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A Social Network for Hunters and Anglers

Many have seen the facebook posts of Gavin Dingman's legal bow kill of a beautiful 12 pt albino deer in Michigan.  As has been the case over the last year, and a huge reason why we created Shotem and Caughtem, emotions towards the kill have been mixed.  From rave support, to down right bullying.  Just last week we talked about what a great experience we had taking out one of our friend's sons on his first deer hunt.  The life lessons taught as well as the overall joy in watching a young man become a dedicated outdoorsman.  As shown in this article from The Grind we once again could not be more proud of how not only the boy but the father are handling the mixed press.  Here are our thoughts and should you like to check out more of the comments a link to the article.  http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/outposts/post/rare-albino-deer-bagged-11-year-old/

We were tired of many of the people who truly enjoy hunting and fishing falling prey to the critics of the outdoor industry on other social media sites.  We felt Shotem and Caughtem could be a great place for those who have a passion for hunting and fishing to come and feel free to share their adventures.  A if you don't like it don't come to the party website and app.  Without the support of you our almost 180 members we would have never have gotten this far in just a little over a year.  We hope you share all that the site has to offer since as we grow, you will have more people to share, comment and learn.

History of Controversy surrounding Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and fishing has always been a little taboo since the industrial revolution.  A why would you hunt and fish if you can just get something similar at the store.  Well we can tell you first hand that there is no better tasting meats than freshly caught or shot.  You learn more respect for mother nature and the great gifts we have been given in the field or on the water.  Watching the workings of nature selection, adaptations of animals to different environments and a whole host of other scientific knowledge.  Respect for your gear and what is needed to survive in different climates, environments and situations.  The biggest thing is you will find no better teacher than the outdoors and what a better way to spend a no distraction time with your son or daughter than in the great outdoors.

With this in mind we would like to congratulate Gavin on not only grabbing a unique trophy but having learned the respect and knowledge it takes to hunt with respect.  We know that your mount will be a great story to share with your friends, family but most importantly with your dad in the years to come.

This weekend was bonus rifle doe season for us at Shotem and Caughtem.  We could think of no better way to celebrate an extra few days early in the season when temperatures are a bit more forgiving than to take a friend of ours and his son out for his first deer hunt.  What a great experience for us.  The weather was perfect, the deer were right on time, dad got to look like the hero, and the son had a blast.  The almost perfect scenario to create a spark in the next generation of outdoorsman.  Our only hope is that he will tell all of his friends how much fun he had so that more will want to come the next time.

Life lessons learned for the Younger Generations through Hunting and Fishing

We feel the outdoors is an excellent place to get the youth of america.  So many life lessons are experienced.  Good friends, the thrill of the hunt, teachings of life, survival skills, you have a chance to touch on a lot of life lessons in an environment that is not only educational but fun.  Heck he even got to do a little bb gun target practice and rock finding that morning too.  A large vast area to explore, find new things and letting a kid be a kid made for an absolutely rewarding and fun day.  We can only hope as our children get older that they have the spark to stand side by side with us as we go on our outdoor adventures.

If you have some fun adventure stories with youth we hope you share your experiences in the comment section below, start a discussion or share photos to the walls.  If you have not tried getting the next generation of hunters and fisherman/woman outdoors, we suggest you do.  It made for one heck of a great story and a Sunday we will not quickly forget.  

Bash Brothers BBQ Sauce for Wild Game Recipes

For those of you that keep up with the Shotem and Caughtem blog there is no secrets when it comes to our love for the filet mignon of the skies.  As such when our friends at Bash Brothers gave us a bottle of their Hawaiian BBQ Sauce to try with our dove we jumped at the chance to add a little sweet to our favorite way to make dove.  Lucky for us we were not disappointed with the flavor and caramelization it added to our recipe.  We were a little hesitant to try out the sauce when we found the consistency of the sauce to be a little less traditional.  It was more in lines with a marinade in its poor than the thick style of bbq sauce we tend to use.  We worried that it might not perform to our expectations.  However, as a marinade for our dove it was actually better.  The light nature of the sauce allowed it to actually seep in and marinate parts of our recipe we have not been able to penetrate without adding it to different parts of our recipe.  To get your bottle of Bash Brothers we hope you visit www.bashbrothersbbq.com  and pick your own favorite flavor should the sweetness not be your thing.  Mixed with our recipe below it added a nice sweet after taste to the spice of our jalapeno interior.  

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Dove Breast Recipe:

As seen in the photo above the ingredients are pretty simple and can be modified from the basics.

  • About 30 dove breasts
  • 12 medium sized jalapenos
  • package of bacon
  • Bash Brothers Hawaiian BBQ Sauce
  • toothpicks
  • tub of cream cheese 

The only modification to these basics is in the cream cheese.  We have made the cream cheese a lot of different ways.  Sometimes we will mix different cream cheeses together, use plain and spice it up with about anything you like, or even add other types of peppers to the cream cheese. Otherwise the time comes in the assembly.

Preparation of your Game before Grilling

 

  1.  Take your piece of bacon and slice it into two even pieces
  2.  Take sliced in half jalapeno (seeds out for milder temp) and use it as a boat and fill it with cream cheese
  3.  Take Dove breast and wrap your cream cheese jalapeno and place it on the bacon
  4.  Wrap the Dove Breast with your bacon and poke a toothpick through it to hold it together
  5.  Once assembled place on a sheet and add the Bash Brothers BBQ Sauce


With this recipe we definitely would choose the grill as your cooking method.  The heat helps aid in the caramelization of the sauce.

We hope you share your photos of your own recipes to our new Recipe section to the site and share your favorite ways to cook your wild game.

Dove Hunting Season came with it's share of Weather problems and Heavy rainfall

We at Shotem and Caughtem headed out for the season opener of hunting season.  Dove Season is officially here in most states.  The season opener did not come without its challenges.  As a matter of fact the place where we started or hunt and worked so hard to create the perfect environment received 6 in of rain in the six hours before the opening day.  Needless to say another season might have gone into the wind.  With thousands of places to source water the dove hunting in our premier spot was slow at best.  We still left the field with our limit but that was merely due to determination and patience.  

Searching for the perfect Dove Hunting Environment

We decided the next day to head to another spot we know of and try our luck since it did not have the large amount of rain we had experienced at our other spot.  Luckily for us this place was the mecca we were looking for.  And as a bonus after hunting dove for well over a decade we not only landed our first banded dove ever, but the people we hunted with ended up shooting 8 banded dove total.  A very cool experience we had never had the pleasure of experiencing.  Heck we might have even missed these bands in the past.  Not only are they small and hard to see the first we found was tucked under feathers making it even harder to notice.  We did not even see the first one till we were cleaning the birds.  From that point on we ended up being more tuned to looking for the small devices.

What to do if you get a banded dove

For you prize by calling into the number listed on the band you are sent a digital certificate of your find so that you can get some information about where the dove has been.  Agencies use these bands to track not only movement but population growth etc.  It was a great hunt and even cooler experience.

Banded Dove information

As a matter of fact we are heading back out tonight to hopefully get our last hunt in before a cold front moves in and potentially pushes the dove south in their migration towards the far southern states and eventually into South America for the winter.  As always we hope you share your dove hunting photos and stories to the galleries.  Hope you all have a great Shotem and Caughtem weekend.  

Preparing for your Dove Hunt

We at Shotem and Caughtem, like every year, can not wait for the beginning of hunting season which of course starts here in Kansas Sept. 1st for Dove.  "The filet mignon of the sky" always comes with its share of tactical problems.  We try to eliminate as much of the guess work out of our hunting experience every year with planning our favorite hunting spot down to the primary elements.  Water, food and gravel.  However, last year we were plagued with a heavy rain prior to opening day.  This created fresh puddles of water all over the property allowing the birds to come to eat where we wanted but find water and gravel anywhere.  It appears we might be running into this same problem again this year.  A hunters life. Even the most prepared get thrown a curve ball which could ruin the hunt.

With that in mind what is the best thing we could do to make sure we still have a successful hunt.  Other hunters.  With all a doves needs met they tend to stay in an area.  However, that area can be expanded with hunting pressure.  Therefore the more hunters the more area we can cover and keep the birds circling to different areas.

Dove Hunting Decoys

Next is a mojo.  Dove like company and will flock to other areas they think they have some company around.  Making sure you have your decoys out will make sure other dove head your way.  For some great decoys you can find out more at www.mojooutdoors.com

The right hunting location

Location, Location, Location.  If water and gravel is abundant your food source will be your most active target.  Wheat stubble, sunflower patches, milo and millet are all high sought after food sources for dove.

We hope you share your tricks before the start of the season in the comment section below and as always share your adventures to the Shotem walls as they happen with our app straight from the field.