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Facebook Denies Gun Safe Advertising

We at Shotem and Caughtem hope that our members once again rally to show the hunting and fishing community now has a place to go to share our hunting and fishing adventures.  Facebook for at least the fifth time has once again snubbed it's nose towards those who support their existence.  It forgets that without it's users they stand to loose a large part of their market base.  We hope that this helps us grow so that we can change the face of social networking.

Read more: http://www.politichicks.tv/2014/11/facebook-taking-anti-gun-position/

A community that gives back

Social networking has been given its growth by those who choose to use and upload to the sites.  For many they have been able to use this source as a good way to reach prospective clients and customers.  For others their growth is attached to people who just like to share their adventures with no return to them as users.  We hope to change that.  We want to link and share with the hunting and fishing community that supports us.  We only require one thing and that is you and all your friends creating activity on our site.  A social networking site is only strong as its users.  We hope to continue to reward our users for their activity.

First Shotem and Caughtem Contest Winner

Just in time for our first contest giveaway.  If you were a member of Shotem and Caughtem last month you received a newsletter discussing our first contest.  We wanted to show you what we hope to create.  We gave our members a month to help us get more users to Shotem and Caughtem.  The member who did more posting, friending and activity on the site would win a prize pack from our sponsors.  Here is an excerpt:

Lastly, we have hit some huge milestones this year and we could not have done it without all of you.  To celebrate and thank all of you for being apart of the site we are issuing a challenge with great prizes for your efforts.  We have as of today recorded your points total.  Ever wondered what the points total was for in your profile?  All your interactions on the site give you points.  Whether becoming friends with members, posting photos or videos or participating in discussions, you get points.  The one with the most points by November 15th will receive an awesome prize pack for your Shotem and Caughtem Spirit.  A full set of Shotem and Caughtem gear, Weston Jerky and Sausage seasoning, Anglers Choice baits, and a Stack-On PC-650-B safe to store your belongings while on your adventures (over a $200 value).  So tell your friends and increase your interactions on the site and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

We would like to announce that www.shotemandcaughtem.com/camocandace_52  was the winner of our contest.  She will receive her prize pack soon and we can't thank all of you enough for your support.  

Hunting and Fishing Friendships and Bonds 

Recently we were having a discussion about Shotem and Caughtem which presented some worries about becoming a member we felt needed to be addressed.  The person felt like Shotem and Caughtem potentially competed with their own person blog about hunting and fishing related stories and products.  They felt that becoming a member might detract from there own hopes of creating a business around the subject of hunting and fishing.  However, once we explained what we are all about they began to want to learn more about our site, expanding friendships and sharing knowledge about hunting and fishing is at our core.  A social network to meet others and discuss adventures and opportunities with one another.  We hope that our members use the website to expand their own fan base just like they use other networks such as facebook, instagram, youtube and twitter.  The difference between those and us is that everyone that is a member on our site loves the great outdoors.  A target rich environment.  

Expanding your SEO reach in the industry

We hope to help those who help us.  We want to turn the point of a social network on its head by rewarding those who take the time to post and reward us through their interactions on the website.  We are more than aware that we are not the expert in all things hunting and fishing and that our members have a wealth of information in different aspects of the industry.  We want to create a site that gives back.  A social network should be built to help those who contribute.  We want our members to share links to their blogs, post pictures of their adventures, great ways to cook wild game, and share what their services have to offer to those in the market.  We want our members to grow with us and reward them for our help.  Our help is that as we expand our reach instead of being bombarded with ads to make money that we can use our blog as a resource for others to want to contribute their stories and information.  The small banner ads on the website will be the only form of advertising.  

Best Hunting and Fishing Community on the World Wide Web

This is our goal.  To create a place for all the latest and greatest information relating to the hunting and fishing industry.  With all the noise on the web we hope to help spread the word about great products, recipes and adventures to help create one big voice.  We hunt and fish so we have always been use to going after the big game.  We hope with all of the cyber bullying happening on other social networks that we can create a place free from the hunting and fishing hating community.  Need more mobility?  We now have an app so you can take Shotem and Caughtem with you on your mobile devices http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=282&Itemid=491 We hope you come join us and share.  

 

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:56

Duck Hunting Gear Tips

Thinking about going on your first duck hunt?

So we at Shotem and Caughtem went on our very first duck hunt.  Let us first say it was a blast.  Think of it kind of like dove hunting only a lot colder and requiring a way more stealthy and gear heavy approach.  As such we felt like the best place to start talking about the experience would be discussing the gear needed for a successful duck hunt.

Duck Hunting Gun, Choke and Ammo Tips

Of course the best place to start would be the proper gun, ammo and choke.  We realize that the only place we could agree to disagree would be the choke.  Between 10 guys in the blind only two of us were using the same gun.  Many were shooting steel shot number 2, however, we had received a choke from www.kicks-ind.com  to try out so we thought we would do a review based on how the choke did firing 3, 4 and 5 as well.  As many hunters know the lighter the load the cheaper the cost per shell.  So if you can successfully strike your target with a lighter load due to choke performance than you are saving money.  We were shooting 3in shells and found that our Kick's choke at the tip of our remington 870 allowed us to pretty much shoot any appropriate size duck load with success.  Though the heavier loads allowed us to reach out further with greater success, at 30 yards and closer our performance did not change.  The choke held a magnificent pattern at 35 yards and the four birds we knew we shot dropped right away (ten guys firing at once kind of distorts performance overall).  As a matter of fact out of the 10 guns 7 were using Kick's Chokes.  

Proper Hunting Waders for Waterfowl

Next top gear need for duck hunting would be waders.  These can make or break a successful duck hunt.  If you don't have a dog, your waders will be one of the few ways you will be able to retrieve your birds and not freeze.  We suggest purchasing these on sale if possible.  We got ours during dove season in the bargain cave of Cabelas and got last years waders for 60% off regular price.

Hunting from a Duck Blind 

A good duck blind can be your best asset.  Whether you spend the big money and purchase a blind our blind was made with what we like to call midwest ranch scraps.  You would be amazed what you can build with some hedge limbs, cedar trees and old rotten hay.  All this appropriately stripped together provided great cover, and a four foot wide lane to perfectly hold 10 guys with a dog at each end to retrieve.  

Duck calls.  Every hunter in the stand had at least 8 different calls on their lanyards and they all require practice.  We will hit this topic again later since there is definitely an art to that science.

Duck Hunting Decoys for First time Hunters

Last but not least would be decoys.  Here is the expensive side of things.  Lucky for us we were able to go on our first hunt with guys that have been doing this for a long time and had acquired a lot of money in decoys over time.  I think we had no less than a couple thousand dollars in the water.  I think this is why duck hunters love to hunt in packs.  I think it is to share the burden in costs for decoys.

Let us know your tips on the best gear for your duck adventures in the comment section below.  As always share your adventures and experiences to the Shotem wall.

 

Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:32

Pheasant/Quail Hunt or not to Hunt

Pheasant Populations for Hunting are low in the Midwest

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been looking into whether or not to hunt pheasant and quail this year.  Though we love to hit the field and watch the dogs work we might just end up sitting this year out due to the drought and population numbers.  Though populations seem to be on the increase finally the last several years of drought have no doubt had poor effects.  Sitting this year out again, though sad, seems to be the right thing to do as hunters and as conservationists to make sure populations thrive for next year.  Let us know how populations have been doing in your state in the comment section below.

Kansas Upland Bird Populations in Kansas:

A copy of the 2014 Kansas Upland Bird Forecast is now available and from the looks of things, upland bird hunters will see improved populations this fall. Although below-average harvests are expected this year, hunters should see more birds and have more opportunities than the 2013 season. To view the entire forecast, visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting,” then “Upland Birds.”

PHEASANT

After three consecutive years of statewide declines, spring breeding populations for pheasant stabilized in 2014. The only region showing a significant decrease was the Northern High Plains. Summer brood counts show an increase of 70 percent when compared to 2013. This increase should offer improved hunting opportunities, and the best hunting this year will likely be in the Smoky Hills region. Kansas still contains one of the best pheasant populations among states and the fall harvest will again be among the best in the country; however, Kansas will again have a below-average pheasant harvest this fall.

  • Regular Season: Nov. 8, 2014 - January 31, 2015
  • Youth Season: November 1-2, 2014
  • Daily Bag Limit: 4 cocks in regular season, 2 cocks in youth season

Quail

Roadside surveys for quail showed a statewide increase of 50 percent compared to 2013. However, statewide populations are still below historic averages, and Kansas will likely have a below-average quail harvest this fall. Populations in much of the central and western portions of the state have not fully recovered from the drought. While opportunities will be better throughout most of the state this year, the best opportunities will likely remain in the eastern third of the state, particularly in the Flint Hills region.

  • Regular Season: November 8, 2014 - January 31, 2015
  • Youth Season: November 1-2, 2014
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 in regular season, 4 in youth season

Prairie Chicken

Prairie chicken populations are generally up where the appropriate habitat exists. Hunting opportunities should be improved throughout the greater prairie chicken hunting unit; however, the best opportunities this fall will be in the Smoky Hills Region.

  • Early Season (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2014
  • Regular Season (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Nov. 15, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2. Southwest Unit closed to all prairie chicken hunting

 

 

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.

Monday, 13 October 2014 22:30

Youth Hunting Experiences and Lessons

This weekend was bonus rifle doe season for us at Shotem and Caughtem.  We could think of no better way to celebrate an extra few days early in the season when temperatures are a bit more forgiving than to take a friend of ours and his son out for his first deer hunt.  What a great experience for us.  The weather was perfect, the deer were right on time, dad got to look like the hero, and the son had a blast.  The almost perfect scenario to create a spark in the next generation of outdoorsman.  Our only hope is that he will tell all of his friends how much fun he had so that more will want to come the next time.

Life lessons learned for the Younger Generations through Hunting and Fishing

We feel the outdoors is an excellent place to get the youth of america.  So many life lessons are experienced.  Good friends, the thrill of the hunt, teachings of life, survival skills, you have a chance to touch on a lot of life lessons in an environment that is not only educational but fun.  Heck he even got to do a little bb gun target practice and rock finding that morning too.  A large vast area to explore, find new things and letting a kid be a kid made for an absolutely rewarding and fun day.  We can only hope as our children get older that they have the spark to stand side by side with us as we go on our outdoor adventures.

If you have some fun adventure stories with youth we hope you share your experiences in the comment section below, start a discussion or share photos to the walls.  If you have not tried getting the next generation of hunters and fisherman/woman outdoors, we suggest you do.  It made for one heck of a great story and a Sunday we will not quickly forget.  

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:15

Great Dove Recipe with Bash Brothers BBQ Sauce

Bash Brothers BBQ Sauce for Wild Game Recipes

For those of you that keep up with the Shotem and Caughtem blog there is no secrets when it comes to our love for the filet mignon of the skies.  As such when our friends at Bash Brothers gave us a bottle of their Hawaiian BBQ Sauce to try with our dove we jumped at the chance to add a little sweet to our favorite way to make dove.  Lucky for us we were not disappointed with the flavor and caramelization it added to our recipe.  We were a little hesitant to try out the sauce when we found the consistency of the sauce to be a little less traditional.  It was more in lines with a marinade in its poor than the thick style of bbq sauce we tend to use.  We worried that it might not perform to our expectations.  However, as a marinade for our dove it was actually better.  The light nature of the sauce allowed it to actually seep in and marinate parts of our recipe we have not been able to penetrate without adding it to different parts of our recipe.  To get your bottle of Bash Brothers we hope you visit www.bashbrothersbbq.com  and pick your own favorite flavor should the sweetness not be your thing.  Mixed with our recipe below it added a nice sweet after taste to the spice of our jalapeno interior.  

Looking for dove hunting tips?

Dove Breast Recipe:

As seen in the photo above the ingredients are pretty simple and can be modified from the basics.

  • About 30 dove breasts
  • 12 medium sized jalapenos
  • package of bacon
  • Bash Brothers Hawaiian BBQ Sauce
  • toothpicks
  • tub of cream cheese 

The only modification to these basics is in the cream cheese.  We have made the cream cheese a lot of different ways.  Sometimes we will mix different cream cheeses together, use plain and spice it up with about anything you like, or even add other types of peppers to the cream cheese. Otherwise the time comes in the assembly.

Preparation of your Game before Grilling

 

  1.  Take your piece of bacon and slice it into two even pieces
  2.  Take sliced in half jalapeno (seeds out for milder temp) and use it as a boat and fill it with cream cheese
  3.  Take Dove breast and wrap your cream cheese jalapeno and place it on the bacon
  4.  Wrap the Dove Breast with your bacon and poke a toothpick through it to hold it together
  5.  Once assembled place on a sheet and add the Bash Brothers BBQ Sauce


With this recipe we definitely would choose the grill as your cooking method.  The heat helps aid in the caramelization of the sauce.

We hope you share your photos of your own recipes to our new Recipe section to the site and share your favorite ways to cook your wild game.

Friday, 05 September 2014 19:37

Opening Dove Hunting Season and Banded Dove

Dove Hunting Season came with it's share of Weather problems and Heavy rainfall

We at Shotem and Caughtem headed out for the season opener of hunting season.  Dove Season is officially here in most states.  The season opener did not come without its challenges.  As a matter of fact the place where we started or hunt and worked so hard to create the perfect environment received 6 in of rain in the six hours before the opening day.  Needless to say another season might have gone into the wind.  With thousands of places to source water the dove hunting in our premier spot was slow at best.  We still left the field with our limit but that was merely due to determination and patience.  

Searching for the perfect Dove Hunting Environment

We decided the next day to head to another spot we know of and try our luck since it did not have the large amount of rain we had experienced at our other spot.  Luckily for us this place was the mecca we were looking for.  And as a bonus after hunting dove for well over a decade we not only landed our first banded dove ever, but the people we hunted with ended up shooting 8 banded dove total.  A very cool experience we had never had the pleasure of experiencing.  Heck we might have even missed these bands in the past.  Not only are they small and hard to see the first we found was tucked under feathers making it even harder to notice.  We did not even see the first one till we were cleaning the birds.  From that point on we ended up being more tuned to looking for the small devices.

What to do if you get a banded dove

For you prize by calling into the number listed on the band you are sent a digital certificate of your find so that you can get some information about where the dove has been.  Agencies use these bands to track not only movement but population growth etc.  It was a great hunt and even cooler experience.

Banded Dove information

As a matter of fact we are heading back out tonight to hopefully get our last hunt in before a cold front moves in and potentially pushes the dove south in their migration towards the far southern states and eventually into South America for the winter.  As always we hope you share your dove hunting photos and stories to the galleries.  Hope you all have a great Shotem and Caughtem weekend.  

Monday, 25 August 2014 22:20

Dove Season 2014 Tips and Tricks

Preparing for your Dove Hunt

We at Shotem and Caughtem, like every year, can not wait for the beginning of hunting season which of course starts here in Kansas Sept. 1st for Dove.  "The filet mignon of the sky" always comes with its share of tactical problems.  We try to eliminate as much of the guess work out of our hunting experience every year with planning our favorite hunting spot down to the primary elements.  Water, food and gravel.  However, last year we were plagued with a heavy rain prior to opening day.  This created fresh puddles of water all over the property allowing the birds to come to eat where we wanted but find water and gravel anywhere.  It appears we might be running into this same problem again this year.  A hunters life. Even the most prepared get thrown a curve ball which could ruin the hunt.

With that in mind what is the best thing we could do to make sure we still have a successful hunt.  Other hunters.  With all a doves needs met they tend to stay in an area.  However, that area can be expanded with hunting pressure.  Therefore the more hunters the more area we can cover and keep the birds circling to different areas.

Dove Hunting Decoys

Next is a mojo.  Dove like company and will flock to other areas they think they have some company around.  Making sure you have your decoys out will make sure other dove head your way.  For some great decoys you can find out more at www.mojooutdoors.com

The right hunting location

Location, Location, Location.  If water and gravel is abundant your food source will be your most active target.  Wheat stubble, sunflower patches, milo and millet are all high sought after food sources for dove.

We hope you share your tricks before the start of the season in the comment section below and as always share your adventures to the Shotem walls as they happen with our app straight from the field.

 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 21:58

Dove Season.....Deer Season!

Whether to hunt or fish?  Shotem and Caughtem Season is here...

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been a little side tracked on getting the Iphone app where it needs to be before the official kick off and our favorite time of the year....the second installment of Shotem and Caughtem season.  Yes twice a year those of us who truly have the passion for hunting and fishing get the opportunity to revel in the glory which only comes along twice a year.  That golden age when the weather is perfect to not only wet a line but smell the sweet smell of gunpowder.  As is the case with these times of year we can be overwhelmed with as looney tunes so appropriately put it a new variation of DUCK SEASON......WABBIT SEASON our own dilema of DOVE SEASON.......BUCK SEASON.

Want to get the app for the social network of hunters and anglers?

Prepping for these times, as is the case with any season, is the most important thing we who have a passion for hunting and fishing can do.  As the fishing season heats up and our focus is distracting for the upcoming hunting season many of us will be outdoors getting ready.  Stands go up, feeders put in place, trail cameras are set, yes it is our favorite time of year.  It is why we are working so hard to get the last app completed. But we live for the official hunting season kick off DOVE SEASON!  

Hunting Season Scouting

Scouting for that perfect wheat stubble, milo patch and the Dove crack grain sunflower fields can also be used as a great way to find out what wildlife happens to be traveling around your favorite hunting spots.  Dove need the basic threes.  Food, water and gravel.  You find a spot that has the perfect mix of all three and you have found our heaven.  We are lucky that we get the opportunity to hunt our heaven every year.  A long time ago we met with a person that owns a local gravel pit with some farm land and some large sloping ponds.  The filet mignon of the skies Graceland.  Plant a couple of dead trees by the water and get out the dove mojo and it is time to burn through some shells.  

If you too can find this perfect place in your area we suggest you knock on the door.  No doubt once the weather begins to change they will begin the journey south and these spots will be the honey hole for those of you that love Dove Season as much as we do.  We hope to see all your photos in some of the great new groups started as you too prep for Shotem and Caughtem season!