Next time somebody tells you the younger generation is going to the dogs, have them read the following quotes, all of which are excerpted from entries to the Field & Stream Young Writers Contest. The people who wrote these essays are responsible, committed individuals with a strong sense of purpose and self. Hunting and fishing have taught them valuable lessons about life. Patience, practice, responsibility, and dedication are mentioned time and again. As David Daniels of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, put it: "What does it take to be a hunter? Patience, sweat, devotion, sweat." They've also learned to cope with failure, and they understand that failure is often a better teacher than success. Above all, these young men and women have learned about humility, something a lot of adults could relearn. v The emotions and observations contained in the essays run the gamut. Some express simple awe at the beauty of being in the woods or on the water at first light; others demonstrate the incredible family bonds cemented by hunting and fishing. In one case, Kendra Swanson of Freeport, Illinois, delivered a terrific one-liner: "I've never been able to understand why they call it cleaning fish. There's nothing clean about it." In another case, Luke Burton, of Baker City, Oregon, reached a deeper understanding of what hunting and fishing are all about: "A successful hunt is not measured by the game harvested, but by the memories we take home."