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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 17:22

Happy Holidays From Shotem and Caughtem Staff

We at Shotem and Caughtem felt this was the perfect time to emerge from the dark and wish all of our members and followers a safe and merry holidays.  There is no better time for us hunting and fishing enthusiasts to reflect on the year and the things to come.

First we would like to thank all of you for participating in the first social network dedicated to hunting and fishing.  It has been an amazing first year.  We have thripled our members to the site, facebbok and twitter.  We have met some amazing people and companies and hope that 2014 will be more of the same. 

Secondly, like most outdoor lovers the things we experience and witness in the great outdoors offers us a unique view of the world around us.  Like Phil Robertson our respect for the things that have been created and the experiences in the field create a passion for our beliefs and a realization that life is precious and should be celebrated.  Our rights as Americans gives us opportunities that many only read about and never have the chance to experience. 

Thirdly, we are excited about all the things next year has in store.  We will once again be visiting the Shot Show in Las Vegas.  We have a wonderful review that will be posted soon for our friends at Weston Products and Anglers Choice and finally we have met some other passionate outdoorsman/woman who will help give another perspective of their experiences in the great outdoors.

It is an exciting time for us here at Shotem and Caughtem and we hope you join us in sharing your photos, comments and experiences.  We hope to continue to make www.shotemandcaughtem.com the best hunting and fishing social network.  We once again hope you have a safe and fun holiday vacation and enjoy some time in the great outdoors.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 22:39

Thankful for Mother Nature

We at Shotem and Caughtem hope all our members and followers have a wonderful, safe and stress free holiday weekend.  It is a time to be thankful for all that we have in our lives.  For the hunting and fishing community we would be remiss not to be thankful for Mother Nature and all that has been provided to us.  In that spirit we hope that your table will be dressed with the wonderful bounties provided to us through hard work and dedication that many take for granted.  We leave you this weekend with a poem to remind you to get outdoors and share with others our passion.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, 18 November 2013 22:23

Lead Manufacturing Plant Closing

We at Shotem and Caughtem read some news that will effect us both as hunters and fisherman/woman and felt all should know that some of our costs might rise.  The last remaining lead smelting plant in the United States will be closing its doors.  This could have effects in ammunition used by hunters and much of the equipment used by the fishing industry such as lure parts and sinkers.  

The Doe Run lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri, established in 1892, will close in December due to EPA regulations on air quality.

According to AmmoLand, “The Herculaneum smelter is currently the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore that is mined nearby in Missouri’s extensive lead deposits, giving the smelter its ‘primary’ designation.  The lead bullion produced in Herculaneum is then sold to lead product producers, including ammunition manufactures for use in conventional ammunition components such as projectiles, projectile cores, and primers.  Several ‘secondary’ smelters, where lead is recycled from products such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components, still operate in the United States.”

What this means, though, is that ammunition manufacturers will have to get primary lead bullion from overseas sources such as China.

Let us know how this will effect your hunting and fishing lively hood in the comment section below and keep posting photos of your adventures in the galleries and tell us your story.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 23:12

Cold Weather Fishing Tips

Though we at Shotem and Caughtem definitely have hunting on our minds we would be remiss to not discuss the huge advantages to cold weather fishing.  There are many advantages to the cold weather.  One huge advantage is that cld weather hunting or fishing is not for the faint of heart.  Dedication to the outdoors even in the cooler temperatures can yield some monster fish.  Better yet is that many fair weather fisherman/woman have already hung up their rods and have opted to stay indoors which means less competition.  Here are some tips to get you started on landing your Monster Catch.  


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Friday, 08 November 2013 20:41

We Want You!

We at Shotem and Caughtem are dedicated to creating the first social network for hunting and fishing.  However, a social network is only as good as it's members and their involvement.  We believe we have added all the necessary parts for our members to create an awesome place to share their adventures.  No more nasty comments from friends or family when we post photos from our adventures.  No more sifting through photos and inspiration comments to get to what we want to see and talk about.  We cater to only those who have the passion for our dedication to our animals and what we do in the field.  We have the resources so that you can share your adventures to others and meet new people with or without similar experiences and passions.  Use bragging photos to connect with others to learn more about their experiences.  Notify them when we are out in the field and brag about what they are missing.  It's all here.  

Discussion boards to be able to ask others about their knowledge and experience.  Debate about hot topics.  Learn about new and exciting products.  Notifications that you have answers from others straight from any device.  Though there is not a dedicated App for Shotem and Caughtem we created larger buttons so that it is easier to navigate from small devices.  

We even have a Shotem and Caughtem of the month section where you can win fun and cool prizes for your involvement.  We are dedicated to offering cool and unique items from our sponsors who support us.  If you would like to be apart of the selection process just send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get the first awards selected.  

Most of all we want to hear about what is missing from making Shotem and Caughtem your new home.  Getting your partners from the field to create your own groups to brag too.  Leave us your comments in the section below so we can continue to grow!  Have a great Shotem and Caughtem weekend!

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Monday, 28 October 2013 21:43

Yellowstone's War On Rainbow Trout

We at Shotem and Caughtem would like to get your opinion on Yellowstone's recent war on Rainbow Trout.  Mixed reactions could be made on either side of the issue.  First they were the one's who introduced the fish to their waters and know want a redo.  Others could say that they have seemed to do well and it helps the economic factors of bringing fisherman to the state.  We want to know your thoughts after reading the info below in the comment section.  

Rainbow trout have been swimming the waters of Yellowstone, the U.S.'s first-ever national park, for more than a hundred years since early park administrators introduced them to enhance the fish offerings. For decades, fishermen have reveled in catching the prized game fish.

But Yellowstone officials are now worried that the rainbow is pushing out a native fish, cutthroat trout, named after the distinctive blood-red slashes along its jawline. So to restore cutthroats, the park this year started requiring visitors to kill all other fish they hook in the Lamar and two of its tributaries where the native trout still exist.

The goal, said Mr. Hallac, who oversees Yellowstone conservation programs, is to increase cutthroat fish stocks, benefitting both the park's biodiversity and anglers' fortunes. But the restoration plan is controversial among some fish lovers, who fear it will reduce the overall number of fish—and the tourists they lure.

The trout dispute is part of a broader struggle at Yellowstone as park officials try to fulfill a government mandate to return the park's wilderness to its original state when possible, while also paying respect to the way the attraction is used for recreation today. Park managers have figured out how to successfully bring back wildlife in numerous instances. But managing how the changes affect Yellowstone's surrounding communities has proved more difficult.

The bison population recovered from near extinction—and started knocking down fences when the big animals roamed outside the park. Wolves, which had disappeared from Yellowstone, are now back in healthy numbers—and killing off elk, hunters complain.

The cutthroat restoration program has the potential to alter the fishing industry around Yellowstone, which is nearly as old as the park, created in 1872.



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Tuesday, 22 October 2013 19:28

Hunting and Fishing Survival

With the recent rescue of 5 fisherman in the Bering Sea it has reminded us at Shotem and Caughtem that many of us might take things for granted when heading out to the field or water.  With the weather changing into fall here in the U.S and many of us heading out to hunt or fish we felt it was a good time to remind ourselves about good things to throw in our tackle boxes, backpacks or vehicles for the OS factor.

Many of the worst stories come from those who do not prepare for the worst case situation.  When close to civilization many of us take for granted that help is always close.  Sometimes things happen that can cause things to go south fast.  

Some of the most important things to make sure one has in their possession or close by in any situation are fairly inexpensive and easy to have around.  First like Bear Grylls taught us a good knife is a necessity.  Second is water.  Third would be a lighter and if you want to add a little insurance a medicine bottle with vasoline soaked cotton balls.  Four would be a pack of your favorite protein/carbohydrate filled snack.  These are mere basics but should increase your chance of making it out of most tough situations that might only last a day or two.  We feel they should be close by at all times.  

From these four basics and your length of time to potentially be out for longer periods you can begin to add other essentials.  Coat and Gloves, basic medical pack, proper side arm, bite kits, cordage, plastic tarp etc.

Let us know your basic pack in the comment section below and remember to be safe.  Fall is here and that means the weather and Mother Nature will be changing their tunes.  Most of all be safe and share your stories to the photo galleries!

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:07

Steelhead Fishing the Great Lakes

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been spending a lot of efforts on the Shotem sides of our brains.  We would be remiss to not throw some tips and techniques for another winter favorite that is quickly approaching.  Steelheads will begin to make the move to partake on the buffet of salmon and trout eggs that will be quickly filling the rivers.  

With this in mind creating your own artificial egg ball buffet might be the best way to attract these delicious predators.  Using a typical weight, bobber and hook rig filled with a ball of things that look like eggs can help increase ones haul prior to the fish moving into the rivers.  Allowing this to naturally float in the water will attract a light bite so using a lighter rod could help you notice the initial bite.  

The run is just weeks away so we hope you get prepared and get a little Caughtem on the brain.  Let us know your tricks in the comment section and keep posting your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.  

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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 17:49

A Passion for Hunting and Fishing

So we at Shotem and Caughtem last night needed a break from our normal world and relax a little.  We decided to partake in a little rest and relaxation away from Mother Nature and attend the Eagles concert here in town.  Now bare with us for a minute cause it all relates to the hunting and fishing community.  All I can say is wow.  After over 40 years in the music industrial the band from the Eagles has not lost one step.  Voices, harmonies, and great riffs all made for the perfect evening.  What caught my attention the most was the band, most of which have to be in their early sixties, were having an absolute blast.  

We were immediately reminded of what takes us out into the Great Outdoors, time and time again.  Just this last weekend we found a unique hidden gem.  A cool old barn perched perfectly in an absolutely breathtaking angle with the perfect sunset.  And that is when the two worlds collided.  It is a passion and love for what we do that makes us so excited to see where this website could end up.  Could we become the ultimate place for hunters and fisherman/woman around the world come to share their adventures.  Great or small they all add up to one common thread.  An appreciation and connection to all we have the chance to see and discover in mother nature.  Best of all it never gets old!

For those of us devoted outdoorsman/woman it is so much more than the kill.  We never even saw one animal close enough in range but that sunset was all we needed to take away from that day.  It is what takes us out time and time again.  You never know what you might see and experience or Shotem and Caughtem!  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and keep posting your adventures to the galleries so that we can brag together.


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We at Shotem and Caughtem wanted to celebrate the successes of the website so far and inform others of all the benefits it has to offer those who love the great outdoors.  Shotem and Caughtem is so much more than just a bragging wall for all your adventures, gear and mishaps.  Once a member of this great social network you have the ability to house all your hunting and fishing photos, create groups with just your friends, create discussions to get others feedback all while in an open community to allow you to connect with anyone in the entire community.

Just think of the possibilities!  Want to go hunting in South Africa?  We have a member that has grown up there her whole life and loves to hunt and fish.  She has been a great resource to ask questions on the subject of sustainable hunting in a region where poaching is a norm.  She is also a woman who provides a different perspective to the hunting world just like another member of ours Candace.  Her work on informing more woman about the exciting world has been impressive.  She hopes to become a great advocate for woman and hunting and has also been a great resource for our community on Shotem and Caughtem.  

In just eight months we can not be more pleased with how things have progressed.  We are adding more and more new people everyday.  We feel blessed that many of our members have become such great friends as well as assets.  We hope you bring more people into the scope so that we may increase the great community we are working so hard to create.  

Come help us create a great community you too would like to call your hunting and fishing home.  Leave us your ideas in the comment section below and let us know how we can help you increase your experience on our site.  Hope you have a great Shotem and Caughtem Weekend!

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