An exciting feature
coming to you from HuntingPA.com!
The NEW HuntingPA.com online
monthly magazine is now available! Just click on this link: http://www.huntingpa.net
to go to the latest issue of The BULLET.
Here at HuntingPA.com we’re convinced that among the
ranks of Pennsylvania hunters are some of the best hunters anywhere. Most of
you are not famous. You are not the regular contributors to the glossy
magazines that populate the newsstands. But you’ve already proven you have a
lot to offer one another and the hunters across America. So now it’s time for something new! Get involved in the best web
site covering Pennsylvania hunting, and one of the best hunting web sites in
Would you like share a story or describe a method you
use? Here’s your opportunity to be an outdoor writer.
Are you an expert deer, turkey, coyote or bear hunter?
Crows, woodchucks, rabbits? Here is the place where you’ll be respected for
Do you have ideas about making your own hunting gear?
You can share those ideas with others.
Are you into outdoor photography? Here is the place
where you can share your photos and get noticed.
Not an expert? Lots of us aren’t, and we need that
The focus is on Pennsylvania hunters, but you don’t
have to be from Pennsylvania to participate. As long as what you say is
relevant to Pennsylvania hunters, we want you to have a part. And there are so
many ways to contribute. But don’t worry about your writing ability. We’ll give
your writers’ guidelines and tips to help you communicate in a professional
We plan to launch the first issue in September, so
if you have some ideas we want to hear them as soon as possible. Email the new
editor, Steve Sorensen, at [email protected]
with your ideas, questions, concerns or suggestions. We’ll get in touch and
help you help all of us get more out of HuntingPA.com by putting more into it.
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HuntingPA.com online magazine
purpose of the HuntingPA.com Internet magazine is to be the authoritative
source for Pennsylvania hunting information by providing a place where the
HuntingPA.com online community of hunters can share information and ideas with
hunters across Pennsylvania, America, and around the world. It seeks to give
the common hunter a voice and a platform from which he can share his expertise,
and to do this in a professional manner of which every participant can be
Have you ever thought about being an outdoor writer? Today
it’s more easily possible than ever before. You can become one by being a
frequent contributor to HuntingPA.com. The rewards are many:
achievement of seeing your name and your ideas in a respected Internet
enjoyment of having your expertise recognized in a large community of hunters
pleasure of helping other hunters become more successful using your ideas and
fulfillment of knowing your contribution is appreciated
accomplishment of putting your thoughts into a meaningful written form
satisfaction of being viewed as an expert in the field
HuntingPA.com is a place that recognizes that some of the
best hunters in America roam the hills and hollows of the Keystone State. It is
a place that acknowledges the expertise of hunters no one has ever heard of –
yet. It is a place that recognizes that the ordinary hunters of Pennsylvania
have a lot to offer one another. Your contributions are important to the other
members and help make HuntingPA.com a respected, mutually helpful community.
Hunters from outside Pennsylvania are welcome to contribute, as long as the
topic is relevant to Pennsylvania hunters.
HOW TO WRITE
Many good hunters can talk for hours about their ideas and
experiences, yet they feel they can’t write well enough to submit an article.
Write your article as if you were talking casually to a group of friends. Do
the best you can, but don’t let concern about perfect spelling, punctuation, or
writing style prevent you from writing. Write clearly, then reread your article
several times and fix phrases that seem unclear. Have a friend or spouse read
it and make suggestions. Remember that the key to good writing is re-writing.
Our members want good information, so if you think you have something valuable
to share with other hunters, we want to hear about it.
We would like to publish your articles telling fellow
hunters your ideas and experiences. Here are some of the guidelines you should
Remember that it is more difficult to read content on screen
than to read ink on paper, so Internet articles should be shorter than print
magazine articles. Be kind to your reader and to yourself. Keep your article
under 1200 words. A length of 600-800 words is ideal and will more likely be
read than an article of 1500 words. Consider breaking a long article into a
2-part article. Short pieces of 200-500 words are welcome.
Material will be edited to keep the grammar, punctuation and
spelling to a professional standard. Long sentences may be broken into two
sentences. Needless sentences will be eliminated. However, every attempt will
remain to keep your words as much as possible.
Write not so much to be understood, but to avoid being
misunderstood. The secret to writing well is thinking clearly. The reader is
trying to understand; don’t frustrate him.
Be specific. Avoid vague statements like, "Position
yourself near a good trail.” Don’t assume people know what that means; they may
be reading your article because they don’t. What exactly is a good trail? What
type of terrain features or vegetation help you identify it as such? What does
“near” mean? Include enough specific detail to give the reader a complete
picture. It is easier to edit out extra material than to ask you for more
information to fill a topic out.
Photos that help explain the article are extremely helpful,
but articles will be considered without photography.
When submitting an article, include a “thesis”, a sentence or
two about what point you are making. This will give us a guideline when
editing, and help us stay true to your objective.
Give brief biographical information about yourself, including
where you live and hunt, how long you have been a hunter, and any personal
information that will be important to the members understanding your
WHAT TO WRITE
We’re looking for articles on all aspects of Pennsylvania
hunting. Specifically, we want practical information that our members can apply
to their own hunts. Articles on out-of-state hunts will be considered,
particularly if they tell the Pennsylvania hunter how it was planned and
arranged. We also want natural history topics, for example coyote territorial
behavior, deer rut behavior, or any other animal behavior or habitat
information that will increase the understanding and effectiveness of the
HuntingPA.com members. Also, well-written philosophical pieces that make a
point are in demand.
Other good topics are presenting a professional image, educating
non-hunters, non-consumptive uses of wildlife, hunting ethics issues, and
relating to officials and organizations. Often you will get ideas for articles
while reading hunting magazines. Sometimes you may disagree with a writer in a
print magazine. Take the opposite position and write your own article. Often
you’ll read an excellent article, and can think of several ways that writer
could have reinforced his point. Make those the subject of your own
article. Prove yourself a good writer
with something positive and constructive to say, and you may be given
assignments from time to time.
If you mention certain products, companies, books, Internet
resources etc., be sure to include information on how to contact those
resources. You may use a footnote to do this. Remember, our members are
information seekers and will probably want to learn more about the product or
topic of your article.
As time goes by, we will be developing regular columns that
focus on specific areas. Possible areas for these columns include The Budget Hunter (dealing with things
like making your own equipment, saving money and do-it-yourself projects), The Reading Hunter (offering reviews of
the best hunting books and becoming a hunting book bibliography) The Hunter’s Tips (offers unusual
methods and approaches), The Good Hunter deals
with issues from an ethical point of view). If you show yourself an expert in
one of these areas, or another area, you may become a regular columnist for
HuntingPA.com. The length of such columns should be 200-500 words.
Although photos and illustrations aren’t essential if an
article contains good information, they help greatly. Send all available
quality photos; we can use prints, slides or good digital photos. Both color
and black and white photos are acceptable. Sketches and diagrams help too.
Photo submissions, especially of live animals in their natural surroundings,
are welcomed with or without an article.
Include your name and address on the back of the photo.
Please do not use a ballpoint pen to write on photos as you will dent the
photo. We are not responsible to return photos that do not have name and
If you send the photos by electronic submission, save them
in a tiff format at least 600 dpi. They will be converted to a form and size
that will load quickly. Good jpeg format photos are acceptable, but less likely
to be high quality.
SUBMISSION AND COMPENSATION
Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced. Information
is our primary need. We prefer articles in both a Windows-compatible file and
text file (Rich Text Format RTF) if possible. We accept articles by e-mail. If
you send your article electronically, make sure your name and address are
We’d be glad to consider articles that have already been
published in other magazines. One of the benefits of an online e-magazine is
that it gives your writing a longer life than print magazines give. Your work
will have a copyright shared by HuntingPA.com and you. This helps keep people
from using your work, yet preserves your rights for future use.
At this time we are unable to provide payment for
articles and photos, but when we can we will award products and premiums
offered by our advertisers and sponsors.
Book Reviewers’ Guidelines
reviews on HuntingPA.com are not intended to be the final word on any book.
Readers must ultimately make up their own minds. It is OK to tell whether you
thought a book was good or not, worth reading or not, as long as you back up
that opinion with good reasons. It is important to provide the reader with
enough information to make a decision to buy or not.
write a book review, click here to go to the
book review form. Fill out the book’s vital statistics (author, title,
publisher, date, number of pages, etc.) Write the body of the review in a word
processing program, making sure you say what you want to say, then paste it
into the book review form. Between 200 and 300 words is ideal. All reviews will
be edited for clarity and the editor reserves the right to make certain
editorial decisions, including the decision not to run a review.
“Read any good
reviews for The Bullet
at HuntingPA.com, were just a bunch of ordinary hunters who like to talk about
hunting. We also like to read about hunting, and talk about what we've read. It
can be how-to articles, research on the best location, care and cooling of
game, or just a good story. We all have something to say, and smart hunters
keep their eyes and ears open so that they can learn from others. That's the
whole purpose in coming to HuntingPA.com.
there is so much to read, and so little time to read it. That's why hearing
about what others have been reading can help you decide what you ought to read.
You can’t be out in the field everyday. So naturally, hunters of every age
realize that a good library of hunting books does several things for them:
give you a way to pass the time when you’d rather be hunting. You can take them
anywhere, and snatch some time for outdoor pleasure.
are educational. They fill in the gaps in your experience by allowing you to
gain the insights of hundreds of hours of the experience of others.
“book-lernin’” isn’t a substitute for actual experience, the smart hunter knows
to take advantage of every opportunity for new outdoor insights. Books make you
think. Many a hunter has discovered a new idea or method while in his Lazy Boy
– or just as important, realized what not
are collectible. An entire collection of your favorite author’s work or a
variety of books on your favorite subject is a possession you can be proud of.
Writing reviews for The Bullet is easy. Just keep a few things in
sure to give the book's publication information. This includes the author,
title, publishing company, city of publication, copyright date, number of
pages, and list price.
tell one, two or three things you got from the book that make it worth reading.
any insight that you have into the author's purpose in writing the book.
what is unique about the book, what makes it different from similar books.
your review to a limit of approximately 500 words.
some biographical information, including the county or city you live in, what
you like to hunt, and anything that you want the reader to know about you.
may help to read reviews in The Bullet,
or in print magazines, to see how book review authors make reviews interesting
and relevant to the readers.
could be better, when you can’t be hunting, than having a good hunting book in
your hands? The only problem some of us have is in knowing how to choose among
the hundreds of books available. As a member of HuntingPA.com, you have the
solution to that problem. Short reviews of what we’ve been reading give you
help in making good decisions. It’s like having the advice of a trusted friend.
Feel free to read the reviews when making your own choices, and also let other
members know what you’ve been reading and what you thought of it.
The Editor at HuntingPA.com
Steve Sorensen is the editor of the new online magazine at
HuntingPA.com, your Internet hunting headquarters. Titled The Bullet, this ezine brings you the best content possible
relating to the interests of the Pennsylvania hunter.
A lifelong Pennsylvania hunter whose favorite game animals
are deer, turkeys, woodchucks and the elusive eastern coyote, Steve will be
working with webmaster Gerald Hetrick to gather and produce information that
will meet the needs of the Pennsylvania hunter and hunters across the country.
writing has appeared in Fur-Fish-Game magazine, Pennsylvania Sportsman,
Pennsylvania Game News, the Wall Street Journal, and a variety of other
publications. He lives in Russell, Pennsylvania and is married with 2 grown
children. He has been an avid hunter all his life.
Steve is looking forward to working with as many
HuntingPA.com members as possible to produce an online magazine that we can all
enjoy, benefit from, and be proud of. You can email Steve with your ideas,
suggestions, and offers of help at [email protected].
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