Winners of the 2017 Licence of a Lifetime lottery have received a free licence to hunt game and catch fish in Nova Scotia.

This is the 25th year the province and the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters have jointly offered the prize.

Margaret Miller, minister of Natural Resources, and Travis McLeod, federation president, randomly selected this year’s winners, who are Henry Stern of Halifax and Chad Pyne of Yarmouth Co.

“We’re promoting and supporting the traditional Nova Scotian pastimes of hunting and fishing through this yearly lottery,” Miller says.

Each winner receives a general fishing licence, a small game hunting licence, and their choice of a deer hunting, bear hunting, bear snaring or fur harvester licence. Winners are still required to purchase their Wildlife Habitat Stamp.

“I want to thank the departments of Natural Resources and Fisheries and Aquaculture for their cooperation and support in this licence lottery,” McLeod says. “We’re pleased to work with government to highlight these traditional activities enjoyed by tens of thousands of Nova Scotians each year.”

Money earned from Licence of a Lifetime ticket sales goes to support the federation’s education and advocacy programs.