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Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:54

Beer Battered Goose or Duck Nuggets

With Goose and Duck season ending in many states we thought we might post a good recipe to help devour your fresh waterfowl.  We at Shotem and Caughtem believe that nothing goes better with our freshly killed game than something with beer or that's been battered and fried.  We also like something simple.  We think this recipe has it all.  Let us know if you feel the same by trying the recipe and commenting below.

Beer Battered Goose or Duck Nuggets: 

Ingredients:

Goose or Duck Cubed that has been soaked in salt water or ginger ale for 24hrs

Beer or Soda of your choosing (we prefer a heavier beer)

Flour

Bisquick

Preparing:

Cut the Goose/Duck into 1-2in square cubes and then coat the bird in flour and place in the fridge for 10 min.

While the flour soaked bird is in the fridge grab the Bisquick are prepare it as if you are making pancakes and substitute waster or milk for the beer or soda

Once prepped pull the bird cubes out of the fridge, dip each cube into the batter and fry in oil (we prefer peanut oil) at 375 degrees for 2-5min dependant on size

Eat.  We prefer to have our appetizers with a little sauce and mix A-1 with a little hot sauce for kick.

Let us know your favorite Waterfowl recipe in the comment section below or add a great recipe to our Gear Section.  We hope you enjoy.

 

 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:19

Salmon Fishing in Yakutat, Alaska

With Valentine's Day being tomorrow (a reminder to those who have not yet got anything for their loved ones) we at Shotem And Caughtem thought we might take the time to remember a trip I took with my father for his 60th birthday.  Though not a Valentines Day gift, it will hopefully remind you that the best times in the great outdoors are spent with the ones we love.  I contacted my uncle who had traveled to Alaska to Salmon fish for many years to see if he could make room for me and my dad on the next trip.  We would spend four whole days on the open ocean trolling for fish, laughing, talking and having a great time.  Though the Salmon run was not what it had been in years past, the weather, conversation and the view could'nt have been better.  We would set out every morning from the lodge situated in a bay just around the corner from Mt. Elias (seen on the left of the mountian line in the photo above) in a 17ft flat bottom boat with a 25hp engine.  I would have to say I was a bit uneasy traveling into open ocean in such a vessel, but while in the bay we were protected from the larger swells (though the cruise ship and humpback whale got a little to close for comfort).  Only on perfectly calm days were we allowed to venture out to the outer rim to fish.  With a heavy duty pole, an open face reel, a line rigged with two single hooks set about a foot apart and baited with sardines, we would troll the ocean back and forth at idle speed and wait for the Salmon.  Once hooked we can tell you that Salmon are not the easiest fish to get into the boat.  A fish that is built to travel against a heavy flowing stream for miles up river makes for one heck of a fight once on the line.  There were three types of Salmon we could catch in the bay (http://alaska.fws.gov/cybersalmon/salmon%20ID%20chart.pdf).  Coho and King Salmon were what we were after.  With a weight around 20-40 pounds of pure muscle, known for their endurance and strength, we would say that it was both a blessing and a curse to have one on the line.  The King Salmon in the photo took about an hour to get into the boat.  It would get close to the boat, see me and then make another 100 yard sprint away from the boat.  Making sure I had enough tension on the line, but not so much that they would break it, began to be the hardest challenge to keeping our prize.  More fish than we would like to admit got close to the boat, breached the surface, spit out the hook and gave us the fin before being taking off into the open ocean.  The Sea Bass in the photo (along with 7 others) were cooked that night for the group and helped renew our spirits from those that were lost.  The remote area of Yakutat, Alaska (http://www.ptialaska.net/~gycc/) made for a great spot to fish.  The four days on the water during prime season were just those from our group and a couple of local Indian fisherman which meant we were not in one of those spots where you are fighting with other large groups for prime fishing territory.  We as a group all made it home with our limit of Salmon.  It was a trip that neither my father nor I have ever forgotten.  We have plans to go back soon and would recommend this spot as a great place to go for Salmon fishing season.  As always post your photos of your favorite trips and tell us your memories in the Caughtem Gallery.

 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 22:15

Elk Hunting Public Lands in Chama, NM

We at ShotemandCaughtem this last Elk season got the opportunity to go on an Elk hunt in Chama, New Mexico.  It is one of the prime hunting grounds for public access hunting of Elk any where in Colorado.  Only a limited number of permits are given out each year and we were lucky to tag along with a couple of folks that have hunted this area for over a decade.  6 guys, 2 Kawasaki mules, 3 horses and enough equipment to allow us to be stuck on the mountain for more than a week (even though permits only last 4 days) made the long and difficult track up the mountain to base camp.  Our 2 Kawasaki mules barely fit through the vehicle gate loaded to the hilt with supplies.  Even hunters were impressed that we were able to squeeze through.  The trail up to our base camp was difficult.  Though we started out in nice weather, as we moved higher in elevation we went through rain, then snow, then rain, and then snow.  The trails for the off road vehicles is not for the inexperienced.  Steep inclines and declines mixed with rock trails and river crossings make for an interesting and difficult journey.  However, once we reached base camp and were able to get things set up we could not ask for a more breathe taking view.  The trip to our base camp from the public parking point took approximately 4 hours by UTV and 2.5 hours by horseback (the horses get a straighter path).  We had three in our group who had Elk tags to fill and 3 of us to hang around camp, fish the ponds for trout and run around with our .22 rifles and shoot small game for dinners.  Once camp was set, the three with tags ventured to the top of the ridge in the photo to camp for the night and hunt opening morning.  Though we came with some comforts of home (tent, sleeping bags, rifles, axes, lights, snacks, etc), our primary source of warmth and water would come from the woods around camp and boiling water from a stream which flowed from Chama Lake close to camp.  It is a true test to any hunter to be this far off the grid but in this country it was worth the trip.  Though we only came home with one bull, we were able to run into a flock of Grouse during our adventures and have a wonderful fresh dinner one night.  I had never had Grouse before and I highly recommend it.  Our trout fishing was not as fruitful but the hike, scenery and weather minus the first day was awesome.  If you have never traveled to the area it makes for an absolute awesome camping experience when the weather is right and we plan on heading out this summer when the weather might be more forgiving to see more of the area.  Let us know about your experiences in Chama if you have ever been and as always post your photos to Shotem and Caughtem and share your story.

 

 

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.

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.   

Monday, 21 January 2013 23:28

Tracking Point Precision Guided Firearm

Though we at ShotemandCaughtem might consider this technical advancement in hunting to be cheating, when we saw this rifle at the 2013 Shot Show we felt it was worth noting.  Though this system would be out of many hunters price range, it's still cool.  At a starting price around 27,000 dollars the .338 caliber Lapua Magnum Tacking point rifle system is quite the technological beast.  The weapon system will allow you to lace the target, track it's movement, and will provide you with a perfect kill shot from which you can line up your scope.  The system will also record the entire event as well as capture stills so that you can then post them to any social application.  The rifle is rated to help you make the perfect shot from 1200 yards away.  The software in the weapon system will actually do all the calculations for you on the fly so that the only thing you have to concentrate on is getting rid of your buck fever, controlling your breathing and not pulling your shot once you have locked in on your target.  That way when you try to blame the gun for missing the shot your buddies can remind you through photographic and video evidence that it was just the shooter.  The one thing we at ShotemandCaughtem could imagine doing with this rifle is using it to call out all those who said they have made 1000 yard shots but unfortunately there was no one there to verify the shot or that it was actually that far out.  Though we got to see the rifle in action on the video screen setup that was in the booth, we would love to get comments from those that have had the opportunity to shoot this rifle system in the field.  If you would like to learn more you can information from the companies website at www.tracking-point.com
Friday, 11 January 2013 22:21

Stack-On Tactical Gun Safe

With security being a top priority for the responsible gun owner, Stack-On Products is releasing a new set of safes at this year's Shot Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2013 and we at ShotemandCaughtem.com got to see them first.  We got to see two of the products in the Tactical Security product line which included a 16 gun steel cabinet and a beefed up 20 gun fireproof safe (photos).  Both the safe and the cabinet include flat black tread plate and silver accent panels riveted to the front of the doors for a cool body armor look.

The 16 gun steel cabinet has a modified interior with three bays.  The center bay is set up for two tactical rifles.  It will also hold either 5 shelves with foam padding or up to 14 long guns on the left and right bays of the interior.  The tactical center bay also comes with a foam pad to help keep top heavy tactical rifles from moving around.  The barrel rests for the tactical rifles are extended and you can adjust to the height location of the rest to meet the dimensions of your tactical guns.  More importantly, for security the box welded steel cabinet has both a two position rod and paddle door locking mechanism with key access to make the cabinet secure. The cabinet comes with the appropriate screws and anchors to help bolt the cabinet to a wall or to the floor in order to secure the cabinet.

The 20 gun fireproof safe also has three bays.  The center bay will hold up to four tactical rifles and has enough room to position a shelf either below or above your rifles adding additional storage for ammo cans in the center bay.  The right and left bays can hold shelving or up to 16 rifles or shotguns.  As with most of Stack-On’s new product line, this safe comes with a nice door storage addition.  The door allows you to store handguns, magazines, and pouches for other items to help improve storing your gear. As is the case with the 16 gun model, the four tactical barrel rests have been extended and can be repositioned to the appropriate height for your rifle, limiting the need to modify your stock.  The foam pad for the base for tactical rifles also comes in the 20 gun safe and helps prevent the rifles from shifting.  

Stack-On as with most of its fireproof line, has lined the interior of the safe with a soft carpet material to aid in keeping your prized possessions from being banged around on the shelves or against the walls and partitions.  

The coolest addition to this safe is the back lit electronic key pad making the numbers easier to see in the dark.  As for security, the 20 gun safe is fireproof, has an electronic programmable key pad with 3 fixed bolts and 7 extra large locking bolts totaling 10 locking points.  The safe also comes with bolts and anchors to fix the safe to the floor providing added security. 

To learn more about these Tactical Security products or find another safe to your liking visit www.stack-on.com.

 
Friday, 21 December 2012 19:00

Pole Tap Smartrod

Tackobox Poletap Smartrod released on Dec 21, 2012 and we at ShotemandCaughtem.com got to be one of the first to get the new rod in our hands.  An new innovative tool for those of us that have watched many a bell take a trip to Davy Jones Locker from the tip of our pole.  The creative new design is actually integrated into the pole itself.  It not only gives off a nice sounding beep but lights up so while you are drinking an ice cold beer by the campfire you can watch from a far and not only hear, but see if you have a bite at the end of your line.  With three different sensitivity settings you can make sure that even as those pesky catfish are slowly taking the bait off your line you can set the pole to a high sensitivity setting and still see/hear that something might be there.  The best part of the integrated design is that when you run over to your pole to set the hook you don't have to worry about losing your alert method off the end of your pole.  They have integrated this tricky little design into a well built medium to heavy duty rod so that anyone who enjoys sitting back in a chair fishing at the bottom of the deep blue doesn't have to constantly watch the tip of the rod to see if there is a bite.  The rod we got to test came with a nice sized open face reel from tackobox fitted with a medium duty line that was burgundy color making for a nice eye appealing and versatile rig.  If you would like to learn more about the new fishing rod or find out where you can purchase one visit www.poletap.com.

 

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