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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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Your hunting and fishing adventures have taken you around the world. Can you name a couple of premier waterfowl destinations and explain why they're worthy of mention?

I've hunted waterfowl in a number of strange places, including South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, but most of those were add-ons to something else, usually a bowhunt.

Aside from Montana, Alaska, the Columbia Basin and Texas Gulf Coast are regular destinations. I used to live in Alaska and I still get up their four to six times per year. I enjoy waterfowl hunting on the coast and in the interior.

Lori and I have very good friends from Texas who we usually visit every year to hunt the Gulf Coast. That's kind of a unique habitat area, with the warm saltwater marshes. It's like Alaska tide flats, only it's about 60 degrees warmer and there is an interesting assortment of waterfowl. It's also the only place I've ever been where I can cast a fly rod out of a duck blind and catch a redfish. And the Columbia Basin, because of growing up there and hunting with my father.

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