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Christmas Ideas For Hunters and Fisherman/woman

We at Shotem and Caughtem split our Xmas gift ideas into two separate blogs so that we could hunt for some of the last minute savings available prior to the holidays.  Yes even us at Shotem and Caughtem have been known to procrastinate till the last minute.  So here are some added ideas for the outdoorsman/woman in your life.

Ammunition

In part one of our blog we discussed a angler can never have too many lures.  The same goes for the hunter.  You can never have too much ammo.  Even if you see bulk or boxes of ammo around you will never here a person say "I think I have too much ammo".   No matter the time of season, whether it will be used right away, no one that hunts will hate to get more ammo.  So just take a peak and see what caliber of ammo your hunter has and go grab a couple more boxes   or buy in bulk practice rounds for a great family or partner outing.  Either way you can't go wrong.  For the cheapest per box ammo, Walmart seems to have the best every day prices even though you can find some deals when they become available at Cabelas, Dicks, Academy Sports or Bass Pro.

Great Bulk Ammo Prices

Adding Bells and Whistles to any Firearm

This can seem like a daunting task for anyone who does not directly know the ends and outs of firearms or needs for the hunter.  As such we will help you by adding in some hot questions into your conversations to find the perfect addition.  

If you could add anything to your "favorite" hunting rifle/pistol what would it be?

If you had a better way to carry your gun would you use it?

Are you missing anything to have the perfect hunting pack?

Just some ideas as answers.  There are always scope additions, lights, bipods, extra magazines, holsters, slings or in the field equipment hunters would like to have but have not spent the money to get for themselves.  Some might have a great LED headlamp to get into the field but have not splurged to get a red light which tends to not scare wildlife.  All hunters have a functioning sling or holster for their favorite gun.  They might not have a really nice leather sling or holster due to practical cost.  As one hunter put it so well you can never have too many nice, sharp knives in your pack for skinning, hacking or boning animals.  If you have a bird hunter you can not go wrong with getting them a Kicks Industry choke tube for their favorite Shotgun.  

Locking Up your precious Guns and Valuables

Looking for a great gift for the both of you?  Now a days safes are built for locking up more than just guns.  Stack-On products has a safe to answer any needs.  Whether you are locking up guns, jewelry or other personal belongings Stack-On Products makes a safe to suit not only an individual but a whole family's security needs. 

Survival Gear for the Outdoors

We can not tell you how many people we hunt and fish with do not go out with some kind of a survival pack.  Even just some basics like rubbing alcohol or band aids.  Just hitting your local pharmacy and getting some basic necessities can make a great stocking stuffer and make sure your hunter or angler can fix even simple cuts and scraps.  Want to go a bit further.  They now make a simple trauma kit in a bag for sale at many of the large outdoor retailers.  The human being needs the three basics in the outdoors.  Water, fire and shelter.  Providing some basics to help achieve these three basic needs can be the difference in the field or on the water.  

A Community for those Who Hunt and/or Fish

Yes this last one is free and a shameless plug.  Letting friends and family know about Shotem and Caughtem.  A social network built around those who love the great outdoors.  A place to share with the world their adventures by land or by water.  We hope you have a great holiday and get some quality time in outdoors!

 

Great Gifts for the Hunting and Fishing Community

We at Shotem and Caughtem know that shopping for the hunter or fisherman/woman in your life can seem like a daunting task.  Fortunately, though you might think we have every one of our needs met there are still some things we ight not have that are great things to have in the field so we thought we would list our top ten picks for great gift ideas. 

Great clothing ideas as gifts

We have been hunting and fishing for over a decade and always need or want extra clothing.  Whether it be thermal clothes for the winter, extra colors of camo for different times of the year or just replacing our favorite clothes to wear in the field, anyone who hunts and fishes can always use extra clothes.  If you ever wonder what someone might need listen to what we complain about when we get back from the outdoors.  Whether we tore our favorite pants climbing over a barb wire fence, or commented on our feet getting soaked while out on the water there is a clothing need that can be met and some great products to meet those needs.  Heck you might even have someone who has thought about duck hunting or ice fishing but has not tried it since they do not have the appropriate clothing yet.  Want to save a little money, wait until a particular season is over and watch the clothes get marked down over 50%.  Winter clothes go on sale in the spring months and spring/summer clothes go on sale during fall. A perfect example is this waterproof coat 

Trail Cameras, GoPros, Cases and Mounts for Cell Phones

The technology now available to the hunting and fishing community are vast.  Those who hunt and fish and want to share their adventures can always use the new technology to document either the fields they hunt or the adventures they go on and want to capture.  There are a variety of mounts and rigs that allow you to mount your cell phone or go pro and capture some great angles.  Trail cameras can be a great way to see what is walking through an area.  The new cases allow even those who hunt public land to secure their camera to help detour theft.  This trail camera is almost 100 dollars off right now 

Lures, Poles and Tackle 

We have never made the comment while out on the water "WOW I think I have too much tackle."  No fisherman has said these words nor will they.  Whether it is having other colors of their favorite lure or some they have never tried there are some great lure and tackle options for the fisherman/woman in your life.  There are some great companies who are already apart of Shotem and Caughtem you should check out.

Pole tap Smart rod 

Great lures from some of our members: http://www.berkley-fishing.com/ and http://www.thrownthunderlures.com/ and http://www.anglerschoice.ca/

Hunting Decoys, Calls and Accessories

Whether you have a dove, turkey, upland bird, big game, small game or migratory bird hunter in your life they always need more supplies.  No matter the animal there is a call, decoy or piece of equipment we have either worn to the bone or want more variety.  The guys we duck and goose hunt with say you can never have to many decoys.  There are a variety of different sounds or calls a hunter can see in the field to either scare away the prey we don't want around or attract the ones we do and there is a call for them.  Whether it is extra lanyards, holsters, backpacks or cases those who hunt or fish can never have to much stuff.  As a matter of fact we feel it is a matter of pride to complain about how much stuff we do or don't have.

Great decoys :  www.mojooutdoors.com  

 

Optics and Fish Finders

There is no better gift to those who hunt or fish than added vision.  Whether it is the latest and greatest fish finder, gps, rifle scope, spotting scope or binoculars enhancing your outdoorsman/womans vision can be a great gift.  Whether it is enhancing their ability to see in low light, extending their range or tracking even the deepest depths there is an answer to your gift idea.     

Cabelas is running a sale right now on Nikon Scopes 

Have some ideas on some other great options for your wish list and want to be included then we hope you comment below and let us know or become and member and show us why your gear should make our favorite christmas list.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:15

Great Dove Recipe with Bash Brothers BBQ Sauce

Bash Brothers BBQ Sauce for Wild Game Recipes

For those of you that keep up with the Shotem and Caughtem blog there is no secrets when it comes to our love for the filet mignon of the skies.  As such when our friends at Bash Brothers gave us a bottle of their Hawaiian BBQ Sauce to try with our dove we jumped at the chance to add a little sweet to our favorite way to make dove.  Lucky for us we were not disappointed with the flavor and caramelization it added to our recipe.  We were a little hesitant to try out the sauce when we found the consistency of the sauce to be a little less traditional.  It was more in lines with a marinade in its poor than the thick style of bbq sauce we tend to use.  We worried that it might not perform to our expectations.  However, as a marinade for our dove it was actually better.  The light nature of the sauce allowed it to actually seep in and marinate parts of our recipe we have not been able to penetrate without adding it to different parts of our recipe.  To get your bottle of Bash Brothers we hope you visit www.bashbrothersbbq.com  and pick your own favorite flavor should the sweetness not be your thing.  Mixed with our recipe below it added a nice sweet after taste to the spice of our jalapeno interior.  

Looking for dove hunting tips?

Dove Breast Recipe:

As seen in the photo above the ingredients are pretty simple and can be modified from the basics.

  • About 30 dove breasts
  • 12 medium sized jalapenos
  • package of bacon
  • Bash Brothers Hawaiian BBQ Sauce
  • toothpicks
  • tub of cream cheese 

The only modification to these basics is in the cream cheese.  We have made the cream cheese a lot of different ways.  Sometimes we will mix different cream cheeses together, use plain and spice it up with about anything you like, or even add other types of peppers to the cream cheese. Otherwise the time comes in the assembly.

Preparation of your Game before Grilling

 

  1.  Take your piece of bacon and slice it into two even pieces
  2.  Take sliced in half jalapeno (seeds out for milder temp) and use it as a boat and fill it with cream cheese
  3.  Take Dove breast and wrap your cream cheese jalapeno and place it on the bacon
  4.  Wrap the Dove Breast with your bacon and poke a toothpick through it to hold it together
  5.  Once assembled place on a sheet and add the Bash Brothers BBQ Sauce


With this recipe we definitely would choose the grill as your cooking method.  The heat helps aid in the caramelization of the sauce.

We hope you share your photos of your own recipes to our new Recipe section to the site and share your favorite ways to cook your wild game.

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 

Published in User Spotlight
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 22:56

Best Dove Recipes

It should be of no surprise to many that have read the Shotem and Caughtem blog that dove hunting is one of our favorite times of the year.  So for our Super Bowl bash I decided to bust out our take from this seasons Dove hunt to make one of our favorite cooking recipes.  It has all the makings for the best appetizer for any party, dove, bacon, jalapenos, cream cheese and italian dressing.  We have found this recipe will work with about any lean wild game meat you might want to try but the dove or quail tend to be the perfect size to wrap around a jalapenos without any trimming.  Let us know your favorite recipe in the comment section below.

As seen in the photo above the ingredients are pretty simple and can be modified from the basics.  We had about 30 dove breasts, 12 medium sized jalapenos, package of bacon, bottle of italian dressing (or another oil based dressing), toothpicks and a tub of cream cheese.  The only modification to these basics is in the cream cheese.  We have made the cream cheese a lot of different ways.  Sometimes we will mix different cream cheeses together, use plain and spice it up with about anything you like, or even add other types of peppers to the cream cheese.  Otherwise the time comes in the assembly.

1.  Take your piece of bacon and slice it into two even pieces

2.  Take sliced in half jalapeno (seeds out for milder temp) and use it as a boat and fill it with cream cheese.

3.  Take Dove breast and wrap your cream cheese jalapeno and place it on the bacon.

4.  Wrap the Dove Breast with your bacon and poke a toothpick through it to hold it together.

5.  Once assembled place on a sheet and add dressing over the top.

Cooking these little guys can happen your favorite way.  Smoke, Grill or oven bake these little guys till the bacon has fully cooked.  Note to self keep an eye on the grill and the bacon grease tends to flame up.  We use the low and slow heat method to help prevent chard bacon and a grill fire.  

Another big tip is make sure you wear gloves while working with the peppers at all times.  Otherwise make sure that you have a friend around to help you use the bathroom during the game and take out your contacts before going to bed.  Yes those are a couple of mishaps that happened well before we created this site otherwise you might have seen a photo in the mishaps gallery.  

 

 

 

Thursday, 13 June 2013 01:25

Father's Day Gift Idea Day 3

For Day 3 of Father's Day Gift Idea we at Shotem and Caughtem are going after the younger generations for this one.  Should you be starting your summer break from school, 18 or older or know someone who is and have a little extra time we have a great suggestion.  With the recent ammo shortage finding ammo priced right requires a little time to stand in line.  If you have the time we have some ideas on how you might score your Dad a little extra bang this Father's Day.

Large chains that have ammo such as Cabela's, Gander Mountain, Walmart, Bass Pro get their shipments during certain times of the week.  Though they are not sure as to what is coming in on their shipments we do know what has been working in our neck of the woods.  However, there is a twist because they might not get your ammo in on any specific shipment so it might take a couple of tries to get what you are after.

Walmart is getting in shipments every other day and most of the time you can get your hands on what has come in around nine o'clock in the morning.  By lunch it is gone.

Gander Mountain gets their shipments in every Tuesday and you have to be in line Wednesday morning by eight and stand around til they open at nine.  They to are sold out usually in a couple of hours.

Cabelas gets shipments in on Tuesdays and Thursdays and they too are usual out of ammo in a couple of hours.

So should you have the ability during the week to afford a little time to stand in line you might just score that favorite Dad a little box of fun.  As a bonus they come wrapped already so that saves a little cash. 

Let us know what has been working in your area in the comment section below.  Any Dad with a gun can never have too much ammo.  It might even allow you and your Dad to spend a little extra quality time at your favorite range to say thanks.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 21:58

Father's Day Hunting Gift Idea Day 2

It is day two of gift ideas for that hunting and fishing Father in your life and we at Shotem and Caughtem thought we would start with a great gift for the hunting father in your life.  One of our top best items in our hunting stock would be a trail camera.  This wonderful little device offers us the ability to see what is in different areas of our hunting properties when we are not around.  It tells us whether or not we are providing our respected animals with the appropriate wants and needs that we insure success as hunting season approaches.  They allow us to consistantly monitor and enhance different areas.  The avid hunter will never have enough cameras.  However, if they do have all their camera needs met, there are a variety of supporting options avalable.

Supporting items for trail cameras are endless.  Whether it be wireless web adaptations, small viewing and downloading screens for your sd cards or even different ways to attach the cameras in places that don't have a proper tree.  There are plenty of different devices in varying price ranges based on your budget that can increase the ease by which your dad can access or view the results from his hard work.

When it comes to trail cameras there are a couple of options that we would recommend a trail camera have to increase their longevity and effectiveness.  There are good reasons for and against whether or not a camera has a flash.  Good reason is that the cameras with a flash have a lower in price.  Bad reason is should you want to capture people treading on your hunting spot the flash will give your camera position away and probably cost you a camera.  Many cameras these days are all digital.  These cameras though user friendly seem to not have the longevity due to them being in the elements day after day.  They are also hard to program with bulky clothing.  We have found that a camera that has switches to program times, delays and number of shots offer more advantages and tend to last longer.  Date and time stamps are a must and should not be over looked.      

If you have or used some great products in this realm we would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below or post photos in the gear section and tell us how your set up has enhanced your favorite hunting spot.

Sunday of this week is Fathers Day and we at Shotem and Caughtem thought we would dedicate this week to great gift ideas for those men who help in our appreciation for the great outdoors.  Whether you have a hunter or fisherman as a father or a father you know that needs a great gift we thought we would start with gift idea number one, TIME.  One thing we realize, as we not only look back on our own time with our dad's but also with the kids we have watch grow up, is that time goes by too fast.  Many feel in order to celebrate their dad's achievements that they need to go out and buy him something.  Many fail to realize that grabbing the fishing rods or rifles and spending the day outdoors can be one of the best presents.  Those eight hours alone with you and your dad can actually mean more than any gift you could ever buy off the shelf.  As a matter of fact many of the lakes and rivers in various states are being stocked with fish to help celebrate the day.  Food plots can start being prepped for fall planting.  Or just taking a drive out to one of the parks, dropping the tailgate on the truck with a case of beer, a grill and some steaks could mark an absolutely great gift for any Dad.  

If you plan on taking your Dad out for a Sunday adventure or have a suggestion we hope you leave a comment in the section below.  As always we hope you will post photos of your adventures in the galleries and tell us your story.