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Monday, 21 April 2014 18:08

Easter Weekend Celebrated Turkey Hunting

We at Shotem and Caughtem needed a little time in the great outdoors this weekend after spending some quality time with the family.  Nothing can be more frustrating yet calming than sitting waiting to here that most coveted sound than the spring gobble of the Turkey.  We wanted to let you know what the birds seem to be doing so that you might have a more successful spring hunt.

So far it seems from the Turkey movements, getting the big dominant birds to break from the large crowds of hens they are still running with, positioning in the field will be crucial to success.  We were throwing a ton of different calls and tactics and all we seemed to lure to our separate spots were inexperienced Jakes.  Traffic in our area was very good.  As a matter of fact just driving around it seems like there are more birds in our area than years past.  We are sure that the drought has definitely had its effects but in certain spots the birds seem to be thriving.  Most of what we found in our birds was a combination of corn from the feeders that are on the property and wheat.  The only depressing thing we noticed were with the birds still henned up there were not a lot of vocal birds around.  We can not wait to get back in the field and listen to them taught one another.

Let us know how things are doing in your area in the comment section below.  We hope that you will help others to have a successful visit in the field when they take their first adventure into the outdoors for Turkey season.  

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 19:44

Midwest Turkey Hunting Last Weekend

We at Shotem and Caughtem took advantage of the nicer weather last weekend, except for the wind, to venture out and go on our first Turkey hunt of the season.  Though we did not come home with a turkey we did make some observations that might delay many hunters from going out in to the field here in the Midwest.  This is what we observed and our thoughts on how the weather has effected the season so far.  Let us know how your hunt has gone so far, your observations and what has worked for you in the comment section below.  As always post your adventures to the Shotem gallery and tell us your story.

This weekend we got the opportunity to watch plenty of turkey from a distance, just did not get the chance to bring one home.  We arrived to our hunting spot around 2 in the afternoon in hopes that the warmer afternoon temperatures would split some of the larger toms away from the groups.  We were excited since on our way into our location we had seen a couple of birds at a distance so we knew they were within calling distance.  After about an hour we saw one turkey at about 250 yards pop out from a hedge row and begin foraging in the field we were hunting.  After a couple of calls with no response we figured it was a lone hen.  This made us hopeful that the larger groups might have started to break up which would allow us to call in that big tom.  Unfortunately, a couple of hours later a large group of about 12 hens, a large tom and a jake rounded the corner about 200 yards away.  Though I was able to get a couple of responses from the tom when calling they never separated from their flock.  Not even the smaller Jake.  

We took this as a sign that many of the hens from this flock were still in need of a partner and that the larger males from any of the two larger groups we saw were going to have nothing to do with our calling or our decoys.  The recent weather fluctuations have apparently caused a delay in the breeding season which means unless you have a tom decoy and can provoke a fight, the larger toms are not going to leave their flocks.  We only saw a few birds that were not in the larger groups and have concluded that they might have just been temporarily separated from the flock and not the random toms out looking for more mates.  We are planning to go out again this weekend and will let you know how things have changed.  

Published in News/Events
Monday, 25 February 2013 19:25

Whitetail Buck Deer Movements Research

Recently, we at Shotem and Caughtem were made aware of a great article on deer movements and thought we would share.  The article tracked Whitetail deer movements for a year and then discussed the results.  As you can tell by the photos the article picked an area with trees, pasture, water and tillable ground to show the best places to set up food plots, cameras and hunting stands.  As always please comment below on your experiences with deer movement and post photos to the galleries and start a discussion.

 

Published in News/Events
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.

 

Published in News/Events
Friday, 18 January 2013 17:19

Day 3 at the Shot Show

Day 3 at the Las Vegas Shot Show seemed to be the day of celebrity appearances.  We at ShotemandCaughtem got to meet some of our fellow hunters and fisherman and we were not disappointed.  As seen in the photo we were pleasantly surprised to get to shake the hand of Jacob and Troy Landry (Swamp People).  We gave them some swag and even got them to crack a smile when I told them though it was not Chootem it was Shotem, we thought they would enjoy the website.  Willy Robertson from another one of our favorite shows Duck Commander was at the show as well.  Though our conversation was brief we hope he too will wear our shirt with pride as he and his family seem to love the great outdoors as much as ShotemandCaughtem.  Jim Shockey and his daughter also got some of our swag, we hope they too along with their clients, come to the site to show off some of their adventures from their guided hunts.  And finally we got to shake the hands of the men from The Bone Collector.  Micheal Waddell, Travis Turner and especially Nick Mundt seemed excited to come and visit the site to brag about their trials and tribulations.  Even though we did not get the opportunity to introduce ourselves to Ted Nuggent we hope that he too comes to share his glory.  We are still trying to update ourselves on the great products we saw at the Shot Show so stay tuned for some great product reviews. 

Published in On Location
Thursday, 17 January 2013 04:22

Day 2 2013 Shot Show

Day 2 at the Las Vegas Shot Show was just as amazing as the first.  All we can say is that we did not realize there was some much that went into this industry.  The host of different products has created quite a vast array of things to choose from.  Whether you have a taste for the plain or the exotic it is all present.  We took this photo just to give you a taste of what the show looks like and this is merely a small corner of what is here.  We have grabbed a pile of brochures and literature and once we get a chance to sort through it all we will inform you as to what we took away as highlights from the show.  If you have any pressing questions please don't hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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