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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.  

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.

 

Whether to hunt or fish?  Shotem and Caughtem Season is here...

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been a little side tracked on getting the Iphone app where it needs to be before the official kick off and our favorite time of the year....the second installment of Shotem and Caughtem season.  Yes twice a year those of us who truly have the passion for hunting and fishing get the opportunity to revel in the glory which only comes along twice a year.  That golden age when the weather is perfect to not only wet a line but smell the sweet smell of gunpowder.  As is the case with these times of year we can be overwhelmed with as looney tunes so appropriately put it a new variation of DUCK SEASON......WABBIT SEASON our own dilema of DOVE SEASON.......BUCK SEASON.

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Prepping for these times, as is the case with any season, is the most important thing we who have a passion for hunting and fishing can do.  As the fishing season heats up and our focus is distracting for the upcoming hunting season many of us will be outdoors getting ready.  Stands go up, feeders put in place, trail cameras are set, yes it is our favorite time of year.  It is why we are working so hard to get the last app completed. But we live for the official hunting season kick off DOVE SEASON!  

Hunting Season Scouting

Scouting for that perfect wheat stubble, milo patch and the Dove crack grain sunflower fields can also be used as a great way to find out what wildlife happens to be traveling around your favorite hunting spots.  Dove need the basic threes.  Food, water and gravel.  You find a spot that has the perfect mix of all three and you have found our heaven.  We are lucky that we get the opportunity to hunt our heaven every year.  A long time ago we met with a person that owns a local gravel pit with some farm land and some large sloping ponds.  The filet mignon of the skies Graceland.  Plant a couple of dead trees by the water and get out the dove mojo and it is time to burn through some shells.  

If you too can find this perfect place in your area we suggest you knock on the door.  No doubt once the weather begins to change they will begin the journey south and these spots will be the honey hole for those of you that love Dove Season as much as we do.  We hope to see all your photos in some of the great new groups started as you too prep for Shotem and Caughtem season! 

Getting ready for the Hunt

As many of you already know their is no such thing as an off season when it comes to those with a passion for hunting and fishing.  As such with hunting season quickly approaching DOVE SEASON!, sorry we love this time of year, there are plenty of things that need to be done way before the season arrives.  The last thing one wants to do is have their human scent on every leaf of a property before the season gets into full swing.  As such there are plenty of things to do before hunting season so here are just a couple of the things we tried to get accomplished this past weekend and lets see if you agree.

Preparing your hunting location

First things first.  Mowing.  We have neglected much of the property since the pasture was burned due to large amounts of rain.  As such the grass is tall.  Too tall as a matter of fact.  Any prey species is weary of walking into heavy tall grass that could slow escape or cover a potential predator.  With the grass being 3 feet tall and thick the deer are only using their own usual worn paths and the turkey are using surrounding properties or fields, which doesn't work for us.  The best way to bring them down our paths is to make sure the appropriate paths are mowed and permit travel of turkey and deer to our feeders and snacks and open up large areas allowing the animals to feel safe from predation.

Create Shooting lanes and hunting environment

Also many new trees have sprouted or limbs that are now blocking our shooting lanes.  Trees have fallen, limbs litter paths all creating an obstacle that could deter animals from moving into areas we would rather them not move.  Maintaining and looking for new potential avenues and foraging areas can help grow your potential shooting locations for different animals.  Making sure your animals have places to hide, paths to walk and a great place for you to hunt requires a little up keep every year. (tip:  dove for some reason love to use dead trees to perch.  Clearing an area, planting some of those dead limbs and or trees in an open field or close to water will give you a great spot to hunt).

Proper Scouting for Hunters

Scouting your area once your upkeep has been done can help you track your improvements and make sure you have time to tweak your ideas prior to the season.  Once you have done a little prep set your trail cameras up with the intent to move them around and see where animals are heading.  Just because you feel you have made the perfect animal oasis does not mean that they might not be using the path you like to take to get there as their path as well and you could be spooking animals with your scent before they ever make it to you.  Should you need to move stands, feeders etc. starting to see your animals movements earlier can give you plenty of time to adjust prior to hunting season.  

Scent eliminator suggestions

Have any early prep tricks and tips you like to use.  Share with us in the comment section below.  As always the early bird gets the worm and then gets to share their prize to one of the walls once the season is in full swing.  

 

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem hoped that we would be telling you that the app is ready for download.  We are so close we can taste it.  Just one final tweak and we will be announcing its release to our members only first.  If you have not become a member yet we suggest you do as we will allow our members to be the first to know for awhile till we actually alert the public and media.  

Celebrating our rights to Hunt and Fish

The 4th of July is a time we all celebrate our independence and freedoms.  We celebrate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending those freedoms with some high quality outdoor time.  We will be out testing more of the products given to us by Berkley and Anglers Choice.  We could not be more excited to get back out on the water.  Working on the app has taken away most of our free time and getting outdoors.

History of hunting and fishing

Hunting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting    Fishing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_fishing

 

Bullying Hunters and Anglers

It has been another interesting week for those that love to hunt and fish.  Yet another person is being trashed for their passion of the lifestyle.  Kendall Jones, 19, has been taking heat from posting her photos to her facebook page.  We feel it is just a matter of time before this type of action is taken against those who also use social networks like instagram, twitter, etc.  Luckily for our members this type of posting is what we are all about.  Those who have a passion for the great outdoors now have a place to share their adventures without fear of being ridiculed.  However, if you still want to post photos to your other networks you can still share to those other networks through Shotem and Caughtem.  If you get a little heat from those on other networks you can still direct people to your individual profile so that they can still view your adventures. (example www.shotemandcaughtem.com/chauncey)

Most of all we are excited to hopefully get the chance to tell you about the app release!  We hope all our members have a safe, fun and exciting holiday weekend.  Most of all should you be out this weekend we hope you share your adventures to our members and your network.  Have a wonderful Shotem and Caughtem weekend! 

Warm water fishing brings out an abundance of Bait

With the holiday of our independence and the warming trend in temperatures across the country we felt it was a good time to start talking about warmer water fishing tactics.  Warm temperatures and an abundance of bait fish in the water makes the summer time a little more difficult for fishing.  However, they are there and still catchable.  Some might just need to switch their tactics a little.

As water temperatures warm different species of fish will move seeking cooler water temperatures at whatever the comfort level is for that particular species. Oxygen supply is also a factor since the warmer water typically holds less oxygen that fish need.

Facts about Pike and Trout Movements

People used to believe that northern pike lost their teeth in summer since they were difficult to catch. Now we know that this is not true. The pike just move to different locations such as much deeper and colder water where there may be openings in the weed beds for them to ambush baitfish.
In streams the trout will seek cover, cool water, and oxygen. This typically will be deep riffles or rapids or maybe a deep, shaded pool with a riffle at the head. These riffles provide aeration and trout typically will be in or just below the oxygenated water.

Warm water Stresses Fish Habits

Something we should be aware of is the effect of stress on fish in warm water. A trout that has fought for a long time in warm water often will not survive, no matter how carefully you handle and release it. At the very least, put away those darn ultra light rods – or better yet give them to some kids.
Many trout anglers avoid fishing and stressing out trout in small or medium streams. Instead they concentrate on larger waters like West Canada Creek which may be cooler and more oxygenated. Many fishermen do not bother to fish for native trout under these conditions, but concentrate on the waters where much of the fishing is put and take anyway.

Bass will also seek cooler water. For smallmouth bass this usually means deep water along some rocky structure where they move up in evening to feed. Deep water tactics such as live bait, jigs, or jigging spoons are usually best.

Largemouth bass will move deeper for cooler water, although they tolerate warmer water than smallmouths. They will usually seek shade from the bright sun by holding deep in cover such as dense weeds during the daylight. Plastic worms rigged weedless, sinking worms, or drop shot rigs with Berkley “Gulp” minnows may be your best bet. Top water lures in the evening are effective and fun.

Even though bass are hardy fish that are used to warmer waters, their chances for survival are greatly diminished when kept out of water for long in this warm weather. Fight the fish quickly, and if at all possible unhook it while it is still in the water. Using circle hooks which tend to hook a fish in the edge of the lip makes it easier to quickly release a bass.

Of course anglers are still taking some nice salmon, steelhead, and brown trout on Lake Ontario. But it is easy for salmon and trout to move a little bit deeper or further from shore and be in colder water. Check fishing reports on FishNY.com or lakeontariooutdoors.com for the latest depths, lures, etc.
For increased fishing action try fishing during periods of low light or even at night. Trout fishing at dawn or twilight is your best bet. Fishing for big brown trout at night can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Trout fishing on a rainy day is usually good.

Night Fishing can Increase Success for Predatory Species

Night fishing for bass is great since the action is often at its best and you can take them using surface or shallow water lures and tactics. Instead of battling weeds, try fishing after dark with poppers, chuggers, and other top-water lures. Know your waters and fish over relatively shallow weed beds.
The fish usually are not where you found them in May and regardless they are wary or lethargic. But adjust your tactics and you can still find fun and action. It sure beats the alternative of watching “reality shows” on TV.

A lifelong bond between those who Hunt and Fish

We at Shotem and Caughtem recently found out that one of our closest friends is moving to another state for work and it got us thinking.  The bond between those who enjoy the great outdoors with one another.  The bond created amongst those who we fish and hunt with that are hard to come by and replace.  The time spent in the great outdoors with those who have the same passion can create some of the funniest stories, greatest moments of accomplishment and an amazing relationship.  We don't really know how to explain it, but one thing is for sure, there is no other relationship in the world like the one you have with your hunting and fishing buddy. There is a bond there that can never be broken. You could not see or speak to him/her for years and know exactly the right words when it comes time to say them. You have an understanding between each other about life that never has to be spoken, but yet is always understood.

A Social Network dedicated to keeping and preserving the outdoor bond

It is why we started this website.  The bond of trash talking, taunting one another with the biggest racks, catches and the most birds is what gave us the idea for the website.  The mishaps section came from some of our funniest memories from the field and water.  For the better part of two decades we can not remember being in the field without one another.  The move to another state will most definitely put a distance between the times we head out into the great outdoors with one another.  Those times will definitely be missed.

However, now that we almost have the app completed we will always have Shotem and Caughtem.  A place to tag one another, brag and share our stories from a far.  It will give us new opportunities to hunt and fish and create new stories.  It is what we are all about.  That bond and stories now have a new place to call home.  We even make it easier to connect with one another with individual profile names such as www.shotemandcaughtem.com/chauncey

Yes it is time for the next chapter in our stories with one another.  Though the time we spend together in the outdoors will become smaller, we will no doubt never forget the time we have had nor the great times ahead.  Good luck and all the best.  Can't wait to write our next chapter together!

 

With the recent news of Metallica's front man James Hetfield taking heat for just being the voice of a new hunting series, we at Shotem and Caughtem felt it was once again time to search the internet for more articles related to the subject of hunting.  Right wrong or indifferent, however, one might feel about the subject no one nation or country feels the effects of this debate more than Africa.  A constant struggle between available resources, a huge human population and not enough food produced to sustain growth.  No one knows the battle better than those who live that life day to day.  We already have some great members who share their adventures from this region so it was not hard for us to turn to resource that would report on what is happening through their own eyes.  We hope that you take the time to read and forward this well written article to those who judge without proper evidence of just how beneficial our passion for this lifestyle can be and it's effects.  A big thanks to All Africa for sharing their views.  

Here is just a brief excerpt from the article the link to the full article is below:

Put very simply - if wildlife does not generate benefits, it will be displaced by agriculture and other land uses. Even national parks must provide benefits to neighbouring communities if they are to be viable conservation entities, rather than isolated islands surrounded by conflicting land uses and communities hostile to conservation.

By allowing wildlife management to be a viable land use, with both hunting and tourism providing the returns, large tracts of African habitat can be maintained in a healthy state. This includes habitat for valuable, rare and endangered species such as rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and numerous other species. In Namibia, healthy populations of all these species occur in communal areas, on private land and in national parks - simply because they generate income. Take away legal trophy hunting, and wildlife will be the loser. Commercial poaching is minimal in Namibia, because poaching is seen as stealing from local communities. In the very few incidents of rhino poaching, the help of local people has lead to the arrest of the culprits.

What of the ethical and moral implications of hunting a wild animal?

At some stage, each individual animal must die. That is part of the cycle of life itself. Generally, old or weak wild animals die a painful or violent death - either from starvation or disease, or by being killed and eaten by predators, or by being killed by rivals of their own species.

But the overall population continues to thrive - as long as there is enough suitable habitat available.

Saying 'I don't want any animals to die' does not help the situation. Becoming a vegetarian will not save any African wildlife. Condemning legal hunting does not help either. African land is needed to generate livelihoods - if these livelihoods are not generated through wildlife use, then wildlife disappears. The less wildlife is used, the less it will be able to survive.

Eating game meat is in fact an ecologically sustainable option, because it adds another area of income that gives people the incentive to allow wildlife to remain on the land.

Trophy hunting generally focuses on post-reproductive males, as these have the most mature trophies. Only a very small percentage of the population is hunted (0.5 to 2%), with no impact on the overall health of the species.

To read more of this article follow the link http://allafrica.com/stories/201406050519.html