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What to get that special someone who loves to hunt and fish

For those that have the passion for the great outdoors what to get us for the holidays is a list that could fill a months worth of blogs.  The list would range from the common items such as outer wear, ammo, lures and line to the more specific "I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!" for a little Christmas story refresher quote.  To the outdoors man/woman it should be easy to walk through the store and find something we would love to have in our bag or inventory. 

Iphone App Issues Noticed by one of our Members

We at Shotem and Caughtem have never been known for our timing.  As a matter of fact if you want to go skunked for awhile both fishing and hunting just launch a social network and app based on it and we can show you that your luck will change for the worst. So when we decided to launch the ShotemCaughtem app last Oct. it was no surprise that Apple Would launch a new phone with a new operating system that would not allow certain functions to work appropriately on the new Iphones.  Luckily for us Android users we had a member point out the flaws a couple of weeks ago.  Lucky for those of you that might have been frustrated by this we are young, you have our apologies and we have our app developers making the necessary updates and will alert you as soon as the new version is up and ready for download.

Other Member Concerns and Questions About Competing Hunting and Fishing Blogs

We unfortunately at this time have other jobs than our social network.  Though we hope to one day be able to focus on the site and all our members full time, at this time we can not.  Our blog is and will be dedicated to news, reviews, gear recipes etc.  However, just is the case with other sites these articles will not be written from our team.  We are hoping to grow the social network side of things so that the blog becomes our advertising revenue stream.  Other people and companies will use our site to communicate with our members and hopefully pay us a little to do so.  So we invite all our members to share their best blog articles to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .  If we like it we will post it to our blog and share it with our followers and members at no cost right now until we grow.

We want to Change Social Media Websites and Apps

We think there are some great ways to change the way a social media company works.  We want to reward our members and supporters for helping us grow our network.  Not us them to line just our own pockets.  Think of it this way when has Facebook or Twitter ever cut you a check or given you free stuff for posting and being a part of their site?  We hope you help us grow and promise that this will benefit us both in the future when we create the number one place to go if you hunt and fish.

Happy St. Patricks Day from Shotem and Caughtem

Most of all we hope you get out and show your green pride Shotem and Caughtem Style!   

Hunting and Fishing News

We at Shotem and Caughtem are constantly scouring the internet looking for news about the industry so we can pass it on to our members and followers.  Without your support we will not grow and hopefully one day be known as the place to go to see what is happening around the world when it comes to hunting and fishing.  A great place to share photos, videos and experiences from the great outdoors.  However, once again the news seems to be targeting our passions.  Matthew McConaughey recently had to take a step back from a ranch owned by him and his brother due to hunting controversy.  Kid Rock and Ted Nugent made it into the news with a hunting picture posted by the rock stars.

A Safe Place to post Hunting/Angling Photos and Videos

The old saying "If you don't like what is on change the channel!"  The digital age has created some interesting ways to bully and sometimes no way to get away from something you don't want to see.  Twitter has introduced a new way to spread viral discussions by posting things that have high retweet or favorites to other peoples twitter streams that have no affiliation to the original person who posted the information.  As a matter of fact this type of practice is what many think has allowed ISIS to spread their message and grow their support.  

More Targeted Social Networks

We feel that as the world wide web evolves more niche social networks will become the norm.  Those of us that have a passion for hunting and fishing do not want to see information about the next best weight loss pill.  We want to see the latest gear, best hunting and fishing tactics and converse with those that have the same outdoor adventures.  That is why we continue to ask for your help in growing our network.  We think we have provided our members with a great platform to share their adventures and knowledge to other like minded people.  However, we need more.  More of your friends, family and other cool kids to get on board and share.  We understand that facebook, instagram and twitter have the numbers but they did not start out that way.  As the smaller networks like ours begin to grow the site will begin to snowball.  

We hope you come share as much as you can so that we can start to attract more and more and become the social network you choose because the people here just know two things and know it well.  Hunting and Fishing!

Newsweek Article regarding Controversial Idaho Wolf Hunt

We at Shotem and Caughtem recently read an article concerning the recent Hunting Derby in Idaho for wolves by Newsweek.  In the article they showed that for the second straight year no wolves were harvested from the 30 day long hunt.  Though the ended up killing 20 coyotes during the month long derby, many hunters and wildlife and parks officials eluded to the fact that weather conditions might have hindered the hunts success. 

Our Trophy Deer Hunting Season this Year in Kansas

That got us to thinking about our luck when it came to weather during our trophy hunting deer season.  As many hunters know Mother Nature can work with us or against us when it comes to our hunting seasons.  This year as was the case for the Idaho wolf hunters she worked against us.  The lunar phase at the more critical part of the season was in full cycle.  We found most of our deer were running during the night.  The fact that we had unseasonably warm weather for December also did not help matters.  Most of the large deer as a matter of fact were taken during muzzle loader and bow hunters due to the fact that they had more time and better lunar cycles.    

That's Why they call it Hunting not Shooting

As we have discussed many times before many of those who are against hunting and fishing do not realize how many time we go to the field or on the water with nothing to show for it but a cleared head.  There are so many factors that can work in our favor and so many that can work against us that it can sometimes be frustrating for those who have no comprehension of what gets us outdoors time and time again.  Just this past weekend I came home from sitting in the rain listening to goose hunters on the property just over from me having a blast as I sat frustrated knowing if it was quiet at would have deer all around me.  My wife said "why do you even go, most of the time you don't come home with what your after."  I just smiled as I do much of the time when people find out I started a hunting and fishing site and point their noses north.  

It is the hunt.  Whether fish or big game the outdoors brings a sense of peace.  An appreciation for the outdoors is what will take me back into the field this weekend yet again to try and get my freezer full of deer meat.  Watching the geese and ducks talk over head as they headed to the next field was breathe taking.  What glorious animals we get the opportunity to witness.  What power.  The sound of the rain hitting the creek and trees around me.  A complete state of peace.  No cell phone, computer, appointments etc.  Just the sounds of nature.  Bliss!

That is why we created this site.  Was to share our experiences with others who appreciate the great outdoors.  We hope you continue to share your stories as you once again help us grow.  Here is to a great 2015!  And thanks for all who have joined and shared with us in these first two years.  

 

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.  

 

Published in User Spotlight
Monday, 06 May 2013 22:52

Midwest Turkey Hunting Last Weekend

We at Shotem and Caughtem ventured out again last weekend hoping the warmer and colder weather might have broken up the turkey allowing us to call them in this weekend.  As you can see from the lack of photos we were again unsuccessful.  Though our buddy seemed to be in the right place last weekend, we again this weekend witnessed that many of the toms and jakes were still henned up.  Due to this reason we were not able to break them away from each other and lure them into our decoys.  We are planning to make another trip out soon and hope that the warmer forecast will increase our odds of a successful hunt.  Let us know if your still in turkey season what patterns you have witnessed in the comment section below.  As always brag about your accomplishments in the Shotem Wall.  We hope that some of us soon will be able to play the my beard is longer game!

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem reported on the possible bill a couple of months ago.  Now it is official.  Oklahoma landowners can now take to the skies to hunt feral wild pigs and coyotes.  Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below or post photos of your hunt to the Shotem gallery. 

Oklahoma landowners would be able to take to the skies to hunt feral hogs and other “depredating animals” under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the bill Wednesday that’s intended to help landowners control growing populations of wild hogs that have become a problem in many rural parts of the state. The wild animals are known to tear up cropland, destroy fences and spread diseases.

State law already allows the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to authorize people with a big-game commercial hunting area license to hunt wild hogs and other depredating animals— like coyotes — from aircraft. The bill signed by Fallin expands the law to include landowners and those hired by landowners.

 
Monday, 18 February 2013 21:29

Florida Python Hunt Ends with a Release

We at Shotem and Caughtem just heard this news and had to report on it.  Not sure why they would think this would work but let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

A new prize in the Florida Python Challenge has been announced and everybody wins.

The two men who caught the giant Burmese Python collected a $1,000 prize. The giant snake was released back into the Everglades And Florida wildlife experts expect the python -- outfitted with a pair of transmitters -- to show them where to find the thousands of snakes hiding in the wild and lead them breeding females.

Two other pythons were also implanted with transmitters and sent back into the wild.

"It's breeding time and females attract males and we have three eager young lads sitting out there with radio transmitters on them who can lead us to the breeding female and we can catch her," Frank Mazzotti, professor of wildlife at the University of Florida who helped organize the challenge, told ABC News.

The Florida Python Challenge ended on this weekend with the round up of a mere 68 snakes. Officials held the snake hunt because the pythons have multiplied into the thousands in the Everglades and have become a threat to native species.