on Jul 11, 2014 03:20 PM • Views 3217

Lifetime freshwater fishing license winner Riley Halstead of Pilot Mountain is flanked by National Fishing and Boating Week sponsors Ned Jones (L) from Trout Unlimited, Russell Rhodes from Neuse Sport Shop and Wildlife Commission Chairman Jim Cogdell.

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, presented Riley Halstead, of Pilot Mountain, with a lifetime freshwater fishing license at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh yesterday.

Riley, 7, received her lifetime license as part of a statewide drawing for participants in 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were in held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2014. The Wildlife Commission also drew names for fishing-related prizes to send to 322 other young anglers across the state — from rods and reels and tackle boxes courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop to mini tackle boxes, T-shirts and fishing hand towels from the Commission. A list of all winners, alphabetized by last name, is listed here.

Wildlife Commission Chairman Jim Cogdell presented Riley with her certificate and lifetime license — a $250 value paid for by N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited. A rising third grader at Westfield Elementary School in Surry County, Riley attended the meeting with her parents Kristi and Ron, and siblings Mack and Piper.

Riley won the license after registering for the drawing at the June 7 Kids’ Fishing Derby at Pilot Mountain State Park. Although it was her first time fishing, Riley comes from a family of anglers, so she expects to put her freshwater fishing license to good use. Her 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.

In addition to Riley, another young angler, Tyler Bristol, 8, of Albemarle won a sportsman/coastal recreational fishing license after registering for the drawing at the Albemarle Parks Fish for Fun Day at City Park during National Fishing and Boating Week.

Tyler’s license, which was donated by Neuse Sport Shop and is valued at $450, gives him statewide fishing privileges in all public waters from the mountains to the coast, as well as hunting privileges, including hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting.

Since 2001, the Wildlife Commission, along with partners such as Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, and the U.S. Forest Service, has supported these free fishing events during National Fishing and Boating Week to promote fishing as a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy. 

For more information on fishing in North Carolina’s public, inland waters, visit the fishing page or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.