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Friday, 06 December 2013 23:44

Opening Day Of Rifle Season

Opening Day of Rifle hunting season was a mixed bag as always.  As many fail to realize too many times who have never gone hunting or fishing, they do not call it shooting and catching.  We got a look at a proud eight point buck but never got a clear shot.  We did have the opportunity at a small seven and a six.  However, when they began to spur with one another at eighty yards the sight was just too precious to ruin.

What an amazing animal.  The two walked in out of the trees on an absolutely freezing cold afternoon to grab a snack from the still green grass hidden amongst the trees.  They were the only two animals we had seen all day.  As they strolled into the field they acted like the best of friends.  Looking out for one another as one another leaned down to eat.  Then way off in the distance a doe appeared.  By the marking on the sides of the two bucks you could tell the rut had apparently come and gone but they were still fairly fresh.  We felt the pair would continue to eat.  However, her interest in the two men must have spurred a little extra energy.  They began to lock horns.  Though the fight was short and lack a lot of aggression, it was our first opportunity to witness in person a fight between men.  It was magnificent.  We can say that sitting in the cold for over eight hours just to witness this stand between men was totally worth it.  

The night before with friends is always the highlight.  The day and a half spent listening to nothing but the sounds of the forest refreshing.  The chance to unplug from the world if only for a short time relaxing.  And though we did not put much meat in the freezer, we would not have traded the freezing cold experience and lack of meat.

It is why we built Shotem and Caughtem.  Our friendships, family and lives are better because of these two loves.  A since of peace and appreciation for what we have in our lives is what we return with every time.  The fact that we might add a little meat to the freezer is just a bonus.  Have a great Shotem and Caughtem weekend and we hope though the weather might be frosty you get outdoors!

Monday, 02 December 2013 23:48

Hunting Deer During Rifle Season Tactics

Due to the fact that the Midwest will begin its rifle hunting season this week, we at Shotem and Caughtem thought we might go after the age old debate when rifle hunting deer, Shot Placement.  We as hunters always debate this issue and it is one of the first lessons we learn as hunters.  Where is the best place to shoot a deer so that we have a better chance of recovery.  On big game of any type many will tell you the best place is to go for a lung and heart shot right to the rear of the front shoulders.  However, we thought we would do a little research and get some others perspective.  We hope you leave your comments below.

We have already seen that deer run nearly 50 percent of the time when they are mortally wounded. Certainly, shot placement is the most important factor related to how deer react after being shot. Several types of trauma can lead to the rapid death of an animal that is struck by a bullet. Significant trauma to the central nervous system, the respiratory system or the circulatory system will all prove effective.

Deer shot in the neck and spine were immediately rendered immobile and succumbed quickly. Deer that were shot broadside in the shoulder ran a mean distance of 3 yards while animals hit in the heart, lungs or abdomen traveled 39, 50 and 69 yards respectfully.

So what shot placement is the best. Neck shots work well, but they can be problematic because the target area is very small and there is a risk of wounding associated with the target. Potential problems include a shot to the esophagus or mandible. Also, spine shots can be ruled out as a recommenced shot because few shots are consciously directed at the spine. In other words, most spine shots result from shots that miss their mark high and incidentally hit the spine.

The best shot placement for deer is the broadside shot directed at the shoulder. Traveling an average of only 3 yards, deer shot in the shoulder traveled significantly less distance than deer shot in the heart, lungs, or abdomen. Also, with such a short distance of travel, deer shot squarely in the shoulder did not generally leave the hunter’s sight.  The broadside shoulder shot essentially gave results similar to what most hunters expect from a neck shot. Presumably the broadside shoulder shot works well because it strikes part of the heart and or lungs which itself is a mortal blow. However, a shot through the scapula damages the brachial plexus which is part of the central nervous system thereby rendering the animal immobile. It knocks the animal out and it never regains consciousness. Also, the shoulder is a very large target offering room for error; a high shot hits the spine, a low shot the heart and a shot to the rear hits the lungs.


Friday, 01 November 2013 20:35

Ban on Rifle Hunting Deer

So we at Shotem and Caughtem read the news that Wisconsin is going back to look over the rules regarding the ban of rifle hunting deer.  Since we are from Kansas and much of the ban revolves around bullet placement, we felt that this was a more important subject to cover.  To see more about the ban and its details here is the article we read Wisconsin Deer Hunting Rifle Ban Article.

The main concern the ban brings to bear is that many of the areas the ban covers is flat open territory with rural properties interlaced.  They felt that shotgun slugs or .22 - .17 cal bullets were safer and posed less threat to the people around the areas.  Our thoughts would go a different direction.  Here are our thoughts and we would love to get the comments and ideas you might have in the comment section below.

1.  Flat Open Areas.  Every state has its flat parts.  Kansas is one of the most well known states for such a typography though we feel it is un fair after looking at the rest of the US.  However, if you have an educated person behind the end of a rifle they are well aware of velocity, distance and trajectory of their projectile.  A well oiled hunter though tries to blame their equipment for that misplaced shot many times it is operator error.  Though accidents happen  the one thing many think about is where that bullet will go should we miss.  Many hunters hunt with buddies and are always worried about accidently hitting their hunting buddies or worse (unless it's Dick Cheney :)  

2.  Wounding the animal.  Though a shotgun slug at close range works well, small calibers and long range shots pose a wounding risk.  Every hunter has stumbled upon an unfound carcass.  It happens more than we hunters would like.  The possibilities increase when you limit the fire power a hunter is capable of using.  The larger the caliber the greater chance a non perfectly place shot will still create a situation where you can recover the animal.  

Let us know your other arguments in the comment section below and post photo to the galleries and tell us your story. 

Monday, 08 July 2013 23:06

Shopping for your First Hunting Rifle

So we at Shotem and Caughtem have been watching and hearing a lot of people talk about how many days are coming before hunting season.  It is quickly taking over many hunters brains.  So we decided to revisit the time when we went shopping for our very first hunting rifle.  What is the best gun caliber for the money that will give a first time hunter the most versatility for the long term should they get the inevidible bug to take to the sport.  Our top pick for North America would be the very trust worthy bolt action 30-06.  We will not list one specific manufacturer as we can make a case for many solid 30-06 platforms we will just discuss the caliber and why we like it so much for medium to large sized game hunting.

The .30-06 is the most versital round, you can get loads ranging from a 110 grain varmint load to a 220 grain solid capiable of taking buffalo. Horse power wise, it has the most knockdown and better ballistics.  Most factory loads will push a 150 grain bullet (the most common load) somewhere around 2850 FPS depending on the bullet type and manufacture. Trajectory wise it is no slouch either, a shooter that takes the time to learn his rifle/scope/load combination should have little problem connecting on deer sized targets at 400+ yards.

Besides the simple fact that it’s a great cartridge, the .30-06 offers advantages in its longevity and its popularity. Every major firearms manufacturer throughout the world chambers to this cartridge…and anywhere in the world where rifles and ammunition are available at all, you will find the .30-06. There are more than 130 .30-06 factory loads, from Remington’s 55-grain sabot Accelerator to Federal’s 220-grain loads. We have a century of handloading data, thousands of recipes for getting the best performance from the rich array of .30-caliber bullets.

The.30-06 is hardly a cutting edge cartridge—but because of its popularity it will be on the cutting edge of any new load development. A good example is Hornady’s new Superformance line, using new propellant technology that increases velocity without raising pressure or increasing load density. The first loads seen in this new line were, you guessed it, in .30-06—and they increased the velocity of the tired old warhorse very close to standard .300 Winchester Magnum performance (as Federal’s High Energy and Hornady’s Light Magnum loads have also done).

If you want a hunting rifle for a specialized purpose, whether it’s pronghorn, mountain game, Alaskan brown bear, or three-toed gazork, then there are specialized cartridges that are probably ideal. But if you are going to own just one centerfire hunting rifle, make it a .30-06. It is the versatility king, short of thick-skinned dangerous game the ultimate jack-of-all-trades…and, as generations of riflemen have learned, it works!  Let us know your thoughts on the most versitle caliber in your experiences in the comment section below.

Monday, 03 June 2013 22:13

iPhone and Smart Phone Scope Adapters

Recently we at Shotem and Caughtem were approached by Inteliscope, LLC about their new Shooter's Tactical Rifle Adapter and Apple App.  They sent us a press release talking about their new creation.  This reminded us of the different companies which offer different adaptations and ways to help make your smart phone part of your scope (iscope) or a scope itself like the intelliscope.  Since we have never been able to test one of these products we thought we would get our members involved in the discussion.  Our concerns are many when it comes to these unique gadgets.  We are hoping some of our members participate and help us learn if these things have real potential or are just a cool thing that work sometimes.  Leave us your feedback in the comment section below we would love to learn more about these devices.  

How do they hold up to the stress of different rifles?  I know my 30-06 kicks like a mule and would certainly cause damage to a smart phone that without a protective case would break if dropped.  The Inteliscope only gives you 5x zoom.  This would be fine on a 50 yard shot but what happens when you are out 100 yards or more?  Seems like a lot of money when you probably would do just as good with a little practice on iron sights.  Many of these allow you to record at the same time you are using the devices.  I can't tell you how many times after the shot we sometimes lose where our main focal point was aiming.  Wouldn't a fixed camera like a go pro or something like that have better results?

If you would like more information on inteliscope you can visit them on facebook.  We hope that any of our members that have had a chance to use such a device will let us ask them question in the comment section below.  

We at Shotem and Caughtem are torn between the new Kansas Law regarding the legalization of using crossbows and all centerfire rifles for hunting Turkey and Deer and wanted to start a discussion on the issue.  Here are the specifics on the new laws that take effect during the 2013 hunting season.  We would like to get your input in the comment section below on the subject if your state shares these new laws or not and why you like or dislike them.

 

Monday, 21 January 2013 23:28

Tracking Point Precision Guided Firearm

Though we at ShotemandCaughtem might consider this technical advancement in hunting to be cheating, when we saw this rifle at the 2013 Shot Show we felt it was worth noting.  Though this system would be out of many hunters price range, it's still cool.  At a starting price around 27,000 dollars the .338 caliber Lapua Magnum Tacking point rifle system is quite the technological beast.  The weapon system will allow you to lace the target, track it's movement, and will provide you with a perfect kill shot from which you can line up your scope.  The system will also record the entire event as well as capture stills so that you can then post them to any social application.  The rifle is rated to help you make the perfect shot from 1200 yards away.  The software in the weapon system will actually do all the calculations for you on the fly so that the only thing you have to concentrate on is getting rid of your buck fever, controlling your breathing and not pulling your shot once you have locked in on your target.  That way when you try to blame the gun for missing the shot your buddies can remind you through photographic and video evidence that it was just the shooter.  The one thing we at ShotemandCaughtem could imagine doing with this rifle is using it to call out all those who said they have made 1000 yard shots but unfortunately there was no one there to verify the shot or that it was actually that far out.  Though we got to see the rifle in action on the video screen setup that was in the booth, we would love to get comments from those that have had the opportunity to shoot this rifle system in the field.  If you would like to learn more you can information from the companies website at www.tracking-point.com
Friday, 11 January 2013 22:21

Stack-On Tactical Gun Safe

With security being a top priority for the responsible gun owner, Stack-On Products is releasing a new set of safes at this year's Shot Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2013 and we at ShotemandCaughtem.com got to see them first.  We got to see two of the products in the Tactical Security product line which included a 16 gun steel cabinet and a beefed up 20 gun fireproof safe (photos).  Both the safe and the cabinet include flat black tread plate and silver accent panels riveted to the front of the doors for a cool body armor look.

The 16 gun steel cabinet has a modified interior with three bays.  The center bay is set up for two tactical rifles.  It will also hold either 5 shelves with foam padding or up to 14 long guns on the left and right bays of the interior.  The tactical center bay also comes with a foam pad to help keep top heavy tactical rifles from moving around.  The barrel rests for the tactical rifles are extended and you can adjust to the height location of the rest to meet the dimensions of your tactical guns.  More importantly, for security the box welded steel cabinet has both a two position rod and paddle door locking mechanism with key access to make the cabinet secure. The cabinet comes with the appropriate screws and anchors to help bolt the cabinet to a wall or to the floor in order to secure the cabinet.

The 20 gun fireproof safe also has three bays.  The center bay will hold up to four tactical rifles and has enough room to position a shelf either below or above your rifles adding additional storage for ammo cans in the center bay.  The right and left bays can hold shelving or up to 16 rifles or shotguns.  As with most of Stack-On’s new product line, this safe comes with a nice door storage addition.  The door allows you to store handguns, magazines, and pouches for other items to help improve storing your gear. As is the case with the 16 gun model, the four tactical barrel rests have been extended and can be repositioned to the appropriate height for your rifle, limiting the need to modify your stock.  The foam pad for the base for tactical rifles also comes in the 20 gun safe and helps prevent the rifles from shifting.  

Stack-On as with most of its fireproof line, has lined the interior of the safe with a soft carpet material to aid in keeping your prized possessions from being banged around on the shelves or against the walls and partitions.  

The coolest addition to this safe is the back lit electronic key pad making the numbers easier to see in the dark.  As for security, the 20 gun safe is fireproof, has an electronic programmable key pad with 3 fixed bolts and 7 extra large locking bolts totaling 10 locking points.  The safe also comes with bolts and anchors to fix the safe to the floor providing added security. 

To learn more about these Tactical Security products or find another safe to your liking visit www.stack-on.com.