The Wilderness Journal

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CLICK HERE To Find The Wilderness Journal NextGen on Instagram!
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CLICK HERE To Watch Episodes Of The Wilderness Journal on YouTube!

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2019 Dates For Free Fishing Weekends In Michigan: Feb. 16th & 17th, and June 8th & 9th! Click HERE for more information.

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Meet Our NextGen Director - Ian Lilly
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Ian is proud to be a Wilderness Journal Pro Staffer, Youth Ambassador & Cameraman, traveling with his parents and grandparents to hunt and fish throughout Michigan & the US. Varsity Hockey, Lacrosse and Soccer keep him busy when he isn't working hard at school or enjoying the outdoors. Having started hunting and fishing as soon as he could walk, Ian is looking forward to graduating high school with the class of 2020 and successfully transitioning to college.
On The Road With Ian:
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Had a great time in Northeast Missouri a few weeks ago! I've never seen so many deer in the late season, it blew my mind! The amazing guys over at Northeast Missouri Outfitters really put in work providing decent lodging and tremendous deer hunting ground. They have hundreds of different stands scattered over several locations, no matter the wind, they had a perfect location for everyone to hunt. Warm showers, comfy beds, and tasty food made our stay that much better (even though I was still in a brace after breaking my leg last October). For the season, the actual deer hunting was some of the best we've seen. We saw over 20 deer in the field at a time, and not just in one location, we saw them at every location we hunted. The big bucks and does weren't anxious or nervous, they were calm and didn't alarm easily. Click Here to watch the Wilderness Journal episode covering my trip, "The Last Hunt, Missouri."
I have been working on my cameraman skills over the last couple years, and I think my footage is getting better all the time. Check out past episodes of The Wilderness Journal either here on the "
Watch Episodes" page of the website or our Youtube channel to see some of the shows I have helped shoot footage for. Getting the chance to visit outfitters like this with The Wilderness Journal Television Show is one of the things I am most grateful for. There is something about a road trip, wether it's with friends, family or for work, that makes you try to really be in the moment, to take it all in and remember it in the days to come. Even if you don't have the time or the money to travel to the places you see on the show, make sure to try to be in that moment whenever you find yourself in the outdoors. A walk in the woods, fishing with your little sister or brother, listening to your grandparents talk about the big one that got away, be sure to pay attention, put down your phone and really try to be there. You won't be sorry you did.

Catch ya next time,
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Dear NextGen:
My mom and dad don't hunt and fish, how can I get out there if I don't have anyone to teach me?
-Mentorless kid

Dear Mentorless,
Just because your parents don't hunt and fish doesn't mean you can't be involved in the outdoors. Do you have family or friends that can help? Grandparents or neighbors or the parents of your close friends that would include you when they hunt and fish? Ask at your school to see if there is a hunting or fishing club (or start one yourself). There are many books and a ton of information to get you started. Hit the library and the internet, videos on everything from how to tie knots in fishing line to how to field dress game and recipes are available. If you drive you can enjoy the outdoors with hikes (stick to well marked local trails and take a friend!) or throwing a line in a lake or river from the bank. Reach out to your social media group to find kids you are already friends with that you might not know have a passion for trapping or skeet shooting or fly tying. Keep trying and don't give up, we're rooting for you!

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Latest Links & Interesting Stuff:


NWTF Top 10 Outdoor Survival Tips:
You're in a wilderness situation that's less than ideal- and you want to get back safety. Do you have the skills to protect yourself from harm?"
- Beth Dumbauld

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8 Fishing Knots to Know from Boy's Life:
A good article for getting started with the basics of fishing knots:

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Best Hunting Video Games
Updated for 2019 from Best Hunting World:

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Meet Our NextGen Staff
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Ian "E" Lilly
NextGen Director, WJTV Pro Staffer, Youth Ambassador & Cameraman

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Katelyn "The Bear" Lilly
NextGen Pro Staffer & Youth Ambassador

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Annabelle Peterman
Future NextGen Pro Staffer & Youth Ambassador

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Kyle Crusan
NextGen Pro Staffer & Youth Ambassador

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