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Facebook Denies Gun Safe Advertising

We at Shotem and Caughtem hope that our members once again rally to show the hunting and fishing community now has a place to go to share our hunting and fishing adventures.  Facebook for at least the fifth time has once again snubbed it's nose towards those who support their existence.  It forgets that without it's users they stand to loose a large part of their market base.  We hope that this helps us grow so that we can change the face of social networking.

Read more: http://www.politichicks.tv/2014/11/facebook-taking-anti-gun-position/

A community that gives back

Social networking has been given its growth by those who choose to use and upload to the sites.  For many they have been able to use this source as a good way to reach prospective clients and customers.  For others their growth is attached to people who just like to share their adventures with no return to them as users.  We hope to change that.  We want to link and share with the hunting and fishing community that supports us.  We only require one thing and that is you and all your friends creating activity on our site.  A social networking site is only strong as its users.  We hope to continue to reward our users for their activity.

First Shotem and Caughtem Contest Winner

Just in time for our first contest giveaway.  If you were a member of Shotem and Caughtem last month you received a newsletter discussing our first contest.  We wanted to show you what we hope to create.  We gave our members a month to help us get more users to Shotem and Caughtem.  The member who did more posting, friending and activity on the site would win a prize pack from our sponsors.  Here is an excerpt:

Lastly, we have hit some huge milestones this year and we could not have done it without all of you.  To celebrate and thank all of you for being apart of the site we are issuing a challenge with great prizes for your efforts.  We have as of today recorded your points total.  Ever wondered what the points total was for in your profile?  All your interactions on the site give you points.  Whether becoming friends with members, posting photos or videos or participating in discussions, you get points.  The one with the most points by November 15th will receive an awesome prize pack for your Shotem and Caughtem Spirit.  A full set of Shotem and Caughtem gear, Weston Jerky and Sausage seasoning, Anglers Choice baits, and a Stack-On PC-650-B safe to store your belongings while on your adventures (over a $200 value).  So tell your friends and increase your interactions on the site and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

We would like to announce that www.shotemandcaughtem.com/camocandace_52  was the winner of our contest.  She will receive her prize pack soon and we can't thank all of you enough for your support.  

Published in News/Events
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 22:55

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Published in Individual Pages
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!

Published in News/Events
Thursday, 03 October 2013 21:58

Woman in Hunting, Why Now

We as Hunters and Fisherman/woman love our sports because everyone has a different story as to why they love the sports and the great outdoors.  Many of the up and coming hunters have had a bit of change in gender.  What once was a sport mainly dominated by men, more and more females have started to realize the passion and found the addiction to hunting.  As they proudly began to join the ranks we at Shotem and Caughtem found it fitting to ask one of our members who has been a huge influence on bringing more woman to the sport her opinion.  Lucky for us she was more than excited to help us out and give a different view.  Should you like to discuss more on the subject we have created a discussion to ask questions and find out more from the female perspective (http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/groups-main/viewdiscussion/12-woman-the-hunting-and-fishing-experience?groupid=2).  Other wise you could just friend Candace and ask her direct through her profile link at   http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/camocandace_52

For as much progress as woman have made in the hunting industry there are still some skeptics out there who are either uneducated on why women belong in there or are just afraid of change. The old saying of women belonging in the kitchen or at home raising children is long overdue for modification. Sure a woman should probably know how to cook, but why can’t it be to cook wild game that she harvested on her own? Sure a woman should be spending time raising her children, but why can’t it be outside, in the field, with the man, together, teaching morals and values and exploring the outdoors? Who said ‘raising children’ had to be indoors?


I bring this up to reiterate my passion of introducing women to the outdoors because it is a necessity in today’s world. Women have an entirely different perspective on any topic and can bring their opinion to any situation; so why not the outdoors too? It breaks my heart when I tell other women that I hunt and love the outdoors and they think it’s barbaric or dirty or not ladylike. There are so many extremes of being outdoors that any female, no matter how ‘girly’ she might be, can enjoy something. From bird watching and mountain climbing to harvesting a big game animal, cleaning it, packing it out, and cooking it; there is something for every woman out there.

So why women and why now? I personally do not have children, but I know how I was raised and I see some of the behaviors of children that are unacceptable and growing into the majority. Not only do women need to feel empowered by the outdoors, but mothers have a massive influence on their children; some would say more than fathers at times. Their actions are imprinted on a child at such an early age when kids just want to be like their parents. Introducing children to the outdoors, especially from a mother or woman’s perspective is pure, wholesome, and necessary. Now is the time to start the movement of getting more children outdoors before it’s too late; before children only know of nature through a game on their smart phone, or that their food always comes from the nearest grocery store. 

Women are changing the outdoor industry’s perspective and although slow at times, are adapting their products and services to a woman’s needs. Clothing, hunting weapons, safety harnesses, colors, unique products, and even entire hunting outfitters and expeditions are being affected dramatically by the drive of the woman; in a positive way too! Now is the time to create a surge, a movement, and a following to keep the momentum alive. Women in the outdoors will not only influence other women, but will greatly impact the younger generations to come.

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.   

 

Published in User Spotlight

We at Shotem and Caughtem get more than frustrated when certian factions of the population help promote poor practices when it comes to hunting and fishing.  Bad apples always seem to make matters worse.  Though we think the promoting of articles such as this are a double edged sword since they promote the fact that sometimes illegal activities in the two sports occur, we hope that people take it as a lesson that practices such as this should be punishable to the full extent of the law.  Sure mistakes in the field are bound to happen.  We are only human.  But blatent cases such as this are flat inexcusable.

A federal judge on Tuesday set a resentencing date in the case of two Texas brothers who ran a hunting camp in Kansas where hunters paid thousands of dollars to illegally shoot deer.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot scheduled James and Marlin Butler’s sentencing for Aug. 28 in the wake of an appeals court ruling overturning their prison terms.

Belot told attorneys in a letter that he would hear testimony at the resentencing about the fair market price of wild deer parts such as antlers and mounts.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in its decision last year, said the district court made a mistake in 2011 in calculating sentences on the full price of a guided hunt, rather than the actual value of the animals.

The Butlers, of Martinsville, Texas, ran Camp Lone Star near Coldwater, Kan. James Butler owned the camp and was initially sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and $25,000 in restitution to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Marlin Butler, who worked as a guide, was initially sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $10,000 in restitution.

In September, the appeals court threw out the prison terms and sent the case back to the district court in Kansas for resentencing.

The federal investigation into Camp Lone Star is believed to be one of the largest criminal prosecutions involving the illegal taking of deer. The Butler brothers were convicted under the Lacey Act, a federal law that prohibits interstate transport of any wildlife taken in violation of state regulations. Search warrants were executed in Louisiana, Kansas and Texas.

At least 25 hunters were eventually sentenced on lesser charges connected to activities at the hunting camp.

The brothers pleaded guilty in 2011 to felony charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act and violation of the Lacey Act. James Butler also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

The appeals court took issue with U.S. District Court Judge Wesley Brown’s valuation of the animals involved. Brown valued them at $120,000, a figure that resulted in an eight-level enhancement to the guideline range sentence. The appeals court said the district court must ascertain the actual retail market value of the deer in calculating a new sentence. However, James Butler still will be required to pay $25,000 to Kansas, the appeals court said.

Prosecutors said the Butler brothers charged out-of-state hunters $3,500 per hunt with archery equipment and $5,000 per hunt with a firearm for guided hunts at Camp Lone Star and some 50,000 nearby acres leased for hunting activities in Kansas.

The government alleged that during the guided hunts, the Butlers and others encouraged hunters to take deer illegally by hunting without a valid license. The brothers also are accused of letting hunters illegally spotlight deer during night hunts and use illegal equipment, such as firearms during archery season.

Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below.  As always post your trophy photos to the gallery sections and tell us your story.

Published in News/Events