Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2022

Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2022

Author: NCWRC blogger/Wednesday, May 4, 2022/Categories: Blog, Boating, Conservation, Fishing

NCWRC Staff Blog Post by Madeline David, Angler Engagement Coordinator

It’s that time of year! North Carolina kids and their families are invited to join in the fun of National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-11. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and its partners will be celebrating with FREE FAMILY FISHING EVENTS across the state in both May and June.

At these events, kids will get a chance to enter their name into a raffle prize drawing conducted by the NCWRC. The grand prize is a Sportsman Lifetime License donated by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston, which covers fishing inland waters and hunting in North Carolina. The second-place prize, donated by North Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited, is a Comprehensive Inland Fishing Lifetime License. Other prizes include fishing poles, tackle boxes, water bottles and waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

The prize drawings will be held at the end of June and published on the NCWRC’s website in July. The lifetime license winners will be invited to a special presentation of their license by commissioners, and celebration with the NCWRC staff, this summer.

“We’re grateful for our partners, Neuse Sport Shop and Trout Unlimited, for providing two budding anglers with these licenses,” Madeline David, angler engagement coordinator for the NCWRC, said. “We hope to see these kids enjoy fishing for many, many years. Even in an entire lifetime, I’m not sure anyone could take advantage of all the amazing fishing opportunities in North Carolina.”

At some events, local partners may also provide additional prizes or gifts for young anglers.

The NCWRC will stock fish at many of the sites ahead of time to elevate the experience.

FYI for parents and guardians - typically in our state, anyone 16 years of age and older needs a license to fish, but that won’t be necessary at these particular events.

“By giving those without a fishing license a ‘pass’ for these events, we’re hoping that moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas – whoever is taking that child fishing – see the value in investing in a license for the future,” David said. “Fishing is a fantastic family bonding activity.”

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