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December 2018
Author: Vanessa Hunt

2019 Story Contest
Sponsored by Huntin’ Fool and Fierce Firearms
After the hunt is over and your harvest has been packed out, what do you do to ensure the detailed memories of your hunt will never fade? Taking photos is one of the best ways to preserve these memories, but you can preserve them even further if you write out the story of your hunt. If you take the time to do so, we want to see your photos and stories! To reward you for your efforts, we are continuing to offer you some great prizes. The details of our 2019 Story Contest are featured in this article. Look them over and you’ll see why it’s absolutely worth it to write your story and send it to us along with your hunt photos. We look forward to hearing about your 2018 hunt success!
The Title Sponsor for 2019 is Fierce Firearms. Thanks to them, the 12 hunters who are chosen as our cover stories this year will receive a Fierce Firearms Fury long-range rifle. Each winner will have their choice of caliber from .300 WIN, .300 RUM, or .28 Nosler. Each rifle is upgraded with the muzzle break in the winner’s color choice of black or Kryptek Typhon and upgraded to the carbon fiber stock. The retail value of the Cover Story prize is $2,400. We are excited to partner with Fierce Firearms to bring each of our Cover Story winners this amazing prize!

Our cover stories are chosen based on a variety of criteria, which includes the size of the animal, quality of the photos submitted, variety of the photos submitted (harvest and supporting), and if the angle and pose of the photo fits our cover design. If you’re interested in submitting your story and photos to be considered for one of our covers, make sure you send us harvest photos that showcase different angles. The more options our graphic designer has to work with, the better chance you have of making the cover.
Vortex Optics is continuing to sponsor our Trophy Room Photo Contest. To enter, submit your 2018 harvest photos by emailing them to or uploading them on our website. Winners will be chosen by a panel of Huntin’ Fool staff based on photo resolution, quality, and composition. The winner of this contest will receive a Ranger 1800 Rangefinder with HCD valued at $579.
The ever-popular Readers’ Choice Story Contest is sponsored by Leupold. Each month, printed stories and web stories are eligible for this contest. Voting is open to Huntin’ Fool members and non-members, so everyone who visits our website has access to read and vote for their favorite story. If your story is featured during a specific month, make sure your family and friends go to our website, read your story, and vote for your chance to win. The winner of our Readers’ Choice Story Contest will receive a pair of BX-5 Santiam HD 10x50mm binos valued at over $1,600.
For 2019, our printed story packages will contain a five-piece all-purpose Camp Chef set (including a spatula, santoku knife, tongs, flat-nosed spoon, and carrying case), a Klymit Pillow X, an Outdoor Edge knife, an exclusive Huntin’ Fool jacket, a Huntin’ Fool hat, and four free copies of the issue in which the story is featured. Each story package is valued at $200. The opportunity to receive a great story package like this makes writing and submitting your story well worth your time.
When you submit a story with a wide variety of photos, you’ll get rewarded! We want to be able to feature as many stories as possible, whether they be printed in our magazine or published on our website. Sharing your stories builds up our community. Just for sending us your story and photos, we will send you a Huntin’ Fool window decal.
To enter the 2019 Story Contest and be eligible to win any and all of the great prizes offered this year, simply write a story about your successful hunt from the past season and submit it to us along with your harvest and supporting photos. Make sure your story is 500-1,500 words long and the photos you submit are high resolution and visually support the story you are telling. The more diverse and high-quality photos you send us, the better chance you have of being published.

Submitting high-quality photos to us is extremely important. They have to be high quality in order to be printed in our magazine; otherwise, they will be too small and grainy to print. When you submit your photos, make sure you are sending us the original and not just the small version on your phone.

If you need help with this, give us a call at 435-865-1020 or email In addition to that, please label all photos so that we know how to caption them if your story is printed in the magazine. We like to be able to put a face to a name within your story.

If you need help writing a story about your successful harvest, we have previous articles available that includes tips on creating an outline for your story, the guidelines for stories submitted to us, and what we’re looking for in regard to photo submissions. Contact us if you are interested in these articles and we’ll send them to you as reference. There are three ways to submit your story and photos: email them to, send them to us on a flash drive via the postal mail, or email a Dropbox or WeTransfer link to If you need help submitting your photos and/or story, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We begin working on each magazine two to three months before it is printed, so the earlier you submit your story and photos, the better chance you have of getting printed. The same guidelines apply for the selection of the printed stories as the selection of our cover stories. We cannot stress enough how important it is that you send in high-quality harvest and supporting photos along with your story. This gives you the best chance at seeing your story printed in our magazine.

Huntin’ Fool focuses on growing a community of hunters who help each other and share in their successes. Our magazine provides a common area where members from all over the world can share in each other’s experiences and inspire them toward their own successes. Submit your story and photos today to share your love of the hunt with others, and in return, you’ll be entered to win some amazing prizes. If you have any questions about how to submit your story and/or photos, email or call our office at 435-865-1020. We look forward to reading about your 2018 hunt success!

When submitting photos, please include the following information:

  • Hunter’ Name
  • Name of each person in the photo (left to right)
  • Size or score (optional)
  • Species
  • Year taken
  • Location (state or province)
  • Weapon
  • Name of outfitter (if applicable)