Give the gift of hunting, fishing

Need a cool gift for that outdoorsman friend or family member?

Well the state has just what you need.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie’s bill directing the state to create “gift cards” that can be used for hunting and fishing license and other fees won final approval in the Senate last week.

“Hunting, fishing and outdoor sports are traditions that are handed on from generation to generation, and these gift cards will make it easier for parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends to share their love of the outdoors,” said  Ritchie.

Last year, the state Department of Environmental Conservation unveiled gift cards that could be used for camping fees at state-run campgrounds.

The cards were valued at $25 each, and the DEC even offered a one-time free giveaway last year to promote them to holiday shoppers.

Ritchie’s bill (S.6574) was previously approved by the Assembly, and will now be sent to the governor for his signature.

DEC has reported declining license sales in recent years, and Senator Ritchie said her proposal could help renew interest in hunting and fishing among the next generation, as well as help provide a convenient way for longtime outdoorsmen to continue to enjoy the sports.

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