Montana Outdoors is a bi-monthly magazine published by a state agency. Montana Outdoors is not a house organ. For one thing, most of the magazine's budget comes from subscribers, so we have an obligation to provide them with objective information. For another, many "official" government magazines are generally viewed by readers—the few who bother to read them—as biased and boring. And third, our readers are interested in various points of view—even those that challenge the orthodoxy of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Our editorial bent is one of skepticism and curiosity, and we rely on a wide range of sources in our reporting.
Montana Outdoors has a diverse readership, including residents and nonresidents, people who hunt and fish and those who don't, die-hard outdoor recreationists, and weekend hikers. What all our readers have in common is a general interest in the outdoor recreation and fish and wildlife management and conservation. Keep this in mind as you are crafting your query. Montana Outdoors is most similar in content and tone to National Wildlife.
Roughly 50,000 people subscribe to Montana Outdoors, about half of them from out of state. The magazine began publication in 1971.
Before sending a query, please search the Montana Outdoors archives to see if we have already published something like what you propose. If so, the odds of us accepting your proposal are slim and you should consider a different topic, one we haven't covered in the past seven or fewer years.
Please send us a brief written query before you write the article or essay you have in mind. We rarely buy finished written material without seeing a query beforehand.
A good query summarizes the proposed article in a sentence or two. We'd also like to know:
Email the query to the editor, Tom Dickson, at email@example.com
Montana Outdoors usually buys first North American serial rights and (for a small additional amount) the right to post to the magazine website and archives. Payment varies according to article length, research difficulty, and author experience. We pay on acceptance.