Don't mean to Hi-Jack this thread, but the more I have thought about this the more important I think this really is.
I found this on a website and it sums up why a journal is important.
"There is a comfort that comes from reading it. I can see my father and hear his voice. His journals were hand written - not like the computer typed records I keep today. I love just to see his handwriting...and to know that he wanted to remember his hunts...to remember the days he spent with 'his boys' in the marsh. I continue that today....with notes about my hunts with my own son, brother and friends. I include pictures now as part of the word documents I create. As I sit in the check station parking lot of any refuge - waiting to get in, I always have my binder full of memories. It not only helps to pass the time as I wait to be called to get in to the refuge...but it brings back my childhood...and what life was really like hanging out with my dad."
I've usually written down simple notes about my trips, but nothing really organized. This year I will embark on a new chapter and start to keep a detailed journal. I'm going to think of them as my hunting memoirs. I can't wait to read them in twenty years and think about all the places I've been and all of the memories I've had. Remember, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.
There is no need to spend a fortune on a journal; it can be as simple as a spiral notebook or a simple binder. But remember, you want to be able to keep these forever and be able to pass them down to your children and your children's children. You may want to consider a leather wrapped journal. The rustic feel and smell of tanned leather is the perfect accompaniment to hunter's belongings. Try to find one that can utilize over the counter refills. Also, heavier weight paper will cost you a bit more, but the quality will allow it to last forever. There are many small companies out there that make custom journals, and most can personalize your journal for a small fee.
With the majority of hunters now carrying digital cameras in the field, if the opportunity presents you may want to consider adding photos to your journal. Many of the companies I speak of also make journals that can hold pictures. If not, simply print them out and include them somewhere in your journal.
And remember, if not for you, do it for your family."
Veni, Vidi, Sagittam Mittere, now I'm ready for my nap