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Through the pages of Bugle, we hope to inspire every RMEF member to help us do more to conserve and enhance elk country. We explore issues affecting wildlife conservation, elk ecology, hunting, and share some of the best-told hunting stories and wildlife photography published today.

We recommend reading Bugle prior to submitting to gain a better sense of the kinds of articles we publish. Bugle magazine is not available on newsstands but may be received by joining RMEF as a member. We encourage and appreciate donated manuscripts, but gladly purchase them as well. We buy First North American serial rights, and we offer competitive per-word rates, paid on acceptance. Women and others underrepresented in hunting are encouraged to submit.

Guidelines for Submissions

Guidelines for Hunting Stories

The Bugle editorial team seeks manuscripts depicting the world of elk and the hunt. We look for thoughtful elk hunting stories and elk-related human-interest stories, as well as essays on issues affecting hunting. Writers are advised to watch the “Call for Stories” announcements in the “Bugling Back” (letters to editor) department in each issue. Regular departments such as Situation Ethics are always in need of new content.

We prefer non-fiction hunting pieces in which the hunter’s satisfaction lies at least as much in appreciation for elk and other wildlife—and for wild country and the total outdoors experience—as in shooting a large bull or simply filling an elk tag. Sometimes the sheer difficulty or novelty of a hunt—and/or a writer’s style, tone or sense of humor makes a story stand out. We will evaluate your work based on content, writing quality and our needs for the coming year. This process may take several months.

Stories we use generally range from 1,000-3,500 words.

Guidelines for Conservation, Natural History and Wildlife Management Essays and Articles

One of our goals at Bugle magazine is to help excite and educate RMEF members about habitat conservation, natural history and wildlife management. We seek to publish elk-related conservation articles and essays from a diversity of writers—from wildlife professionals who write well, to professional writers knowledgeable about wildlife and conservation.

We accept unsolicited manuscripts, but prefer queries. Generally, articles range from 1,000-3,500 words.