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Just yesterday we at Shotem and Caughtem talked about the Wild Hog hunting pros and cons.  To back up our point Oklahoma passed a new law that will be both benefitial to helping curb the population of wild boar in the state and potentially hurt it all in one bill.  Though we would like to take only the positive aspects of what this bill could help do for local land owners, we fear it could also spur a whole new hunting outfitting industry.  Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below or show us your photos in the Shotem gallery and tell us your story.  FYI it would be a really cool experience and we consider ourselves lucky that we know some people that would jump on us taking the opportunity to rid them of these veracious animals.  It takes Shotem and Caughtem to a whole new height than just from a tree stand.  

A bill that would allow landowners to hire bush pilots to fly marksmen who would shoot feral hogs won unanimous approval Wednesday from a legislative committee, despite one lawmaker raising questions about safety.  Feral hogs continue to be a growing problem in southern Oklahoma as they root through crops and grasslands. They reproduce quickly and are a health risk because they carry diseases humans can catch, and they're not easily frightened. Some feral hogs recently came up to his house and rooted through the front lawn, he said.

Despite his concerns, Lockhart ended up voting for SB 919, which passed 15-0. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will determine if it gets a hearing in the House.

Lawmakers in 2009 passed legislation that lets landowners who operate big game commercial hunting areas to hire a sharpshooter to kill feral hogs from a helicopter.

SB 919 removes the requirement that someone has to have a big game commercial hunting area license to use aircraft and gets rid of language that the aircraft be used only above land listed in the commercial hunting area license

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem have had many opportunities to witness first hand the destructive capabilities of wild pigs.  We have hunted them in Texas and Oklahoma at different locations and can say that ones first impression of domesticated pigs does not correlate to what you find in the wild.  When we were growing up you thought of pigs as big, pink, fat, slow, dumb animals that wallered around in their own filth.  Once they get out of their domesticated element they do a complete 180 except for the filth part.  They are fit, camo, lean, mean, aggressive and smart animals that waller every where they want.  They tear up fields, dessimate crops and breed like rabbits.  They are capable of surviving any climate range and have been found in varying numbers all over the United States.  

The sport of wild boar hunting has been both a blessing and a curse.  It has been a blessing in the fact that like most hunting it helps to keep populations low.  However, many have found that they can make money from having boar on hunting leases and have transported them to different areas to increase their profits.  What they fail to remember is that the sport is called hunting not shooting and due to the breeding capabilities their populations do not take long to get out of hand.  About a year ago we were made aware that some people decided to start transporting wild pigs onto their property and set them loose to increase the popularity of their hunts.  We warned and pleaded that things would get out of hand quickly and they would become more of a problem than a profit.  Just this last weekend we were made aware that sightings of wild boar have increased from never for the last 20 years to now frequently by our property which is over 20 miles away.  In one year their population has exploded.  What do you expect their only predator left is man.  

Here is a little history to get you up to speed on the habits and signs of wild boar.  Wild pigs (also known as wild hogs, wild boar, or feral swine) are an are not native to the Americas. The first wild pigs in the United States originated solely from domestic stock brought to North America by early European explorers and settlers. Many years later, Eurasian wild boar were introduced into parts of the United States for hunting purposes. In areas where domestic pigs and Eurasian wild boar were found together in the wild, interbreeding occurred. Today, many hybrid populations exist throughout the wild pig’s range.

Pigs were first introduced in the 1500’s to what is now the southeastern U.S. by Spanish Explorer, Hernando DeSoto. In the centuries following European exploration and colonization of the eastern U.S., free-range livestock management practices and escapes from enclosures resulted in the establishment of wild pig populations and promoted their spread.  
Introduction of the Eurasion Wild Boar

In the early 1900’s, Eurasian or Russian wild boar were introduced into portions of the United States.  Additional introductions and escapes of Eurasian wild boar from privately owned, “game-proof” fenced hunting preserves have continued through the present.

  • Wild pigs have been reported in at least 45 states
  • Populations now exist as far north as Michigan, North Dakota, and Oregon
  • Range expansion over the last 20 years is mostly a result of illegal translocation of pigs by humans
Distribution of Wild Pigs in 1988

Distribution of Feral Pigs in the United States in 1988 (Courtesy of Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, University of Georgia).

 

Distribution of Wild Pigs in 2009

Distribution of Feral Pigs in the United States in 2009 (Courtesy of Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, University of Georgia).
 
The Human Factor 
 
The popularity of wild pigs as a game species has played a major role in the expansion of their range throughout the United States. The sudden presence of wild pigs in new areas is most often a result ofescapes of stocked animals from privately owned, “game-proof” fenced hunting preserves illegal translocation: the practice of capturing wild pigs, transporting them to new locations, and releasing them into the wild
 
 
Let us know your thoughts on the subject of Wild Boar Hunting and as always post your photos of your outdoor adventures to the galleries and tell us your story.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 23:00

Monster Barracuda Caught Might be a Record

We at Shotem and Caughtem have had the opportunity to snorkle with a lot of different fish.  Some of which have made the hair on the back of our necks stand up.  One of these fish would have to be the barracuda.  You hear stories of how aggressive the can be and their sharp teeth and over all bad appereance doesn't help to calm ones nerves.  Most of the ones we have seen swimming through the water were around a 40 to 50 pound 3 feet long sized, but still commanded our attention.  So when we heard that 7ft 102 pound barracuda was caught we felt that this was one to report.  Gibson caught the huge barracuda while fishing for Tarpon on the Cuanza River in Angola, Africa.  It is currently under review as to whether it is in fact a new world all tackle record beating out the 101 pound barracuda also caught in Africa.  Share your big stories and catches on the Caughtem braggin wall and leave your comments in the section below.

 

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 22:13

Main Might Expand Moose Hunting Permits

We at Shotem and Caughtem read that the state of Maine might choose to change the laws regarding the selection process for hunting Moose.  Based on population of Moose in Maine more might need to be done to help curb the population numbers.  A public hearing is being held in Augusta on a bill that would increase the number of moose hunting permits in Maine based on the latest moose population estimate.  The Legislature's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee is holding public hearings Tuesday on seven different wildlife bills.  One of those bills would make a number of changes to Maine's moose-lottery system.  Besides increasing the number of permits based on the moose population, the bill also proposes changing the way moose permits are issued from the current chance lottery system to a drawing in which persons who apply over a number of consecutive years may be guaranteed to receive permits.  These types of changes to a permit system helps not only with money dedicated to conservation but also allows hunters to have a better chance of having the opportunity to hunt these beautiful animals.  Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below and show us your Moose hunting photos in the Shotem gallery and tell us your story.
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!  

 



 

We at Shotem and Caughtem learned from a New Zealand News Channel of this monster Brown Trout that was caught.  This large catch, as well as some of the changes we are getting ready to add to the website, could not have come at a better time for us to announce our new contest.  He might even land himself with some cool Shotem and Caughtem swag for his monster catch.

Otwin Kandolf said the brown trout he caught recently in New Zealand looked like a submarine because it was so long and abnormally fat. The behemoth, caught in a canal near a salmon farm, weighed 42 pounds, 1 ounce. It’s the heaviest brown trout ever caught in New Zealand and could land Kandolf in the book of world records.  

 

Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:32

Turkey Season Means Turkey Recipes

With much of the United States either getting ready for Turkey Hunting Season or have already started to hunt those thunder chickens we at Shotem and Caughtem thought it was a good time to share some great recipes.  As always let us know how you like to prepare your bird for the feast in the comment section below and share your photos in the Shotem gallery and tell your story.

Chicken Fried Wild Turkey Recipe

1 turkey breast, de-boned and cut into strips across the grain.
1 16 oz. bottle Italian dressing
1/2 tsp. Lemon Pepper
Dash of Liquid Smoke
2 eggs beaten
2 cups milk
Salt as needed
Pepper as needed
2 cups flour
Peanut or vegetable oil as needed

Club Soda to consistency

Marinate turkey strips in Italian dressing, lemon pepper, and Liquid Smoke for 8 hours or overnight. In small bowl, beat eggs into milk. In second bowl, mix salt, pepper, club soda, and flour and mix till its the consistency of pancake batter. Dip turkey strips in egg wash and then into batter. Deep fry in oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with gravy made with 2 Tbsp. flour combined in skillet with 2 Tbsp. melted butter, salt and pepper. Slowly add 1 cup milk, stirring constantly until thickened.

We at Shotem and Caughtem believe that without a healthy and robust sport hunting and fishing industry that the economy would lose yet another valuable resource in the fight to conserve our natural resources.  We searched the web to help find valuable facts that show just how great these industries are not only for their economic value but in their efforts to help sustain and conserve our natural resources.  Here is just a short list of all the great things these industries provide and just a few of those that help make sure the sport continues for future generations.  If you feel we missed a vital part or aspect to these industries please leave us a comment in the section below.

State natural resource agencies manage fish and wildlife for the benefit of all citizens, regardless of whether they hunt or fish. Yet, sportsmen who buy licenses and purchase equipment provide most of their budgets. Despite the significant contributions by sportsmen and their supporting industries, wildlife agencies constantly hear the old, worn-out argument about “jobs versus the environment.” The fact is, employment, economy and environment all start with “E.” Healthy natural resources create jobs, enhance the economy and support both rural and urban communities that properly manage those resources.

In 2011, 90.1 million U.S. residents 16 years of age and older, roughly 38% of the population, participated in wildlife-related recreational activities.  The recreationial sport lovers spent 145 billion dollars on their fishing, hunting and wildlife watching.  This includes permits, expenditures, passes etc.  Overall hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related activities contribute an estimated $730 billion each year to the U.S. economy and one in 20 jobs.

The fisheries program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state agencies and other conservation groups, contributes $3.6 billion to the nation’s economy and supports 68,000  jobs.  The federal agency’s National Fish Hatchery System generates $900 million in industrial output and $550 million in retail sales. Hatchery programs generate 8,000 jobs and $256 million in salaries and wages.  The National Fish Passage Program works with partners to reopen an average of 890 miles of river habitat annually, which has an economic value of $483 million and supports 11,000 jobs. That is more than $542,000 in economic benefit per stream mile restored.  

We had trouble finding the overall stats that show the money invested in land and wildlife conservation measures by many of the groups that do so much to make sure we sustain these sports and our industry.  Organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Fishery programs both private and public, and governmental programs such as allocations in the Farm Bill, and the National Wildlife Federation just to name a few. 

Unfortunately due to the economic downturn and the recent decisions in Washington many of the conservation efforts provided by the revenue generated by this industry will have an impact on these types of conservation efforts.  It will be up to us as an industry to stand up and support these organizations so that we can continue to enjoy the sports we dedicate so much of our hard earned money.  We hope that one day Shotem and Caughtem might be added to the list of organizations that help provide support to the cause we all love........the great outdoors!

With the new gun laws in Colorado going into effect we at Shotem and Caughtem think many hunters might be turned away from the great sought after destination for Elk Hunting in protest.  With the looks of things Wyoming might find their hearts and wallets.  Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below and post photos of your elk hunt to the Shotem gallery and tell us your story.  

 

Monday, 25 March 2013 21:55

Preparing your Fishing Gear

With much of the Midwest and Upper North East covered in what we hope will be the last snow fall of the year forcing us to stay a little closer to home.  We at Shotem and Caughtem thought we might break out our fishing gear and get it ready for what we hope will be warmer weather in the near future.  Many of us have neglected our equipment over the winter months and need to make sure our gear is ready to catch the big one.  Here is what we try and do at the start of every season.  Let us know what your tips and tricks are to prep your gear in the comment section below or post a photo of your must have gear in the gallery and start a dialogue.  Then be ready to post your photos to the Caughtem Gallery and brag about em!

Spring is nearly here, and it is time to look over you fishing gear and update, repair, and maintain it. Every year at this time there are a few tasks that you should do to get your fishing equipment ready for another season out on the water.

Tackle needs to be cared for at the end of each fishing season, to prepare it for a long winter in storage, unless you enjoy ice fishing. As you open your tackle box to prepare it for the upcoming months, check to make sure that your hooks, sinkers, and other tackle are not rusted. Hooks, snaps, and sinkers are all inexpensive and should be replaced when needed.  We know that a little WD 40 or gun cleaner and some light grit sandpaper can do a lot when it comes to rust and removing grooves should you want to spend the time instead of replacing.  Make sure you remove any left over residue with paint thinner and let it dry as the left grit and WD 40 might cause your line to break easily if it is left on the metal.  

Give your rod a good once over. Is it scratched, dented, or otherwise damaged? Small nicks are not an area of concern, but larger grooves in the rod could be reason to replace the pole with a new one. If the wear on your pole is moderate but still significant, take it to your local fishing shop, which offers repairs on poles and other equipment.

Rod tips should be replaced every spring, as the line can dig into the tip. This can lead to your line breaking, causing you to lose your catch. In addition, a worn rod tip can also increase the friction between itself and the line passing over it, reducing casting speed and distance.

Also check the guides. Any that are broken or bent should either be repaired or replaced. Rod tips used in fly fishing are especially prone to wear, as a typical cast of this type can reach line speeds of between 50-60 MPH.

Check your reels as well. Is the action still smooth and easy? Reels can tend stick if they were not cared for properly before winter storage. Once your reel is working, you should change the line, particularly if you do a lot of fishing on salt water, which is worse on both line and gear. If you do your own maintenance to your reels, it is important that you oil the equipment, but do not overdo it. Too much oil can be just as bad for a reel as not enough.

Line should either be replaced, or you should at least turn it around on the reel. This can be done outside in a large field, tying one end of the line to a tree or post, unwinding it, turning it around, and winding it back on.

This is also a great time to organize your tackle boxes, keeping similar items together and within easy reach. Saltwater and fresh water gear should be kept in separate boxes whenever possible, as this will help keep your freshwater gear safe from the corroding effects of salt. Don’t forget to give the box itself a once over as well, making sure that it closes properly and does not have holes.  Should you have left something in the box that has left an odor in your tackle box a 20%bleach 80% water mixture can eleviate smells once washed and allowed to dry.

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