The hunting season is finally here and we want your stories and photos. Trophy Hunter Magazine wouldn’t be what it is without our subscribers and your contributions. This is your chance to share hunting tips, guides, products you use and show your trophies to the hunting community.
There are four factors we consider when evaluating a submitted story: Photo quality, story quality, trophy quality and products used during the hunt. We use about 100 articles each year. If your story isn’t used, your photo will most likely be placed in the Trophy Hunter Gallery “Hot Shots” section or on the website.
We need the following information for the contest:
3. Equipment list.
Following are some guidelines and tips on improving your chances of having your stories and photos published.
Photo Quality: Quality field photos are a must. No sitting on the deer or photos taken in the back of the truck. Camera phones don’t take good enough photos. Clear the grass and brush out from in front of the animal. A bush or tree in the close background usually detracts from the photo quality. The antlers will blend in. Positioning the animal’s antlers on a skyline takes the best photos. Tuck the legs under the animal and wipe blood off the face. Lift your cap up so your face isn’t shadowed. If you have to move the animal to get out of the shadows, do it. Take good support photos to go with the article. – landscape, camp, live animals, trail cam photos, etc.
Photo Guidelines: High-resolution digital photos are preferred. Keep photos at 1MB or larger. Only JPG format images can be uploaded. The original photos from your camera’s memory card usually work fine. Don’t resize the photos for the internet.
Equipment: If you used equipment that was made by our sponsors such as Max1 Camo, a Hoyt Bow, Browning rifle, etc. will increase your odds of being featured in the magazine. Cover photos have the highest chance of being chosen if our sponsor’s products are shown in the photo.
Story Quality: Finding the animal, the hunt, the kill, and feelings afterward are the bulk of the story. Record book scores, outfitters used, equipment, pre-season scouting, travel tips, hunt location are also key elements of a good story. We have a proofreader and an editor who will take care of grammar and punctuation. Do you best and we will help you with the technical stuff.
Story Guidelines: Generally, 800-1600 typewritten words in Microsoft Word, submitted either by email and/or by CD. If you don’t have Word, you can copy the text directly into the body of an email.
Submittal Procedures: Email is the preferred route. You can send a CD to our office if you have a large amount of photos. Include your contact information – email and one or more phone numbers. Send your story, photos, equipment list to email@example.com or mail at PO Box 12006, Ogden, UT 84412.