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Year 2 of our Social Network Creation

We at Shotem and Caughtem can not thank all of our members enough for their support.  It has been yet another great year for us at and we are looking forward to what the next year will bring.  Just a few stats to help you know you are a part of something much bigger.  Continuing support and driving friends and family to the site will only help us grow and in turn give us the means to give back to you not only as individuals but as a group.  We have big plans to change the way social networking works and we can only hope you give us the opportunity to create something new and different.

Other Social Networks turning their backs on the Hunting and Fishing Community

All of us who hunt and fish know that we are involved in an industry that shares it's involvement in controversy.  As proof Facebook has already shown its stance against those who hunt and fish so we can only imagine that the others will begin to follow suit as they become bigger.  Though twitter has not seem to head that direction as more and more technology companies combine this will only become more of an issue.  That is why we feel our site is so important.

A Year of Expansion

We at Shotem and Caughtem made some bold moves based on our members this year.  We moved to our own private server to increase speed and try to eliminate hick ups.  We have had good responses with how much nicer the platform has been since the change.  Faster upload speeds and surfing has been the overall response.  We also released our app towards the end of this year.  It has given our members more flexibility to keep posting and seeing what's happening on the website day to day.  

Finding Partnerships

Our New Years resolution is to find strategic partners and members.  So far this site is the creation, upkeep and monetary cost of just one person.  A person that wants to change the face of social networks in a lifestyle to which plays a large part in his life.  Hunting and fishing has been a huge part of my life.  It is a lifestyle I wear and share with pride.  Recently I read an article that spoke about the fact that we as individuals must begin to create a larger voice to help in changing the status quo.  I hope you join us in creating such a voice and tell others about us.  We are always looking for new and creative ways to help find partnerships with individuals, companies and groups to help not only expand their market share but also their own aspirations.  

 

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Hunting and Fishing Friendships and Bonds 

Recently we were having a discussion about Shotem and Caughtem which presented some worries about becoming a member we felt needed to be addressed.  The person felt like Shotem and Caughtem potentially competed with their own person blog about hunting and fishing related stories and products.  They felt that becoming a member might detract from there own hopes of creating a business around the subject of hunting and fishing.  However, once we explained what we are all about they began to want to learn more about our site, expanding friendships and sharing knowledge about hunting and fishing is at our core.  A social network to meet others and discuss adventures and opportunities with one another.  We hope that our members use the website to expand their own fan base just like they use other networks such as facebook, instagram, youtube and twitter.  The difference between those and us is that everyone that is a member on our site loves the great outdoors.  A target rich environment.  

Expanding your SEO reach in the industry

We hope to help those who help us.  We want to turn the point of a social network on its head by rewarding those who take the time to post and reward us through their interactions on the website.  We are more than aware that we are not the expert in all things hunting and fishing and that our members have a wealth of information in different aspects of the industry.  We want to create a site that gives back.  A social network should be built to help those who contribute.  We want our members to share links to their blogs, post pictures of their adventures, great ways to cook wild game, and share what their services have to offer to those in the market.  We want our members to grow with us and reward them for our help.  Our help is that as we expand our reach instead of being bombarded with ads to make money that we can use our blog as a resource for others to want to contribute their stories and information.  The small banner ads on the website will be the only form of advertising.  

Best Hunting and Fishing Community on the World Wide Web

This is our goal.  To create a place for all the latest and greatest information relating to the hunting and fishing industry.  With all the noise on the web we hope to help spread the word about great products, recipes and adventures to help create one big voice.  We hunt and fish so we have always been use to going after the big game.  We hope with all of the cyber bullying happening on other social networks that we can create a place free from the hunting and fishing hating community.  Need more mobility?  We now have an app so you can take Shotem and Caughtem with you on your mobile devices http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=282&Itemid=491 We hope you come join us and share.  

 

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We at Shotem and Caughtem hope all our member's have a safe and loving Valentine's Day.  Thank you so much for all your support over this past year.  We can't thank you enough for being apart of our website.  We have some great things in store for you this year and hope that you help us create a wonderful new network of avid outdoorsmen and women.  

Remember nothing says love better than a box of Camo, Ammo or Bait!

Thanks again and Have a wonderful Weekend Outdoors,

Shotem and Caughtem Staff 

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We as Hunters and Fisherman/woman love our sports because everyone has a different story as to why they love the sports and the great outdoors.  Many of the up and coming hunters have had a bit of change in gender.  What once was a sport mainly dominated by men, more and more females have started to realize the passion and found the addiction to hunting.  As they proudly began to join the ranks we at Shotem and Caughtem found it fitting to ask one of our members who has been a huge influence on bringing more woman to the sport her opinion.  Lucky for us she was more than excited to help us out and give a different view.  Should you like to discuss more on the subject we have created a discussion to ask questions and find out more from the female perspective (http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/groups-main/viewdiscussion/12-woman-the-hunting-and-fishing-experience?groupid=2).  Other wise you could just friend Candace and ask her direct through her profile link at   http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/camocandace_52

For as much progress as woman have made in the hunting industry there are still some skeptics out there who are either uneducated on why women belong in there or are just afraid of change. The old saying of women belonging in the kitchen or at home raising children is long overdue for modification. Sure a woman should probably know how to cook, but why can’t it be to cook wild game that she harvested on her own? Sure a woman should be spending time raising her children, but why can’t it be outside, in the field, with the man, together, teaching morals and values and exploring the outdoors? Who said ‘raising children’ had to be indoors?


I bring this up to reiterate my passion of introducing women to the outdoors because it is a necessity in today’s world. Women have an entirely different perspective on any topic and can bring their opinion to any situation; so why not the outdoors too? It breaks my heart when I tell other women that I hunt and love the outdoors and they think it’s barbaric or dirty or not ladylike. There are so many extremes of being outdoors that any female, no matter how ‘girly’ she might be, can enjoy something. From bird watching and mountain climbing to harvesting a big game animal, cleaning it, packing it out, and cooking it; there is something for every woman out there.

So why women and why now? I personally do not have children, but I know how I was raised and I see some of the behaviors of children that are unacceptable and growing into the majority. Not only do women need to feel empowered by the outdoors, but mothers have a massive influence on their children; some would say more than fathers at times. Their actions are imprinted on a child at such an early age when kids just want to be like their parents. Introducing children to the outdoors, especially from a mother or woman’s perspective is pure, wholesome, and necessary. Now is the time to start the movement of getting more children outdoors before it’s too late; before children only know of nature through a game on their smart phone, or that their food always comes from the nearest grocery store. 

Women are changing the outdoor industry’s perspective and although slow at times, are adapting their products and services to a woman’s needs. Clothing, hunting weapons, safety harnesses, colors, unique products, and even entire hunting outfitters and expeditions are being affected dramatically by the drive of the woman; in a positive way too! Now is the time to create a surge, a movement, and a following to keep the momentum alive. Women in the outdoors will not only influence other women, but will greatly impact the younger generations to come.

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.   

 

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We at Shotem and Caughtem were a little excited when Mara decided to become a member of our website.  She has lived and been apart of a conservancy for most of her life in Africa.  With that we were ecstatic when she decided to help us out a little with informing more of our members about opportunities and possibilities in Africa.  She has also started her own discussion so others can ask her direct questions about Africa, their services and her personal experiences.  If you would like to join the discussion visit www.shotemandcaughtem.com.  Here is a little more background about her organization. 

Maroi Conservancy:


Maroi is situated in the Limpopo Valley on the banks of the mighty Limpopo River in South Africa. Maroi was established in 1993.

Maroi Conservansy caters for the hunting of a wide variety of game and game birds for the local and International hunter. We also cater for deep see fishing at our lodge in Mozambique, in the unspoilt waters of the Pomene area.

Maroi Conservancy focuses on sustaining the environment and the beauty of Africa for many generations to come, hunting is very important to us in order to manage population numbers as the animals can not be relocated due to foot and mouth disease along the border line. 

Ethical hunting is also very important to us, all the game including 3 of the big five are free roaming and wild, the success of a hunt is determined by the patience and enthusiasm of the hunter, our trained professional hunters and game trackers are always there to motivate and ensure a successful hunt.

Hunting in Africa is hunting on its own level, one can not compare it to anything else, mainly because every story you hear of Africa is different, some good, some life changing, therefore I can only tell you that much about hunting or fishing in Africa, the rest is your story to tell.

Visit our website for more information on Maroi Conservancy: www.maroiconservancy.co.za

 

 

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Nothing says Shotem and Caughtem better than the Sport of Bow Fishing.  This is how one of our members spent his Memorial Day weekend and we felt it needed a little more spotlight.  The Homedale, Idaho Bow Fishing Carp Tournament was this weekend and one of our members attended.  He gave us some information on his adventure.  The tournament was held on the Snake River and had 18 teams join in the fun.  The tournament uses the entry fees and the fact that they resell the fish back to a fertilizer company to hand out prizes to the top four teams.   Other prizes are also given.  For example, Bob Goodwin's biggest fish shot prize which was the 41.5 pound carp shown in the photo.  He was able to throw an extra 200 dollars in his pocket for his achievements.  The only mishap from the tournament was the fact that the tailgate on the fish hauling trailer broke spilling out two days of dead carp across the parking lot (also shown).  

All in all nothing was more fun than the three friends Bob Goodwin, Brandon Hammer and Tim Peppersack spending their weekend with each other in a good ol fashion Shotem and Caughtem style holiday.  Though they placed fifth out of the 18 teams and missed one of the top four prizes, they did land the biggest fish.  The most important part of the adventure were the good times spent on the water with one another.

If you would like to learn more about bow fishing in Idaho we suggest you take a look at www.idahobowfishingassociation.com

Should you have a unique Shotem and Caughtem experience do not hesitate to email us and share your story.  We will try to make every effort to add it to our blog should you give us the details.  Otherwise add your photos to the gallery and brag on your own.  This is why we are all here at Shotem and Caughtem.  To share, connect and brag!

 

 

 

 

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We created Shotem and Caughtem so that people that love to hunt and fish could communicate and share with one another on a site dedicated to Hunting and Fishing.  A fun social network where people could connect based on their shared interested and find others who share their passion.  Over the past four months since we launched the website we at Shotem and Caughtem have had the opportunity to start just such a relationship with the women from the Queens of Camo.  They like us try to live as much of the Shotem and Caughtem lifestyle as we do and have become a great resource to help us promote and get the word out about the website.  Because of this relationship we have tried to repay their generosity by showing them how they could expand there own network by using Shotem and Caughtem as a resource.  We have started a place where our members can go and ask questions about their experiences and what has worked for them (Ask The Queens of Camo ).  Here is a little information as to who they are so that you might learn more about them.  

 

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