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'Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure' Sweepstakes

November 28, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today on Upstate drive time radio a new vaccine incentive to bolster vaccination rates among New Yorkers who enjoy the great outdoors.

Beginning Dec. 1 through the end of the year, anyone that receives their first vaccine dose will have the opportunity to enter the 'Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure' sweepstakes and a random drawing to win special prize packages tailored to anglers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

"New York State is known for its outdoor gems and rich sporting traditions, and this important vaccine incentive reflects that," Governor Hochul said. "As we pass another milestone with 90 percent of New Yorkers having received their first dose, we need to keep the pace of vaccination going. By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself whether you're indoors or outdoors. Don't delay."

Five Grand Prize winners will be randomly selected from the pool of 2,000 sweepstakes entrants to receive their choice of deluxe fishing, hunting, and birding packages. Each Grand Prize package will include a lifetime license and the highest quality hunting and fishing gear. The deluxe birding package will include a spotting scope, binoculars, and more.

In addition, 25 entrants will be randomly selected to receive their choice of Second Tier fishing and hunting packages. These packages will include annual licenses and equipment specific to angling, bowhunting, rifle hunting, and turkey hunting. The beginning birder package includes binoculars, birdfeeder, bird seed, and I Bird NY materials.

The first 2,000 people to enter the sweepstakes will all receive a tree seedling from DEC's Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Tree Nursery in Saratoga, NY, and their choice of either a gift card to a major sporting goods retailer, or a free night of camping at a DEC campground. In addition, all sweepstakes entrants will receive a one-year subscription to DEC's Conservationist Magazine, which is currently celebrating its 75th year in publication.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "DEC is proud to support Governor Hochul's efforts to get more New Yorkers vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. New York is home to world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, particularly hunting, fishing, and birding. The Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure sweepstakes is a great way to get more New Yorkers outside in nature while encouraging aspiring hunters and anglers to get vaccinated."

Information about how to enter the sweepstakes will be available on the DEC website ( beginning Dec. 1. All eligible, vaccinated entrants must adhere to all applicable requirements to receive a hunting or fishing license in New York State, including completion of required Hunter Education courses and other rules. For more information, visit Hunting Licenses - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation and Fishing Licenses - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

New York Pressroom

November 24, 2021

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