New York State recently launched a new campaign to encourage outdoor enthusiasts to get vaccinated against COVID-19, called “Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure” Vaccine Incentive Competition for Hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. Those who take the jab enter a raffle to win big prizes.

Any New Yorker who receives their first dose of vaccine between December 1 and December 31, 2021, will have the opportunity to participate in the “Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure” raffle and a raffle to win prizes. special price packages suitable for fishermen, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

“The DEC applauds the many outdoor adventurers who have been vaccinated and hopes that the announcement of the raffle will strengthen ongoing efforts to help more people choose to receive their first injection this winter,” said the Commissioner of the DEC, Basil Seggos. “As we continue to move forward in the COVID-19 pandemic, the new ‘Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure’ contest is a great way to encourage more New Yorkers, including the growing number of people. who discover the state’s world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, to get vaccinated and earn the chance to earn some great gear after them.

Five participants will be randomly selected to receive the grand prize and the opportunity to choose one of the following luxury packages valued at approximately $ 2,000:

Peach: Lifetime fishing license, fishing kayak, life jacket, rod and reel; Bow hunter: Lifetime hunter and bow hunting license, high quality crossbow set or compound bow set with half a dozen bolts or arrows, ladder tree stand, safety harness / system fall arrester and 10×42 binoculars; Rifle hunter: Lifetime athlete’s license, high quality riflescope, ladder tree stand, safety harness / fall arrest system and 10×42 binoculars; turkey hunter: Lifetime sportsman’s license, high quality ground blind, turkey hunting vest, pair of hen decoys, optical sight for shotgun, slate call and 10×42 binoculars; and Bird Watching: 20-60x spotting scope, 10×42 binoculars, bird feeder, bird seed, bird nesting box, deluxe birding guide and I Bird NY gear. Twenty-five participants will be randomly selected to receive second level prizes and the choice of one of the following packages, valued at approximately $ 1,000:

Peach: Annual fishing license, fishing kayak, life jacket, rod and reel Bow hunting: Annual hunter and bow hunting license, high quality crossbow OR compound bow set with half a dozen bolts or arrows, ladder tree stand, safety harness / fall arrest system and binoculars 8×42 Rifle Hunting: Annual hunting license, high quality scope, ladder tree support, safety harness / fall arrest system and 8×42 binoculars Turkey hunting: Annual hunting license and turkey license, High quality awning, turkey hunting vest, hen lure, slate call and 8×42 binoculars Birdwatching: 8×42 binoculars, bird feeder, bird seed and I Bird NY materials.

The first 2,000 people to receive their first vaccine between December 1 and December 31, 2021, and to enter the raffle by December 31, 2021, will receive a tree seedling from Colonel William F. Fox’s Memorial Nursery from DEC to 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 at a major sporting goods retailer. In addition, the 2,000 raffle participants will receive a one-year subscription to CED’s Conservationist magazine, which is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Information on how to enter the raffle is available on the CED website. All eligible and vaccinated participants must comply with all applicable requirements to receive a New York Hunting or Fishing License, including completion of required hunter training courses and other rules. For more information, visit the DEC Hunting License and Fishing License web pages.