Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 27, 2010) — At only 7 years old, Curtis Markham is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish and now, thanks to Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston, Curtis will be able to hunt and fish in North Carolina without ever purchasing a license.
Curtis, who is from South Mills, was one of three young anglers to take home lifetime licenses as part of a statewide drawing for participants in 46 kids’ “Fish for Fun events,” which were held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2010. He won the grand prize, a unified lifetime sportsman/coastal recreational fishing license, valued at $450.
Curtis’ license gives him statewide hunting privileges, including hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting, as well as fishing privileges in all public waters from the mountains to the coast.
Curtis’ love for the outdoors began at age 3 after his uncles took him fishing for the first time —a trip that got him hooked. He says he now goes fishing and hunting as much as he can, and prefers to fish on the Manteo Little Bridge and in Oregon Inlet. Along with fishing, he cites turkey and deer hunting and camping with his family as his favorite things to do.
Curtis is the son of Pete and Glenna Markham of South Mills. He is a rising 2nd grader at Grandy Primary School in Camden County.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.