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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.


With drought conditions in the Midwest continuing to put pressure on water levels in rivers, lakes and ponds we went looking for solutions to how we can still get to good spots for fishing.  Many water levels will be low enough at the start of the spring fishing season that many spots we would normally fish will be hard to access by different types of fishing boats.  Boat ramps, river access points and low water tables will make it hard and risky for many fisherman and woman to get to many areas that provide the best fishing spots.  Due to the fact that areas prime for fishing will be crowded by those who have not thought of other means, we wanted to find a great way to get away from the crowd.  We think the solution is the Kayak.  

Kayaks are not just a boat used to whisk ones self down a river of rapids.  They have evolved to be quite the nice little fishing rig for conditions such as the ones we might be facing this year due to the drought.  They are fairly light weight, small and could be pulled by hand or by smaller machines to give you access to areas many boats can't.  They need very little water to travel through so hitting some low spots here and there to get to deeper water in rivers and along edges of lakes and ponds where trees and other hazards might start to become a factor will be less of a problem in a kayak.  Many of todays kayaks offer multiple places to hold rods, tackle and other needs as well as live wells for your big catches.  They can be transported on roof racks, small trailers, pickup truck beds, by ATV's and UTV's allowing you to get to even the most remote spots with all the gear you need.  

Some other pros from fishing from a kayak might come during the catch itself.  Due to its light weight nature should you hook into a decent size fish the capabilities of you and your vessel being involved in the fight itself is greatly enhanced.  Many fisherman talk about hooking into a good size fish and being dragged around by the fish as it fights its way towards and away from the boat.  

Some of the Cons to fishing from this vessel are the fact that it tends to be a one man or woman in one boat type of adventure.  They are not a platform that we would recommend buying one day, loading up and going out the next.  They require a bit of time to get use to when it comes to proper weight distribution and making sure you are comfortable paddling so that you avoid tipping over.  More importantly they do not allow you to transport the amount of beverages that we feel is necessary for a successful fishing trip.  

Though many of the pros will outweigh the cons once you have mastered the capabilities of the kayak, we at Shotem and Caughtem feel they will provide a perfect vessel to access good fishing spots.  With drought conditions likely to continue this year we feel they might be a good option for those that might worry that their fishing boats might just collect dust or not get them to the spots they love to go.  Let us know how you might get to remote fishing spots in the comment section below or post your solutions to the Gear gallery and tell us your story.

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, 19 March 2013 13:58

Hunting vs Fishing

When we decided to create the website Shotem and Caughtem, we were tasked with trying to figure out which sport would garner the most attention.  We chose to create a place that has both.  We have decided that most outdoors men and women, like us, have a passion for both hunting and fishing.  Men and woman alike seem to split their love for the great outdoors between seasons to make time to hunt that thunder chicken or throw a line to catch a bass.  They also seem to want to learn new ways to hone their skills in all aspects and are willing to try new experiences when the opportunity arises.  Many sites seem to focus on one or the other.  We decided to discuss why we chose to have both.



Many of us have been miles away from the nearest road with a big buck down in the woods. What to do? I personally was about 5 miles from the truck, and of course it was getting dark. The last thing I wanted to do was quarter out a deer and hump it out to get to my truck. I decided instead to go back to the house and get my 4-wheeler. As we all know hind sight is 20/20 I should have rode it in a few miles before I started walking. We decided to write an article about the 4 wheelers advantages. We talked about the advantages of using a UTV on our Colorado Elk Trip, so we felt we would also talk about the many ATV’s we saw on the mountain and there advantages. As always make sure you check into your local laws about using motorized vehicles for hunting, in many states it is against the law to hunt from an ATV, but they can be used for transport.

Friday, 15 March 2013 20:23

Fly Fishing's Fatal Attraction

Those of us at Shot em' and Caught em' would not say that we have devoted the time to fly fishing but the art of it is mystifying.  The beautiful sway back and forth that takes so much time to perfect.  The look of a shallow stream and the sun glistening off the rapids.  It all makes for quite the scene in our minds.  But for Dan Blanton it comes down to finding the big fish and he found the perfect fly to bring them to the shore line.  We thought we would pass along the information of what he calls a Fatal Attraction.  Let us know what you use on your fly fishing rigs in the comments section below or post a photo to the Gear Section and tell us your story. 

We at Shotem and Caughtem reported on the start of the Iditarod in Alaska.  On Tuesday evening of this week Mitch Seavey had won the race, edging second place musher Aliy Zirkle by 24 minutes.  But the reveling will continue as the rest of the remaining mushers - 11 had scratched and one had withdrawn as of Thursday morning - trickle into town over the next few days.  NOME, Alaska is where every musher to finish the race gets a hero's welcome.  The town's sirens blare when each of the more than four dozen competitors is about a mile out, and the mushers are all treated like royalty as they cross the finish line under the famed arch on Front Street, and have their pictures taken with fans.  Once the musher comes off the sea ice onto Front Street a few blocks from the finish, a police car with its lights flashing takes over as the official escort. The weary musher then guides the dog team down the city's business district, sometimes slapping high-fives with fans lining the street.  We at Shotem and Caughtem would also like to congradulate all those that helped and participated in this long standing tradition of man and animal versus the wild.  Comment on your experiences with the wild below or post photos to one of the galleries and brag.


Wednesday, 13 March 2013 20:22

Spring Turkey Hunting Tips and Tricks

We at Shotem and Caughtem have a love hate relationship when it comes to turkey.  We felt we would pass along the reasons why.   We hope to give you the tools to create that same relationship, since very few outdoor experiences can compare with spring turkey hunting. The sport can, to say the least, be challenging, exciting and in some cases almost addictive. When a gobbler sounds off up close, or he’s strutting just out of range, even the most experienced hunter’s heart tends to pound uncontrollably.  Due to their keen eyesight and hearing they can be one of the harder animals in the kingdom to hunt which causes the love and frustration of the sport.  This is the challenge that makes turkey hunting so intriguing and is helping to attract droves of new hunters to the sport.  So here are some pointers to help your experience.


As the warm weather is quickly approaching, it is time to blow the dust off the rod and reels and get ready for some summer fun. Be it sitting on your favorite farm pond or zipping across the bass filled lake at 70 mph to beat your buddies to your favorite fishing hole. Shot em' and Caught em' thought these proven tips might give you a bigger bass to post to the Caughtem Gallery and brag to the world.  We found this article/video and thought we would pass along the information.

In an episode from a great reel for the Mishaps Gallery of Shotem and Caughtem a Marten (looks a lot like a large ferret) interrupted a Swiss Super League soccer match between Thun and Zurich this weekend.  Though the little critter just found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as you will see in the video attached below, the scene itself is quite amusing especially set to the music of Benny Hill.  Zurich's Loris Benito make a spectacular diving catch for the Marten and after receiving a bite transports him off the field.  Not long after the first capture the Marten escapes again and for the second time Benito makes yet another grab aided by having his goalie gloves this time.  But since Zurich beat Thun 4-0, Benito isn't holding any hard feelings against the marten, suggesting that they make it their new mascot. "We have the lion. But the marten has brought us luck."  Though I am sure the players were distracted by the commotion, watching them try and corral the animal makes for a humorous event we hope you enjoy.  

Let us know whether you enjoyed this as much as we did in the comment section below and as always show us your mishaps and tell us your story in the Gallery.


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