayton

The topic of Luke's show this week is late season muzzleloader season for whitetail deer.

Many states, including Texas, offer late season hunting opportunities with muzzleloader hunts for spike bucks and doe. These late season hunts provide a great opportunity to harvest more tasty venison for the freezer.

Luke Clayton

Join Luke this week as he recaps one of his outdoor prepared meals of venison steak and freshly caught crappie and bream.

Jeff Rice

My longtime friend Bill Carey with Striper Express has a saying, “Remember December” that he often mentions. He’s referring to the awesome striper fishing that occurs during the winter months at Lake Texoma. Earlier this week, my good friend Jeff Rice and I joined Bill for an awesome day on the water.

Luke Clayton

Wild hogs that receive little hunting pressure can often be hunted successfully at all hours of the day but put a bit of pressure on wild porkers and they are quick to become almost entirely nocturnal. Ask any veteran hog hunter when he has taken the majority of his hogs and chances are very good he will say, "during the last 30 minutes of daylight, just before dark.”

High Plains Outdoors: A Tasty Backstrap Recipe

Nov 13, 2020
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke shares one of his favorite recipes for preparing venison backstrap.

Granted, it's hard to beat 'good ole' chicken fried backstrap with cream gravy, but Luke thinks once you give this recipe a try, it might just become one of your favorites.

Remember, you can always contact Luke via his website www.catfishradio.org

Luke Clayton

This week Luke tells about an awesome outdoor destination situated about 1.7 hours east of Dallas in east Texas.

Cedar Creek Ranch www.cedarcreekranch.com is an outdoor paradise that offers excellent trophy bass fishing and hunting for deer and wild hogs 

Luke Clayton

Luke talks antler rattling for big bucks in today's show. For several years, Luke had the privilege of hunting with Steven Ray, maker of the rattling forks www.rattlingforks.com.

These 'forks' perfectly mimic the sound of two bucks fighting and they carry sound farther than any rattling tools, including the whitetail buck antlers Luke has used. 

Contact outdoors writer Luke Clayton via his website www.catfishradio.org

Luke Clayton

Wild hogs numbers must be controlled. This is an absolute fact. I’ve read that over half the population must be removed each year just to maintain current numbers. I get it, but probably because I spent my younger days on a small farm where my Dad raised hogs for meat and to make a few extra dollars each year, I have always considered hogs to be a valuable commodity.

Luke Clayton

This week, Luke discusses just how important spending time in the great outdoors -- there really is no better place to 'clean one's head.' 

Forget the craziness in the world today and recharge your batteries. 

Luke Clayton

This week, Luke discusses wild hogs; how to hunt them and ways to cook them. Luke also gives some thoughts as to how the explosion of wild hog numbers can be controlled.

His book, Kill To Grill, the ultimate guide to hunting and eating wild pork is available at www.catfishradio.org

Luke Clayton

In this week's High Plains Outdoors, Luke shares a dutch kettle recipe for cooking quail. Pheasant, or domestic chicken can be substituted if you are like Luke and don't have a 'mess' of quail in your freezer. 

Courtesy/Jeff Rice

I was recently recording “Campfire Talk”, the weekly radio segment that Larry Weishuhn aka.”Mr. Whitetail” and I have produced for the past 11 years. The topic of hunting blinds, aka ‘deer stands’ came up and we reflected upon just how much ‘deer stands’ have changed since the sixties when we both began hunting deer.

Luke Clayton

Good hunting for wild quail is become difficult to find. In today's show, Luke divulges a quail hunting hotspot near Arapahoe, Nebraska.

Ryan Hanzlizk owns Shady Rest Motel in Arapahoe and caters to bird hunters. Ryan says the quail number are higher than he has ever seen. He is offering maps to his visitors that show some of the better free public access in his area. 

Luke Clayton

Don’t get the wrong idea when you read some of my columns that pertain to outdoor cooking. I’m certainly no chef but I don’t think a good camp cook needs to be professionally trained in order to ‘crank out’ tasty meals.

I have ‘studied’ under some of the best cooks around in hunting camps from Canada to Mexico and always tried to pick up a tip or two from each one I spent time with. I’ve also spent a great deal of time experimenting.  Yep, I’ve prepared everything from sour dough biscuits cooked in a Dutch Kettle to Venison stroganoff and lots of things in-between.

Luke Clayton

There’s lots to do in the outdoors, even what many of us refer to as the ‘Dog Days’ of summer. The striped bass bite is going strong up on Lake Texoma says my buddy Bill Carey with Striper Express and catfish guides on Tawakoni have been butting their clients on limits of tasty catfish. Crappie fishing at Fork has been red hot one day and ‘iffy’ the next, common for this time of year.

Luke Clayton

Now is a great time and get out in the woods and prairies and set a few trail cameras. Bucks antlers are fully developed now and they will soon begin 'rubbing' the velvet and go into hard-horn.

Luke Clayton

I enjoyed a summer hog hunt with some great friends recently and, as is often the case, I volunteered to be the camp cook.  I learned a long time ago that it’s most challenging to actually hunt, or fish for that matter, and come in after being in the field or on the water all day and prepare a tasty meal. Granted, it’s easy enough to open a can of Spam or make cold cuts and cheese sandwiches but the kind of camp meals that are remembered take a bit of preparation.

Luke Clayton

A few years ago, I was attending an outdoor show in Waco when I noticed a little shooting range for air guns set up in a room off to the side of the main floor. I could hear the report of air rifles being shot and my interest was perked.

Luke Clayton

Making the most of any outdoor outing equates to a positive attitude and the ability to remain flexible. After all, we don’t always catch a limit of fish or shoot a big whitetail buck but if we take the time to truly relish our time spent in the outdoors, we benefit by returning home rejuvenated and refreshed.  A couple days spent last week with two great friends, Jeff Rice and Larry Weishuhn, aka “Mr. Whitetail,” is a good case in point.

Luke Clayton

In today's show, Luke talks about an exciting fishing trip to Lake Texoma with Striper Express

Stripers were chasing shad like there was no tomorrow and hitting a combination of topwater plugs, Sassy Shads and lead slabs.

Luke Clayton

During the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to fish with my friend Trey Schmidt many times. Trey has a coveted ‘fin fish’ license on the Texas coast. He spends three nights each week ‘gigging’ for flounder, the majority he sells to Nate’s West End Bar and Grill, a popular ‘off the beaten path’ restaurant near just west of Jamaica Beach on the road heading from Galveston to Freeport. Trey can also harvest sheepshead (a great eating but often overlooked saltwater fish) stingray, crabs and a few other species.

John Norton

My first visit to the Rocky Mountains occurred back in the late seventies when I was a ‘whipper snapper’ in my late twenties. A couple of buddies and I traveled to the mountains near Gunnison, Colorado where an outfitter had set up a drop camp for us. We spent several glorious days hunting deer and it’s here that I got my first look at wild bear. When a herd of 12 elk came trotting by within 75 yards of our camp, I knew I was in outdoor heaven.

Luke Clayton

It’s easy to set in an air-conditioned office and dream about being out on the water all day, boating one after another of your favorite species of game fish. It’s quite another proposition to actually spend time during the heat of the day in a boat without shade, especially on a calm day without cloud cover.

Luke Clayton

Let’s face it, what’s tastier than a crispy fried fish fillet? A family fish fry is a time honored event with many of us and one that this old outdoors writer plans to keep going but, there are other very tasty ways to prepare the fish we enjoy catching so much!

Luke Clayton

LAKE FORK - Back in the day, the drill for a crappie fishing trip went something like this: Pull up to a tree with limbs above the water, secure the boat, drop minnows down through the limbs and either catch crappie or spend 30 minutes trying and then move on to the next likely spot. 

Luke Clayton

My grandson Luke Zimmerman, Jeff Rice and myself arrived at our cabin at Mill Creek Resort on Lake Texoma an hour or so before dark last week on the eve of a long anticipated top water striper fishing trip with my friends at Striper Express.  

Bill Carey had been telling me all about the awesome top water action for the past couple weeks and we were chompin' at the bit to get after them. There is something very addictive about watching a big striper attack a topwater plug.

Luke Clayton

LAKE FORK - Back in the day, the drill for a crappie fishing trip went something like this: Pull up to a tree with limbs above the water, secure the boat, drop minnows down through the limbs and either catch crappie or spend 30 minutes trying and then move on to the next likely spot.  Those days are long gone for Lake Fork guide Seth Vanoverand other anglers savvy in the use of their “Livescope,” the latest innovation for seeing what’s below the surface of the water.

Luke Clayton

This week, Luke discusses the annual shad spawn. This is a period of bounty not only for game fish, such as white bass, catfish and hybrid stripers (wipers), but the angler as well!

Luke Clayton

I’ve limited my outdoor outings to one per week lately. With turkeys gobbling all across the state and blue catfish action red hot in the shallows, I simply cannot resist getting ‘out there’ in the woods and on the water.

Not to worry though, I’m avoiding contact with large crowds; wearing latex gloves at the gas pumps and mask during those once a week trips to the grocery.  As far as I know, social distancing with wild turkeys and blue catfish is still acceptable.  After all, a camo face mask is necessary in the turkey woods and at the fish cleaning station, wearing gloves is always a good idea!

Luke Clayton

This week, Luke recaps a turkey hunt last week at Dale River Ranch situated on the Brazos River about an hour west of Ft. Worth, Texas. Luke introduced his good friend Jeff Rice to the ranch and to Mr. Douglas. The three Amigos enjoyed an afternoon of catching fish and an evening fish fry and Jeff harvested his first ever spring gobbler the next morning. 

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