Outdoors with Luke Clayton

Saturday Morning at 5am

Luke writes a weekly outdoors column for over 30 Texas newspapers and is Hunting Editor for Airgun Hobbyist Magazine, Field Editor for the Dallas Safari Club and feature writer for several outdoor magazines. Luke is on the pro staff of Darton Archery, Airforce Airguns, Smokin Tex Electric Smokers and In Sights Nutrition. Luke also just released his second book, Kill to Grill which is devoted to hunting and cooking wild hogs! To best keep up with Luke's outdoor activities, visit his web site

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Fishing Guide Seth Vanover showing off a catch.
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This week, Luke visits with fishing guru Seth Vanover ( and discusses summer patterns for catching crappie.

Luke, Stubby, and crew showing off their catch for the day
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Lake Fork- Round up a foursome of still very active old guys, all a few months away from their 68th birthday and chances are pretty good they have some “stories”. After all, there is just under 300 combined years of living amongst this group, plenty of time to amass untold life experiences, many of which are just down right funny! Put this aforementioned foursome together in a catfishing boat for several hours with steady action on channel catfish and chances are also good many of these “stories” will come to light!

Junior Angler Lake Tawakoni Record: Noah Brown (caught with Striperaholic Guide Service)
Trent Miller, Striperaholic Guide Service

This week, Luke visits with Lake Tawakoni striper guide Trent Miller of Striperholic Guide Serice (903-530-1710) and learns some of the guides techniques for boating big stripers and hybrid stripers.  Shad are currently stacking up around lower and mid lake humps and a mixture stripers, hybrids and white bass are going on a feeding frenzy.

Luke Clayton with wild hog he took with his .45 caliber Airforce Airguns Texan shooting a 350 grain Hunters Supply bullet.
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Join Luke this week as he hits the trail on a hog hunt with Jeff Rice and other members of the Rice family.

Brandon Wilner of
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Brandon Willner with U FISH TEXAS ( is Luke's guest this week. Brandon's company offers pond management and pond reclamation as well as fish stocking. On weekends, WIllner's private ponds near Caddo Mills provide some excellent fishing for channel catfish and he welcomes customers between 8 am and 8 pm both Saturdays and Sunday's. For more information, call 903-883-3976.

Big stripers are biting at Lake Texoma. This bruiser was landed last week.
Striper Express

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

Luke's night hunting gear
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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 ( setting up to call wild turkeys.
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This week, Luke visits with his friend Travis Benes, manager of The Choctaw Hunting Lodge ( 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
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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
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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, 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)
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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!
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Guide Seth Vanover 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
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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.