Sending an Article or Photo

PC: Steve Oehlenschlager

DUCK HUNTIN’ MAGAZINE Writer’s Guidelines 8/2019

General info:

  • We cover waterfowl hunting. We do not cover deer or other game. Please write for our whole audience. We have readers who are newbies who haven’t shot at a duck yet, and grizzled waterfowlers who’ve hunted 60-plus seasons — have something interesting to tell both groups. Go beyond how many birds you killed. Tell a great story. Tell how you set your decoy spread and why, habitat you hunted, how you got the birds to work (or why you think they didn’t), and interesting things you saw or that happened. Best articles are SHORT TIGHTLY-WRITTEN ACTION STORIES making a reader feel part of the action and teaching them something useful. A lively 1200-word article with action, a little how-to, and 1-3 sharp interesting photos is pure gold.

We want:

  • Interesting or exciting waterfowl Hunts, Conservation, Waterfowl Education, Kids or Women in Waterfowling, Freelance Hunting, How-to/DIY, Shotguns/Ammo (no reloading recipes), Waterfowl Dogs, all kinds of topics on decoys, calls/calling, Old School/nostalgia/Heritage, Collections, funny true stories, and Recipes that don’t involve Cream of Mushroom soup.

We DO NOT want:

  • Illegal or shady activities or methods, product placements, fluff, politics, or anything that smells like free advertising. All will be edited or rejected with glee. However — BRIEF single mentions of brands or models or services are fine if they fit the context of your article.

Format & Length:

  • Articles should be +/- 50 – 1,300 words. ALL submitted content is assumed as the author’s own work and legal property. We reserve the right to make minor edits for length, spelling, grammar, and accuracy. We do not change most articles aside from minor spelling, etc. Major edits sent back to the writer for re-write.
  • Email article as an attached Word document (.doc) OR simply as the text of an email to: DO NOT FORMAT. Always include contact info.


  • Sharpness and interest are MUSTS. “Action” shots ALWAYS preferred. We do not want “bird pile” or tailgate photos. Email 1 to 3 photos IN ORIGINAL FILE SIZE & WITHOUT FILTERS. If we need more than 3, we will ask. Include a suggested caption for each. If you DO NOT have a photo, mark your email NO PHOTOS. We have options. Always include contact info.
  • Wild art, or single photos or sets of photos that do not have an accompanying article, are also welcomed. Email with complete caption details: who-what-where-when-how and why. Always include contact info.

Thanks, send us an article! — Gordy Gordon, executive editor