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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 22:30

Shotem And Caughtem Profile

We at Shotem and Caughtem have talked a little bit about the new profile URL setup on the website.  We hope that people who are already members have started to take advantage of what this option will help them accomplish.  However, if you are new to Shotem and Caughtem we thought we might highlight some things that might be of benefit to our new members as a way of opening new advertising and conversation portals on the site.  

Recently one of our new members Montana Outdoor Gear began to take advantage of a small part of what Shotem and Caughtem was built around and we hope others follow suite.  They can begin to give there own reviews and pricing for their products in the gear section and expand on things you might not find on their site.  They can link people to their extra bonus material by just letting others know about their profile www.shotemandcaughtem.com/montana_outdoor_gear.  

Hunting and Fishing outfitters will also be able to expand their advetising as they will be able to take photos of people on their adventures and have a running gallery of their accomplishments.  They too will be able to direct traffic to their own operations while expanding on things they might not have the ability to do currently on their own website.

Finally individuals will be able to brag about their own adventures in the field by letting friends and family know about their profiles.  You are able to creat your own photo galleries within your profile so that you always have a copy of your hunting and fishing photos.  No more searching through disks, hard drives etc. when people ask how your last adventure turned out.

All these things are especially important as many people can find just hunting and fishing gear, photos and outdoor lovers.  No more sifting through tons of profiles trying to find people interested in these great sports.  The only people you will find on Shotem and Caughtem are those who love to hunt and fish.  Most outdoorsman/woman do both anyway.  You will find very few who do not have at least an interest in both even if they don't participate.

Let us know if you have any questions or want to know more in the comment section below or build a profile and start bragging by providing us with your own hunting and fishing website right here on Shotem and Caughtem.


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We at Shotem and Caughtem have heard rumors that many states are looking to ban the use of lead bullets for hunting.  Environmentalists say that the lead found in bullets is causing unwarranted deaths to wildlife in certian environments.  As a matter of fact many states do not allow the use of lead bullets for hunting waterfowl.  Experts say that it contaminates water and causes deaths in fish, and other water bound wildlife.  Yes the experts think that lead bullets, many of which are the size of a pea, are causing wide spread lead contamination.  We feel many other factors might be to blame.  

California is trying to say that the death of many of the Condors in the state is due to the ingestion of lead from animals left behind by farmers, ranchers and hunters that are then being consumed by the Condors.  As such they feel that all lead bullets should be outlawed in the state for hunting.  So lets take another approach to the debate.  Lets look at what lead is used for by humans that might be more prevelant than the bullets used for hunting and think about how they might impact the environment.

Lead is a dense, soft, low-melting metal. It is an important component of batteries, and about 75% of the world's lead production is consumed by the battery industry. Lead is the densest common metal except for gold, and this quality makes it effective in sound barriers and as a shield against X-rays. Lead resists corrosion by water, so it has long been used in the plumbing industry. It is also added to paints, and it makes a long-lasting roofing material.  Lead is also commonly used in glass and enamel. In television picture tubes and computer video display terminals, lead helps block radiation, and the inner, though not the outer, portion of the common light bulb is made of leaded glass. Lead also increases the strength and brilliance of crystal glassware. Lead is used to make bearings and solder, and it is important in rubber production and oil refining.

So we guess that there would be absolutely no larger contributing factor for animals to ingest lead other than from animals shot using lead bullets.  Nothing in the paragraph above that might be a bigger factor to lead contamination.  We could not imagine that in the circle of life that many bugs, small varmits or other animals might actually ingest the lead from say a landfill, someones backyard, run off, from manufacturing plants or from any of these other consumer goods.  "Nope it's the Hunting Communities fault!"  Are you reading our sarcasm at this point or do we need to be more blunt?

Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below and keep posting your adventures and sharing your photos to the galleries.




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We at Shotem and Caughtem read the story that was listed by Field and Stream and we at Shotem and Caughtem thought it was worth us helping spread the word.  Help us find this stolen mechandise for a great cause.  Spread the word..........

An attempt to help disabled veterans get back into the woods to hunt in Lyons, Michigan has been thwarted by thieves who stole nearly $18,000 worth of gear.

A trailer valued at $4,000 and a Polaris six-person utility vehicle valued at $13,800 belonging to Operation Injured Soldiers was stolen outside the agency’s office  sometime between July 3-5. Founder Pamela Bijansky said the trailer might be hard to recognize as stolen because it was unmarked. The group was in the process of raising money to add a "Operation Injured Soldiers" logo. However, the utility vehicle won’t be tough to spot—it has the group’s name plastered on the side and looks brand new.
“We need to replace them, but personally I’d rather just see someone dump it somewhere,” Bijansky said. “People are out there looking. Keep your eyes open. Somebody has seen a new trailer appear next door or a new Ranger. Or it could be in Mississippi right now. But it’s a 50-50 shot it’s still in Michigan.”
Operation Injured Soldiers raises money through donations, motorcycle runs, and golf outings. The group uses the money to connect veterans through word-of-mouth for fishing and hunting outings. So far, around 400 soldiers in Michigan have benefited, in addition to another 400 soldiers nationwide.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 22:40

Drone Hunting?

Nope you read the title correctly.  We at Shotem and Caughtem never thought that this would be added to our Shotem Gallery but one town in Colorado has decided to permit its residences to shoot unmanned drones out of the sky should they try and fly over the town.  Think of all the fun one can have trying to score, mount or even actually hunt one of these elusive creatures.  For nothing else it is a fun quick read.  Whether or not it actually will happen is for another blog.

The small town of Deer Trail, Colorado is considering a bold move. The town board will be voting on an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Deer Trail resident, Phillip Steel, drafted the ordinance.

"We do not want drones in town," said Steel. "They fly in town, they get shot down."

Even though it's against the law to destroy federal property, Steel's proposed ordinance outlines weapons, ammunition, rules of engagement, techniques, and bounties for drone hunting.

The ordinates states, "The Town of Deer Trail shall issue a reward of $100 to any shooter who presents a valid hunting license and the following identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government."

Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below and should you actually get the opportunity post your Shotem drone pics to the gallery and tell us how you were able to find one of these elusive animals over the town.


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Tuesday, 16 July 2013 23:03

Hunting and Fishing Website

We at Shotem and Caughtem have just made a great change to the website.  We have made it so that you can create your own link to your gallery, posts, photos and content within the website.  Example: www.shotemandcaughtem.com/chauncey

If you are already a member it defaulted to your user name.  Should you want to change this just login to your account.  Access your profile and click on the profile tab.  In the green bar at the top right of your profile you will see Profile URL your user name and a tab to the right of your name.  Click on the tab and you can change your account name.  This will then allow you to direct friends and family directly to all your posts, photos and content.  What a great way to brag to your hunting and fishing buddies when you can say "just go to www.shotemandcaughtem.com/longshot

Tell us your thoughts on the new change in the comment section below or just hit us with your own Shotem and Caughtem URL.

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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.

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Monday, 08 July 2013 23:06

Shopping for your First Hunting Rifle

So we at Shotem and Caughtem have been watching and hearing a lot of people talk about how many days are coming before hunting season.  It is quickly taking over many hunters brains.  So we decided to revisit the time when we went shopping for our very first hunting rifle.  What is the best gun caliber for the money that will give a first time hunter the most versatility for the long term should they get the inevidible bug to take to the sport.  Our top pick for North America would be the very trust worthy bolt action 30-06.  We will not list one specific manufacturer as we can make a case for many solid 30-06 platforms we will just discuss the caliber and why we like it so much for medium to large sized game hunting.

The .30-06 is the most versital round, you can get loads ranging from a 110 grain varmint load to a 220 grain solid capiable of taking buffalo. Horse power wise, it has the most knockdown and better ballistics.  Most factory loads will push a 150 grain bullet (the most common load) somewhere around 2850 FPS depending on the bullet type and manufacture. Trajectory wise it is no slouch either, a shooter that takes the time to learn his rifle/scope/load combination should have little problem connecting on deer sized targets at 400+ yards.

Besides the simple fact that it’s a great cartridge, the .30-06 offers advantages in its longevity and its popularity. Every major firearms manufacturer throughout the world chambers to this cartridge…and anywhere in the world where rifles and ammunition are available at all, you will find the .30-06. There are more than 130 .30-06 factory loads, from Remington’s 55-grain sabot Accelerator to Federal’s 220-grain loads. We have a century of handloading data, thousands of recipes for getting the best performance from the rich array of .30-caliber bullets.

The.30-06 is hardly a cutting edge cartridge—but because of its popularity it will be on the cutting edge of any new load development. A good example is Hornady’s new Superformance line, using new propellant technology that increases velocity without raising pressure or increasing load density. The first loads seen in this new line were, you guessed it, in .30-06—and they increased the velocity of the tired old warhorse very close to standard .300 Winchester Magnum performance (as Federal’s High Energy and Hornady’s Light Magnum loads have also done).

If you want a hunting rifle for a specialized purpose, whether it’s pronghorn, mountain game, Alaskan brown bear, or three-toed gazork, then there are specialized cartridges that are probably ideal. But if you are going to own just one centerfire hunting rifle, make it a .30-06. It is the versatility king, short of thick-skinned dangerous game the ultimate jack-of-all-trades…and, as generations of riflemen have learned, it works!  Let us know your thoughts on the most versitle caliber in your experiences in the comment section below.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 15:37

Shotem And Caughtem Independence Day

We at Shotem and Caughtem have been reading a lot of comments on the intraweb these days regarding the bashing of the everyday hunter and fisherman/woman.  We felt this week was a perfect week to add our two cents on the subject.  As many of our members and followers will attest too, the sport of hunting and fishing encompasses much more than the aspect of killing animals for sport.  It involves all the things that this country has to offer in it's freedoms and what many hope to achieve.  

Nothing makes this more evident than the celebration of our Independence.  The freedom of outdoorsmen/women that allows us to enjoy all mother nature has to offer and do it with those closest to us.  A time to reflect on our life and how we are only a small piece of the puzzle.  

We conserve to allow future generations the chance to learn what we have in the great outdoors.  The learning experience that even with hard work and dedication to our sport that challenges and disappointment are all part of what gets us so excited when our hard work pays off.  It is why we created the Shotem and Caughtem site dedicated to helping everyone learn, share and most of all brag!

With all the news out there regarding the genetic altering and medications used in our everyday food why would anyone try to bash those who want to procure naturally fed animals as part of our food source.  No drugs, no extra meds to enlarge animals for higher profit, no pesticides, just what mother nature intended.  A fresh off the land fed piece of meat.  They have a different taste.  Whether it is a well preserved cut of meat or a fresh line caught fish they have a great quality taste.  The thrill of procuring that animal, most of the time, is just a bonus.

We would like all of those who read this to have a fun July 4th celebration.  We hope you have a chance to enjoy all the freedoms many take for granted or sometimes over look.  Take the chance to enjoy this much needed break with those closest to you and have a little fun in the great outdoors.  Take time to thank those who helped us achieve those freedoms and keep them.  Most of all we hope you stay safe and share your fourth of July celebrations in the galleries and share your story.

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We at Shotem and Caughtem always get a little bit on edge when people start looking into matters with surveys regarding hunting information.  Sure every year we tell the government how many animals we have procured throughout the year however, when a survey like the one we are going to talk to you about below comes along we tend to watch the hair stand up on our back.  Stakes get even higher when the subject is Dove Hunting.  We would love to get your opinion on the subject in the comment section below.  Should the discussion get good we might even create it's very on section in our discussion forum.

The National Dove Hunter Survey, a cooperative effort by the state fish and wildlife agencies, all four flyway councils, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will ask dove hunters from across the U.S. to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting.

The National Dove Hunter Survey is scheduled to begin this month, and will be compiled by the end of 2013. Randomly selected hunters can expect to receive questionnaires in the mail beginning this week.

Survey questions will focus on hunter characteristics, time spent hunting, perceived constraints to hunting, and hunter’s thoughts about potential effects of spent lead from hunting ammunition on mourning doves and other wildlife.

“There are more than one million dove hunters in the United States. This survey will encompass all regions of the country and will give us an excellent picture of hunter opinions and needs.” says Dr. Ken Richkus of the Service’s Population and Habitat Assessment Branch. “The Service and the states want to make sure we use the best science-based information for the management and conservation of our migratory bird resources and take hunter opinions and preferences into account whenever possible.”

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department supports these survey efforts and request that all selected hunters please return their responses so the agency may better address questions regarding dove hunting in the future. Approximately 250,000 mourning dove hunters harvest 5 million mourning doves on an annual basis in Texas – making Texas the leader in both the number of hunters and harvest in the United States.

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Okay so anyone who knows the Shotem and Caughtem creators knows that one of our absolute favorite seasons is Dove Season.  Nothing says hunting to us like the capabilities of hanging out with good friends, in relatively good weather (sometimes a bit warm), hunting an animal that allows you to spend really good quality time while procuring the filet mignon of the skies.  So when we were made aware last year that our fellow hunters to the north were going to get the chance to have the same fun that we were we were ecstatic.  So we were even more concerned when we were made aware today that there was a bill on the floor to potentially revoke that right prior to their first season.  Here are the details.

For more than a decade, sportsmen in Iowa fought for the opportunity to pursue North America’s number one game bird – the mourning dove.

Last year, the hard work and dedication finally paid off as the Iowa legislature passed Senate File 464 authorizing dove hunting in the state.

Now, just months after the first successful dove hunt, anti-hunting activists are pushing to have the season banned.

On January 19th, State Representative Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City) introduced House File 2061 that would prohibit dove hunting in the state.

Iowa sportsmen should contact their state representatives and ask them to vote no on House File 291.  

Let us know your thoughts on the bill or if you have more information on who to contact to oppose this bill in the comment section below.  As always post your photos and stories to the galleries.  September will be here before you know it!!!

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