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The Shotem' and Caughtem' Blog is the place to find the latest reviews and commentary on gear, destinations, conditions, events, and general knowledge to inform our readers and give our opinions to anyone listening.

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Conservation and Protection of Wildlife is at our Core

We as hunters and anglers know that the only way we will be able to continue to hunt and fish in the future is by protecting the wildlife we have now for future generations.  I have this discussion with those who do not understand our lifestyle all the time.  We are not a bunch of thrill seekers with hi powered rifles and 3d depth finders out trying to slaughter all in our path.  We understand that our time in the field or on the water is precious.  It is something we cherish and want to protect.  We do not want to find ourselves in the same position that Africa is facing with their Elephant population being decimated through poaching.

Idaho looks to public to Rule on Wildlife Protection

(Link to the original article) 

It said on Tuesday it was obliged to reopen the proposal to public comment until April 23 after Canada decided recently to classify the animals, which criss-cross the border, on its territory as endangered, an upgrade from a previous classification of threatened.

The action came a day after a U.S. judge in Idaho found the agency violated federal law in 2012 when it cut the amount of public land designated as critical reindeer habitat to 30,000 acres, from 375,00 acres, without sufficient public notice and input.

A Social Network of Hunters and Anglers could do so Much

 

Just think if Shotem and Caughtem grew to the size of some of the larger less focused social networks.  A place where a state wildlife department could get the opinions of a large mass of hunters or anglers that not only help to support their conservation efforts but that tend to be the largest group effected by such laws.  How cool would that be :)  Well we can't do it without you.  As more and more of you become active the snowball will begin to roll down hill and do nothing but get larger.

 

 

 

Iphone App Issues Noticed by one of our Members

We at Shotem and Caughtem have never been known for our timing.  As a matter of fact if you want to go skunked for awhile both fishing and hunting just launch a social network and app based on it and we can show you that your luck will change for the worst. So when we decided to launch the ShotemCaughtem app last Oct. it was no surprise that Apple Would launch a new phone with a new operating system that would not allow certain functions to work appropriately on the new Iphones.  Luckily for us Android users we had a member point out the flaws a couple of weeks ago.  Lucky for those of you that might have been frustrated by this we are young, you have our apologies and we have our app developers making the necessary updates and will alert you as soon as the new version is up and ready for download.

Other Member Concerns and Questions About Competing Hunting and Fishing Blogs

We unfortunately at this time have other jobs than our social network.  Though we hope to one day be able to focus on the site and all our members full time, at this time we can not.  Our blog is and will be dedicated to news, reviews, gear recipes etc.  However, just is the case with other sites these articles will not be written from our team.  We are hoping to grow the social network side of things so that the blog becomes our advertising revenue stream.  Other people and companies will use our site to communicate with our members and hopefully pay us a little to do so.  So we invite all our members to share their best blog articles to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If we like it we will post it to our blog and share it with our followers and members at no cost right now until we grow.

We want to Change Social Media Websites and Apps

We think there are some great ways to change the way a social media company works.  We want to reward our members and supporters for helping us grow our network.  Not us them to line just our own pockets.  Think of it this way when has Facebook or Twitter ever cut you a check or given you free stuff for posting and being a part of their site?  We hope you help us grow and promise that this will benefit us both in the future when we create the number one place to go if you hunt and fish.

Happy St. Patricks Day from Shotem and Caughtem

Most of all we hope you get out and show your green pride Shotem and Caughtem Style!   

Hunting and Fishing News

We at Shotem and Caughtem are constantly scouring the internet looking for news about the industry so we can pass it on to our members and followers.  Without your support we will not grow and hopefully one day be known as the place to go to see what is happening around the world when it comes to hunting and fishing.  A great place to share photos, videos and experiences from the great outdoors.  However, once again the news seems to be targeting our passions.  Matthew McConaughey recently had to take a step back from a ranch owned by him and his brother due to hunting controversy.  Kid Rock and Ted Nugent made it into the news with a hunting picture posted by the rock stars.

A Safe Place to post Hunting/Angling Photos and Videos

The old saying "If you don't like what is on change the channel!"  The digital age has created some interesting ways to bully and sometimes no way to get away from something you don't want to see.  Twitter has introduced a new way to spread viral discussions by posting things that have high retweet or favorites to other peoples twitter streams that have no affiliation to the original person who posted the information.  As a matter of fact this type of practice is what many think has allowed ISIS to spread their message and grow their support.  

More Targeted Social Networks

We feel that as the world wide web evolves more niche social networks will become the norm.  Those of us that have a passion for hunting and fishing do not want to see information about the next best weight loss pill.  We want to see the latest gear, best hunting and fishing tactics and converse with those that have the same outdoor adventures.  That is why we continue to ask for your help in growing our network.  We think we have provided our members with a great platform to share their adventures and knowledge to other like minded people.  However, we need more.  More of your friends, family and other cool kids to get on board and share.  We understand that facebook, instagram and twitter have the numbers but they did not start out that way.  As the smaller networks like ours begin to grow the site will begin to snowball.  

We hope you come share as much as you can so that we can start to attract more and more and become the social network you choose because the people here just know two things and know it well.  Hunting and Fishing!

Great article on Fishing from the Shoreline

Recently we at Shotem and Caughtem had a friend that moved from the midwest where fishing from the shore around farm ponds and watersheds can yield some big fish to the Gulf of Mexico and no boat.  We decided that we needed to do some research on ways to still catch big fish without the capabilities of always being able to have a boat to cruse the waters for the big ones.  Lucky for us we found a great article from our friends Outdoor Life that talks about the top three spots to fish from the shoreline and the best methods those top anglers use.  

Beware of Sharks

One thing this article did not point out was the trouble with sharks.  As is the case with many of the best fishing spots in the ocean, where there are big fish, there are predators.  One thing the news has pointed out recently is that when we travel to other continents or out into the ocean we as humans are not the top predator.  Recent news from Australia or those of us that are addicted to Shark Week already knew that sharks prey the same waters hunting those very fish we are after.  So please be aware of your surroundings when using these tips and tricks when fishing from the shoreline.  You never know what might be hunting beside you!

We hope you share your shoreline adventures with us in the galleries or in the comment section below.  Either way we hope you have a Shotem and Caughtem weekend.  

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem love perusing the internet for interesting hunting and fishing topics.  However, we recently stumbled across a hunting story that we thought was so outrageous considering our economic climate we felt it was worth sharing and getting feedback.

Sterilizing Doe Deer to control Population

No you read that right and if you would like to read more about it here is the link to the story we found about deer sterilization.  Trying not to talk politics we will just look at the financials.  You have hunters who go year after year sometimes with unfilled tags who would gladly put there name in a lottery or even pay a little extra to get some extra time in the field and get the meat they need.  A win win.  Last time I checked there are few states since the recent recession that are operating in the black.  So a good way to maybe bring in some money left on the table would not be spending a half a million dollars to try and curb population through medicine and instead through putting food on the table and money in the states wallet. 

State budgets and Alternative Hunting Ideas

It amazes us sometimes how the anti hunting population can offer a voice that makes absolutely no financial or scientific results and spend that kind of money.  Hopefully some in the state will wise up and maybe increase the number of tags or like in our state offer a bonus doe season early in the year to help draw done population numbers.  More tags, more money for the state and less does.  MAKES SENSE TO US FOR SURE......

We would love to share your feedback and comments through more discussions in the comment section below.

 

Hunting has changed through the Years

We at Shotem and Caughtem always giggle when we hang out with the older generation of hunters.  "Back when I was a boy...." can both trigger a great eye role or have us come to the edge of our seats.  We have discussed before how things have changed when it comes to properties available to hunt just in our few decades of hunting.  However, we recently came upon an article about how deer populations have changed and it got us to thinking about a subject we have yet to approach.  

Deer Hunting Populations and Conservation

The news story started like this:

There was a time when a deer was a rare sight in much of the state (Mississippi).

“I can remember my grandfather, when I was little, got a phone call. Somebody had seen a deer track at deer camp,” said Chad Dacus, wildlife bureau director at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Every available member of the hunting club was summoned to help find the animal. After much effort it was shot and ceremoniously butchered.

“When he came home, he had a little plastic bag of deer meat. Everybody at the camp got a little bit,” Dacus said. “That was really special.”

Oh How Hunting Has Changed

They speak in the article how populations have grown as well as technology advances that have made hunting less of a chore.  We however beg to differ.  Though deer populations have grown and technology has increased our ability to obtain information on how to land the big one, the core of values and the time outdoors is what is at the heart of the article.  This is what we feel has not been handed down to the next generation.  Too much time spent doing too many other things and not getting back to appreciating what we have been given.  The outdoors can make a wonderful place to explore and spend quality time with friends and family.

Stories from the Hunting and Fishing Community

The basic premise behind what we are trying to accomplish at Shotem and Caughtem is beginning to bring our community together.  Share not only our knowledge and adventures but to create a place to help share the outdoor spirit.  Begin a dialogue with not only the older generations but a fun place to share for the younger generation.  As the other social networks expand and change we feel our network will grow and become more of a mainstay in the outdoor community.  We hope you will come and help us build the best hunting and angling community on the world wide web.  We can't grow and survive without you.

 

 

Newsweek Article regarding Controversial Idaho Wolf Hunt

We at Shotem and Caughtem recently read an article concerning the recent Hunting Derby in Idaho for wolves by Newsweek.  In the article they showed that for the second straight year no wolves were harvested from the 30 day long hunt.  Though the ended up killing 20 coyotes during the month long derby, many hunters and wildlife and parks officials eluded to the fact that weather conditions might have hindered the hunts success. 

Our Trophy Deer Hunting Season this Year in Kansas

That got us to thinking about our luck when it came to weather during our trophy hunting deer season.  As many hunters know Mother Nature can work with us or against us when it comes to our hunting seasons.  This year as was the case for the Idaho wolf hunters she worked against us.  The lunar phase at the more critical part of the season was in full cycle.  We found most of our deer were running during the night.  The fact that we had unseasonably warm weather for December also did not help matters.  Most of the large deer as a matter of fact were taken during muzzle loader and bow hunters due to the fact that they had more time and better lunar cycles.    

That's Why they call it Hunting not Shooting

As we have discussed many times before many of those who are against hunting and fishing do not realize how many time we go to the field or on the water with nothing to show for it but a cleared head.  There are so many factors that can work in our favor and so many that can work against us that it can sometimes be frustrating for those who have no comprehension of what gets us outdoors time and time again.  Just this past weekend I came home from sitting in the rain listening to goose hunters on the property just over from me having a blast as I sat frustrated knowing if it was quiet at would have deer all around me.  My wife said "why do you even go, most of the time you don't come home with what your after."  I just smiled as I do much of the time when people find out I started a hunting and fishing site and point their noses north.  

It is the hunt.  Whether fish or big game the outdoors brings a sense of peace.  An appreciation for the outdoors is what will take me back into the field this weekend yet again to try and get my freezer full of deer meat.  Watching the geese and ducks talk over head as they headed to the next field was breathe taking.  What glorious animals we get the opportunity to witness.  What power.  The sound of the rain hitting the creek and trees around me.  A complete state of peace.  No cell phone, computer, appointments etc.  Just the sounds of nature.  Bliss!

That is why we created this site.  Was to share our experiences with others who appreciate the great outdoors.  We hope you continue to share your stories as you once again help us grow.  Here is to a great 2015!  And thanks for all who have joined and shared with us in these first two years.  

 

Year 2 of our Social Network Creation

We at Shotem and Caughtem can not thank all of our members enough for their support.  It has been yet another great year for us at and we are looking forward to what the next year will bring.  Just a few stats to help you know you are a part of something much bigger.  Continuing support and driving friends and family to the site will only help us grow and in turn give us the means to give back to you not only as individuals but as a group.  We have big plans to change the way social networking works and we can only hope you give us the opportunity to create something new and different.

Other Social Networks turning their backs on the Hunting and Fishing Community

All of us who hunt and fish know that we are involved in an industry that shares it's involvement in controversy.  As proof Facebook has already shown its stance against those who hunt and fish so we can only imagine that the others will begin to follow suit as they become bigger.  Though twitter has not seem to head that direction as more and more technology companies combine this will only become more of an issue.  That is why we feel our site is so important.

A Year of Expansion

We at Shotem and Caughtem made some bold moves based on our members this year.  We moved to our own private server to increase speed and try to eliminate hick ups.  We have had good responses with how much nicer the platform has been since the change.  Faster upload speeds and surfing has been the overall response.  We also released our app towards the end of this year.  It has given our members more flexibility to keep posting and seeing what's happening on the website day to day.  

Finding Partnerships

Our New Years resolution is to find strategic partners and members.  So far this site is the creation, upkeep and monetary cost of just one person.  A person that wants to change the face of social networks in a lifestyle to which plays a large part in his life.  Hunting and fishing has been a huge part of my life.  It is a lifestyle I wear and share with pride.  Recently I read an article that spoke about the fact that we as individuals must begin to create a larger voice to help in changing the status quo.  I hope you join us in creating such a voice and tell others about us.  We are always looking for new and creative ways to help find partnerships with individuals, companies and groups to help not only expand their market share but also their own aspirations.  

 

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.