How magazines get started (continued)

How magazines get started (continued): the Lancaster (Pa.) New Era profiles Pennsylvania Trophy magazine.


There should be a way more hunters could view these tremendous deer and enjoy the yarns, he thought to himself. There was a way, and the 28-year-old Penryn resident made it happen. The premiere issue of Pennsylvania Trophy magazine has been flying off the shelves of Turkey Hill Minit Markets this fall. The locally produced and published 60-page magazine includes 20 first-person hunting accounts and 120 photos of deer, bears, turkeys, elk, waterfowl and other game taken last season by hunters from south-central Pennsylvania.

The magazine is so popular, the publisher is going statewide and Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to send in photos of their hunting photography. (Warning: If you’re a big fan of the movie, Bambi, stop reading this post at this point.) The article even includes this helpful tip for improving your photos chances for being included in the magazine: “Clean up the animal if there is a lot of blood, and stuff a deer’s tongue back in its mouth. The best pictures are those taken with the animal still in the woods or field. Get up close, and take a picture from several angles.”

(Is this a trend story? I recall blogging a magazine like this in Iowa last year.)

(Explanation: How magazines get started.)

  • Hudge

    Working on a small town paper in TN for a couple of years in the early 80s, and having come from a far smaller town where trophies were sometimes life’s best moments, I am not surprised this pub would be popular. “Kid’s first (name the prey)” photos were immensely popular, and often included an article as well as a photo. For the record, In those places, the hunt was for some a necessity to literally put meat on the table, and I have no issues with hunting or fishing with the idea of consuming what you can bag. (I do have issues with trophy hunting and fishing – including catch-and-release fishing which seems pointlessly mean.)