DEC launches second phase of 'WomenHuntFishNY' photo contest

ALBANY. The contest runs June 17 through July 8; sports men and woman are encouraged to share photos any time of year.

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  • Photos from the DEC's fall WomenHuntFishNY hunting photo contest can be found online at

  • Big Game Hunting: Rebecca Meigel on the Moose River Plains in the Adirondacks. “My first buck, taken in the Moose River Plains. He came in grunting at me and I was able to get a shot straight on at 20 yards. Tracked him for .6 miles where I found him down in a beaver fly. It took 6.5 hours and a canoe ride across the Moose River to get him out. Best day of my life!”

  • Before the Hunt: Carey Killion and dog Sally (Weimaraner) in Genesee County. “Dog training for a NAVHDA Finger Lakes Chapter. Our chapter does a lot to promote hunting and gun safety to our local youth hunters and we encourage and get good participation from a few young ladies.”

  • Group: Michelle Sanford (daughter-in-law) and Cathy Sanford (mother-in-law) in Broome County. “I am entering not because we shot the biggest deer around but to promote women hunting and to prove that anyone can do it along with have so much fun. I have been with my husband for six years now and I have always got along great with his family, but there is something special about hunting season that really brings us together as a family. I love to hunt but hunting with my mother-in-law is something really special to me! To be able to provide for my family as well as grow an amazing relationship with my other family is awesome! From freezing our butts off in the cold to vacuum sealing it in the kitchen we are always having fun and being safe!”

  • Youth: Alexis Nikiel (age 9) and Aleah Brauen (age 9) in Bennington. “It was our girls’ night and this time we brought her best friend Aleah along. They signed and dated the wall of the house that day and still talk about it! This is a perfect addition to that day ... they will never forget it.”

Following the success of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's statewide photo contest for women hunters, Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced the second phase of the "WomenHuntFishNY" contest to celebrate women anglers in the state.

The contest officially opens on Monday, June 17, and continues through July 8.

"Women are an underrepresented, yet growing segment of New York State's angling public, and we want to highlight them in action," Seggos said in the press release detailing the contest. "Collecting and sharing photos of these female anglers - of all ages and abilities - will inspire women and girls to get outside and cast a line."

Women who fish in New York State are encouraged to share their photos by emailing

DEC welcomes photos of all aspects of safe, legal and ethical fishing.

Contest categories include:

• Freshwater fishing;

• Saltwater fishing;

• Ice fishing;

• Youth (girls) fishing;

• Mothers and children/multi-generational;

• Action shots (casting, reeling or landing the big one).

To be considered in the contest, photos must depict women fishing in New York State.

Fishing photos entered in DEC's fall WomenHuntFishNY hunting photo contest will automatically be entered for consideration.

Participants are encouraged to include a sentence to describe their image or experience.

The deadline for contest entries is Monday, July 8. However, sportsmen and women are encouraged to share photos with DEC any time of year.

All submissions will be-come property of DEC to be used in promotions and outreach.

Winning entries will be featured on DEC's website, social media posts, marketing campaigns, print products and future outreach to in-spire future generations of female anglers.

To view photos that were entered in the 2018 "WomenHuntFishNY" statewide photo contest, visit DEC's photo album at

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