Hints and tricks to help you get published. Compiled by PJ DelHomme, Bugle Hunting Editor.
- Read Bugle
This is the best thing you can do. To get an idea of what kinds of hunting stories we publish, read a full year’s worth of Bugle. See how your story compares.
- Have an angle
We’re sure you had a great time on your hunt, but ask yourself, why am I writing this story? All good ones have a point. Possible angles can be hunting heritage, situation ethics, women in elk country, lessons learned, etc. Make your piece more than a hunting tale.
- Keep a journal
You think you will remember all the details, but chances are you won’t. It’s unlikely you’ll forget about the 6x6 you killed, but what about the branch you stepped on that almost blew it? How about that feeling in your stomach when you thought you missed? These details help give life to the story. Write them down.
- Include your contact info
In school, leaving your name off a test got you an ‘F.’ Here, it just makes our job frustrating. Let us know who wrote the story. Are you on a RMEF committee? Did you grow up hunting? You’d be surprised how an interesting bio helps you stand out.
- Be patient
We receive hundreds of submissions every year. We publish around 10 percent of those. We will read your story, but it may take us up to a year to make a decision.
- Hit our soft spot
If your hunt takes place on land RMEF has opened to the public, mention that in an email. If it takes place on land we’ve enhanced, tell us. We like to hear feedback like that and it’s possible you can easily weave that into the story.
- Anticipate our needs
We’re creatures of habit. Every year, we have a bowhunting special section, along with numerous other special sections. Keep an eye out in the Call for Stories box in Bugling Back. That’s where we offer writing prompts and ideas for potential special sections.
- Forget the How-to article
When we run the occasional how-to piece, it’s typically very specific and done by our editors in-house. Always send us a query if you think you have a how-to story idea we will want.
- Label fiction
The vast majority of submissions we receive are considered non-fiction. If you have an amalgamation of events that occurred over a lifetime and make them into one hunt, we consider that fiction. Please label it. Be honest.
- Just Ask
In a timely fashion, we respond to every phone call and email that comes to me. If you have a question, just ask it.