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Two Youngsters Win Lifetime Licenses in National Fishing and Boating Week Drawing

Author: NCWRC blogger/Thursday, July 18, 2019/Categories: Fishing, Hunting

Two Youngsters Win Lifetime Licenses in National Fishing and Boating Week Drawing

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and Triangle Fly Fishers, recently presented two young anglers with lifetime licenses at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

Anna Overly, an eight-year-old from Gibsonville, received a lifetime unified sportsman license, and Malachi Pearson, a 10-year-old from Valdese, received a lifetime comprehensive inland fishing license. Both winners were chosen at random in a statewide drawing from more than 30 statewide events celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week.

Anna won the unified sportsman license (valued at $450) by registering at the kids’ fishing event at Guilford-Mackintosh Park in Burlington on May 18. The license, donated by Russell Rhodes of Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston, will allow her to enjoy fishing and hunting privileges in North Carolina for the rest of her life. These privileges include fishing in all of North Carolina’s coastal and inland public waters, big game/waterfowl hunting and hunting on game lands.

“I’m excited to win this license,” Overly said. “I started fishing since I was two years old. It’s all about patience.”

Malachi registered for the drawing on May 18 at the McGalliard Falls Park fishing event in Valdese. His lifetime freshwater fishing license grants Malachi with fishing privileges in all public, inland waters in North Carolina, including designated mountain trout waters, trout waters on game lands and joint waters. The license, a $250 value, was donated by Triangle Fly Fishers.

“It’s an honor to win and an amazing feeling,” said Pearson, who enjoys fishing for bass and catfish with his family.

Both winners were presented their lifetime licenses by Chairman John Coley at the Commission’s business meeting on July 18.

One hundred additional young anglers across the state won fishing-related prizes, including rods and reels, playing cards, fishing towels and tackle boxes, courtesy of the Commission. For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week, visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation webpage.

 

Photo information: Left to right: Terry Hackett (Triangle Fly Fishers), Malachi Pearson, Anna Overly, and Russell Rhodes (Neuse Sports Shop). Credit - Missy McGaw

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