Ask anyone who knows me well and they will tell you that I have a real issue with today's entitlement generation.
A lot of folks out there don't believe in working and just think they are entitled to have every one of their needs fulfilled.
My parents raised me by the creed that if you want something, then get out there and work for it.
I've been a hunter education instructor for many years in Kingman and I'm happy to say that the kids we have in our classes generally aren't that way.
They want to go hunting and they know that it is a privilege, not a right. And they have to work hard to earn that privilege.
The students have a lot of work to do, both in class and at home, if they want to graduate from our 32-hour class.
I assure you that when those in the class receive that blue card at graduation, they have earned it.
I tell each class right up front that I don't reward bad behavior or nonperformance, but I will reward those who go above and beyond.
With that in mind, I do award two kids in each class an overnight fishing trip for them and a parent/guardian on Lake Mead through my business, Striper Hunters.
One of the trips is for the top honor student as selected by the hunter education staff. The other trip is given to a student whose name is drawn out of a hat by the class's top honor graduate. We call that award the "Good Student Award."
In our March class, we had the pleasure of having the Powell family attend. We had the father, Brian, his son Joe and daughter Hallie.
To make a long story short, they all did fantastic. Hallie was selected by the hunter ed staff (I didn't get to vote) as the class's top honor graduate.
So she won a trip.
But to show just how family-oriented this young lady is, she asked if her brother Joe could also go fishing with us.
I had no problem with that.
So a trip was set up for last week. Along with Brian, Hallie and Joe, I also had one of our new hunter ed instructors, Johnnie Hoeft, go along.
The trip was a lot of fun despite the fact we were dealing with an almost full moon, but everyone on the boat caught fish.
When the bite was over around 5 a.m., we had 96 fish in the boat - 85 stripers and 12 channel cats.
Our big fish weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces. Our best 10 weighed 13 pounds, 14 ounces, and our best 40 stripers weighed 47 pounds, 14 ounces.
Needless to say, the Powell family took home a lot of great filets.
I'm not going to say here who caught the most fish out of the Powell family. You'll just have to ask them.
But here is a hint: It was the only female in the boat.
Also, as a result of the hunter ed experience, I was happy to recruit Brian as one of the new instructors who recently took and completed new instructor training.
He, along with Johnnie Hoeft, John Rodriguez and Danny Kolander, are all now certified volunteer hunter education instructors for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.