How to hunt, fish and have fun on YouTube


The trio of (from left) Jack Genzmer, Matt Miller and Talan Dybul started the YouTube channel tooturntoutdoors to feature their hunting and fishing adventures. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

“Dude, I’ve never touched a catfish in my life, I’m scared now,” Matt Miller said as he examined his latest catch after a three-minute battle to bring it through a hole in the ice.

Catfish, Jack Genzmer explained, sting with their fins.

“We handled it the best we could, and the fish is back in the water now, so that’s all that matters,” Genzmer said.

Welcome to the adventures of tooturntoutdoors, a new YouTube channel started by three longtime teenage friends a couple of months ago.

Miller, a senior at Ozaukee High School, his cousin, sophomore Talan Dybul, and January Ozaukee graduate Genzmer are sharing their enthusiasm for fishing, hunting and making lifelong memories via the magic of the internet.

The trio have loved outdoor activities since they were young.

“Our dads did a lot of it, and we just followed after them,” Dybul said.

“They’re getting lazy and we’re picking up the slack,” Miller said with a smirk.

Now, they want to bring as many people as they can along for the ride.

“We figured why not put our outdoors experience out there just for fun,” Genzmer said.

“Share the memories out there,” Miller said.

They planned to start the channel for a couple of months. Miller bought a GoPro camera on Black Friday — “It was a good investment,” Genzmer said — and edits the videos on his computer using iMovie with skills he learned through school projects. Genzmer and Dybul contribute clips from their phones.

The initial video was to cover the group duck hunting. It turned out like many ventures that rely on the unpredictability of nature.

“We tried to film our first video out there and it did not go as planned,” Miller said. “We didn’t get much.”

That video didn’t make the cut, and it wasn’t the only one like it.

“Not many people watch catching three fish or shooting one bird in one video,” Miller said.

After making a short intro clip, the first video was of pigeon hunting with pellet guns.

But this was more than just for fun. It was “catch ’em, cook ’em action,” they said.

They debreasted the birds and grilled them with all-purpose Cajun seasoning, which Genzmer accidentally called “cayenne style,” then offered the company that made the seasoning the chance to sponsor their channel.

The trio clinked the breasts together like champagne glasses and tasted their kill.

“They’re pretty good. A little tough, but they taste just like steak,” Miller said.

“That Cajun seasoning gives it a little kick but it’s a good kick,” Genzmer said.

They’re a one-stop shop when it comes to the hobby. They all can clean their catches.

“It’s kind of a nice life skill. We learn from each other. We clean fish in certain ways,” Genzmer said.

“It’s kind of like we teach each other,” Dybul said. “I never knew how to filet a fish before Matt taught me how to do it.”

The guys aim for entertainment value in addition to their outdoors enthusiasm.

In one video during ice fishing, it was “freaking cold,” Miller said.

But one of their team was toasty.

“Jack was in the shanty the whole time,” Miller said.

They don’t operate with scripts and are improving their speaking skills. Genzmer and Miller talked over each other once in what looked like a newscaster blooper.

“Cut that whole part out,” Genzmer said.

“Just keep it in,” Dybul said with a laugh.

Genzmer said that it was initially “kind of awkward with a camera in our faces,” but they’ve gotten used to it and try to be themselves.

They keep it authentic, sharing that they weren’t able to capture catching some of their bluegills and perch on video, admitting “the Go-Pro died,” Miller said.

But they are serious when it comes to safety.

Miller filmed himself checking the ice on a lake. He walked out onto the ice, nearly stumbled in the slush, and jammed his spud bar through. He showed a chunk of “maybe an inch” of ice to the camera.

“Make sure you guys are being safe out here. Always bring your spud bar,” he said.

None of the three claim to be the best fisher or hunter, but they noticed a trend.

“Usually, one will catch all the fish,” Genzmer said.

Trips to area lakes and wooded areas are often planned at the last minute, working around athletic and job schedules. Genzmer played football and works at Standard Machine in Saukville with plans to become an electrician. Miller plays basketball and baseball, and Dybul plays baseball and wrestles.

“It kind of gives us more motivation to get up and get out there. Something to look forward to,” Genzmer said of the channel.

They try to post two videos per week and get excited seeing the number of views. They said they average about 200 per video and hope for a biggie.

“I can’t want to get home and edit it and see people watch,” Miller said. “One of these videos is going to blow up.”

They’ve got nearly 150 subscribers, eclipsing their goal of 100 by Jan. 1.

Marketing is about to take the next step. They’re in the process of getting merchandise so fans can show their support and spread the word.

Money from the shirts and hats will be put into a pot to purchase better camera equipment.

Excursions may expand as well. Genzmer recently purchased a 16-foot boat with a trolling motor. The trio would also like to try a 24-hour survival challenge.

Much like the birds they shoot and eat, the sky is the limit.

“I think we all just wanted to have somewhere to put all our clips out there and see where it takes us,” Genzmer said.

“We’ll look back at it in 10 years. Who knows? We still could be doing it,” Miller said.

“Just laugh at ’em,” Dybul said.

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