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First 2,000 New Yorkers who receive first COVID-19 vaccine dose Dec. 1-31 eligible to enter random drawing
√ Grand prizes include lifetime fishing and hunting licenses and deluxe equipment
√ All entrants receive subscription to DEC's ‘Conservationist’ magazine and a tree seedling
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the new “Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure” sweepstakes is open.
Launched last week by Gov. Kathy Hochul, the COVID-19 vaccine incentive is intended to bolster vaccination rates among New Yorkers who enjoy the great outdoors. During the month of December, anyone who receives their first COVID-19 vaccine dose is eligible to enter the sweepstakes and a random drawing to win special prize packages tailored to anglers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.
“I applaud Gov. Hochul’s ongoing efforts to educate New Yorkers about the critical need to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and their communities,” Seggos said. “As we continue to move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, the new ‘Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure’ sweepstakes is a great way to encourage more New Yorkers, including the growing number of people discovering the state’s world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, to get vaccinated and earn the chance to win some great gear after they do.”
Five entrants will be randomly selected to receive the grand prize and the opportunity to choose one of the following deluxe packages valued at approximately $2,000:
√ Fishing: Lifetime fishing license, fishing kayak, vest, rod and reel;
√ Bowhunter: Lifetime hunter and bowhunting license, high-quality crossbow package or compound bow package with a half-dozen bolts or arrows, ladder tree stand, safety harness/fall arrest system, and 10-by-42 binoculars;
√ Rifle hunter: Lifetime sportsman license, high-quality riflescope, ladder tree stand, safety harness/fall arrest system, and 10-by-42 binoculars;
√ Turkey hunter: Lifetime sportsman license, high-quality ground blind, turkey hunting vest, hen decoy pair, shotgun optical sight, slate call, and 10-by-42 binoculars; and
√ Birding: 20-60x spotting scope, 10-by-42 binoculars, bird feeder, bird seed, bird house, deluxe birding guide, and “I Bird NY” materials.
Twenty-five entrants will be randomly selected to receive second tier prizes and the choice of one of the following packages, valued at approximately $1,000:
√ Fishing: Annual fishing license, fishing kayak, vest, rod and reel;
√ Bowhunter: Annual hunter and bowhunting license, high-quality crossbow or compound bow package with a half-dozen bolts or arrows, a ladder tree stand, a safety harness/fall arrest system, and 8-by-42 binoculars;
√ Riflehunter: Annual hunting license, high-quality riflescope, a ladder tree stand, a safety harness/fall arrest system, and 8-by-42 binoculars;
√ Turkey hunter: Annual hunting license and turkey permit, high-quality ground blind, turkey hunting vest, hen decoy, slate call, and 8-by-42 binoculars; and
√ Birder: 8-by-42 binoculars, birdfeeder, birdseed and “I Bird NY” materials.
The first 2,000 people to receive their first vaccination and enter the sweepstakes by Dec. 31 will receive a tree seedling from DEC's Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Tree Nursery in Saratoga, and their choice of either a $25 gift card for a free night of camping at a DEC campground, or a $25 gift card to a major sporting goods retailer. In addition, the 2,000 sweepstakes entrants will receive a one-year subscription to DEC's Conservationist magazine, which is currently celebrating its 75th year in publication.
Information about how to enter the sweepstakes is available on DEC’s website. Prior to fulfillment of a hunting license and any associated privilege (e.g., bowhunting privilege), the recipient must complete a hunter education course and bowhunter education course (in the case of the bowhunter prize package) and present certificate(s) of completion.
All eligible, vaccinated entrants must adhere to all applicable requirements to receive a hunting or fishing license in New York, including completion of required hunter education courses and other rules. For more information about hunting and freshwater fishing licenses, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6094.html and https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html.