Submission Guidelines

Increase your chances for getting published by sticking to these submission guidelines.


We evaluate stories by assigning ratings on (1) photo quality, (2) trophy quality and (3) story quality. Stories with the best combined rating are the most likely to be published as feature stories. Others may appear in the All Tagged Out section of the magazine, or online as an adventure story. 

Western Hunter’s Story Guidelines

You don’t have to be the world’s greatest writer to submit your story, we have a team of writers and editors that will help you along the way. However, here are some guidelines to keep in mind that makes a story interesting to the reader.

  1. Word count for feature submissions is to be 1,200 – 1,500 words. Stories longer than that will be edited down or returned to the author for revision.
  2. Try not to promote companies or products, although the guide, outfitter, or landowner’s name may be mentioned. If a product was used on the hunt, it may be put on the Gear List block at the end of the article.
  3. Be emotional –  Hunting always evokes emotion – whether it’s positive or negative, it’s largely why we hunt. Be descriptive in what you were feeling, when and why you were feeling in such a way.
  4. Describe the scenery – Take a bit of time to describe the landscape around you and set a mood for the hunt.
  5. Reflect – Take some time to reflect along the way. What did you learn? What could you have done better? What went absolutely perfect because you planned ahead, or trained a certain way. 

Image Guidelines

Having proper images to go along with the story is an influential aspect of getting your story published. Please avoid submitting low-quality images taken from old camera, cell phones or tablets. We require high resolution images to ensure high-quality production for our readers.  

We hope to receive images that are at least 1.25MB in file size – Please do not resize your images down or compress them in any way in order to send them to our editors. We’ll work with you on the best methods of sending large files.

Gear List

Include a list of gear which you deem made a worthwhile impact on your hunt. Think weapon, caliber, arrow, broadheads, boots, clothing, optics etc. These will be included at the end of your story and gives our reader a bit of insight into how you handled the hunt.