Kinston Angler Wins Lifetime Unified Sportsman License

By / Fishing / Tuesday, 21 July 2015 04:00

KINSTON, N.C. (July 20, 2015) — Although she didn’t catch any fish during a National Fishing and Boating Week event in June, 12-year-old Hannah Ball  reeled in a much bigger prize from the event — a lifetime unified sportsman license, courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston.  Hannah, of Deep Run, won the lifetime license after registering at the Neuseway Nature Park kids’ fishing event in Kinston. She, along with Faith Duncan, 10, of Madison, won the grand prize and first prize, respectively, in a random statewide drawing involving 36 fishing events held across North Carolina in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2015. Faith won a lifetime comprehensive inland fishing license, courtesy of the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited.
In addition to Hannah and Faith, 150 other young anglers won fishing-related prizes, given away by Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Hannah’s lifetime unified sportsman license is valued at $680. It gives her 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. Faith’s $250 comprehensive inland fishing license gives her lifetime fishing privileges on inland and joint waters, including mountain trout waters.
For Hannah, the fishing and hunting privileges will come in handy when she reaches 16 because she loves to fish and hunt. She started fishing with her parents and grandparents when she was around 3 years old and started hunting about two years ago. She said her favorite fish to catch are largemouth bass and catfish. She prefers fishing with worms because they’re easy to find in her backyard. She enjoys both freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing, spending most of her time catching fish at Neuseway Park and Tulls Millpond.
Hannah, along with her parents, Joe and Stacey Ball, and grandparents, Glenn and Kathy Heath, traveled to Raleigh on July 16 where she was presented her lifetime license and certificate by Wildlife Commission Chairman John Litton Clark during the agency’s business meeting.
She is rising 7th grader at Woodington Middle School in Kinston. When she’s not fishing or hunting, Hannah enjoys dancing, cheering and riding horses.
Since 2001, the Commission, along with partners Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service, has helped coordinate free fishing events across the state during National Fishing and Boating Week to promote fishing as a fun, family-friendly activity. For more information on fishing in North Carolina’s public, inland waters, visit the Commission’s fishing page or call the Inland Fisheries Division, 919-707-0220.

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