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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 22:45

Upcoming Events Before the Seasons Start

So if you are feeling the itch to get out and see what is happening in the world of Hunting and Fishing before the weather turns nice we at ShotemandCaughtem have taken the time to find some upcoming events surrounding the outdoors man/woman.  Here is a quick list:

 

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 00:09

Bow Fishing for Asian Carp

Something caught our eye this weekend while we were thinking of things to inform our readers about.  We felt that so far on Shotemandcaughtem we have focused on a lot of hunting related news stories and not enough on fishing.  Then we found stories of Bow hunting Asian carp in the North American rivers and thought it would be a great article to combine the two things we love to do, hunt and fish.  Nothing would be more fun than channeling your inner senses to concentrate on shooting an object, with little to no warning, out of the air with a bow and arrow.  Sounds like a blast to us!

The best time to target shoot the Asian Carp is between June and August preferably not when the rivers are high but the temperatures unfortunately are.  Slow your boat down to a speed in the shallow parts of the river til you find the best motor sound that gets the fish a flyin.  Draw your bow back and keep a watchful eye on the surface and wait til you get your shot.  Many of the fish will reach heights of five feet above the surface of the water giving you little time to make your perfect shot.  It combines all the things we love to do.  Its like skeet shooting with a bow at live targets.  Don't feel bad since this invasive species has pretty much taken over the rivers in the upper Midwest and you will be doing Mother Nature a service. This will allow the natural habitat to gain back a little ground.  Most importantly we would love to see your photos or videos on our bragging walls and hope you might give us some pointers on the best places to go.  We even found a video to help spur your interest in giving it a try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc-e8EGkLMo.

Friday, 01 February 2013 23:02

Ice Fishing at Pathfinder Reservoir

Recently we at ShotemandCaughtem got the opportunity to go ice fishing for the first time with some experienced ice fisherman and thought we would share the trials and tribulations of our adventure.  We traveled to Pathfinder Reservoir just outside Casper, WY.  Being a native Kansan we had never been ice fishing and felt a little out of our element, but were reassured that we had people along that knew exactly what we needed.  First were the size of the fishing poles.  The ones we pulled out of the truck almost made me laugh since they looked as if they would snap in a New York minute should they hook into a Kansas Flathead.  Then came the "pop ups" that I had never used before.  The pop up works by having a spring loaded flag so that when you get a bite the flag pops up.  Something totally different than the bells we use here in Kansas but a nice visual cue non the less.  We started by drilling 24 holes in the ice since in Wyoming you can have 6 poles per fishing license and drilled thru 10-15 inches of ice (Note:  2 gas powered augers, a total necessity, otherwise we would still be hand drilling weeks later).  Next we set up a couple of clam shelters with chairs and a heater (www.clamoutdoors.com) along with a case of beer for warmth since the temperature at the time was -10 degrees.  Finally came the fun part.....fishing.  

Our objective was to catch delicious rainbow trout.  We loaded our poles with shiners and shrimp and set our pop ups.  We thought the adventure would take some time due to the weather conditions and the fact that we would wait hours for a catfish to hit our line.  Fortunately for us the fish were active.  We still giggle at the site of one another screaming fish-on and running across the ice like deranged Sasquatches due to the 27 layers of clothes needed to stay warm.  To sum up the trip was a blast!  Even though the time it takes to get set up is a little more intense than just baiting a pole and throwing it in the water (why we tend to fish in more in warmer temperatures) we would definitely go out again.  Thanks to Fred, Dustin and Perry for making this a memorable experience and most of all for helping me land this wonderful five pound trout which we are having smoked and I can't wait to try. Let us know how a ice fishing experience went for you by posting a photo to the Caughtem Wall and starting a discussion.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 22:00

Reality Show Top Hooker (Not the XXX kind)

We at ShotemandCaughtem just heard the news about a new TV show coming to the airwaves and thought we would pass it along.

 

The producers of the reality show The Ultimate Fighter are bringing a new reality series to TV called Top Hooker.

It’s not what you may be thinking – reality TV hasn’t quite stooped that low. Yet.

The producers have gathered “America’s best and boldest fishermen to take on Animal Planet’s extreme fishing competition.” The show will air on theAnimal Planet channel. From last year’s casting call:

On this brand new TV show, you and a handful of daring fishing enthusiasts will tackle exciting and intense challenges on America’s rivers, lakes, streams and even the open ocean. Are you ready for adventure?

We are looking for competitive, outgoing, and skilled anglers, spear fishermen, game fishermen, fly fishermen, trawlers and trappers from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if your experience is commercial, sport or recreational. As long as you’re skilled, adaptable, and confident enough to take on anything we throw at you, you could win a big grand prize and the title of Animal Planet’s first Top Hooker.

Monday, 28 January 2013 22:57

Great Hunting Dog Article

We at ShotemandCaughtem feel to be a great hunter or fisherman that you must have a love for animals.  Not only must you respect mother nature and what she provides, but you must appreciate what she gives you in return.  We remember the first time we watched a well trained hunting dog in the field.  If you have never had the chance, even if not a hunter, it is a sight everyone should take the time to see.  Never have we seen such devotion and love as what comes from a well trained animal.  Even if they are not hunters by trade, even your home companion can make you appreciate what fine animals roam this earth.  When reading an article we could not help but reflect on not only our own animals, but what we have had the fortune to see when out in the field.  This article is a great read and we felt we should pass it along.  Should you also have an animal that needs a little glory we hope that you will post a photo of your animals to the gear section and start a discussion as well.  Enjoy! http://www.kansas.com/2013/01/26/2651620/age-changes-a-dogs-approach-to.html

 

Saturday, 26 January 2013 21:03

Safari Club International Convention

Toady marks the opening day of the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, NV.  Jan 23-26 visitors will be able to increase their knowledge on the costs and benefits of going on a wide variety of safari hunts around the world.  Whether you have the need to travel to Africa to hunt or to the Amazon to fish this is the place to acquire all the information you need to have a successful trip.  Though we will warn you that many of these trips can cost in excess of tens of thousands of dollars, you might just take it as an experience of a lifetime.  We hope that if you have had the opportunity to travel abroad to hunt or fish that you might show us some of your photos and help us start a dialogue with our members about the ups and downs of a safari hunt.  To learn more about the convention visit www.showsci.org.

 

Friday, 25 January 2013 22:51

NSSF Shot Show vs Reed Exhibitions

After attending the Shot Show we found out about the Eastern Sports and Outdoor show.  We at shotemandcaughtem found through the NSSF that this stuff was going on and thought we would pass along the information in case our members had not heard the news.

Per the NSSF:

We have just learned that Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.

In the days following Reed Exhibitions’ announcement that modern sporting rifles would be prohibited from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, the leadership of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been in intense, frank discussions with Reed Exhibitions management in an effort to reverse this unacceptable decision. These discussions reached an impasse.

NSSF is in no way affiliated with, nor does it participate in or exhibit at this show in any way. Reed Exhibitions does, however, manage the NSSF-owned SHOT Show (though Reed manages the SHOT Show, all SHOT Show decisions, policies and actions are made at NSSF’s direction).

Because of Reed’s recent actions, NSSF is considering all options regarding the management of future SHOT Shows.

They along with a large amount of sponsors will not be attending the Show which happened to be this weekend and has now been postponed due to the outcry. 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 23:25

Kansas Fall Turkey Season

The 2012-2013 fall turkey season is coming to a close, but not before Kansas hunters get one last chance to bag their late-season bird. From Jan. 14-31, hunters will have the opportunity to hunt turkey once more in any of the five open units. The next opportunity to hunt Kansas turkey won’t come again until the beginning of April, so it’s time to hit the blind one last time!

Fall permit holders can hunt Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 for fall turkey and may only hunt within the management unit printed on their permits. In addition, hunters must have a Kansas hunting license, unless exempt by law. Any hunter with a fall turkey permit can purchase as many as three turkey game tags during the fall season, valid in Units 2, 3, 5 and 6. During the fall season, both toms and hens may be taken.

The 2013 spring turkey season will begin with the archery, youth/disabled season, April 1-9, and the firearm season will run April 10 - May 31.  This happens to be the time of year when we at shotemandcaughtem love to break out our decoys and start calling in the big boys.  Even though we saw plenty of turkey this fall......when they were not in season we have not got to shoot one this fall so show us what you were able to do this fall on our shotem gallery!

 

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.

 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:10

Kimber 45 ACP

We at ShotemandCaughtem make sure that we carry a trusted sidearm when out in the field hunting.  Whether we are hunting dove or large game you never know what you might run into when you're out in the field and sometimes a close range weapon can be your best line of defense.  We tend to be a little old school in our outlook and find that the 1911 makes for an ideal platform.  Though limited on the number of bullets in the magazine compared to other platforms, we have found that it's style and versatility makes it a great choice.  Whether across the chest, behind the back or on your side the classic, sleek and elegant look of a 1911 really goes unmatched.  We have found for the money that you can never go wrong choosing a Kimber. We also tend to prefer the 45 ACP round over others for its knockdown power.  Whether it's a skunk in your path or you stumble across something with a bit more bite, the 45 can change it's attitude.  

As for the refinements on the Kimber they go unmatched for the money.  Though it has all the standards of a 1911, Kimber adds custom finishes that make it a great gun to carry and shoot.  Rounded edges all the way around the 1911 as well as the sights prevent snags when you need to access the weapon quickly.  Most of the Kimber line comes with night sights from the factory, a rough grip on both the fore grip and rear of the handle and a beefed up coating process on several lines preventing wear.

For 2013, at the Shot Show, Kimber added 3 new pistols to the line.  The Micro Carry Stainless, Warrior SOC, and the one we wish we could add to our arsenal as soon as possible the Master Carry Pro.  The Master Carry Pro adds all the highlights that came with the Covert series but comes with a high end finish suitable for carrying that would look awesome next to your side whether in the field or in a tuxedo.  To learn more about Kimber visit www.kimberamerica.com.