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Conservation and Protection of Wildlife is at our Core

We as hunters and anglers know that the only way we will be able to continue to hunt and fish in the future is by protecting the wildlife we have now for future generations.  I have this discussion with those who do not understand our lifestyle all the time.  We are not a bunch of thrill seekers with hi powered rifles and 3d depth finders out trying to slaughter all in our path.  We understand that our time in the field or on the water is precious.  It is something we cherish and want to protect.  We do not want to find ourselves in the same position that Africa is facing with their Elephant population being decimated through poaching.

Idaho looks to public to Rule on Wildlife Protection

(Link to the original article) 

It said on Tuesday it was obliged to reopen the proposal to public comment until April 23 after Canada decided recently to classify the animals, which criss-cross the border, on its territory as endangered, an upgrade from a previous classification of threatened.

The action came a day after a U.S. judge in Idaho found the agency violated federal law in 2012 when it cut the amount of public land designated as critical reindeer habitat to 30,000 acres, from 375,00 acres, without sufficient public notice and input.

A Social Network of Hunters and Anglers could do so Much

 

Just think if Shotem and Caughtem grew to the size of some of the larger less focused social networks.  A place where a state wildlife department could get the opinions of a large mass of hunters or anglers that not only help to support their conservation efforts but that tend to be the largest group effected by such laws.  How cool would that be :)  Well we can't do it without you.  As more and more of you become active the snowball will begin to roll down hill and do nothing but get larger.

 

 

 

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We at Shotem and Caughtem love perusing the internet for interesting hunting and fishing topics.  However, we recently stumbled across a hunting story that we thought was so outrageous considering our economic climate we felt it was worth sharing and getting feedback.

Sterilizing Doe Deer to control Population

No you read that right and if you would like to read more about it here is the link to the story we found about deer sterilization.  Trying not to talk politics we will just look at the financials.  You have hunters who go year after year sometimes with unfilled tags who would gladly put there name in a lottery or even pay a little extra to get some extra time in the field and get the meat they need.  A win win.  Last time I checked there are few states since the recent recession that are operating in the black.  So a good way to maybe bring in some money left on the table would not be spending a half a million dollars to try and curb population through medicine and instead through putting food on the table and money in the states wallet. 

State budgets and Alternative Hunting Ideas

It amazes us sometimes how the anti hunting population can offer a voice that makes absolutely no financial or scientific results and spend that kind of money.  Hopefully some in the state will wise up and maybe increase the number of tags or like in our state offer a bonus doe season early in the year to help draw done population numbers.  More tags, more money for the state and less does.  MAKES SENSE TO US FOR SURE......

We would love to share your feedback and comments through more discussions in the comment section below.

 

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Hunting has changed through the Years

We at Shotem and Caughtem always giggle when we hang out with the older generation of hunters.  "Back when I was a boy...." can both trigger a great eye role or have us come to the edge of our seats.  We have discussed before how things have changed when it comes to properties available to hunt just in our few decades of hunting.  However, we recently came upon an article about how deer populations have changed and it got us to thinking about a subject we have yet to approach.  

Deer Hunting Populations and Conservation

The news story started like this:

There was a time when a deer was a rare sight in much of the state (Mississippi).

“I can remember my grandfather, when I was little, got a phone call. Somebody had seen a deer track at deer camp,” said Chad Dacus, wildlife bureau director at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Every available member of the hunting club was summoned to help find the animal. After much effort it was shot and ceremoniously butchered.

“When he came home, he had a little plastic bag of deer meat. Everybody at the camp got a little bit,” Dacus said. “That was really special.”

Oh How Hunting Has Changed

They speak in the article how populations have grown as well as technology advances that have made hunting less of a chore.  We however beg to differ.  Though deer populations have grown and technology has increased our ability to obtain information on how to land the big one, the core of values and the time outdoors is what is at the heart of the article.  This is what we feel has not been handed down to the next generation.  Too much time spent doing too many other things and not getting back to appreciating what we have been given.  The outdoors can make a wonderful place to explore and spend quality time with friends and family.

Stories from the Hunting and Fishing Community

The basic premise behind what we are trying to accomplish at Shotem and Caughtem is beginning to bring our community together.  Share not only our knowledge and adventures but to create a place to help share the outdoor spirit.  Begin a dialogue with not only the older generations but a fun place to share for the younger generation.  As the other social networks expand and change we feel our network will grow and become more of a mainstay in the outdoor community.  We hope you will come and help us build the best hunting and angling community on the world wide web.  We can't grow and survive without you.

 

 

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Christmas Ideas For Hunters and Fisherman/woman

We at Shotem and Caughtem split our Xmas gift ideas into two separate blogs so that we could hunt for some of the last minute savings available prior to the holidays.  Yes even us at Shotem and Caughtem have been known to procrastinate till the last minute.  So here are some added ideas for the outdoorsman/woman in your life.

Ammunition

In part one of our blog we discussed a angler can never have too many lures.  The same goes for the hunter.  You can never have too much ammo.  Even if you see bulk or boxes of ammo around you will never here a person say "I think I have too much ammo".   No matter the time of season, whether it will be used right away, no one that hunts will hate to get more ammo.  So just take a peak and see what caliber of ammo your hunter has and go grab a couple more boxes   or buy in bulk practice rounds for a great family or partner outing.  Either way you can't go wrong.  For the cheapest per box ammo, Walmart seems to have the best every day prices even though you can find some deals when they become available at Cabelas, Dicks, Academy Sports or Bass Pro.

Great Bulk Ammo Prices

Adding Bells and Whistles to any Firearm

This can seem like a daunting task for anyone who does not directly know the ends and outs of firearms or needs for the hunter.  As such we will help you by adding in some hot questions into your conversations to find the perfect addition.  

If you could add anything to your "favorite" hunting rifle/pistol what would it be?

If you had a better way to carry your gun would you use it?

Are you missing anything to have the perfect hunting pack?

Just some ideas as answers.  There are always scope additions, lights, bipods, extra magazines, holsters, slings or in the field equipment hunters would like to have but have not spent the money to get for themselves.  Some might have a great LED headlamp to get into the field but have not splurged to get a red light which tends to not scare wildlife.  All hunters have a functioning sling or holster for their favorite gun.  They might not have a really nice leather sling or holster due to practical cost.  As one hunter put it so well you can never have too many nice, sharp knives in your pack for skinning, hacking or boning animals.  If you have a bird hunter you can not go wrong with getting them a Kicks Industry choke tube for their favorite Shotgun.  

Locking Up your precious Guns and Valuables

Looking for a great gift for the both of you?  Now a days safes are built for locking up more than just guns.  Stack-On products has a safe to answer any needs.  Whether you are locking up guns, jewelry or other personal belongings Stack-On Products makes a safe to suit not only an individual but a whole family's security needs. 

Survival Gear for the Outdoors

We can not tell you how many people we hunt and fish with do not go out with some kind of a survival pack.  Even just some basics like rubbing alcohol or band aids.  Just hitting your local pharmacy and getting some basic necessities can make a great stocking stuffer and make sure your hunter or angler can fix even simple cuts and scraps.  Want to go a bit further.  They now make a simple trauma kit in a bag for sale at many of the large outdoor retailers.  The human being needs the three basics in the outdoors.  Water, fire and shelter.  Providing some basics to help achieve these three basic needs can be the difference in the field or on the water.  

A Community for those Who Hunt and/or Fish

Yes this last one is free and a shameless plug.  Letting friends and family know about Shotem and Caughtem.  A social network built around those who love the great outdoors.  A place to share with the world their adventures by land or by water.  We hope you have a great holiday and get some quality time in outdoors!

 

Great Gifts for the Hunting and Fishing Community

We at Shotem and Caughtem know that shopping for the hunter or fisherman/woman in your life can seem like a daunting task.  Fortunately, though you might think we have every one of our needs met there are still some things we ight not have that are great things to have in the field so we thought we would list our top ten picks for great gift ideas. 

Great clothing ideas as gifts

We have been hunting and fishing for over a decade and always need or want extra clothing.  Whether it be thermal clothes for the winter, extra colors of camo for different times of the year or just replacing our favorite clothes to wear in the field, anyone who hunts and fishes can always use extra clothes.  If you ever wonder what someone might need listen to what we complain about when we get back from the outdoors.  Whether we tore our favorite pants climbing over a barb wire fence, or commented on our feet getting soaked while out on the water there is a clothing need that can be met and some great products to meet those needs.  Heck you might even have someone who has thought about duck hunting or ice fishing but has not tried it since they do not have the appropriate clothing yet.  Want to save a little money, wait until a particular season is over and watch the clothes get marked down over 50%.  Winter clothes go on sale in the spring months and spring/summer clothes go on sale during fall. A perfect example is this waterproof coat 

Trail Cameras, GoPros, Cases and Mounts for Cell Phones

The technology now available to the hunting and fishing community are vast.  Those who hunt and fish and want to share their adventures can always use the new technology to document either the fields they hunt or the adventures they go on and want to capture.  There are a variety of mounts and rigs that allow you to mount your cell phone or go pro and capture some great angles.  Trail cameras can be a great way to see what is walking through an area.  The new cases allow even those who hunt public land to secure their camera to help detour theft.  This trail camera is almost 100 dollars off right now 

Lures, Poles and Tackle 

We have never made the comment while out on the water "WOW I think I have too much tackle."  No fisherman has said these words nor will they.  Whether it is having other colors of their favorite lure or some they have never tried there are some great lure and tackle options for the fisherman/woman in your life.  There are some great companies who are already apart of Shotem and Caughtem you should check out.

Pole tap Smart rod 

Great lures from some of our members: http://www.berkley-fishing.com/ and http://www.thrownthunderlures.com/ and http://www.anglerschoice.ca/

Hunting Decoys, Calls and Accessories

Whether you have a dove, turkey, upland bird, big game, small game or migratory bird hunter in your life they always need more supplies.  No matter the animal there is a call, decoy or piece of equipment we have either worn to the bone or want more variety.  The guys we duck and goose hunt with say you can never have to many decoys.  There are a variety of different sounds or calls a hunter can see in the field to either scare away the prey we don't want around or attract the ones we do and there is a call for them.  Whether it is extra lanyards, holsters, backpacks or cases those who hunt or fish can never have to much stuff.  As a matter of fact we feel it is a matter of pride to complain about how much stuff we do or don't have.

Great decoys :  www.mojooutdoors.com  

 

Optics and Fish Finders

There is no better gift to those who hunt or fish than added vision.  Whether it is the latest and greatest fish finder, gps, rifle scope, spotting scope or binoculars enhancing your outdoorsman/womans vision can be a great gift.  Whether it is enhancing their ability to see in low light, extending their range or tracking even the deepest depths there is an answer to your gift idea.     

Cabelas is running a sale right now on Nikon Scopes 

Have some ideas on some other great options for your wish list and want to be included then we hope you comment below and let us know or become and member and show us why your gear should make our favorite christmas list.

Hunting and Fishing Friendships and Bonds 

Recently we were having a discussion about Shotem and Caughtem which presented some worries about becoming a member we felt needed to be addressed.  The person felt like Shotem and Caughtem potentially competed with their own person blog about hunting and fishing related stories and products.  They felt that becoming a member might detract from there own hopes of creating a business around the subject of hunting and fishing.  However, once we explained what we are all about they began to want to learn more about our site, expanding friendships and sharing knowledge about hunting and fishing is at our core.  A social network to meet others and discuss adventures and opportunities with one another.  We hope that our members use the website to expand their own fan base just like they use other networks such as facebook, instagram, youtube and twitter.  The difference between those and us is that everyone that is a member on our site loves the great outdoors.  A target rich environment.  

Expanding your SEO reach in the industry

We hope to help those who help us.  We want to turn the point of a social network on its head by rewarding those who take the time to post and reward us through their interactions on the website.  We are more than aware that we are not the expert in all things hunting and fishing and that our members have a wealth of information in different aspects of the industry.  We want to create a site that gives back.  A social network should be built to help those who contribute.  We want our members to share links to their blogs, post pictures of their adventures, great ways to cook wild game, and share what their services have to offer to those in the market.  We want our members to grow with us and reward them for our help.  Our help is that as we expand our reach instead of being bombarded with ads to make money that we can use our blog as a resource for others to want to contribute their stories and information.  The small banner ads on the website will be the only form of advertising.  

Best Hunting and Fishing Community on the World Wide Web

This is our goal.  To create a place for all the latest and greatest information relating to the hunting and fishing industry.  With all the noise on the web we hope to help spread the word about great products, recipes and adventures to help create one big voice.  We hunt and fish so we have always been use to going after the big game.  We hope with all of the cyber bullying happening on other social networks that we can create a place free from the hunting and fishing hating community.  Need more mobility?  We now have an app so you can take Shotem and Caughtem with you on your mobile devices http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=282&Itemid=491 We hope you come join us and share.  

 

Published in User Spotlight
Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:32

Pheasant/Quail Hunt or not to Hunt

Pheasant Populations for Hunting are low in the Midwest

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been looking into whether or not to hunt pheasant and quail this year.  Though we love to hit the field and watch the dogs work we might just end up sitting this year out due to the drought and population numbers.  Though populations seem to be on the increase finally the last several years of drought have no doubt had poor effects.  Sitting this year out again, though sad, seems to be the right thing to do as hunters and as conservationists to make sure populations thrive for next year.  Let us know how populations have been doing in your state in the comment section below.

Kansas Upland Bird Populations in Kansas:

A copy of the 2014 Kansas Upland Bird Forecast is now available and from the looks of things, upland bird hunters will see improved populations this fall. Although below-average harvests are expected this year, hunters should see more birds and have more opportunities than the 2013 season. To view the entire forecast, visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting,” then “Upland Birds.”

PHEASANT

After three consecutive years of statewide declines, spring breeding populations for pheasant stabilized in 2014. The only region showing a significant decrease was the Northern High Plains. Summer brood counts show an increase of 70 percent when compared to 2013. This increase should offer improved hunting opportunities, and the best hunting this year will likely be in the Smoky Hills region. Kansas still contains one of the best pheasant populations among states and the fall harvest will again be among the best in the country; however, Kansas will again have a below-average pheasant harvest this fall.

  • Regular Season: Nov. 8, 2014 - January 31, 2015
  • Youth Season: November 1-2, 2014
  • Daily Bag Limit: 4 cocks in regular season, 2 cocks in youth season

Quail

Roadside surveys for quail showed a statewide increase of 50 percent compared to 2013. However, statewide populations are still below historic averages, and Kansas will likely have a below-average quail harvest this fall. Populations in much of the central and western portions of the state have not fully recovered from the drought. While opportunities will be better throughout most of the state this year, the best opportunities will likely remain in the eastern third of the state, particularly in the Flint Hills region.

  • Regular Season: November 8, 2014 - January 31, 2015
  • Youth Season: November 1-2, 2014
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 in regular season, 4 in youth season

Prairie Chicken

Prairie chicken populations are generally up where the appropriate habitat exists. Hunting opportunities should be improved throughout the greater prairie chicken hunting unit; however, the best opportunities this fall will be in the Smoky Hills Region.

  • Early Season (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2014
  • Regular Season (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Nov. 15, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2. Southwest Unit closed to all prairie chicken hunting

 

 
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Monday, 13 October 2014 22:30

Youth Hunting Experiences and Lessons

This weekend was bonus rifle doe season for us at Shotem and Caughtem.  We could think of no better way to celebrate an extra few days early in the season when temperatures are a bit more forgiving than to take a friend of ours and his son out for his first deer hunt.  What a great experience for us.  The weather was perfect, the deer were right on time, dad got to look like the hero, and the son had a blast.  The almost perfect scenario to create a spark in the next generation of outdoorsman.  Our only hope is that he will tell all of his friends how much fun he had so that more will want to come the next time.

Life lessons learned for the Younger Generations through Hunting and Fishing

We feel the outdoors is an excellent place to get the youth of america.  So many life lessons are experienced.  Good friends, the thrill of the hunt, teachings of life, survival skills, you have a chance to touch on a lot of life lessons in an environment that is not only educational but fun.  Heck he even got to do a little bb gun target practice and rock finding that morning too.  A large vast area to explore, find new things and letting a kid be a kid made for an absolutely rewarding and fun day.  We can only hope as our children get older that they have the spark to stand side by side with us as we go on our outdoor adventures.

If you have some fun adventure stories with youth we hope you share your experiences in the comment section below, start a discussion or share photos to the walls.  If you have not tried getting the next generation of hunters and fisherman/woman outdoors, we suggest you do.  It made for one heck of a great story and a Sunday we will not quickly forget.  

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Friday, 05 September 2014 19:37

Opening Dove Hunting Season and Banded Dove

Dove Hunting Season came with it's share of Weather problems and Heavy rainfall

We at Shotem and Caughtem headed out for the season opener of hunting season.  Dove Season is officially here in most states.  The season opener did not come without its challenges.  As a matter of fact the place where we started or hunt and worked so hard to create the perfect environment received 6 in of rain in the six hours before the opening day.  Needless to say another season might have gone into the wind.  With thousands of places to source water the dove hunting in our premier spot was slow at best.  We still left the field with our limit but that was merely due to determination and patience.  

Searching for the perfect Dove Hunting Environment

We decided the next day to head to another spot we know of and try our luck since it did not have the large amount of rain we had experienced at our other spot.  Luckily for us this place was the mecca we were looking for.  And as a bonus after hunting dove for well over a decade we not only landed our first banded dove ever, but the people we hunted with ended up shooting 8 banded dove total.  A very cool experience we had never had the pleasure of experiencing.  Heck we might have even missed these bands in the past.  Not only are they small and hard to see the first we found was tucked under feathers making it even harder to notice.  We did not even see the first one till we were cleaning the birds.  From that point on we ended up being more tuned to looking for the small devices.

What to do if you get a banded dove

For you prize by calling into the number listed on the band you are sent a digital certificate of your find so that you can get some information about where the dove has been.  Agencies use these bands to track not only movement but population growth etc.  It was a great hunt and even cooler experience.

Banded Dove information

As a matter of fact we are heading back out tonight to hopefully get our last hunt in before a cold front moves in and potentially pushes the dove south in their migration towards the far southern states and eventually into South America for the winter.  As always we hope you share your dove hunting photos and stories to the galleries.  Hope you all have a great Shotem and Caughtem weekend.  

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 21:58

Dove Season.....Deer Season!

Whether to hunt or fish?  Shotem and Caughtem Season is here...

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been a little side tracked on getting the Iphone app where it needs to be before the official kick off and our favorite time of the year....the second installment of Shotem and Caughtem season.  Yes twice a year those of us who truly have the passion for hunting and fishing get the opportunity to revel in the glory which only comes along twice a year.  That golden age when the weather is perfect to not only wet a line but smell the sweet smell of gunpowder.  As is the case with these times of year we can be overwhelmed with as looney tunes so appropriately put it a new variation of DUCK SEASON......WABBIT SEASON our own dilema of DOVE SEASON.......BUCK SEASON.

Want to get the app for the social network of hunters and anglers?

Prepping for these times, as is the case with any season, is the most important thing we who have a passion for hunting and fishing can do.  As the fishing season heats up and our focus is distracting for the upcoming hunting season many of us will be outdoors getting ready.  Stands go up, feeders put in place, trail cameras are set, yes it is our favorite time of year.  It is why we are working so hard to get the last app completed. But we live for the official hunting season kick off DOVE SEASON!  

Hunting Season Scouting

Scouting for that perfect wheat stubble, milo patch and the Dove crack grain sunflower fields can also be used as a great way to find out what wildlife happens to be traveling around your favorite hunting spots.  Dove need the basic threes.  Food, water and gravel.  You find a spot that has the perfect mix of all three and you have found our heaven.  We are lucky that we get the opportunity to hunt our heaven every year.  A long time ago we met with a person that owns a local gravel pit with some farm land and some large sloping ponds.  The filet mignon of the skies Graceland.  Plant a couple of dead trees by the water and get out the dove mojo and it is time to burn through some shells.  

If you too can find this perfect place in your area we suggest you knock on the door.  No doubt once the weather begins to change they will begin the journey south and these spots will be the honey hole for those of you that love Dove Season as much as we do.  We hope to see all your photos in some of the great new groups started as you too prep for Shotem and Caughtem season! 

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