DU Magazine Staff Bios

Ducks Unlimited Magazine Staff

Tom Fulgham, Editor-in-Chief 

Tom has been editor-in-chief of Ducks Unlimited since 1997. He served as editor of American Hunter for 14 years before joining the DU staff and has nearly 30 years of experience in magazine publishing. He is a native of Virginia's Tidewater region and a lifelong waterfowler.

Matt Young
, Executive Editor

The longest-standing member of the Ducks Unlimited Magazine staff, senior writer 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 26 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.

Bruce Batt, DU Chief Biologist

Dr. Batt oversees DU's involvement in national and international waterfowl and wetland conservation issues that go beyond the scope of DU's regional offices. In addition, he is the U.S. Director of the Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research; the IWWR conducts research and evaluation programs that support the organization's conservation work.

He is the chairman of the Arctic Goose Habitat Working Group and the author and editor of several reports about the environmental crises caused by over-abundant snow geese. He is involved in research on the Atlantic Flyway Canada goose and is DU's contact on matters related to the organization's position on predator control.

Bill Nichol, Staff Writer
A native of Memphis, Tenn, staff writer Bill Nichol grew up hunting ducks in the Green Timber and Oxbow lakes of Arkansas and Mississippi. He is the newest member of the Ducks Unlimited magazine staff.

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.