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We at Shotem and Caughtem love when we get the opportunity to hunt feral hogs.  We already have talked about tricks to use when night hunting and thought since the summer is upon us that we would also tell you about some tricks we use to hunt them during those hot days ahead.

Wild Boar definitely have a daily pattern.  Due to the fact that pigs don't have sweat glands they must rely on a couple of things during the hot summer days.  They need shade to get out of the sun, water sources for wallering and keeping cool and mud to keep the insects at bay.  They have a great sense of smell but they lack good vision and hearing.  So how to find a place to obtain a good shot or lure them in should you not have the luxury of a feeder.

One of the first things to look for is places where they have been coming to obtain water or to waller in the mud.  Because of their destructive patterns these areas are not hard to find.  If these places should go dry they will look in the near vicinity for options.  Like deer, pigs love to escape the heat by finding bushy areas to nap and stay cool.  You will be able to track these areas by finding game trails and looking for low hanging broken branches and tracks.  Note these areas will also be close to the water source they are using at the time.

Should you find a good wallering place and want to help your chances of luring in the animals to stay for a while for a clean shot here are some tips.  First is rotten corn.  You can take a 5 gal bucket, fill it three quarters of the way full of corn and then fill the rest with water.  Seal the bucket and leave it in the sun for a couple days and you will have what you need.  You can also use different fruits such as apples or oranges a bit of vinegar and water and do the same thing.  Another good tip is save your table scraps or unused vegetables from your kitchen place them in a bucket and then pour cherry or strawberry flavored cool aid on them to help as an attractant.  Once you find a good spot, dig a couple of holes and bury part of the bounty and throw the rest around the area to help cover your scent.  We always take out a spray bottle with diesel fuel in it and spray it on the bottom 3 feet of trees around the area.  They will rub their bodies up against the diesel laden trees and use that scent and oil as an insect repellent.

Let us know what tricks you use to lure in hogs on these hot summer days in the comment section below.  As always post your photos to the galleries and tell us about your adventures.  Most of all have fun and be safe.

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We at Shotem and Caughtem are very excited about the new changes coming to the website which should increase our members love of this already great Hunting and Fishing Social Network.  

The first change has already been made which is the addition of the Shotem and Caughtem of the month.  This will be a monthly contest where the winners will get an entire months worth of bragging rights being featured with your story on the main page as well as some great prizes.  We will be hooking up with a wide variety of different sponsors to offer new prizes every month.  We will post these prizes for the following month on that months winners page so visit often to find out what you might win.

Contest rules are pretty simple.

1.  Email your prize winning photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2.  We will take your photo and add our logo to the picture so that people know who has entered that month.

3.  Contest winners will be decided prior to the end of the month by which logo photo in the Caughtem or Shotem Gallery has the most likes and comments.

4.  We will then e mail you to get the full Bragging rights story to add to your award winning photo that will be posted in the appropriate section.

5.  At the end of the month those who had entered their photos will be taken down and we will start fresh so as new members come to the site everyone has a fair shot.

6.  The last week of the month all contest photos will be removed and re-posted and the process starts all over again.  We will correlate photos based on when they arrive in that month and let you know when to expect your photo to be posted and which month your contest entry will start.  We will only have contests for the Shotem and Caughtem of the month when we have enough support so tell your friends.

7.  Don't let the fact that you have entered multiple times or with photos taken from way back in the day stop you from entering.  

8.  Their is one unbreakable rule however, we do not support false braggers.  Should you be selected as the winner we will ask that you provide some addition photos from other adventures to verify you as the appropriate bragger so no cheating.   

So get bragging and we will let you know as soon as we have enough entries when our very first Shotem and Caughtem Contest will start and the cool prizes that will be available.  

Stay tuned for some more great changes that will be happening to the website soon.  We think it will help us solidify ourselves as the Best Hunting and Fishing Social Network on the World Wide Web.  

 

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013 21:58

Father's Day Hunting Gift Idea Day 2

It is day two of gift ideas for that hunting and fishing Father in your life and we at Shotem and Caughtem thought we would start with a great gift for the hunting father in your life.  One of our top best items in our hunting stock would be a trail camera.  This wonderful little device offers us the ability to see what is in different areas of our hunting properties when we are not around.  It tells us whether or not we are providing our respected animals with the appropriate wants and needs that we insure success as hunting season approaches.  They allow us to consistantly monitor and enhance different areas.  The avid hunter will never have enough cameras.  However, if they do have all their camera needs met, there are a variety of supporting options avalable.

Supporting items for trail cameras are endless.  Whether it be wireless web adaptations, small viewing and downloading screens for your sd cards or even different ways to attach the cameras in places that don't have a proper tree.  There are plenty of different devices in varying price ranges based on your budget that can increase the ease by which your dad can access or view the results from his hard work.

When it comes to trail cameras there are a couple of options that we would recommend a trail camera have to increase their longevity and effectiveness.  There are good reasons for and against whether or not a camera has a flash.  Good reason is that the cameras with a flash have a lower in price.  Bad reason is should you want to capture people treading on your hunting spot the flash will give your camera position away and probably cost you a camera.  Many cameras these days are all digital.  These cameras though user friendly seem to not have the longevity due to them being in the elements day after day.  They are also hard to program with bulky clothing.  We have found that a camera that has switches to program times, delays and number of shots offer more advantages and tend to last longer.  Date and time stamps are a must and should not be over looked.      

If you have or used some great products in this realm we would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below or post photos in the gear section and tell us how your set up has enhanced your favorite hunting spot.

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Sunday of this week is Fathers Day and we at Shotem and Caughtem thought we would dedicate this week to great gift ideas for those men who help in our appreciation for the great outdoors.  Whether you have a hunter or fisherman as a father or a father you know that needs a great gift we thought we would start with gift idea number one, TIME.  One thing we realize, as we not only look back on our own time with our dad's but also with the kids we have watch grow up, is that time goes by too fast.  Many feel in order to celebrate their dad's achievements that they need to go out and buy him something.  Many fail to realize that grabbing the fishing rods or rifles and spending the day outdoors can be one of the best presents.  Those eight hours alone with you and your dad can actually mean more than any gift you could ever buy off the shelf.  As a matter of fact many of the lakes and rivers in various states are being stocked with fish to help celebrate the day.  Food plots can start being prepped for fall planting.  Or just taking a drive out to one of the parks, dropping the tailgate on the truck with a case of beer, a grill and some steaks could mark an absolutely great gift for any Dad.  

If you plan on taking your Dad out for a Sunday adventure or have a suggestion we hope you leave a comment in the section below.  As always we hope you will post photos of your adventures in the galleries and tell us your story.  

 

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Thursday, 06 June 2013 14:22

Feral Hog Hunting at Night

We at Shotem and Caughtem noticed that with the rising temperatures that many would be wild boar hunters will have to switch tactics to appropriately hunt these animals by going nocturnal.  We can say that hunting at night is a whole different ball game.  Many deer hunters get only a glimpse of the rush of being in the great outdoors at night as they make their way to their stands in the pitch black.  Night is when the Wild Things come out.  A hunters senses find a whole new acuity.   Hunting at night can be both an exhilarating rush and an unnerving sense that there is more going on than one realizes.  Leaves russel as  different predators and prey move around, weird noises as animals communicate, all while you try and not give away your position.  Some hunters will find refuge in a stand, some will have some since of comfort as the retreat to their blinds and others will brave the elements by hunkering down by a tree near a creek, river or wallering spot.  

There are a whole host of products available to the would be night hunter.  Different night vision options, lights for feeders and rifles and even specialty scopes.  With the rising wild boar populations more and more options are becoming available to the average hunter.  As technology becomes smaller and more capable we feel this industry will continue to add newer technology to help advance a hunters capabilities.  Here are some of the equipment we have had the opportunity to use and our thoughts.  

When hunting feral hogs at night the least expensive option to aid in your hunt is a light mounted to your rifle.  We tried the whole light in our hand thing and it is not only awkward but ineffective.  Not one of us shining a light by hand next to our rifle were happy with the results it provided.  We found that the color of light also made a huge impact on our success.  Though many say that either green or red lights are effective, we found that red light is the only way to go.  This too comes with its challenges as red light intensity can be stifled due to it's color which effects the range capabilities.  We were impressed by the lights offered by a company called Elusive Wildlife.  Their lights come with all the necessary adaptations to mount to a rail or scope and offer great intensity for low light sensitive scopes at 150-200 yards.  They also make a red circular feeder light that has motion detection should you have the benefit of hunting a baited area.  Tip:  When using lights mounted to scopes or rifles it is best to illuminate your light high in the sky and then dropping down to sight in your animal.

Should you have a lot more cash at your disposal the night vision options are endless and pretty darn cool.  We were using an old cheaper version of an infrared monocular and they can be quite a useful tool.  Even better are some of the night vision and infrared scopes available that not only allow you to see your animal but also take your shot.  Their only down fall is the energy needs.  Tip: Many of these devices need multiple power sources to allow you to stay in your position for long periods.  On one of our nights hunts we had to change the batteries out twice so bring extras.  This technology is ever advancing so there are some useful used options that might get you a good view of your surroundings allowing you to switch to cheaper alternatives prior to taking your shot.

If you have some tips or tricks to hunting at night or what to share your experience leave your comments below or share your photos in the Shotem Gallery and tell your story.

 

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Monday, 03 June 2013 22:13

iPhone and Smart Phone Scope Adapters

Recently we at Shotem and Caughtem were approached by Inteliscope, LLC about their new Shooter's Tactical Rifle Adapter and Apple App.  They sent us a press release talking about their new creation.  This reminded us of the different companies which offer different adaptations and ways to help make your smart phone part of your scope (iscope) or a scope itself like the intelliscope.  Since we have never been able to test one of these products we thought we would get our members involved in the discussion.  Our concerns are many when it comes to these unique gadgets.  We are hoping some of our members participate and help us learn if these things have real potential or are just a cool thing that work sometimes.  Leave us your feedback in the comment section below we would love to learn more about these devices.  

How do they hold up to the stress of different rifles?  I know my 30-06 kicks like a mule and would certainly cause damage to a smart phone that without a protective case would break if dropped.  The Inteliscope only gives you 5x zoom.  This would be fine on a 50 yard shot but what happens when you are out 100 yards or more?  Seems like a lot of money when you probably would do just as good with a little practice on iron sights.  Many of these allow you to record at the same time you are using the devices.  I can't tell you how many times after the shot we sometimes lose where our main focal point was aiming.  Wouldn't a fixed camera like a go pro or something like that have better results?

If you would like more information on inteliscope you can visit them on facebook.  We hope that any of our members that have had a chance to use such a device will let us ask them question in the comment section below.  

We at Shotem and Caughtem have talked in not only the discussion board but also blogged about the predator vs prey debate.  It definitely is a heated topic between many groups.  However, many people of Alaska live from the land and need certian animals to sustain their needs.  Moose is definately a large part of the needs associated with feeding Alaska families through the winter.  Due to this reason Alaska wildlife officials are doing their best to try and create a sustainable Moose and Caribou population so that hunters can stock their freezers for the harsh conditions.  In order to try and accomplish this they opened a short window so that they could harvest part of their large bear population.  It will not only benefit the prey populations but the meat was then destributed to Alaskan residents to help feed families.  Here are the details.

A predator control program has resulted in the killing of nearly 90 bears in Western Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/BEAihS) reports that the program designed to increase moose in the area is operating in game management unit 19A along the Kuskokwim River.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, agency staff shot 89 bears between May 13 and Monday, when the two-year program ended for the year. Officials say 84 black bears and five grizzlies were killed.

Biologists shot the bears from a helicopter in a 530-square mile area of state land that is a small part of unit 19A, which encompasses nearly 10,000 square miles east of Aniak. 

The meat was then distributed to local residents.

Let us know your opinion on the subject in the comment section below or on the discussion board http://www.shotemandcaughtem.com/groups-main/viewdiscussion/8-predator-prey-balance-hunting-and-conservation.html?groupid=2.  As always post your photos to the galleries and tell us about your adventure.

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We at Shotem and Caughtem love finding good deals when it comes to hunting and fishing gear.  Lucky for us we recently became aware of a site dedicated to our wants and needs and thought we would share our good fortune.  Buck Stone Creek is a website dedicated to flash sales of a host of hunting and fishing products.  Though you never know what the sales might include, they do work with an impressive amount of hunting and fishing gear providers.  They last for 3-4 days and after watching several sales can offer you anywhere between 10-40% off most comparable offers we were able to find on the world wide web.  As with many products it seems that the higher the retail value of the product the more they are able to save their members.  This is the catch with getting access to deals that they offer.  Membership is free for a limited time but you must provide your email address they can notify you of when sales become available.

Buck Stone Creek like us is fairly new to the scene but is dedicated to helping their members get great pricing and customer service.  They have worked with companies such as Bushnell, Pulsar, Wildgame Innovations, Carbon Express, Coyote Eye wear and Gorilla Gear to name just a few.  Their next flash sale will begin on Monday so we recommend you head over and become a member so that you can take advantage of the sale.  There is only a limited number of products available to sell at this price so if you see something you need take advantage quickly.  

We have given some helpful tips to Buck Stone Creek to share in their newsletter so let us know how you like them should you become a member.  Let us know if you have purchased something from Buck Stone Creek in the comment section below and post photos of your favorite gear in the gallery and tell us your story.      

 

Recently one of our members from Texas posted a photo of an Axis Doe he had the opportunity to hunt which got us thinking.  If you love to hunt and want a distraction from the usual game is there a potential answer in Texas?  Here is what we found to tempt ones mind at a fun hunting adventure at a reasonable price should you not want to afford a hunting guide or a hunting ranch (though there are many to choose from).  

The Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) of Texas offer a unique opportunity for the public to learn and experience the natural part of Texas and the systems that support life. WMAs are operated by the Wildlife Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife. Today, they have 49 Wildlife Management Areas, encompassing some 769,242 acres of land. WMAs are established to represent habitats and wildlife populations typical of each ecological region of Texas. Today, nearly every ecological region in the state is represented, with the exception of the Cross Timbers and Prairies in north-central Texas.

 

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We at Shotem and Caughtem spent another weekend hunting Turkey.  As the season is coming to a close the weather is finally starting to cooperate.  Along with the nice Spring weather another one of our Nemesis's has come out of hiding.  Of course we are speaking of ticks.  This is especially a factor for turkey hunters as many of us choose to hunt the thunder chicken sitting in chairs or on the ground in dense woods or grasses which just happens to be where these blood suckers like to breed, hatch and hang out waiting to host on their prey.  Just last year I found out after picking off a good dozen of these little suckers that I had fallen prey to one of the diseases they carry, lime disease.  Unfortunately many of the diseases ticks carry can be confused with the common cold many of us get during the fluctuating weather conditions seen during spring turkey hunting season.  Since this last weekend I picked another half dozen of these guys off of me I thought it would be a good topic to write about since I have first hand experience.  I recently have purchased a chemical called permethrin and have heard that it is not only fatal to ticks but can prevent them from ever wanting to be around you.  It is sprayed on your hunting clothes 48 hours prior to being in the field and is not for skin contact prior to drying.  Way better than the Off with Deet that appears to have little effect on shying them away from me.  Let us know in the comment section below if you have had any experiences like mine and as always share photos of your prized hunts in the galleries and tell us your story.

Five Tick Diseases to Watch For:

Lyme Disease: Spread by the black-legged or deer tick, this disease is most common in the Northeast. Symptoms include a circular rash at the site of the tick bite, tiredness and neurological and facial muscular problems.  The rash literally looks like a bullseye (Tick bite site with a red circle around it).  My big tip off was that when I drank a glass of water it tasted exactly like aluminum (sounds weird but very true).

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Common to the Southeast, symptoms of the disease include sudden onset of fever, headache and muscle pain, followed by development of rash. The disease can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, and without prompt and appropriate treatment it can be fatal.  This is the sleeper disease.  I have many friends hat have fallen prey to this and it can be very bad if not diagnosed.  Should you have been in the field and have cold like symptoms after going a blood test can rule out this potential and can save your life.  Well worth just running by your doctor and having a little blood drawn to rule it out.  

Ehrlichiosis: Common to the Southwest, this disease is spread by the lone star tick and is carried by dogs, cattle, sheep, goats, and horses. Symptoms include a fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Babesiosis: This disease is carried by deer ticks and is found most often in the Northeast and upper Midwest. Symptoms include a nonproductive cough, headache and increasing malaise.

Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis: HGA is increasingly recognized as an important and frequent cause of fever after tick bite in the upper Midwest, New England, parts of the mid-Atlantic states and northern California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other symptoms include headache and malaise.


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