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Thursday, 14 November 2013 22:25

Hunters and Conservation Amazing Video

We at Shotem and Caughtem take great pride in what we have the opportunity to see and experience in the great outdoors.  We have said time and time again that this sport and lifestyle offers us the opportunity to see things many never get the chance to experience.  As hunters we are constantly reminded of how powerful animals are in the wild.  At the same time we know that in order to make sure animals are available to the next generation we must help to protect our resources.  

The attached video showcases all these aspects.  Bucks commonly get their horns locked in a good fight for dominance to breed.  As such many times these animals can become tangled.  Unless lady luck steps in and the two are capable of freeing themselves from one another, many times both will perish.  Luckily for these two a couple of guys were willing and able to step in to lend a hand.  

It is amazing to think that these animals might have been this way for sometime before being discovered, yet still had enough power and energy to keep fighting.  

Leave your comments on similar experiences in the comment section below or share your videos and photos of like adventures in the galleries.  

Monday, 30 September 2013 22:07

RacktoberFest GiveAway

Tomorrow we will begin celebrating the Deer Hunting Season by trying to increase our member base.  We at Shotem and Caughtem could see no better way to help get more hunters to start posting photos to the site than to give away free stuff.  As such to celebrate the beginning of many states deer, elk and moose hunting seasons we created a special shirt in honor of the Racktoberfest Season.  For every person, member or new member, that posts a photo of their Hunting Glory, we will provide you with a link to purchase a Myracksbigger.com t-shirt for 5 dollars (which just covers part of our shipping costs).  T-shirts will be printed at the end of the Racktoberfest month and ship out the first part of November.  We hope all of our members and followers will help us spread the word about this fun giveaway and start enjoying all Shotem and Caughtem has to offer.

Let us know how we can help you get the word out in the comment section below and start posting your photos to the galleries.   

 

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Monday, 16 September 2013 21:11

Pallet Deer Blind

We at Shotem and Caughtem last week talked to our members about making your own ground blind on the cheap.  We even offered prizes to those who came and bragged with us by making their own home made deer blind from pallets.

Unfortunately no one took us up on our offer but we decided to make on of our own since we were going to be out prepping our feeder for our upcoming rifle season.  Here are the fruits of our labor.  It took us approximately an hour to assemble and 5 dollars in screws.  Other wise the pallets, a left over 2x4 from a friend and a plastic pool that was slightly damaged that we collected awhile back all of which were free, were used to make our blind.  We wanted to create something for as little cost as possible so instead of paint we used trees, plants and other habitat to use as camo woven into the pallet boards.  As a size portion we extended the roof with a seven inch piece of 2x4 so that  we could fit comfortably.  The guy in the photo is 6ft, 210lbs and still had plenty of head room and clearance for backpack, chair, etc.  We also made sure that we left about 6 inches in the back on the bottom pallet so that we could load the blind into the front bucket of our tractor.  The structure had plenty of support so that we were able to move the blind from where we assembled it about a half mile to its final resting place.    

Let us know if you have any questions about our little cheap design in the comment section below or show us your creation in the gear section and tell us your story.  

 

Monday, 09 September 2013 22:15

Home Made Deer Blind

We at Shotem and Caughtem love to find creative ways to adapt certain potential inexpensive materials to create better ways to hunt and fish.  With deer hunting season just right around the corner many might be looking for a good way to conceal, block wind and create a little nicer environment to hunt from a ground position.

Answer:  The Wood Pallet 

Wood pallets are used to haul heavy equipment around the world.  Many of these pallets are found stacked in a wide range of parking lots, back of warehouses and near dumpsters.  They can be acquired for taking them away.  The great thing about them for us hunters is that they provide a perfect ready to use 4x4 or 4x6 area from which to connect together and create a great deer blind.  They can be quickly attached together with some wood screws and made as elaborate and unique as the person creating them.  They can cost almost nothing and provide a decent wind block and good shooting platform with little work and money.  The way the boards are situated they can be used to tuck different tree branches, grasses or painted.  They also require little modification to have a great shooting window.    

We will be providing you with a photo of what we created next week.  But we wanted to write this to see what kind of ideas we could spur in the gear gallery before the season started.  We might even throw in some free Shotem and Caughtem Gear to the member that creates the best Wood Pallet Deer Blind and posts it to the gallery.  There is only one stipulation to the contest to make this fun for all.  You have a total budget to create your blind of 20 bucks max :)  You will get bonus point the less money you use.  Let us know your ideas in the comment section below and good luck!

We at Shotem and Caughtem read the news that people in the state of Georgia will recieve a free three days of fishing should they own a registered boat in the state as a added bonus and birthday present to those anglers who lawfully abide the laws.  We thought it was a great way our government could repay those fishinerman/woman and hunters who obey the rules and thought it bore repeating.  We think more states should adopt this law.  Even though many boaters probably already have a proper license we felt at least it was at least a nice gesture. 

Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says beginning in July Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish on their birthday and for two days afterward as part of their boat registration fee.

Department officials say the three-day bonus they're offering to about 300,000 Georgia boaters also extends to some of the state's shooting ranges and more.

Officials say boat owners must carry a state identification, their plastic vessel registration card and show proof of valid vessel registration.

Trout fishing and big game hunting require additional paid licenses. Saltwater fishing and migratory bird hunting also require additional permits, which are free.
 

Let us know if you plan on taking advantage of this or your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below.  As always post photos of your adventures and tell us your story in the galleries.  

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem are very excited about the new changes coming to the website which should increase our members love of this already great Hunting and Fishing Social Network.  

The first change has already been made which is the addition of the Shotem and Caughtem of the month.  This will be a monthly contest where the winners will get an entire months worth of bragging rights being featured with your story on the main page as well as some great prizes.  We will be hooking up with a wide variety of different sponsors to offer new prizes every month.  We will post these prizes for the following month on that months winners page so visit often to find out what you might win.

Contest rules are pretty simple.

1.  Email your prize winning photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2.  We will take your photo and add our logo to the picture so that people know who has entered that month.

3.  Contest winners will be decided prior to the end of the month by which logo photo in the Caughtem or Shotem Gallery has the most likes and comments.

4.  We will then e mail you to get the full Bragging rights story to add to your award winning photo that will be posted in the appropriate section.

5.  At the end of the month those who had entered their photos will be taken down and we will start fresh so as new members come to the site everyone has a fair shot.

6.  The last week of the month all contest photos will be removed and re-posted and the process starts all over again.  We will correlate photos based on when they arrive in that month and let you know when to expect your photo to be posted and which month your contest entry will start.  We will only have contests for the Shotem and Caughtem of the month when we have enough support so tell your friends.

7.  Don't let the fact that you have entered multiple times or with photos taken from way back in the day stop you from entering.  

8.  Their is one unbreakable rule however, we do not support false braggers.  Should you be selected as the winner we will ask that you provide some addition photos from other adventures to verify you as the appropriate bragger so no cheating.   

So get bragging and we will let you know as soon as we have enough entries when our very first Shotem and Caughtem Contest will start and the cool prizes that will be available.  

Stay tuned for some more great changes that will be happening to the website soon.  We think it will help us solidify ourselves as the Best Hunting and Fishing Social Network on the World Wide Web.  

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem noticed that many states across the nation will be conducting free fishing days throughout the first week in June which starts tomorrow.  This creates a perfect chance for those would be fisherman/woman such as kids, friends or family to go out and give the sport a try with little to no investment.  It creates a perfect draw for those that know people who are dedicated to the sport to tag along and see if they like the experience before investing the money needed to have a decent set up and purchase a fishing license.  We can think of no better way to get newbies out to the great outdoors, test the sport and see what they have been missing/feed a new addiction.  We hope that many take advantage of the free chance to explore the sport of fishing dependant on your states rules and regulations.  Visit your states Wildlife and parks website for more information on dates, rules and tournaments being held at different lakes and streams in your community this weekend/week. 

Share your experiences with your new found fishing partner in the Caughtem gallery or leave comments in the section below.

Contest rules and information:

We will be adding three new sections to the home page of the website in the near future.  They are Shotem of the Week, Caughtem of the Week, and Recipe of the week.  You must follow the rules listed below to have your photo be apart of the selection process for a weekly Winner, however, we reserve the right to use this space as we so choose and there might not be a new winner every week.  Winning members will be chosen by us, likes from members and will receive some free Shotem and Caughtem Merchandise for being featured in one of these three categories.  Winners will be rewarded swag so that they will no longer have to search the truck or boat for something to write on or with.  

Rules:

1.  Only members of the Shotem and Caughtem Website are considered for the Contest so make sure you are a member of the website.  You must be able to prove that it is your photo since it must be you in the photo to win.  No false bragging, those end up in the Mishaps Gallery!

2.  Must be a photo that pertains to one of the three categories. (Shotem, Caughtem, or a recipe from the Gear Section)

3.  In order for us to know if you would like to be included in the Contest we ask two things.  The photo must say "Shotem And Caughtem" somewhere.  You could type it into the photo on your computer,  use one of the logos off our site, write it on a piece of paper/on a piece of toilet paper and have it with you in the photo, or scratch it into the print, we will not discriminate, but it must be legible and easy to see.  The photos below are a great example.  

4.  We ask you to provide some details on what you have going on in the photo.  For example, the photo below is of me and my buddy and the pheasants we killed while we were out in Southwest Kansas.  We were hunting crop circles with a group of friends.  He was using a 20g benelli and I was using a 12g 870.   We had a blast!  You could also provide stats.  For example,  "5lb bass caught on Table Rock Lake near the bank with a watermelon lizard as bait.  It was 8am and about 60 degrees out."  The more info we have the better.  Provide your name, location, size, or what you used.  We will take as much info as you are willing to provide.  We might even e mail you to find out more if your photo is selected.

5.  Should your photo be selected, you will be notified by e mail and be asked to provide an mailing address where we can send your prize.  Your photo will be shared as our weekly winner across many different media platforms.  We will not share your personal information (name, address, etc) but will share the link to the post on the website.  Beware! If you do not want to provide this information or want us to brag to others we ask that you not enter the contest!

As the website grows prizes will continue to change so keep your photos coming.  You never know what you might get.  Once you recieve your free swag we hope you might brag about your prize in the gear section of the website.  That's why were all here anyway right?  To share, brag and connect with others about our outdoor experiences!  Spring is here so get out and start the Shotem and Caughtem season and win some cool free prizes!  

 



 
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