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Social Media in Uproar over the Death of Cecil a prized African Lion

It is a fine line that all those that hunt and fish are faced with on a regular basis.  Many on the outside feel that the passion we have for the great outdoors is barbaric at best.  Many of us that are a part of our love for the great outdoors cringe when yet another bad apple rises to the surface.  Especially one that has tested the line before.  On July 1st we were made aware by the folks at GrindTV about another such case.  After many of the articles written about the social out cry after legal kills of lions over the past year you would assume that someone like this would be a bit more cautious when testing the line of a legal or illegal kill.  As many of us know it is the judgement of the person behind the weapon to secure that they are making a legal kill not blame the guide.

Death of Northern White Rhino 

This news coming just before the news that the world has only 4 northern white rhinos left, three of which are still in the wild.  Though they are being protected around the clock, money procured through legal hunts affords this security, news such as the illegal lion hunt taint the good we do as a community overall.  It provides ammunition to a crowd of haters that should be silenced by how much we do to continue and preserve the vary animals we love to eat and/or catch.  

Hunting is Conservation

It sounds weird but it has been proven time and time again.  When a hunter, angler or just your average joe respect and care for the rules, regulations and support the industry through obtaining the proper forms and licenses we conserve.  There are hundreds of websites even our own that consistently taught the great things we do for our environment and mutual inhabitants.  Like in many of the different areas of our world and our lives the mistakes of the few should not be the burden of the many.  We hope you continue to help support different great organizations and social media outlets to help promote all the great things we do to help protect and grow the populations and species we have the passion to share on the photo walls.  The gear section is a great place to share your food plots and ideas on how to promote the species in the lakes, ponds and on the lands you venture to on a regular basis.  It will only be a matter of time before we as a community will grow to one large voice.  We hope that you help us grow our member base so that we can make that voice stronger.

 

A Social Network for Hunters and Anglers

Many have seen the facebook posts of Gavin Dingman's legal bow kill of a beautiful 12 pt albino deer in Michigan.  As has been the case over the last year, and a huge reason why we created Shotem and Caughtem, emotions towards the kill have been mixed.  From rave support, to down right bullying.  Just last week we talked about what a great experience we had taking out one of our friend's sons on his first deer hunt.  The life lessons taught as well as the overall joy in watching a young man become a dedicated outdoorsman.  As shown in this article from The Grind we once again could not be more proud of how not only the boy but the father are handling the mixed press.  Here are our thoughts and should you like to check out more of the comments a link to the article.  http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/outposts/post/rare-albino-deer-bagged-11-year-old/

We were tired of many of the people who truly enjoy hunting and fishing falling prey to the critics of the outdoor industry on other social media sites.  We felt Shotem and Caughtem could be a great place for those who have a passion for hunting and fishing to come and feel free to share their adventures.  A if you don't like it don't come to the party website and app.  Without the support of you our almost 180 members we would have never have gotten this far in just a little over a year.  We hope you share all that the site has to offer since as we grow, you will have more people to share, comment and learn.

History of Controversy surrounding Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and fishing has always been a little taboo since the industrial revolution.  A why would you hunt and fish if you can just get something similar at the store.  Well we can tell you first hand that there is no better tasting meats than freshly caught or shot.  You learn more respect for mother nature and the great gifts we have been given in the field or on the water.  Watching the workings of nature selection, adaptations of animals to different environments and a whole host of other scientific knowledge.  Respect for your gear and what is needed to survive in different climates, environments and situations.  The biggest thing is you will find no better teacher than the outdoors and what a better way to spend a no distraction time with your son or daughter than in the great outdoors.

With this in mind we would like to congratulate Gavin on not only grabbing a unique trophy but having learned the respect and knowledge it takes to hunt with respect.  We know that your mount will be a great story to share with your friends, family but most importantly with your dad in the years to come.

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been watching the debate in legal African hunting and the fall out from some groups against some hunters who have taken part in the experience.  It is definitely a debate.  We have always tried to explain some of the many pros that come from the passion we hold so dear to our hearts and our passion for what we do and how we effect the world around us.  Many of us spend much of our time making sure we have the opportunity to continue to go out every year and enjoy our adventures.  In order for this to happen we make sure to create habitats that sustain and build a higher population of our favorite animals.  Also as stated time and time again much of the money that comes from permits, licenses etc. are pumped back into the system to enhance public habitat and to make sure rules are followed.  

Africa however has suffered from a black market for it's prized animals for centuries.  Poaching is a way of life unfortunately.  As such we as hunters try to support the hunting industry with our money to allow us the opportunity to hunt in the country.  We suggest you read the article and help as hunters to educate those about our passion and the benefits that come from our lifestyle.  http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/05/06/controversy-swirls-around-the-recent-u-s-suspension-of-sport-hunted-elephant-trophies/

Monday, 14 October 2013 20:48

Tracking Trophy Deer

We at Shotem and Caughtem are enjoying some much needed October rain.  Many farmers have already harvested their fall crops and planted the winter ones.  With that in mind we are now in the realm of tracking and setting up feeders for the upcoming deer rifle season.  Others are beginning or have already started their hunting and might need some important little facts to procure their trophy animals.  

Deer, Elk and Moose all begin to have a pattern this time of year.  With the cooler weather most of the trophy animals us hunters chase are starting to think about one thing, the next generation.  Males begin marking their territories and are busy making sure the younger generations know who is boss.  Animals will begin to mark trees to let others know who is where.  The rain will begin to hide those marks so if you know of a good place where large rubs where prior to the rain those animals will begin to retrace their steps and redo their rubs.  Setting up a spot from these no longer fresh rubs might land you your trophy.

Should you still be in tracking mode the rain will allow you to find fresh tracks and see the movement through your hunting area.  Knowing how and where deer are moving through an area can let you set the perfect spot.   

Let us know your favorite tracking methods in the comment section below and keep sharing your photos in the galleries.

As Shotem and Caughtem Seasons begin to cross paths and come into full stride we thought we might impart a little knowledge before the weekend when it comes to the secrets of landing monster catches or trophy sized big game.  As with any sport such as ours, sometimes you might just get a little lady luck thrown your way.  A bit of right place at the right time.  However, if you listen to many pros and individuals who have landed the big ones, the greatest ally many will acknowledge is the hardest one for many of us hunters and fisherman to remember........time.

Time spent on the water or in the field is one precious thing that many of us do not have the luxury of acquiring in the large amounts.  We started Shotem and Caughtem just after the end of last years deer hunting season.  Since then our time spent on the water or in the field has been limited.  We try to get out as much as we can but we have not been able to dedicate the time it takes to truly track, map, maintain and lure in the monsters.  Even more frustrating sometimes is the inability to hunt your own place.  Because hunting has turned into a pay to play game many must rely on public lands to hunt and fish.  Once again this also makes it hard to set up things like feeders, cameras and food plots.  So you need more time scouting these locations to track movement or figure out the under water topography.  

Time is a resource that is limited for most.  As we sit watching shows on the Outdoor Channel, Discovery or Sportsman Channel we fail to remember that many of these hunters and fisherman/woman spends days or weeks in these areas in search of the right animals.  Many use outfitters who know when certain animals poop.  They too many times come home empty handed.  They too wish they had more time, better weather or sometimes just better luck.  It is why we love the sports so much.

So we feel that everyone should remember that we all sometimes just need more time.  Do not get discouraged.  You will never meet someone who considers themselves a great outdoorsman/woman that does not have as many glory stories as they have mishaps or nothing to show for their efforts.  It is why they call the sports hunting and fishing and not shooting and catching.

The one thing we always seem to remember from our times on the water or in the fields is the beauty of mother nature and time with our friends and family.  It is what takes out time and time again.  

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and we hope when you do land even the small ones you post your photos to the galleries or start your own gallery and share your adventures with your friends and family.  Remember your time spent outdoors is what you should brag about, big or small.  It is why we are so proud of what Shotem and Caughtem has to offer for our members.  Have a great Shotem and Caughtem weekend!  We all hope you find more time!

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem typically do a seed mix from a local seed market to create the perfect wildlife food plot.  However, since we launched this site to inform people of products related to hunting and fishing we decided we would break from our normal routine and try some pre made products.  This year we traveled to Gander Mountain to see what our local store might have in stock and our options.  We were surprised that many of the products carried in stock were mainly for big bucks.  Though we love deer season, the amount of work it takes to install a food plot makes us want to attract more than just deer.  We like to make sure we have the opportunity to hunt all types of wild life and support our full ecosystem.  With this in mind we were disappointed that there was not a one solution option.  The company that provided the most options in stock that we decided to create our wildlife buffet was from Evolved Harvest.  We selected the four options above which we felt provided the most variety for the wildlife we intended to support but as you can see focused a lot on deer.  Again we only wanted to go off of what one can get on short notice since we like many farmers like to time planting to a good rain forecast like we had for this week.

We decided that these four products offered our best options with these criteria in mind.  A food plot that would keep a steady stream of wild life happy.  The soy beans, forage rape, turnip, clover would keep the deer more than happy.  The oats, sunflower, grain sorghum, and chicory for all things bird.  Granted we would have liked to have an option that would better cover the multitude of animals we love to see year round but this is what our options were in stock.  Cost was 90 dollars after tax.  

We wanted to give the product a less than ideal test bed to work from to really get a good test.  Since many food plots are created in less than ideal situations we wanted to do the same.  We choose a place that had never been used for this type of test.  It is a pasture that has raised cattle since it was stead ed in the late 1800's.  It had been grassland its whole life.  It did have some positives on its location as seen in the photos below.  It is right along a well traveled wildlife trail along a wooded creek in a small valley.  We did not test the soil.  But we wanted a good test of how good the product can preform in an untested rural area.  Places we like to hunt and enjoy the great outdoors.    

We first brush hogged the grass as low as possible.  Then because it was undisturbed ground we disc-ed the area several times to break the soil just enough for planting.  The more roughed up photo shows the soil conditions after we planted.  We broad casted the seed in separate strips so that over the next couple of seasons the crop would have room to grow.  In all the bags planted about half of the 3 acre patch we prepped.  It took us most of the weekend to get the ground to a point we were comfortable would be a good test of the products capabilities.  

We will keep you posted on growth and conditions as the season begins so that you to can make an educate decision on the products you choose and a true test of effectiveness.  Let us know the products you have used in the past and how they worked in the comment section below.  Or post your food plot photos to the gear section and let us know what you used and why.  

We at Shotem and Caughtem learned about a monster buck that was taken out by a disease called EHD.  The deer had shown up on the property owners trail cams for years and was discovered dead next to the river that runs through the property.  We thought we would not only pass along the information about the large rack but also the causes and symptoms of EHD.  The information related to this disease might be the cause of why you might never see that deer that came across your trail cam come deer season.

 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 21:55

Skull Hooker Trophy Mounts

While touring the Shot Show in Vegas we came across a neat way to dress up your European mounts.   It also gives you the capability of swapping skulls out should you not have enough room to display all the mounts you might have to showcase.  A company called Skull Hooker has come up with a wall mount that not only compliments your mount in its design but since you do not need to anchor your skull to the mount it allows you to swap out mounts when your room needs a change.  These stylish euro skull brackets are powder coated with two colors to choose from (black and rustic brown) and are fully adjustable (up and down) to accommodate different species' horns or antlers and more importantly providing a natural upright look. The Skull Hooker comes in two different sizes and has a starting price of 34.99 for their Little Hooker and 59.99 for the Big Hooker.  To find out more or to order one go to www.skullhooker.com.