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Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:28

Rainy Midwest brings Duck Hunting Tips

Rainy days here in the Midwest have made the team at Shotem and Caughtem a little worried.  The fishing has been difficult with the amount of rain we have been experiencing after three years of drought and with dove season right around the corner we are just crossing our fingers that the weather doesn't cool and push birds south too early.  However, like any loyal hunter and fisherman/woman knows when one door closes another opens.  What it does mean is between the cooler temperatures and the influx of rain it is shaping up to be one heck of a duck hunting season.  So it is a perfect time to start prepping your favorite pond, field or potentially flooded stream and here are some tips.

A hunter knows that when it comes to migratory birds the only thing on their mind is food, shelter and heading to a better climate.  In order to create a pleasing area for waterfowl to stop and take a siesta they just need the basics like any other animal.  With cooler temperatures right around the corner and the increased moisture one of the best ways to secure a nice duck pond is to plant some food.  If your once dry earth is now a beautiful pond or flooded stream, the recent drought might have left the food supply a bit lacking.  Waterfowl like the high fat content giving foods such as millet, buckwheat and corn.  Add in some cat tails and water grasses for cover and the only thing left is making sure you have the proper blind.    

It also might be a great time to approach farmers who have has fields ruined by the flooding.  Corn crops that have been pushed to the ground and rendered unusable by farmers could be purchased by hunters and re transplanted next to your potential honey hole for fake cover and maybe a little nutrients.  If you are getting a late start there are an abundance of ways to create a visually stunning duck atmosphere capable of bringing them close enough for a shot.  Just like well positioned duck decoys the appropriate positioned nutrient sources and cover could be the perfect combination.  Pampas grasses, millet grasses and other plants from a variety of local stores mixed with a little of the ponds environment might make the perfect flooded area into an enticing resting spot.

Let us know your duck hunting prepping tips in the comment section below and keep posting your photos to the galleries as we start the changing of the seasons.  

Published in News/Events
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: 


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)




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.