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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.



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Like many hunters we at Shotem and Caughtem can already begin to feel our trigger and bow fingers starting to get the itch.  Though the hunting season is quickly approaching some people might be looking for a good distraction.  Lucky for many of us this weekend marks the beginning of the Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic events Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 18.  

Nationally recognized professional hunters, local pros, and outdoorsmen and women will give seminars and talk about their experiences. Some of the seminar topics will include using game scents and calls effectively; tactics for hunting deer, waterfowl or predators; choosing the appropriate optics; tips for game camera placement, and transporting and processing game. Other special events will be Aug. 2-4, Bass Pro Shops Hunting University; Aug. 2-7, bow/crossbow trade-in; Aug.8-13, scope trade-in; Aug. 14-18. binocular and rangefinder trade-in; and Aug. 17-18, Next Generation Weekend of activities for youth. In addition, customers will be able to register Aug. 2-18 for the "Once in a Lifetime Hunting Trip" sweepstakes.

Let us know if you have any cool specific seminars in your area in the comment section below.  Most of all start dusting off your camera gear since hunting season will be here before you know it and the galleries will begin to fill with bragging hunters from around the world.

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 23:43

Pike County Kids and Great Fishing

We at Shotem and Caughtem could not be more excited when we hear these three words.  Kids, outdoors and competition.  So when we read this story we felt it was worth repeating.  We only hope that some of our younger ones will take apart of sharing their bragging rights here on Shotem and Caughtem in the galleries.

Girls took the top prizes in all three age divisions at the 2013 Pike County Kids’ Fishing Day at Clay Hill Farms and they did so with flair and style.

The winner in each age division was determined by the total weight of their stringer of fish.

Autumn Adamson won the five to seven age division with 10 fish weighing 16 pounds. Brianna Adkinson caught nine fish that weighed 12 pounds to take the prize in the age eight and nine division. The age 11-13 division champ was Haley Middlebrooks with 10 fish at 13 pounds.

Pike County Conservation Officer Jerry Jinright congratulated the winners of the fishing competition as well as all of the boys and girls who came out to participate. He also expressed appreciation to the parents and other adults who spent a morning fishing with the children.

“We had a very good turnout for the free Kids’ Fishing Day this year,” Jinright said. “We had 68 kids who caught 170 catfish with a total weight of 223 pounds. The fish were biting and everyone seemed to have a good time.”

Let us know your comments on sharing the great outdoors with your children in the comment section below or share to the bragging walls.

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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:


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