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From Kansas to Colorado to Oklahoma!

Well to say we here at Shotem and Caughtem have been busy the last couple years is an understatement.  I moved from my home since birth......Kansas....to Colorado for a couple years and now to Oklahoma.  It has been interesting to say the least and I now have the experience of finding out what other states are like to hut and fish.  Even though we were still based in the Midwest through these many moves the contrast between what is available to hunters and fisherman could not be more diverse.  Also we would like to address what has been making headlines when it comes to the decline of hunting and fishing.  There have been a lot of great articles lately on the subject but we would also like to add they missed one big reason we think it is happening.  As always we would love to here your views on the subject.  Here are a couple of the articles we have been seeing all lends to a good read as to some options to help lessen the decline.

The Geico Bassmaster Classic

Our good friends at Berkley Fishing asked us to help spread the word for a great challenge this weekend that could be your winning lottery ticket.  Should you need an excuse to travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend Berkley Fishing is giving you the potential to win 100,000 of them should you take on the challenge.  Here are the details.

B.A.S.S., Tulsa Regional Chamber, VisitTulsa, and Grand Lake Association have announced its selection of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and the Tulsa metro region as the site and host of the 2016 Geico Bassmaster Classic, March 4-6, 2016. It is the 46th edition of sport fishing’s greatest championship and the second to be hosted by the state of Oklahoma.

Daily weigh-ins will be held at BOK Center and Cox Business Center will hold the Classic Outdoors Expo.

To find more details on the Geico Bassmaster Classic click here.

Prepping the Best Food Plot Area

When we at Shotem and Caughtem started to think about building food plots on our property we knew it would not be an easy task.  However, one thing we wanted to make sure we did was create a plan before we ever started digging or prepping.  One of the first things we needed to check is where the best place to put a plot and where on the property we had the most traffic.  In other words, you don't just build a plot, then decide where to place your stand. You take stand placement into account before you build the plot.

You must separate "hunting plots" from "feeding plots." Hunting plots are small, maybe just 1/4-1/2 acre in size. They are irregular in shape and seeded with plants that will attract deer during the hunting season. In a hunting plot you want irregular shape. There may be a peninsula of cover jutting out into the plot, positioned in such a way as to take advantage of the wind. Just a nice little plot in the woods that fits into the landscape.

Finding the right place for your Food Plot


The first step in building a hunting plot is to decide where you want it. In the spring, scout the area for trails, and always, always pay attention to the wind. Know where the deer bed. Also consider whether it will be hunted in the morning or evening or both. Determine how you will get to the plot, and when you've taken all these factors into consideration, then decide where you want the plot.

Food Plot Shape and Design


There are various designs for hunting plots. One that really intrigued us is the "hourglass" design, where the narrowest (the neck of the hour glass) is only thirty yards across. If you know the prevailing wind, where deer bed, and build the plot near thick cover, putting your stand at the narrow portion of the hour glass can be dynamite during the rut. We recommend building licking branches and mock scrapes at the neck of the hour glass. Interesting concept..



Other shapes such as boomerang and "s" shaped plots.  Then there is the corner plot that is built adjacent to an existing field. This is really a "food" plot, but is small and is a great place to set a stand.

You may have some small openings in the hardwoods that you hunt that may be adapted to a hunting plot. If so, now is the time to get it ready for the fall. Depending on the terrain if you only need 1/4 acres, you may be able to get by with some chain saw and small equipment tilling to build your own hunting plots.  Next in this series we will talk about what to plant to attract the most animals or specific ones to hunt.  But we always love to get your comments and ideas below.

Colorado River Pollutants head Downstream

As is the case with many environmental disasters the first line of thought is how it will effect the human population.  As is the case with the recent Colorado chemical spill into the Colorado River the first attention goes towards drinking water.  However, an even larger threat is to the overall food chain.  Plants and small insects then just head up the food chain.  Another thing is that much of the water in the Colorado river is also used for irrigation.  This will effect even more animals higher up the food chain.  Agriculture is then contaminated and so are the rabbits, mice, birds, coyotes, deer etc.  Eventually we as humans are then contaminated world wide. 

Hunting and Fishing for sustainable Living

Though no one likes to admit it, it once again hits home the way of life we have a passion to lead.  Here in Kansas it will take a while before our herds populate enough to contaminate our food chain just a state away.  States even further away would not have to deal with this for an even longer period.  However, we might never know when we walk in a super market where our steak, corn, or if a box might hold some of the soybean or other plant fillers from the contaminated area.  

Wildlife and Parks Funding

Due to the adverse effects to the food chain I am sure the government will rely on some of the surplus provided by those of us that hunt and fish to help pay for the clean up efforts going on as we speak............Just a random thought on a Tuesday for you to ponder.  By the way have you thanked a hunter or angler today?  

Social Media in Uproar over the Death of Cecil a prized African Lion

It is a fine line that all those that hunt and fish are faced with on a regular basis.  Many on the outside feel that the passion we have for the great outdoors is barbaric at best.  Many of us that are a part of our love for the great outdoors cringe when yet another bad apple rises to the surface.  Especially one that has tested the line before.  On July 1st we were made aware by the folks at GrindTV about another such case.  After many of the articles written about the social out cry after legal kills of lions over the past year you would assume that someone like this would be a bit more cautious when testing the line of a legal or illegal kill.  As many of us know it is the judgement of the person behind the weapon to secure that they are making a legal kill not blame the guide.

Death of Northern White Rhino 

This news coming just before the news that the world has only 4 northern white rhinos left, three of which are still in the wild.  Though they are being protected around the clock, money procured through legal hunts affords this security, news such as the illegal lion hunt taint the good we do as a community overall.  It provides ammunition to a crowd of haters that should be silenced by how much we do to continue and preserve the vary animals we love to eat and/or catch.  

Hunting is Conservation

It sounds weird but it has been proven time and time again.  When a hunter, angler or just your average joe respect and care for the rules, regulations and support the industry through obtaining the proper forms and licenses we conserve.  There are hundreds of websites even our own that consistently taught the great things we do for our environment and mutual inhabitants.  Like in many of the different areas of our world and our lives the mistakes of the few should not be the burden of the many.  We hope you continue to help support different great organizations and social media outlets to help promote all the great things we do to help protect and grow the populations and species we have the passion to share on the photo walls.  The gear section is a great place to share your food plots and ideas on how to promote the species in the lakes, ponds and on the lands you venture to on a regular basis.  It will only be a matter of time before we as a community will grow to one large voice.  We hope that you help us grow our member base so that we can make that voice stronger.

 

Many US States looking to increase Hunting and Angling fees

I know........ we were shocked by the news just like many of those in the states effected.  Here are some huge reasons why a social network dedicated to hunting and fishing could have such a profound effect on what we are about to discuss.  Last year we talked about where the money goes from increases in license fees.  Many times it goes nowhere.  Reasons.  Thanks to many of our founding fathers experiences with the concept of redistribution of tax dollars they added a sweet little piece of pie that prevented any state from using fees collected for hunting and fishing licenses to be used for anything other than items or projects related to hunting and fishing.  What they did not figure on was borrowing against those accounts to fund other projects.   

License Money not being used to better Wildlife

What the founding fathers did not bet on was the potential loop hole.  Though they can not use that money to fund projects outside the Department of Wildlife what they can do is use the money in the account and borrow against it to fund other projects.  Those sneaky devils.

Creating a Larger Voice using Social Media for Hunting and Fishing

There are some absolutely phenomenal wildlife, hunting and fishing organizations, magazines and groups. Creating a space to act as one large voice could help to free those tax dollars to be used to help develop larger scale projects to help with many of the issues we are facing.  Whether you take the side of conservation, creating better water resources, or wildlife habitats it solves bigger issues than many would care to admit.  However, it would also take away borrowing power to fund projects not Wildlife and Parks related.  It is definitely would make a great discussion on one of boards?  Hope you come join us and add your thoughts.  We would love to share them with our other social media outlets that do not dedicate themselves to the great outdoors like Shotem and Caughtem.

The True Organic Meat Eating Diet

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem believe that hunters and anglers are the true organic meat eaters of the world.  We have figured out the best ways to cook different animals that have not been raised and fattened by the food industry.  They are lean, mean and built for survival.  As such putting fats, moisture or intense flavor back into the meats can become a process of trial and error mixed with some weird science.  One of our favorite ways to get moisture and intense flavor into wild turkey is as a pastrami and this is one of our favorite ways to do it.  

 

Turkey Pastrami Recipe Instructions

The Cure:




• 5 tablespoons Tender Quick

• 4 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar (packed)

• 3 Large Hole Dry Bay Leaves

• 1 teaspoon All Spice

• ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder

• ½ teaspoon Anis Seeds

• 1 table spoon Montreal Steak season

• 2 tablespoons coarse ground pepper

• ½ teaspoon of Ground Clove




This is the “dry cure” step of the process.

Mix all of the ingredients of the cure in a blender or spice grinder making sure all of the ingredients are as close to the same size as possible. Coat all of the meat evenly, and rub it in. Place the meat in zip lock freezer bag and lay flat in a glass baking dish. Put it in the fridge. Rotate the meat twice a day, for a week. If you want stronger flavor go up to two weeks.




After the meat gets done with its “time out”, remove it from the bag and rinse it in a water bath for two hours at room temp. Pat it dry and put on the second rub. Again Blend spices to break up Mustard and Coriander but pulse to keep them coarse.




Final Crust Rub:




• 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder

• 2 tablespoons Coarse ground Pepper

• 1 teaspoon Paprika

• 1 tablespoon Mustard Seed (Whole)

• 1 tablespoon Coriander (Whole)

• 1 teaspoon Dark Brown Sugar




Into the smoker it goes for 3-4 hours at 200deg. You are looking for about 150 to 155 degree internal temp of the meat. I like to use a combination of Hickory and Apple or Hickory and Maple as my wood.




Remove the roasts from the smoker and let rest until they cool to room temp. Place in zip lock baggy or an air tight container and place it in the fridge overnight, 24hours if possible. This will let it firm up. Slice as thin as possible and enjoy.

 

Opening Day of Turkey and Trout Season

April marks opening day of what we like to call Shotem and Caughtem Season.  As spring arrives and temperatures begin to warm the time arrives for us to put our cold weather clothes in storage and break out the camo and tackle boxes.  This time is one of our favorites.  The cool mornings allow us the comfort of sleeping a bit later and still hitting the good morning bite and with some good scouting knowing where the turkey roost allow us to know the best place to sit for turkeys.  As such we thought we would scour the world wide web for some good early spring articles and offer our thoughts on the matter. 

Turkey Call and Strut Video

Spring Fishing Tips

Spring Weather Severe Storms Make great Scouting and Fishing

A good thunderstorm can be used as a great decoy or excuse to get things in the animal world moving.  Big Toms will usually call back to thunder and can be used to help track roosting spots on your hunting land.  However, they will only gobble a couple of times and will then move to cover.  Hunters participating in West Virginia's spring gobbler survey have provided weather information to biologists for 18 years, and it is evident that the best spring gobbling occurs during clear days with little wind and no precipitation.  Conversely, periods of reduced gobbling activity coincide with cloudy skies, rain and windy conditions.  Research elsewhere on the relationship between gobbling and weather has shown that precipitation and high wind occurring as much as 12 hours prior to the time of gobbling will result in decreased gobbling.  One Alabama study showed that days with dew on the ground were good gobbling days, and that barometric pressure had little impact on gobbling although it is a part of the reason for changes in weather patterns.

The relationship between gobbling and temperatures is not as definitive.  One research study indicated increased gobbling occurred with higher temperatures, and another did not show any relationship between temperature and gobbling.

Many fisherman will always brag about the bite being best right before a thunderstorm.  Severe spring weather can be a great way to catch some big fish and track turkey on your property.  Just remember to be safe when out during times like these.  Lightning can be unforgiving and getting stranded in open water during heavy thunderstorms can not only be cringe worthy but unsafe as well.

Caught in Severe Weather while Boating

Spring storms can come out of nowhere it seems sometimes.  Should you be caught in one of these situations here are some rules of thumb.

  1. If possible, head for the nearest shore that is safe to approach. If already caught in a storm, it may be best to ride it out in open water rather than try to approach the shore in heavy wind and waves.
  2. Head the bow into the waves at a 45-degree angle. PWCs should head directly into the waves.
  3. Keep a sharp lookout for other vessels, debris, shoals, or stumps.
  4. If the engine stops, drop a "sea anchor" on a line off the bow to keep the bow headed into the wind and reduce drifting while you ride out the storm. In an emergency, a bucket will work as a sea anchor. Without power, a powerboat usually will turn its stern to the waves and could be swamped more easily.
  5. If the sea anchor is not sufficient, anchor using your conventional anchor to prevent your boat from drifting into dangerous areas.  

 

Conservation and Protection of Wildlife is at our Core

We as hunters and anglers know that the only way we will be able to continue to hunt and fish in the future is by protecting the wildlife we have now for future generations.  I have this discussion with those who do not understand our lifestyle all the time.  We are not a bunch of thrill seekers with hi powered rifles and 3d depth finders out trying to slaughter all in our path.  We understand that our time in the field or on the water is precious.  It is something we cherish and want to protect.  We do not want to find ourselves in the same position that Africa is facing with their Elephant population being decimated through poaching.

Idaho looks to public to Rule on Wildlife Protection

(Link to the original article) 

It said on Tuesday it was obliged to reopen the proposal to public comment until April 23 after Canada decided recently to classify the animals, which criss-cross the border, on its territory as endangered, an upgrade from a previous classification of threatened.

The action came a day after a U.S. judge in Idaho found the agency violated federal law in 2012 when it cut the amount of public land designated as critical reindeer habitat to 30,000 acres, from 375,00 acres, without sufficient public notice and input.

A Social Network of Hunters and Anglers could do so Much

 

Just think if Shotem and Caughtem grew to the size of some of the larger less focused social networks.  A place where a state wildlife department could get the opinions of a large mass of hunters or anglers that not only help to support their conservation efforts but that tend to be the largest group effected by such laws.  How cool would that be :)  Well we can't do it without you.  As more and more of you become active the snowball will begin to roll down hill and do nothing but get larger.

 

 

 

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