DUCK HUNTIN’ MAGAZINE Writer’s Guidelines 1/2020
- We cover waterfowl hunting. We do not cover deer or other game. Please write for our whole audience. We have readers who who haven’t shot at a duck yet, and readers who’ve hunted 60-plus seasons — please 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 DO want:
- Interesting or exciting waterfowl Hunts, Conservation, Waterfowl Education, Kids or Women in Waterfowling, Freelancing, How-to/DIY, Shotguns/Ammo (no reloading recipes), Waterfowl Dogs, all kinds of topics on decoys, calls/calling, Old School/nostalgia/heritage, waterfowl-oriented ollections, funny true stories, and duck/goose recipes, as long as they don’t involve Cream of Mushroom soup.
- As of 1/2020, Duck Huntin’ Magazine has modified its policy and now will consider gear reviews and new product spotlights sent in by freelancers, ad agencies or manufacturers. Tight info that always keeps the needs and wants of Average Joe Duckhunter in mind will have the best chance of making it into Duck Huntin’ Magazine. Ditto for good photos with proper cutlines.
- In all articles, BRIEF single mentions of equipment brands or models, or services like guides or outfitters are OK if they fit the context of your article. There is a FINE LINE between ‘mentioning’ and ‘advertising,’ so tread lightly, please. If in doubt, phone the editor first; (816) 724-0653.
We DO NOT want:
- Illegal or shady activities or methods, shameless product placements, fluffy Internet fodder, politics, or anything that has even a faint whiff of fakery or gratuitous self-promotion. All will be edited or rejected with glee.
Format & Length:
- Ideal story length = 50 – 1,500 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 usually do not alter most articles aside from minor spelling, etc. Major edits sent back to the writer for re-write.
- Email your article as an attached Word document (.doc) OR simply as the text of an email to: email@example.com. 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 unless told to send more. 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 ARTWORK. We have options for illustrating good stories. Always include your contact info.
- Wild art (single photos or sets of photos that do not have an accompanying article) are also welcomed. Email with complete cutline details to include: who-what-where-when-how and why. Always include your contact info.
Thanks, be sure and send us an article! — Gordy Gordon, executive editor firstname.lastname@example.org.