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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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What came first, the bow, the gun or the fly rod, and how did your path as a sportsman unfold?

I didn't become a serious bowhunter until later in life; I basically grew up with either a fly rod or shotgun in my hand. My father is a great shot and an excellent teacher who believes in starting kids young. So, by the time I was 8 or 9 years old, I could hold my own with the men at the local skeet club. So waterfowling and fly-fishing essentially came together, both long before bowhunting.

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