My question is beside the basic stuff such as the date, daily weather and such, what else should one include? How detailed do you get? I think that for the journal to be useful in years to come it should a detailed as possible but where do you draw the line? I have also thought that as an opener to each years daily logs, it might be useful to have a breif description of the pre seasons weather patterns, excessive rain or heat or drought etc. Any thoughts?
My hunting expeditions are rather simple: 1 week for moose and 1 week for whitetails. I start each year's entries with a summary of the past year's weather and a statement about the status of the herd. Additionally, if something noteworthy occured over the past year, I may include that as well. At the end of each day afield, I will document the day's experiences. Since I hunt with a group, I interview each member to determine if they saw anything, or the details of filling their tag. At the end of the week, I'll usually include some closing remarks.
Keeping a journal can be a bit taxing at times... especially if you had a long day afield. Sometimes the guys that I hunt with are tired and not very forthcoming with information. One thing that I discovered was that, when I started a writing a journal 27 years ago, the guys I hunted with thought it was a waste of time. Now, they all like to flip back through the years. I suggest that you include as much detail as possible... later in life you will be thankful for it.
Lastly, I also suggest that you take lots of pictures as a they will complement your journal.
"The true hunter counts his achievements in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport."
Dr. Saxton Pope