Saturday, July 6, 2013 —
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2013) — As if reeling in seven trout during the June 1 “Troutacular” fishing event in Spruce Pine weren’t enough, Corey Buchanan also reeled in a unified lifetime sportsman’s license, courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston, which donated the license.
Corey, 9, was the grand prize winner in a statewide random drawing for participants in 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun events,” which were held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2013.
Jaimee Yankow, of Jacksonville, was the first prize winner of a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited. Jaimee, 9, registered for the prize drawing at the Jacksonville Training Academy Youth Fishing Derby on June 8.
In addition to Corey and Jaimee, 150 other kids netted prizes — from rods-and-reel combos, tackle boxes and spools of fishing line, courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop to mini tackle boxes and fishing hand towels from the Wildlife Commission. A list of names, as well as the prizes won, is available on the Commission’s website.
Corey’s unified lifetime sportsman license will let him fish and hunt in North Carolina for free for life — even if he moves out of state. The fishing and hunting privileges include fishing in all public waters — from trout fishing in mountain streams to surf fishing on the coast — as well as hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting.
Jaimee’s lifetime freshwater fishing license gives her fishing privileges in all public inland waters in North Carolina, including designated mountain trout waters, trout waters on game lands and joint waters.
The Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, and the U.S. Forest Service, supported these free fishing events during National Fishing and Boating Week to promote fishing as a fun, outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy.
For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week, visit takemefishing.com. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.
About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.