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Luke Clayton

'Outdoors' Host

Outdoors writer/radio host/book author Luke Clayton has been addicted to everything outdoors related since his childhood when he grew up hunting and fishing in rural northeast Texas. Luke pens a weekly newspaper column that appears in 34 Texas newspapers and is Editor at Large for Extreme Hog Hunter Magazine, Bowhunting Adventures and East Texas Outdoors Magazine and field editor for Dallas Safari Club "Camp Talk" publication.  Luke is on the pro staff of Mathews Bows, Smokin' Tex Electric Smokers, and GhostBlind. Follow his columns and listen to his weekly radio show throughout the year and you'll surely get exposed to many facets of the outdoor life. 

This week, a fishing update on Lake Texoma
Striper Express

This week, Luke travels up north to Lake Texoma to visit with his longtime friend Bill Carey with Striper Express (www.striperexpress.com).  Bill and his team of guides have been fishing this awesome striper fishery for over 30 years.

Luke's night hunting gear
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke discusses the advancements in night hunting gear. A lifelong hunter, Luke talks about the days when he and buddies hooked DC light bulbs to car batteries wired in series and waited for hogs to show up. Night hunting has come a long way. Luke's buddy, the late Bob Hood might have been the first to use colored lenses on flashlights for hunting at night. Hood and a buddy taped red cellophane over their flashlights and learned that animals didn't spook nearly as easily as the did when a normal "white light" flashlight beam was used.

Travis Benes, manager of the Choctaw Hunting Lodge (www.choctawhuntinglodge.com) setting up to call wild turkeys.
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke visits with his friend Travis Benes, manager of The Choctaw Hunting Lodge (www.choctawhuntinglodge.com) in Southeastern Oklahoma and discusses a recent hunt Eastern wild turkey.  Luke has hunted Rio Grande turkeys for many years in Texas  but his experience with  Eastern

Luke with Chuck Roy of the Community Chronicle
Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is Mr. Chuck Roy, editor of the Community Chronicle, a newspaper dedicated to the folks of northeast Texas.  Don't expect the Chronicle to cover news on a global basis, there is plenty of news agencies that do just that and do it almost instantly, minutes after the news event occurs. DO expect the Chronicle to be chock full of interesting article that are relevant to those of us here in the region in which we live.

Jeff Rice packing a "Jake" turkey gobbler out of the woods at Ranger Creek Ranch www.rangercreekranch.com
Luke Clayton

Luke and his buddy Jeff Rice braved 40 mph. winds and an afternoon temperature of 98 degrees earlier this week to hunt turkeys at Ranger Creek Ranch www.rangercreekranch.com, up in Knox County. Conditions could not have been worse for turkey hunting but they still managed to shoot a Jake gobbler.

This week, Luke walks us through the process of making smoked wild turkey, sausage and ham gumbo. Turkey season is off to a great start with excellent numbers of turkeys well dispersed across Texas and Oklahoma.
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke walks us through the process of making smoked wild turkey, sausage and ham gumbo. Turkey season is off to a great start with excellent numbers of turkeys well dispersed across Texas and Oklahoma. 

This is Luke's rig for hunting hogs at night (details in main post)
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke is solo and discusses everything from sighting in his new digital scope to catching catfish. 

Yantis Catfish Classic will be May 5th & 6th
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke visits with Yantis Mayor Jerry Miller and discusses the upcoming Yantis Catfish Classic May 5-6 at Lake Fork. The event will headquarter at the Minnow Bucket Marina. On Saturday afternoon/evening of the tournament, there will be a parade in downtown Yantis followed by a big Texas BBQ with brisket and all the trimmings and live music at the School Cafeteria. Money raised will benefit the Yantis Volunteer Fire Department.

Fish Fry!
Luke Clayton

Guide Seth Vanover www.lakeforkcatandcrappie.com says the shallow water crappie bite is ON at Lake Fork. In today's show, Seth gives some tips that will help you collect the "makings" of your own cook out!  

Luke makes bratwurst this week
Luke Clayton

This past week, Luke cranked out 25 pounds of bratwurst sausage. In today's show, Luke will walk you through the process of making bratwurst at home, step by step. Rather than buy bulk sausage seasonings, Luke much prefers using a "Kit" that contains the seasonings and casings.

Luke with Chuck Roy of the Community Chronicle
Luke Clayton

Luke recently spent the day with Chuck Roy (left), editor of The Community Chronicle, and discussed the Patriot Sporting Challenge, which is a fun event held at Lake Fork each October that brought in $100,000 dollars last year for the Folds Of Honor, benefiting the families of fallen veterans. In today's show, Chuck goes into detail explaining the Sporting Challenge and the upcoming Yantis Catfish Classic to be held this May 5-6.

From left are Joann O’Bryant, Kelly Jordon, Nancy Schnabel, Micheal Rogge, Diane Nemecek, Garry Schnabel, Chuck Roy, Jeff Stone, Brian Dick and Nancy Roy
Chuck Roy

"Promise Kept" by Chuck Roy

More than a year ago, a small group of interested residents listened intently to an idea. An idea that was different. An idea that would support our local economies and utilize our area’s natural resources to establish an event unique in scope and focus.

Larry Weishuhn aka Mr. Whitetail
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke visits with his longtime friend, Larry Weishuhn, "Mr. Whitetail", Host of Trailing the Hunter's Moon on Pursuit Channel. The topic is predator hunting tournaments and why keeping predator numbers in check is so important. 

The Late Bob Hood with a javelina taken on Ranger Creek Ranch (www.rangercreekranch.com) a few years ago.
Luke Clayton

Javelina season in north Texas closed February 25 so there's still time to plan your hunt if you move quickly! Ranger Creek Ranch in Knox County (www.rangercreekranch.com) has a thriving population of Javelina. The ranch is situated a couple hours west of Ft. Worth.

Luke hunting coyotes
Luke Clayton

In today's show, Luke visits with Larry Large (www.huntingeasttexas.com) about hunting coyotes during one of the best times of the year, their breeding season. Coyotes are on the prowl looking for mates and the prey they hunt are getting more difficult to find during the dead of winter.

Trey Blocker
Trey Blocker

This week, Luke visits with Texas Agricultural Commissioner candidate Trey Blocker and discusses the upcoming state election. Luke wraps up the show with some tips on catching spawning white bass in the Sabine River and "dead or winter" hog hunting tips.

The pic is of hogs ready for processing at WIld Boar Meats www.wildboarmeats.com in Hubbard, Texas
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke visits with Will Herring, owner of Wild Boar Meats (www.wildboarmeats.com) 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.

Terry Tate (left) Deryl Markgraf (center)  Matthew Yates (right) show off a few rabbits taken on a recent hunt.
Luke Clayton

When you have been kicking around the outdoors for about 55 years, it's tough to find "something new". Luke discovered a new way of hunting rabbits this past week that he thoroughly enjoyed. 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 kiddiingly referred to as  their "mid winter rabbit camp".

In this week's show, Luke discusses the study currently underway to use sodium nitrite to control (kill) wild hogs.
Luke Clayton

In this week's show, Luke discusses the study currently underway to use sodium nitrite to control (kill) wild hogs. In preparation for an upcoming magazine article on the topic of controlling wild hog numbers, Luke has some insights into the study of the use of sodium nitrite, the preservative used in curing ham and bacon.

Kaylab Glasco (adult pictured) took his first buck in Hunt county a couple days ago. Kaylab is the son in law of noted outdoorsman/fishing guide David Hanson. Kaylab's son Rhyder is also pictured with his dad and his dad's first buck. A special time for a
David Hansen

David Hanson joins Luke this week and talks, of course, about the awesome fishing for trophy blue catfish now underway at Lake Tawakoni but David shares a bit more good news! His son in law, Kaylab Glasco took his first ever whitetail deer a few days ago. The buck sported a rack just over 20 inches inside spread. Not bad for a "first" deer.  Late season buck hunting can be very good because many of the doe fawn born back in late May and early June are coming in estrus the first time which is the reason for what many call the "second rut".

Rabbit!

Dec 22, 2017
Fried Rabbit
Luke Clayton

Wintertime is time to go after an often overlooked source of some great table fare; the cottontail or swamp rabbit. In this week's show, Luke talks rabbit hunting and shares a couple of his recipes cooking rabbit. 

Are wild hogs good to eat? This is a question Luke is asked often. His answer is YES but not every hog! The pork from younger boars can be transformed into tasty meals IF it's prepared and cooked properly.
Luke Clayton

In today's show, Luke discusses hunting and cooking wild hogs and... a few other topics that came to his mind during his weekly impromptu visits.

George Barnett, noted wildlife photographer is Luke's guest this week.
Luke Clayton

Most outdoor folks take photos of their catch/harvest so that they can recall that special time on the water or in the field. Luke's guest this week is noted wildlife photographer Geroge Barnett (www.georgebarnettphoto.com).

Lukes BBQ prepped and ready for the smoker.
Luke Clayton

Enjoy some one-on one time with Luke this week as he discusses some current trends in deer hunting. Luke stresses the point that we all need to be acceptable to each other's form of style of hunting, whether it be with a rifle, bow or whatever, just as long as the style of hunting is deemed legal by Texas Parks and WIldlife Department. 

Luke also gives his recipe for what he considers to be the very best tasting venison  BBQ he has eaten. It's an easy recipe and one you can do "just right" on your first try.

Mule Deer Chili
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke shares a recipe for making smoked venison chili  and discusses the process necessary to insure that the big buck or doe you harvest will be excellent eating. Luke also covers some fine points of meat processing and storage. 

Lake Tawakoni guide David Hanson shows off a catch.
Luke Clayton

Tune in this week and listen to a couple of old friends talk about everything from catching trophy blue catfish to the current stage of the white tail rut here in north east Texas. David Hanson is a regular on the show, most listeners know him and many have spent time on the water fishing with him. David has spent the past several days hunting deer and gives not only some catfish catching tips but some very current news concerning the whitetail rut.

Luke with a mule deer buck
Luke Clayton

Luke comes to us from northern New Mexico today where he harvested a fine mule deer buck while hunting with David and Regina Williams, owners of Hunters Supply (www.hunterssupply.com), maker of all types of lead bullets. Luke takes us with him in the hunt in today's show.

Alan Cain, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Whitetail Deer program leader, with a spike buck he took with Airforce Texas big bore air rifle
Eric Henderson with Adventures Afield

Luke's guest this week is Mr. Alan Cain, Whitetail deer program leader for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. 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.

Luke Clayton with wild hog he took with his .45 caliber Airforce Airguns Texan shooting a 350 grain Hunters Supply bullet.
Luke Clayton

Luke solos without a guest in today's show. He discusses the power of modern day PCP big bore air rifles and talks a bit about the possibility of Texas adopting a season for big game animals for air rifle shooters. Currently the only game animal that can legally be harvested with the power of air is squirrel. Of course, exotics and wild hogs, which are not considered game animals, are legal right now.

Luke also discusses making corned venison which tastes every bit as good as corned beef and can be used in the same recipes.

Luke saw some awesome whitetail bucks on his short one day hunt, including this monster that appeared to be in the early stages of the rut, hot on the trail of a doe.
Luke Clayton

In today's show, Luke takes you with him on a bowhunt for whitetail at "Next Trip Whitetails", an awesome hunting operation up in Lamar County north of Blossom. This was Luke's first time to hunt the ranch and spend time with owners Alan Walker and Justin Bolen. After spending the day bowhunting, Luke rates the ranch an eleven on the ten scale. To learn more about the deer hunting opportunities here, visit with Walker at  214-407-3533  or "like" Next Trip Whitetails on Facebook. 

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