Author Bios

Matt Young, Editor-in-Chief
The longest-standing member of the Ducks Unlimited magazine staff, Matt Young has published more than 100 articles on waterfowling and conservation topics in this magazine and other publications.

He also is the editor and principal writer of DU's award-winning annual magazine, Conservation, and edited the highly popular DU book, 161 Waterfowling Secrets, which has sold more than 20,000 copies since it was first published in 1994.

Gary Koehler, Senior DU Writer
A native of North Central Illinois, Gary Koehler grew up in the historic Illinois River Valley, where legendary duck clubs, decoy carvers and call makers abound. Since joining the Ducks Unlimited staff in 1987, Koehler has hunted waterfowl in 28 states and Canada. A former reporter, columnist and newspaper editor, Koehler has won more than 25 state, regional and national writing/editing awards. Among his current projects is training Our Lady Vol Kayla, a Chesapeake Bay retriever.


Dale Humburg, DU Chief Biologist
Dale Humburg's waterfowl education began with his dad in a duck boat in 1955. He received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and his master's from Michigan State University. The majority of his professional career was as a wetland and waterfowl research biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Humburg retired after 30 years with the MDC to begin another career in September 2007, as Ducks Unlimited's chief biologist.

James Card, Associate Editor
James Card is an associate editor at Ducks Unlimited magazine. Up until the autumn of 2009, he was a freelance journalist and fly fishing guide based in South Korea. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, National Geographic News, Travel + Leisure, Field &, Outside's Go, ESPN Outdoors and other print and online publications.

James originally hails from Wisconsin and he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor of Arts in 1995. His outdoor interests include upland and waterfowl hunting, fly fishing, and writing about sporting pursuits and environmental issues.

Aaron Fraser Pass, Shotgunning Specialist
Aaron Fraser Pass is a native of, and resides in, northern Georgia. He started his outdoor career writing for Outdoors in Georgia, the agency publication of the Georgia DNR. Since, he has been an editor and written free lance articles for most major outdoor and sporting publications. Currently he is a full-time free lance writer specializing in technical sporting firearms topics. Pass has hunted waterfowl in all four flyways, including the states of Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and California.