Hunter Ed graduate reaps reward at Lake Mead
This story starts last summer when Logan Day had his name drawn out of the hat for a good-student fishing trip that I give to each Arizona hunter education class I am involved with.
Day was awarded the trip after being one of the many good students who sat through an intense two-weekend class held in the clubhouse at the Mohave Sportsman Club's 7 Mile Hill Shooting Range.
In each of those classes, the top student chosen by the instructor staff receives a free overnight fishing trip with me. A parent/guardian also goes on the trip.
Then another student's name is drawn and they, too, receive a trip. The criterion are that they must have not caused any disciplinary problems during the class, must have completed their workbooks on time and must have done well on their final test and during the field day exercises.
As it turned out Day was one of the top four students selected as honor graduates from his class, R-2-10. But he didn't get the top spot, so at that point he didn't have a fishing trip.
But then the young sportsman who was awarded the position of the top honors drew a name out of the many who had qualified for the good student award. As luck would have it, Logan's name was drawn.
A couple of weeks ago, arrangements were made with Logan and his mother, Dawn, to go on a trip. Also accompanying us would be my good friend, Jay Chan, who is also friends with the Day family.
A trip was set up for Thursday night, and Dawn and Logan showed up at my Meadview home all ready to go.
Chan and I had things ready to go, and after dinner at the Crow's Nest, we loaded up the boat and headed out of South Cove for a short ride in my jet boat.
After we arrived, we anchored, put out the floating lights, tossed out a little chum and set up for the night.
It wasn't that long before the stripers and the catfish started to bite, but the action wasn't as fast and furious as it has been in the past.
The good news was everyone in the boat caught fish, and even though Logan was obviously tired as the night went on, he stayed true to the course and nodded off just a time or two.
But he did catch some nice fish!
When we got back to the house, we found out that we had 65 fish in the ice chests. We ended up with 40 stripers and 25 catfish.
The catch was filleted by Chan and the Day's took home about 17 pounds of good striper and catfish.
I've got another trip set up for another hunter-ed winner in a week or so, and I'll let you know how we do on that trip.
I think we all had fun on this trip, and it really drives home a point that I try to make to the kids in those hunter-education classes.
I don't reward for poor or bad behavior, but for those who are willing to abide by the rules, be a good student and a good citizen, there are always rewards to be had!