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Thursday, 29 August 2013 18:51

Shotem And Caughtem Season is Here

Yes ladies and gentlemen it has finally arrived.  Since we at Shotem and Caughtem will be preparing our gear and equipment tomorrow for the weekends festivities this will be the last blog till we come back from the field next week.  We will be headed out for our favorite hunting season which is the kick off to the rest of the hunting bragging season, Dove Season Baby!  It is also still warm enough in our area that fishing season is still decent but is quickly going to start winding down.  

Dependent on where you might be heading this weekend the fishing should be decent.  It is definitely towards the end of catching season but the fish still seem to be biting.  Reports we read from around the nation point to pretty slow fishing with the majority saying their catches are coming in very early in the morning or close to dark.  However, most reports show that their catches are down to about 35% of what they were during peak season.  Major lakes of course will be busy with the vacation traffic so back coves and untouched streams will offer the best fishing versus main channels.

Hunting season will begin Sept 1 and go into full swing through the next couple of weeks.  Teal season also opens at the end of next week in most places as well as snipe and rail.  Waterfowl season as well as deer bow season are also quickly on their way.

This should give most outdoorsman and woman a great reason to get out and enjoy the weather as fishing season comes to a break and hunting season turns full swing.  We hope you share your hunting party photos to the gear galleries and your trophies to the Shotem gallery and share your stories.  As always you can leave us a line in the comment section below.  Happy Shotem and Caughtem Labor Day to all!

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Thursday, 22 August 2013 20:49

Hunter Safety Programs Seeing High Numbers

We at Shotem and Caughtem felt it only right with Hunting Season quickly approaching to remind our first time hunters that the end of August and the first part of September can be some of the hardest times to get into a Hunter Safety Program.  Many programs around the nation have shortened the amount of field time one needs to dedicate to achieving their Hunter Safety by completing an online version of the class so that only one day needs to be spent time wise at an actual class.  Also what many fail to realize is that many states also allow for a one time hunt when accompanied by a licensed hunter so that they can take the sport for a good test drive before dedicating the time and resources.  So make sure you make your reservations quickly before classes fill up as hunting season is just a mere 9 days away.  

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 22:22

Dove Hunting and The Mojo

It should be no surprise at this point in our start of this social network of hunters that we at Shotem and Caughtem love this time of year.  The weather has began to cool, harvest of crops is near and the smell of gun powder and the thrill of the hunt is just a little over a week away.  In celebration of this wonderful start to a whole new hunting season and one of our favorite animals to hunt, the dove, we felt it only right to tell you about a secret we have known for years to having a successful dove hunt............The Dove Mojo.  We love Dove hunting the most because they require the least concealment when hunting and sometimes even a good sized group of individuals can hunt within yelling distance to increase your chances of a good hunt and break up the silence during slow times.  This is not a hunt that requires you to be alone with your thoughts, waiting in silence, hoping to lure in your prey.  So lets get started on how we find the right place and get it set up.

Dove need three elements to keep them in a good moving pattern.  Food, Water and Gravel.  Here in the Midwest we find most Dove are either in Millet fields, some milo but mostly sunflower fields if you can find them.  Our absolute best hunt was in a quarter section of sunflowers, a pond just in the next section over and surrounding both fields were dirt roads.  It was Dove heaven.  We were able to set up three groups that kept birds turning circles all day.  We had a half dozen planted in different spots in the sunflower field, a couple covering the roads at different locations and some sitting down by the pond.  They had no safe place to find their three basic needs.

What helped get the birds to slow down was appropriate positioning of Dove decoys.  In one of the draws splitting the sunflower fields was a couple bales of hay where we positioned some regular clip decoys and a Mojo decoy.  We used a combination of dead trees and hay to create an environment like the one in the photo in all three of our locations.  Many times when we were not paying attention to the decoys and when we would look over some birds had flown into our decoys and were just hanging out.  The group by the pond even had their Mojo attacked by a hawk, so needless to say we feel they are worth the expense.  They will also last year after year with proper care.  Many of the Mojo's we have are at least three to five years old and working great.  We highly suggest keeping the box you buy them in to store them from one year to the next otherwise wings and or poles go missing.  Also make sure you remove the batteries before storage so they do not corrode and ruin the electronics.  Here is a great company that makes the Mojos we use should you need a good starting place http://www.mojooutdoors.com/index.php/vendor-products-menu-item/product/198-mojo-voodoo-dove

Let us know your Dove hunting success stories in the comment section below and come brag with us in the Shotem Gallery once the season starts, which for us is Sept 1, just 12 days away..... not that we are counting.

Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:28

Rainy Midwest brings Duck Hunting Tips

Rainy days here in the Midwest have made the team at Shotem and Caughtem a little worried.  The fishing has been difficult with the amount of rain we have been experiencing after three years of drought and with dove season right around the corner we are just crossing our fingers that the weather doesn't cool and push birds south too early.  However, like any loyal hunter and fisherman/woman knows when one door closes another opens.  What it does mean is between the cooler temperatures and the influx of rain it is shaping up to be one heck of a duck hunting season.  So it is a perfect time to start prepping your favorite pond, field or potentially flooded stream and here are some tips.

A hunter knows that when it comes to migratory birds the only thing on their mind is food, shelter and heading to a better climate.  In order to create a pleasing area for waterfowl to stop and take a siesta they just need the basics like any other animal.  With cooler temperatures right around the corner and the increased moisture one of the best ways to secure a nice duck pond is to plant some food.  If your once dry earth is now a beautiful pond or flooded stream, the recent drought might have left the food supply a bit lacking.  Waterfowl like the high fat content giving foods such as millet, buckwheat and corn.  Add in some cat tails and water grasses for cover and the only thing left is making sure you have the proper blind.    

It also might be a great time to approach farmers who have has fields ruined by the flooding.  Corn crops that have been pushed to the ground and rendered unusable by farmers could be purchased by hunters and re transplanted next to your potential honey hole for fake cover and maybe a little nutrients.  If you are getting a late start there are an abundance of ways to create a visually stunning duck atmosphere capable of bringing them close enough for a shot.  Just like well positioned duck decoys the appropriate positioned nutrient sources and cover could be the perfect combination.  Pampas grasses, millet grasses and other plants from a variety of local stores mixed with a little of the ponds environment might make the perfect flooded area into an enticing resting spot.

Let us know your duck hunting prepping tips in the comment section below and keep posting your photos to the galleries as we start the changing of the seasons.  

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:46

Missouri The Dove Hunting State

If you have the love for hunting Dove like us at Shotem and Caughtem then Missouri might be the place to go this dove season.  Not only have they raised the number of birds one can hold from 30-45 but they have done some impressive work to make sure there are plenty of public access fields planted to help drive the birds in and keep them around.  Thanks to the Missouri Conservation Department we know what is happening this season in the state.  


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Thursday, 08 August 2013 21:02

Is Hunting Turning into a Dying Sport

Recently we at Shotem and Caughtem have been reading some disturbing articles that seem to contain the perfect reasons that the sport of hunting is dying.  So we thought we would show you what we had found and see what your feedback on the subject might be in the comment section below.

1. Gun Manufacturers are beginning to focus more on AR style rifles and handguns rather than hunting rifles due to demand.

2. Finding Private land to hunt is becoming hard to come by and expensive.

3. Public hunting land is becoming hard to find and what is available is crowded.

4. The younger generation has a very low number of hunters or those that even own a gun.

5. Ammunition shortages.

6. Weather conditons have reduced the huntable animal population.

7. The comeback of many predator species like the wolf, bear, coyote, mountian lion, and bobcat have also lowered huntable animal numbers.

These are just the top 7 reasons we found in several related articles on the subject.  Though we think the days of kids laying around on the couch playing their playstations are numbered, it is still a subject that we as hunters should address and keep our eyes on changing.



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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 22:59

August Means Hunting Season is Near

Well members August is officially here and that can mean only one thing for us at Shotem and Caughtem.  DOVE SEASON!  The perfect mix of what we are all about Hunting and Fishing.  It marks the start of the season when we are doing both the Shotem and Caughtem lifestyle.  Since dove hunting is usually done when weather is warmer and near water, nothing marks the season of the Outdoorsman better than Dove.  Sept.1 will mark opening day of one of our favorite times of the year.  As one Jace Robertson of Duck Dynasty so eliquently said "They are the filet mignon's of the sky."  With the date quickly approaching it is time to once again break out the shotguns and start our preparations.

First it is time to bust out the shotgun which has been sitting for much of the year waiting for this perfect time and give it a good once over.  Due to the fact that we tend to run through a lot of ammo hunting these little devils, it is always a good idea to make sure all parts of your equipment are tight and well oiled.  Nothing can be more frustrating than faulty equipment when out in the field.  It also tends to come with some good trashing from your hunting buddies about how cheap you are as you sit there with a broken gun.

Second, we will be dusting off the trap equipment cause nothing will test the skills of a good bird hunter better than the quick flying dove.  Mix a small target in with a little high Kansas wind, these birds turn into a speeding bullet across the sky.  Because of this we will not be using the large standard clays.  To get ready for these fast little suckers we will be breaking out the smaller clays about the size of a tennis ball or smaller.  When these clays fly out of the thrower they tend to give you a more acurate account of what you might witness in the field.  To quote a movie "Aim small Miss Small."  Nothing will test your skills more than these birds.

Finally dust off the decoys and make sure you have fresh batteries for the Mojo.  We highly recommend a Mojo for dove hunts.  We have had the most luck hunting these birds with a Mojo close to water, a couple of well staged dead branches with stationary decoys attached, in a nice clearing close to good traveling spots.  We try to go out the week or two before should the weather look like it is going to hold to find out where they are traveling to find that perfect spot.

We hope you are as excited as we are about the fast approaching hunting season.  Though it is a double edged sword since it means cold weather is also approaching and the fishing gear will go back on the shelf.  Let us know how you like to get ready for opening day in the comment section below and post your photos and tell us you story in the galleries.  


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Friday, 02 August 2013 20:07

Notice Anything New to the Website

We at Shotem and Caughtem have added some great new things to the website we thought were worth mentioning.  As we told you a couple of weeks ago we have made it so you can have you very own hunting and fishing profile gallery on the site.  It gives you a place to show all those around you your trial and tribulations while in the great outdoors.  Example: www.shotemandcaughtem.com/chauncey 

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We at Shotem and Caughtem just learned that North Carolina has made the use of suppressors while hunting legal throughout the state. Though we are sure that someone will abuse this act of kindness we feel some things should be pointed out. First silencers for any weapon are highly regulated. They require a lenghty background check that can take over a year. Once in your possesion they must be used only by the owner and can only be transfered to another individual through another lenghty process and a license dealer. If caught in possesion without the appropriate documents the fine and punishment is pretty severe. Also, it is incredibly expensive process so many of those in possesion of a silencer not only protect their property but due to the stigma associated with them guard even possessing such an item. Let us know you feeling on the subject in the comment section below and get your hunting gear ready for the season is almost upon us.
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Like many hunters we at Shotem and Caughtem can already begin to feel our trigger and bow fingers starting to get the itch.  Though the hunting season is quickly approaching some people might be looking for a good distraction.  Lucky for many of us this weekend marks the beginning of the Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic events Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 18.  

Nationally recognized professional hunters, local pros, and outdoorsmen and women will give seminars and talk about their experiences. Some of the seminar topics will include using game scents and calls effectively; tactics for hunting deer, waterfowl or predators; choosing the appropriate optics; tips for game camera placement, and transporting and processing game. Other special events will be Aug. 2-4, Bass Pro Shops Hunting University; Aug. 2-7, bow/crossbow trade-in; Aug.8-13, scope trade-in; Aug. 14-18. binocular and rangefinder trade-in; and Aug. 17-18, Next Generation Weekend of activities for youth. In addition, customers will be able to register Aug. 2-18 for the "Once in a Lifetime Hunting Trip" sweepstakes.

Let us know if you have any cool specific seminars in your area in the comment section below.  Most of all start dusting off your camera gear since hunting season will be here before you know it and the galleries will begin to fill with bragging hunters from around the world.

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