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We at Shotem and Caughtem realize that this kind of news only makes the want for the year to pass by faster but the state of Arkansas has approved the hunting seasons for deer, elk and bear.  We thought we would pass along the information to raise your spirits that the season is coming.  We hope until then you post your bragging photos to the Shotem wall or your game photos to the Caughtem wall and tell us your story.  

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has scheduled the dates for this fall's deer hunting season.

The commission approved the dates at its monthly meeting Thursday. Modern gun deer season will open Nov. 9, and the end date varies by hunting zone.

Archery season opens Sept. 28 and will run through Feb. 28, 2014, for all zones in the state.

Muzzleloader season will open Oct. 19.

The commission also approved some changes to bear hunting regulations for Zone 2, which covers parts of western and central Arkansas. The commission moved the archery hunting opening date to Oct. 1 and reinstated a 150-bear quota for the zone.

Elk hunting season will take place in two segments: Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

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We at Shotem and Caughtem typically do a seed mix from a local seed market to create the perfect wildlife food plot.  However, since we launched this site to inform people of products related to hunting and fishing we decided we would break from our normal routine and try some pre made products.  This year we traveled to Gander Mountain to see what our local store might have in stock and our options.  We were surprised that many of the products carried in stock were mainly for big bucks.  Though we love deer season, the amount of work it takes to install a food plot makes us want to attract more than just deer.  We like to make sure we have the opportunity to hunt all types of wild life and support our full ecosystem.  With this in mind we were disappointed that there was not a one solution option.  The company that provided the most options in stock that we decided to create our wildlife buffet was from Evolved Harvest.  We selected the four options above which we felt provided the most variety for the wildlife we intended to support but as you can see focused a lot on deer.  Again we only wanted to go off of what one can get on short notice since we like many farmers like to time planting to a good rain forecast like we had for this week.

We decided that these four products offered our best options with these criteria in mind.  A food plot that would keep a steady stream of wild life happy.  The soy beans, forage rape, turnip, clover would keep the deer more than happy.  The oats, sunflower, grain sorghum, and chicory for all things bird.  Granted we would have liked to have an option that would better cover the multitude of animals we love to see year round but this is what our options were in stock.  Cost was 90 dollars after tax.  

We wanted to give the product a less than ideal test bed to work from to really get a good test.  Since many food plots are created in less than ideal situations we wanted to do the same.  We choose a place that had never been used for this type of test.  It is a pasture that has raised cattle since it was stead ed in the late 1800's.  It had been grassland its whole life.  It did have some positives on its location as seen in the photos below.  It is right along a well traveled wildlife trail along a wooded creek in a small valley.  We did not test the soil.  But we wanted a good test of how good the product can preform in an untested rural area.  Places we like to hunt and enjoy the great outdoors.    

We first brush hogged the grass as low as possible.  Then because it was undisturbed ground we disc-ed the area several times to break the soil just enough for planting.  The more roughed up photo shows the soil conditions after we planted.  We broad casted the seed in separate strips so that over the next couple of seasons the crop would have room to grow.  In all the bags planted about half of the 3 acre patch we prepped.  It took us most of the weekend to get the ground to a point we were comfortable would be a good test of the products capabilities.  

We will keep you posted on growth and conditions as the season begins so that you to can make an educate decision on the products you choose and a true test of effectiveness.  Let us know the products you have used in the past and how they worked in the comment section below.  Or post your food plot photos to the gear section and let us know what you used and why.  

We at Shotem and Caughtem are torn between the new Kansas Law regarding the legalization of using crossbows and all centerfire rifles for hunting Turkey and Deer and wanted to start a discussion on the issue.  Here are the specifics on the new laws that take effect during the 2013 hunting season.  We would like to get your input in the comment section below on the subject if your state shares these new laws or not and why you like or dislike them.

 

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We at Shotem and Caughtem learned about a monster buck that was taken out by a disease called EHD.  The deer had shown up on the property owners trail cams for years and was discovered dead next to the river that runs through the property.  We thought we would not only pass along the information about the large rack but also the causes and symptoms of EHD.  The information related to this disease might be the cause of why you might never see that deer that came across your trail cam come deer season.

 

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We at Shotem and Caughtem are starting to get things prepped for food plot planting season.  Any experienced hunter knows that a successful food plot can not only help lure game to their property but also provide conservation measures to ensure wildlife populations.  There are many products available that will help to create and manage your food plot, but we have also found some alternative seed sources and practices that might aid in creating a successful habitat source for wildlife on your property.  

First rule of a successful food plot, location, location, location.  All wildlife need the three basics.  Water, food and shelter.  They also like to have all these close to one another in order to avoid predators.  If a person plants a food plot away from any of these three factors it will more than likely not gain you anything when it comes to wildlife.  Therefore pick or clear a spot where your wildlife can take advantage of all three neccessities without having to subject themselves to stress from predators.  A quarter to half an acre food plot per 25 acres seems to be the going rule from what we have learned.  It should be located next to a shelter belt with good cover and close to a water source.

Friday, 01 March 2013 14:23

Helicopter Rescues Deer from Frozen Lake

We at Shotem and Caughtem just learned of an amazing rescue of a stranded deer by a quick thinking helicopter pilot and wanted to share.  The Nova Scotia Resources helicopter pilot due to the thin ice on the lake used the down draft of the helicopter blades to push the deer to safety.  Watch the video below as it is pretty amazing.
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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.

 

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