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Monday, 16 September 2013 21:11

Pallet Deer Blind

We at Shotem and Caughtem last week talked to our members about making your own ground blind on the cheap.  We even offered prizes to those who came and bragged with us by making their own home made deer blind from pallets.

Unfortunately no one took us up on our offer but we decided to make on of our own since we were going to be out prepping our feeder for our upcoming rifle season.  Here are the fruits of our labor.  It took us approximately an hour to assemble and 5 dollars in screws.  Other wise the pallets, a left over 2x4 from a friend and a plastic pool that was slightly damaged that we collected awhile back all of which were free, were used to make our blind.  We wanted to create something for as little cost as possible so instead of paint we used trees, plants and other habitat to use as camo woven into the pallet boards.  As a size portion we extended the roof with a seven inch piece of 2x4 so that  we could fit comfortably.  The guy in the photo is 6ft, 210lbs and still had plenty of head room and clearance for backpack, chair, etc.  We also made sure that we left about 6 inches in the back on the bottom pallet so that we could load the blind into the front bucket of our tractor.  The structure had plenty of support so that we were able to move the blind from where we assembled it about a half mile to its final resting place.    

Let us know if you have any questions about our little cheap design in the comment section below or show us your creation in the gear section and tell us your story.  

 

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Thursday, 01 August 2013 21:57

Delicious Stingray, Nope Not a Joke

There is nothing more frustrating to us at Shotem and Caughtem than getting excited about your catch, reeling it in and lifting up something other than your desired catch.  Nothing can be moe true than when it comes to our group of fish that prefers the bottom of the water world.  Some of these fish do a marvelous job of totally faking us out on what it is on the end of the line.  Sure some catches can still have there excitement, however, since the outdoor world lost Steve Irwin, the stingray defintely lost its allure, not that many got very excited before that anyway.  Many do not know that the fish can make an absolutely delightful meal if you know the right way to prepare them.  So lets turn that frown upside down. 

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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:02

How to Filet a Fish Tips and Tricks

With fishing season starting to be in full swing we at Shotem and Caughtem thought we would do a quick line on the steps it takes to appropriately fillet a fish.  As any outdoorsman/woman knows the best food we eat is that which comes straight from the water or field to our plate.  This definitely holds true with fresh line caught fish.  When procured from a good habitat the taste of fresh fish does not have the tastes that store bought net fish have with a slight exception for bottom feeders.  

Bottom feeders such as catfish, halibut, etc. take a little more time and care should you want the best tasting fish.  For these fish we recommend having a tank or horse trough filled with clean water and a an aerator.  This is not always the case and you can usually tell by the color of the fish as to whether it will need this extra step.  If pulled from a clean/clear lake or stream they will have their bright clean colors.  However, when pulled from a muddy or dirty river or stream you will notice that the color of the fish is also muddy or off.  For these fish a trip to the tank can provide you with the clean tasting fish you are craving.  You will notice after the fish couple of hours the color of your tank water will start to change as the fish cycles out the toxins and muddy water from its body.  We usually have to change the water out a couple time to achieve the right color on our fish.

Before starting the steps below we recommend finding the sharpest set of knives you have and not just one.  As with any animal, when it comes to skinning or filleting their tough skin and scales can make quick work on even the sharpest knife.  Make sure you have a knife sharpener.  Also a fish cleaning board or something that will allow you to nail the tail end or the fish to the board will help you make a nicer fillet but is not required.  

 

Here are some steps to follow when filleting your fish:

Step 1 - Put the scaled fish on a chopping board and, using scissors, trim off the fins by the head on each side, and any fins that run along the top and on the underside of the fish.

Step 2 - With the tip of the knife, pierce the stomach of the fish using the small hole by the tail as a guide. Run the knife from the tail to the head, cutting open the stomach. Clean out the contents of the stomach and rinse the fish in cold running water or by dipping it into a bucket of clean water.

Step 3 - Return the fish to the chopping board and make a long cut around the head and just below the gills on both sides: remove the head.

Step 4 - Tail towards you, run the knife down the spine to the tail in a gentle slicing - not sawing - action, working the blade between the spine and the flesh. Repeat until the fillet begins to come away - lift the fillet to see where you're working.

Step 5 - When you get to the rib bones, let the knife follow the shape of the fish and slice over the bones. Once you've removed the fillet, set it aside.

Step 6 - Turn over the fish and repeat with the second fillet, this time starting at the tail and working towards the head. Be careful - the second fillet may be a little trickier to remove.

If you have any tips or tricks you think we missed add them to the comment section below.  Most of all post your photos and tell us about your adventures in the galleries.  

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