Guidelines – Disabled Hunter Magazine is dedicated to you, our readers. Part of our purpose is to give disabled hunters the chance to share their stories and tips with other hunters. DHM considers many factors when evaluating a submitted story: Photo quality, story quality, and trophy quality, to name a few. Each of these factors is considered when we evaluate a story for publication, but we are primarily looking for inspiring, personal stories of how you dealt with your disability to get back in the field. Those stories with the best combination of all these factors are the most likely to be published as feature stories. Submit your story if you think you have a good one. We can help you with the writing and editing if need be, and we may contact you with follow up questions.
We would like to cover these four items in order to complete your story:
- About the author.
- An equipment list (especially any adaptive equipment that you used in the field).
Following are some guidelines for stories and photos published:
Photo Quality: Quality field photos are a must. Decent and respectful positioning of the animal is a big plus, as is making sure your rifle is not pointed anywhere near you. Take some extra time to clear away obstacles, hide tongues, and avoid obstructed backgrounds. Try to make sure your trophy is highlighted and easily visible. Avoid odd shadows when at all possible. Also, quality support shots of the hunting area landscape, camp, other wildlife you encountered, etc. are crucial to add more visual support to the story, like you getting in and out of the field and/or blind and you using any adaptive devices.
Photo Guidelines: Digital photos are preferred, and should be as high resolution as possible. Try to keep photos at 1MB or larger, JPG format is preferred.
Story Guidelines: Generally, 1000-2500 type-written words in Microsoft Word, submitted either by email. If you don’t have Word, you can copy the text directly into the body of an email. Shorter stories are acceptable as well. If you don’t have a full written story, email us with a brief paragraph about your story and we can contact you for an interview if it’s something we want to publish.
Submittal Procedures: Our most preferred route is to receive everything via email, with a follow-up CD sent straight to our office if you have a large amount of photos. Please include good contact information, including email and one or more phone numbers. Send your story, photos, "about the author", and fully completed equipment list to firstname.lastname@example.org.