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Thursday, 19 September 2013 22:34

Don't Move

With Bow Season here and many rifle hunters itching to get into the field we at Shotem and Caughtem felt it was a good time to extend our valuable lesson we learned last year.  When you first connect with an animal and watch that animal buck showing that you have made a good hit one of the most important things a hunter can do is stay put.  It is one of the hardest things a hunter has to do to make sure you do not spook the animal further.  Tracking the animal visually after that first strike without leaving your shooting position can be the difference between a trophy mounted on your wall and a disappointing story.  

Last year we had a monster in our sights.  About a 12 point buck stood at a perfect shooting range, perfectly situated.  We lined up our shot while it was calmly on the move and boom.  One big kick and the animal made a swift run followed by hunkering down behind a tree.  After waiting for about 30 min we left our position and began to approach where we saw the animal down.  About 50 yards from the animal as we day dreamed of the nice mount he would make we watched as the animal jumped up and took off.  Watching those beautiful horns run into the distance was gut wrenching.  

It was then that we realized we had made the fatal mistake of pursuing the animal and engaged his fight or flight response that took the animal far, far away.  After tracking for what seem to be days we lost a blood trail and pursued the animal to a property we did not have permission to chase.  

We returned from our hunt and immediately started to research what we had done wrong.  We found that leaving our position was our fatal mistake.  If you are not sure that you made a perfect kill shot, the best thing one can do is stay put and hang out.  Most use a three hour wait period as a guide before pursuing an animal.   It allows the time to either die due to bleeding from the wound or allow the fight or flight response to diminish making it possible to recover the animal.

Let us know your thoughts on that initial response in the comment section below and post your photos of your trophies to the Shotem gallery and tell us your story.  Good Luck on holding your excitement this season!

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Monday, 28 January 2013 22:57

Great Hunting Dog Article

We at ShotemandCaughtem feel to be a great hunter or fisherman that you must have a love for animals.  Not only must you respect mother nature and what she provides, but you must appreciate what she gives you in return.  We remember the first time we watched a well trained hunting dog in the field.  If you have never had the chance, even if not a hunter, it is a sight everyone should take the time to see.  Never have we seen such devotion and love as what comes from a well trained animal.  Even if they are not hunters by trade, even your home companion can make you appreciate what fine animals roam this earth.  When reading an article we could not help but reflect on not only our own animals, but what we have had the fortune to see when out in the field.  This article is a great read and we felt we should pass it along.  Should you also have an animal that needs a little glory we hope that you will post a photo of your animals to the gear section and start a discussion as well.  Enjoy! http://www.kansas.com/2013/01/26/2651620/age-changes-a-dogs-approach-to.html


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