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Banding Together for Waterfowl

Q and A: DU Magazine Field Editor and "Closing Time" columnist E. Donnall Thomas Jr. 

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You've had a busy life as a family man, physician and adventurer. How did you come to be an outdoor writer as well?

I suppose it was an inevitable collision of two urges. My parents are avid outdoors people. I grew up with waterfowl, wingshooting and bird dogs. I actually have always loved to write and have a degree in English from the University of California I earned before enrolling in medical school. I began to write about the outdoors professionally in the early '80s and found I enjoyed it. It gave me a fresh perspective on a lot of things I was doing in the outdoors, so it became a marriage of two basic instincts.

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