To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question! Well, it is the question for some people and since the vaccine has been available in New York there have been incentives put in place to encourage residents to "get the shot".

New York State incentives to vaccinate have been offered in a variety of ways from awarding passes to state parks, lottery tickets and even a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY school! Now the "shot" takes on a whole new incentive.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  just announced the new 'Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure' sweepstakes. This latest incentive is intended to get New York's outdoorsmen vaccinated!

From now until December 31st, anyone that 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.

  • There will be 5 Grand Prize Winners that will get to choose one of the deluxe packages. Each valued at around $2,000.
  • 25 entrants will be selected to receive Second Tier prizes and will get to choose one of the second tier packages, valued at around $1,000 each.
  • The first 2,000 people to receive their first vaccination and enter the sweepstakes by Dec. 31, will have 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.

Here are some of the prizes available in this incentive:

  • Fishing kayak, vest, rod and reel;
  • High-quality crossbow package or compound bow package with ½ dozen bolts or arrows, ladder tree stand, safety harness/fall arrest system, and 10x42 binoculars;
  • High-quality riflescope, ladder tree stand, safety harness/fall arrest system, and 10x42 binoculars;
  • High-quality ground blind, turkey hunting vest, hen decoy pair, shotgun optical sight, slate call, and 10x42 binoculars

Full details can be found HERE.

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