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Alberta-style adventure lottery added incentive for outdoor lovers to get COVID-19 vaccine

New prizes added to Alberta's vaccine lottery include something for hunters, campers and fishers.
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Fishing and camping experiences, and hunting licenses on offer in outdoor adventure vaccine lottery. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Albertans can win lifetime hunting licences, camping experiences and more in the province's latest additions to the vaccine lottery prize pool.

The Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery, separate from the Open For Summer cash lottery, gives Albertans who get a first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine a chance at fishing licences, ski passes, and special licence hunting tags for bighorn sheep, trophy pronghorn, elk and turkey.

While the choice of including hunting opportunities for 'big game' may seem a curious lottery prize to some, the government, tourism and provincial organizations are on board.

Albertan Premier Jason Kenney said Alberta is adding more targeted, unique prizes in an effort to get more citizens vaccinated against COVID-19. "The Open for Summer Lottery has moved our vaccine numbers up and these new prizes should appeal to some folks who haven't yet got around to being vaccinated," he said.

"A lifetime hunting or fishing licence is something anyone who is an avid outdoors person would be happy to win," said Alberta Conservation Association president Todd Zimmerling.

Albertans can have a chance to win these outdoor prizes by receiving their first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine and registering in the Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery by Sept. 10.  Winners are expected to be announced on Sept. 17.

To date, 74.2 per cent of eligible Albertans have received their first dose of vaccine and 55.9 per cent are fully protected with two doses.

Prizes available include:

One special harvest hunting licence tag

One winner will receive the opportunity to choose one special licence, for use in either 2022 or 2023, in the hunting draw booklet published for that year. 

  • Choices may include unique and highly prized licence opportunities for species such as bighorn sheep, trophy pronghorn, elk or turkey.

  • Winner must be eligible to obtain a licence under the Wildlife Act and must comply with the terms of the licence and all applicable federal and provincial legislation.

  • Winner must hold or obtain a wildlife identification number.

One lifetime hunting licence

One winner will receive a combination package consisting of a wildlife certificate, resident general white-tailed deer licence and a resident game bird licence for life, enabling the winner to hunt whitetail deer and upland game birds without paying to renew the licence each year.

  • Winner must be eligible to obtain a licence under the Wildlife Act and must comply with the terms of the licence and all applicable federal and provincial legislation.

  • Winner must hold or obtain a wildlife identification number.

One lifetime sport fishing licence

One winner will receive an Alberta resident sport fishing licence for a lifetime of sport fishing across Alberta in accordance with the terms of the licence and all applicable federal and provincial legislation. 

  • Winner must be eligible to obtain a resident sport fishing licence.

  • Special harvest licences for some species are excluded from the licence (e.g., walleye).

  • Winner must hold or obtain a wildlife identification number.

One of five Alberta Parks camping experiences

Winners receive three consecutive night stays in the Alberta Parks system, which can be used for stays as per the prize awarded for May 21 to Sept. 5, 2022.

  • Winners choose from comfort camping or individual reservable campsites.

  • Winners who choose to camp at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park or Dinosaur Provincial Park will also receive free interpretive tours.

  • Winners must provide the dates and locations of their desired camping experience by Feb. 1, 2022, in writing to Alberta Environment and Parks. 

One of 10 Canmore Nordic Centre season ski passes

Valid Nov. 14, 2021 to April 30, 2022.

  • Winners can select either an individual or a family pass.

One of 10 annual Kananaskis Conservation Passes

Valid for one year from date of issue.

  • Good for two licence plates from the same household plus a trailer.

Prizes cannot be transferred or sold to another person.

Albertans need to register separately for the Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery by visiting alberta.ca/outdoorlottery. Lottery is open to Albertans age 18 and over who have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine.