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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.  

 

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.  

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.  

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.  

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