The Perfect Deer Hunt

The Perfect Deer Hunt

For Luke Clayton and probably most bowhunters the ‘perfect deer hunt starts when we enter the woods and culminates in the memory and some incredibly fine dining.

Deer Camp Reflections

Deer Camp Reflections

Hunting camp. It seems to always bring reflection of hunting adventures past. Luke’s spot is on the Brazos River and true to nature, his reflections go back to past hunts. Pull up a log.

Diary of a Deer Hunt

Diary of a Deer Hunt

Regular readers of this spot know that I like to take you with me via the written word on my many outdoor adventures. I truly wish each and every one of you that love the outdoors could be ‘out there’ with me, especially on this late season hunt for a whitetail buck.

A lot to be thankful for at Thanksgiving

A lot to be thankful for at Thanksgiving

This is the time of year when we all should slow down a bit and take account of all that we have to be thankful for. It does our soul good to take a little time and do an assessment of all the good things in our lives. Those of us that have the opportunity to spend a lot of time in the outdoors can add beautiful sunrises and sunsets to our list of special things for which to be thankful. We should all be especially thankful for the wonderful times we enjoy with our family and friends while camping, fishing and hunting.

The Way it Was – With Dubb Wallace

The Way it Was – With Dubb Wallace

Luke Clayton is sponsored by Catfish Radio Back in the mid thirties, my buddy James ‘Dubb’ Wallace was born on a ranch in the back woods around Campwood in far west Texas, not far from the Mexican border. This country remains rough today but I can only imagine what it was like when Dubb was […]

In the Cool of the Night

In the Cool of the Night

Outfitted with special lights Luke Clayton takes his bow out for his first taste of hunting pork in the night. A crescent moon created just enough light for Mark Balette and I to see the silhouette of the woods adjacent his 20 acre lake. Thanks to a lack of rainfall this summer, the little lake […]

Thinking of Becoming a Hunter?

Thinking of Becoming a Hunter?

A big buck like this monster harvested at Squaw Mountain Ranch near Jacksboro last season is the goal of every hunter. Now is the time start practicing for archery season. Photo by Luke Clayton If you’ve been thinking about learning to shoot a bow, there’s no better time than early summer to begin.  The opener […]

Trail Cameras Make Scouting Easy

Trail Cameras Make Scouting Easy

Luke Clayton When it comes to hunting, I am self confessed ‘old school’ or, I was old school before I discovered the use of trail cameras! As a young hunter, I was mentored by several seasoned woodsmen that could glance at a track, buck scrape, rub or how wallow and determine a great deal about […]

Take the Hunt to the Turkeys

Take the Hunt to the Turkeys

Regular readers of this spot might remember an article I did last fall about returning after more than 20 years to hunt Squaw Mountain Ranch, located north of Jacksboro, Texas in Jack County.  The ranch, now owned and managed by the Weiser family, produces gigantic whitetails; a buck scoring 224 BC was harvested during my […]

Hunting the Cedar Brakes

Hunting the Cedar Brakes

The terrain in and around Knox County, Texas is some of the most diverse I’ve seen, anywhere. Driving down one of the Farm to Market Roads, one will pass huge fields of verdant green winter wheat on either side of the roadway, and then head down a grade into some of the most rugged, beautiful […]

Luke Bags a Turkey

Luke Bags a Turkey

Graford, Texas – Early this morning, I pulled into the front gate of the Holt River Ranch, a historic old Texas spread that is host to almost 5 miles of Brazos River frontage and a view of the Palo Pinto Mountains that is no less than awe inspiring. My goal was to call in and […]

Return to Squaw Mountain Ranch

Return to Squaw Mountain Ranch

Most sportsmen and women are deeply rooted to the lands they hunt.  Did you ever hunt a ranch and get to know the place really well, then return to hunt the property twenty-two years later? I did just that this past week at Squaw Mountain Ranch, located a few miles north of Jacksboro, TX.  The […]