Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the winners of the “Take Your Picture for an Outdoor Adventure” contest. Launched late last year, the COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Contest has helped boost vaccination rates among New Yorkers who love the great outdoors with prize packs tailored to anglers, hunters and others outdoor enthusiasts. A total of 436 New Yorkers participated in the draw.
“New Yorkers who got vaccinated to protect themselves and others during the COVID-19 pandemic should be very proud of our progress,” Governor Hochul said. “Adding hundreds of people to our already impressive percentage of vaccinated individuals is a victory for the entire state and these fantastic prizes for the lucky winners are an added bonus. The vaccine is our greatest weapon in the fight against this pandemic. , and the more New Yorkers who get vaccinated, the sooner we can continue on our path to recovery.”
State Department Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said: “Governor Kathy Hochul is focused on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting the health of our communities. DEC was proud to do its part to encourage people to get vaccinated with our ‘Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure,” designed specifically to appeal to anyone who enjoys the outdoors. With more adventurers vaccinated, we hope to see more visitors return to New York’s natural resources year after year.
The Luxury Package Grand Prize winners chose from packages valued at approximately $2,000. The grand prize winners are:
- Laura M. of Genesee County selected the Freshwater Fishing Package, which includes a lifetime freshwater fishing license, fishing kayak, vest, rod and reel;
- Robert T. from Chemung County chose the Bowhunter Prize package, which includes a lifetime hunting and bow hunting license, a high-quality crossbow package or a compound bow package with ½ dozen bolts or arrows, a ladder support, a safety harness/fall arrest system and 10×42 binoculars;
- Ryan W. of Onondaga County selected the Turkey Hunter Prize Package, which includes a lifetime sportsman’s license, high quality blind, turkey hunting vest, pair of hen decoys, optical sight for shotgun, a slate call and 10×42 binoculars; and
- Graydon B. of Ontario County and Paul T. of Dutchess County both selected the rifle hunter award. Each will receive a lifetime athlete license, high quality riflescope, ladder rack, safety harness/fall arrest system and 10×42 binoculars.
Twenty-five entrants will receive their choice of second tier prizes valued at approximately $1,000, including:
- Fishing: Annual freshwater fishing permit, fishing kayak, vest, rod and reel;
- Bowhunter: annual hunting and bowhunting license, high quality crossbow OR compound bow with ½ dozen bolts or arrows, ladder rack, safety harness/fall arrest system and 8×42 binoculars;
- Rifle Hunter: Annual hunting license, high quality riflescope, tree ladder rack, safety harness/fall arrest system and 8×42 binoculars;
- Turkey hunter: annual hunting license and turkey license, high quality ground cover, turkey hunting vest, chicken decoy, slate call and 8×42 binoculars; and
- Birder: 8×42 binoculars, bird feeder, birdseed and I Bird NY equipment.
All attendees will receive a tree seedling from the DEC Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Nursery in Saratoga and their choice of a $25 gift card for a free night of camping at a DEC campground or a $25 gift to a major sporting goods retailer. In addition, participants will receive a one-year subscription to DEC’s Conservationist magazine, which is is currently celebrating its 75th birthday in publication.
Prior to obtaining a hunting license and any associated privileges (e.g. bow hunting privilege), the recipient must complete a hunter education course and a bow hunter education course ( in the case of the bowhunting award) and present the certificate(s) of completion. All eligible and vaccinated participants must meet applicable requirements to receive a New York State freshwater hunting or fishing license, including successful completion of required hunter education courses and other rules. For more information on freshwater hunting and fishing licenses, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6094.html and https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html.
Availability of vaccines
All people five years of age and older who reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine. New Yorkers should continue to wear a mask where appropriate and follow all other health guidelines. FDA information sheets for recipients and caregivers on each vaccine are available: Pfizer-BioNTech/Cominarty; Modern; Johnson & Johnson.
COVID vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, federally qualified health centers and other locations across the state. To visit Vaccines.gov to find appointments near you or contact your local pharmacy or supplier.
To book an appointment directly at a New York State operated site, go to New York State Vaccine Planner and follow the instructions. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at New York State mass vaccination sites for all eligible individuals.