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Tuesday, 22 October 2013 19:28

Hunting and Fishing Survival

With the recent rescue of 5 fisherman in the Bering Sea it has reminded us at Shotem and Caughtem that many of us might take things for granted when heading out to the field or water.  With the weather changing into fall here in the U.S and many of us heading out to hunt or fish we felt it was a good time to remind ourselves about good things to throw in our tackle boxes, backpacks or vehicles for the OS factor.

Many of the worst stories come from those who do not prepare for the worst case situation.  When close to civilization many of us take for granted that help is always close.  Sometimes things happen that can cause things to go south fast.  

Some of the most important things to make sure one has in their possession or close by in any situation are fairly inexpensive and easy to have around.  First like Bear Grylls taught us a good knife is a necessity.  Second is water.  Third would be a lighter and if you want to add a little insurance a medicine bottle with vasoline soaked cotton balls.  Four would be a pack of your favorite protein/carbohydrate filled snack.  These are mere basics but should increase your chance of making it out of most tough situations that might only last a day or two.  We feel they should be close by at all times.  

From these four basics and your length of time to potentially be out for longer periods you can begin to add other essentials.  Coat and Gloves, basic medical pack, proper side arm, bite kits, cordage, plastic tarp etc.

Let us know your basic pack in the comment section below and remember to be safe.  Fall is here and that means the weather and Mother Nature will be changing their tunes.  Most of all be safe and share your stories to the photo galleries!

Monday, 21 October 2013 21:33

Pheasant Hunting Season in the Midwest

With South Dakota's opener for Pheasant Hunting Season we thought we would take a look at what has been reported from the Midwest.  With the cold temperatures and drought conditions in the Midwest this season's pheasant hunt should be more than interesting.  From the reports throughout the Midwest the season could be less than exciting.  Let us know how things are looking in your area prior to your states opener in the comment section below.

Estimates show a 64 percent drop from last year in the state's pheasant population. That's from roadside survey results released by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks in August.  A couple harsh winters in recent years, last year's drought and this year's late spring have all been factors.
This severe weather in June that combined large hail and damaging winds dished an additional blow to pheasants around the Spink and Beadle County lines.

Runia says the birds have less habitat. There's less native prairie in South Dakota than there used to be. And the number of acres in CRP, which is a federal program paying landowners to set land aside for conservation, has dropped steadily in the state since 2007.  Unfortunately, estimated pheasant numbers are lower than they've been in years.  And this seems to be the trend across much of the Midwest.

 

 
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:07

Steelhead Fishing the Great Lakes

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been spending a lot of efforts on the Shotem sides of our brains.  We would be remiss to not throw some tips and techniques for another winter favorite that is quickly approaching.  Steelheads will begin to make the move to partake on the buffet of salmon and trout eggs that will be quickly filling the rivers.  

With this in mind creating your own artificial egg ball buffet might be the best way to attract these delicious predators.  Using a typical weight, bobber and hook rig filled with a ball of things that look like eggs can help increase ones haul prior to the fish moving into the rivers.  Allowing this to naturally float in the water will attract a light bite so using a lighter rod could help you notice the initial bite.  

The run is just weeks away so we hope you get prepared and get a little Caughtem on the brain.  Let us know your tricks in the comment section and keep posting your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.  

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 17:53

Perfect Storm Bad for Moose

We at Shotem and Caughtem thought we would pass along some information so that the hunting community could help aid in research surrounding a large population decrease in Moose which will have a large effect on hunting permits.  Researchers are trying to figure out causes associated with a halving of Moose population across a wide range of the North American continent.  

Three things seem to be having the greatest effect on the Moose.  Weather, Bugs and Food.  Shorter winters and increase temperatures are causing the cool friendly Moose to work harder to keep their body temperatures low.  Because of the warmer temperatures bugs such as beetles who eat the Moose cover, ticks and worms that carry disease they are causing more Moose to become sick.  These bugs are also causing a depletion of trees that the Moose use for cover from predators, regulate body temperature and as a food source.  

The declining Moose population could cause more problems than just for hunters.  As always many species are dependent on Moose.  Their a food source for apex predators, keep forage low for birds and trees trimmed for other herbivores.  

We can help scientist answer questions when out in the field.  Providing data from the Moose we make contact with such as location, health, and looking the animal over when it comes to coats, horns etc could all be vital information to help to cause.  Contact the Minnesota Department of Wildlife which seems to be the one spear heading the research should you have any information on Moose in your area http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html 

As always keep posting photos and leave your comments in the section below.  It is part of our duty as hunters to help make sure future generations get the opportunity to hunt these majestic animals.   

 

Monday, 14 October 2013 20:48

Tracking Trophy Deer

We at Shotem and Caughtem are enjoying some much needed October rain.  Many farmers have already harvested their fall crops and planted the winter ones.  With that in mind we are now in the realm of tracking and setting up feeders for the upcoming deer rifle season.  Others are beginning or have already started their hunting and might need some important little facts to procure their trophy animals.  

Deer, Elk and Moose all begin to have a pattern this time of year.  With the cooler weather most of the trophy animals us hunters chase are starting to think about one thing, the next generation.  Males begin marking their territories and are busy making sure the younger generations know who is boss.  Animals will begin to mark trees to let others know who is where.  The rain will begin to hide those marks so if you know of a good place where large rubs where prior to the rain those animals will begin to retrace their steps and redo their rubs.  Setting up a spot from these no longer fresh rubs might land you your trophy.

Should you still be in tracking mode the rain will allow you to find fresh tracks and see the movement through your hunting area.  Knowing how and where deer are moving through an area can let you set the perfect spot.   

Let us know your favorite tracking methods in the comment section below and keep sharing your photos in the galleries.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 22:12

Government Shutdown affects Hunting and Fishing

We at Shotem and Caughtem do not even want to begin the political debate that is happening right now but have heard through other members that they have been feeling the affects of the government shutdown in their favorite hunting and fishing areas.  As such we wanted to remind those who use these resources for their adventures that they may just be cut short so do a little checking prior to heading to your favorite spot.  This is what we have found out so far.

There are 150 million acres of land in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Because of the shutdown, at least 329 refuges where hunting is typically allowed are closed, as well as 271 refuges where fishing is usually allowed, the groups report. Some areas on state lands that have facilities operated by the federal government are also closed.

Some states are also asking for hunting and fishing tags purchased to be used during the shutdown to be returned due to the shutdown.  Beware using those tags as certain laws may be broken due to the lack of availability to certain properties or facilities.  

Let other members know of places you have not been allowed access to due to the shutdown in the comment section below.  Should you just want to vent about your political views we suggest another website actually any other website.  Thanks and hope you still get to your favorite spots.

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 17:49

A Passion for Hunting and Fishing

So we at Shotem and Caughtem last night needed a break from our normal world and relax a little.  We decided to partake in a little rest and relaxation away from Mother Nature and attend the Eagles concert here in town.  Now bare with us for a minute cause it all relates to the hunting and fishing community.  All I can say is wow.  After over 40 years in the music industrial the band from the Eagles has not lost one step.  Voices, harmonies, and great riffs all made for the perfect evening.  What caught my attention the most was the band, most of which have to be in their early sixties, were having an absolute blast.  

We were immediately reminded of what takes us out into the Great Outdoors, time and time again.  Just this last weekend we found a unique hidden gem.  A cool old barn perched perfectly in an absolutely breathtaking angle with the perfect sunset.  And that is when the two worlds collided.  It is a passion and love for what we do that makes us so excited to see where this website could end up.  Could we become the ultimate place for hunters and fisherman/woman around the world come to share their adventures.  Great or small they all add up to one common thread.  An appreciation and connection to all we have the chance to see and discover in mother nature.  Best of all it never gets old!

For those of us devoted outdoorsman/woman it is so much more than the kill.  We never even saw one animal close enough in range but that sunset was all we needed to take away from that day.  It is what takes us out time and time again.  You never know what you might see and experience or Shotem and Caughtem!  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and keep posting your adventures to the galleries so that we can brag together.

 

We at Shotem and Caughtem wanted to celebrate the successes of the website so far and inform others of all the benefits it has to offer those who love the great outdoors.  Shotem and Caughtem is so much more than just a bragging wall for all your adventures, gear and mishaps.  Once a member of this great social network you have the ability to house all your hunting and fishing photos, create groups with just your friends, create discussions to get others feedback all while in an open community to allow you to connect with anyone in the entire community.

Just think of the possibilities!  Want to go hunting in South Africa?  We have a member that has grown up there her whole life and loves to hunt and fish.  She has been a great resource to ask questions on the subject of sustainable hunting in a region where poaching is a norm.  She is also a woman who provides a different perspective to the hunting world just like another member of ours Candace.  Her work on informing more woman about the exciting world has been impressive.  She hopes to become a great advocate for woman and hunting and has also been a great resource for our community on Shotem and Caughtem.  

In just eight months we can not be more pleased with how things have progressed.  We are adding more and more new people everyday.  We feel blessed that many of our members have become such great friends as well as assets.  We hope you bring more people into the scope so that we may increase the great community we are working so hard to create.  

Come help us create a great community you too would like to call your hunting and fishing home.  Leave us your ideas in the comment section below and let us know how we can help you increase your experience on our site.  Hope you have a great Shotem and Caughtem Weekend!

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:38

Fall Turkey Season is Here

With large game hunting seasons here or beginning to go into full swing we wanted to also talk a little about Fall Turkey Season.  We at Shotem and Caughtem feel it is a perfect time to add that delicious wild bird to your thanksgiving table.  For those big game rifle hunters it offers a perfect time before the season begins.  It also allows, pheasant and quail hunters and goose/duck hunters, a perfect subject to sharpen their stalking skills.

Hunting techniques are different during the fall season. In the spring, turkeys are well into their nesting season and only toms (birds with a visible beard) are legal to harvest. Spring hunters commonly use calls simulating a hen turkey to attract toms into shotgun range. During the fall season, turkeys are gathering into winter flocks and their focus is finding food. Fall hunting is often a matter of finding birds, scouting their feeding areas and setting up an ambush point. Pop-up blinds are very effective for turkey hunting because keen eyesight is the wild turkey’s main line of defense. Movement at the wrong time is the hunter’s biggest enemy.

Calls can be successfully used in the fall, using turkeys’ natural instinct to seek safety in numbers. A hunting technique common in southern states is to break up a flock of turkeys, sometimes using a dog to scatter the birds, then hiding quietly as the birds begin to re-group. Birds will make a “kee-run” call to locate flock members, and the hunter can use this call to an advantage. Again, good camouflage and well-timed movements are keys to success.

As always leave your comments on the subject below and post your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.

 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 21:31

Hot RedFish Fishing

We at Shotem and Caughtem have learned that a great coastal fishing target right now is the Redfish.  They make a delicious meal and from the reports it is a great time to go out and catch the tasty devils.

When catching bait for the day, the predawn hour is best for getting a mixture of greenbacks and pinfish. The small fry bait that was everywhere a month ago has increased in size. A quarter-inch mesh cast net will fill the live well without having the "Christmas tree" look. By chumming in water around 8 feet deep, larger sardines will also be mixed in. Another option is purchasing the few select-sized shrimp that bait shops have available.

The redfish bite has been very productive just before the full and new moons that have the higher tides. Larger fish in the 30-inch-plus range are showing up in the shallow grass flats to feed before the late-September spawn. These breeder-size fish will hold along the islands of the Intracoastal Waterway with deep water access. Large potholes and ditches will hold a surplus diet of pinfish and small stone crabs that these game fish gorge on. Anglers using a big shrimp or tail-hooked bait under a cork will attract the attention of cruising fish. Copper and gold spoons are great for covering a wide area searching for fish.

Let us know your tricks in the comment section below and as always post your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.

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