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Friday, 24 January 2014 22:49

Cold Temps and Late Season Goose Hunting

We at Shotem and Caughtem would be remiss to not think that we may have the perfect weekend for hunting in store.  Recent cold temperatures in the midwest have made the goose populations rise.  Typically goose hunting is a cold weather sport.  However, this weekend much of the midwest will see a slight uptick in weather temperatures which may make for an unusually nice goose hunting experience.  

Goose offers that last quick hunt prior to a bit of a cold spell for hunting till the arrival of spring turkey season.  Goose hunting can also be the perfect practice session should you love turkey hunting.  Many of the same experiences hold true for both animals.  They require you to be still.  Practice your calling techniques.  Lay out decoys.  And lastly, let them get in close because many of them wear kevlar.  

We are lucky since we in the midwest have had decent moisture levels and the winter wheat fields started a decent growth prior to the deep freeze we have seen.  Also the fact that the wheat around our area at least has gone dormant means farmers are usually more apt to allowing small groups in their fields to help eliminate their goose problems should they have found their fields attractive.  It gives many hunters a perfect opportunity to meet new landowners by extending a helping hand.  "Sir or Mam, I was noticing that your wheat field contains a large goose population.  Would it be possible for me and a friend to help relieve you of some of your problems?"  Many farmers hate to see crop lose to geese since much of the plant is eaten by the animal and will not grow back once temperatures rise.  Also, geese will establish a pattern by hitting the same fields over and over sometimes completely wiping out a farmers crop.  

Let us know your goose hunting secrets or tricks in the comment section below.  As always share your adventures to the galleries and tell us your story.  

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 21:19

Goose Calling Techniques and Tips

We at Shotem and Caughtem believe that good goose calling techniques can make the difference between a successful hunt and watching the birds fly past.  As such we felt like we would offer you some tricks and techniques before the hunting season starts.  

Scouting locations is a great way to find out if birds are hitting your favorite hunting spot.  If so know that these same birds will return to the same spots every third or fourth day.  Once you have spotted the geese in range one should start calling.  On trick is to wave a black flag to look like geese in landing mode.  Once the geese are seen to turn in your direction begin to slow your calls and frequency of flag movement.  Once they are close in range begin to smooth your calls then once they look as if they are going to circle to land call vigorously in a feeding frenzy.  Bring them in close to your decoys prior to springing your trap.

Let us know your goose calling tricks in the comment section below and post your group photos to the galleries and tell us your techniques.

 

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: 

Ingredients:

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)

Flour

Bisquick

Preparing:

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.