TOJ Staff/Writers

TOJ Staff/Writers
TOJ Staff/Writers
bill_picBill L. Olson, is a third generation Texan who has hunted and fished over much of the western half of the North American continent, from Mexico to Alberta Canada. He is the Founder/Publisher/Editor of Texas Outdoors Journal. In 1996, 1999, 2001-2015, Texas Outdoors Journal was named one of Texas’ Top outdoor publications in an annual competition amongst other Texas titled magazines held by the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. On Feb. 27, 2016, Texas Outdoors Journal was once again named the Number One Major Outdoor Publication (over 25,000 circulation) in Texas. No other magazine can claim a similar period of sustained excellence. Read More ...

Robert SloanRobert Sloan has been writing for magazines and newspapers for 30 years. During that time he has won numerous awards for writing and photography. With degrees in photography and journalism, Sloan has traveled the world and hunted and fished from East Africa to South America. He is also a fly fishing and light tackle guide at Port O’Connor (www.hightailangler.com). He has held numerous fly fishing records over the years and is listed in the Texas record books as having caught the heaviest fish in Texas on a fly rod – a 53.44 pound ling.
Mark SosinMark Sosin,an award-winning writer, photographer, radio personality, and television host, has an impressive list of credits that span virtually all phases of outdoor communications. He is the Executive Producer and on-camera host of Mark Sosin’s Saltwater Journal, now in its 26th season, broadcast currently on Fox Sports Net as well as the Armed Forces Television Network. More than 3,000 of his articles have been published in major magazines and he just finished his 30th book. Considered a leading educator and one of America’s most knowledgeable fishing authorities, Mark Sosin teaches outdoor techniques through lectures and seminars, serves as a consultant to national companies, is an advisor to the International Game Fish Association, and shares his expertise with government agencies and conservation groups. He is a Director Emeritus of The Billfish Foundation and a former Trustee of the University of Florida’s Whitney Lab. Read More ...

Danno WiseA native Texan, Danno Wise has spent a lifetime fishing both fresh and saltwater across Texas and the Southeastern United States. Over the years, he has spent time on the water in every bay system and most every major reservoir in the Lone Star State, as well as various smaller bodies of water. In 1994 Wise relocated from the Upper Texas Coast to the Lower Texas Coast. Since then, he has spent time guiding anglers on the Lower Laguna Madre, as well as working as an outdoor writer, artist, and photographer.
Bob ZaiglinBob Zaiglin serves as Department Chair and coordinator of the wildlife management program at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, Texas. He is also the owner of Zaiglin’s Wildlife Resource Management, a highly successful consulting firm for discriminating land stewards. As a private lands wildlife biologist over the last 31 years, he has implemented management programs on more than one million acres in Texas. Zaiglin is one of the most recognized and respected whitetail deer biologists in Texas. A certified wildlife biologist, he holds a B.S. in Wildlife Science and an M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management. His management programs have been recognized as some of the most successful in the country. Read More ...

Matt_WilliamsMatt Williams is a 52-year old freelance writer based in Nacogdoches, Texas. Williams is a 1986 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, where he majored in bass fishing/deer hunting and minored in photo/journalism. “Journalism and photography were about the only things I could pass without studying and forfeiting all that valuable time on the water and in the woods,” joked Williams. “Luckily, I’ve been able to make a decent living writing about the passions my parents instilled in me at birth.” Williams began his career as a sport/outdoors editor for a small East Texas newspaper before becoming a full time freelance writer/photographer in 1990. In addition to his works in Texas Outdoors Journal, Williams has a syndicated column that appears weekly in nine newspapers across eastern Texas. He also is a regular contributor to a number of national and regional magazine publications. Williams was named 2004 Outdoor Writer of the Year by the Texas State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He is married to his best friend, Jan, and has two daughters — Kim, and Taylor
Nate SkinnerBorn and raised a saltwater enthusiast, Nate Skinner has spent his entire life fishing, analyzing, and learning the Upper Texas Coast. He holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Texas A&M University, and is a licensed captain by the U.S.C.G. Fishing and the outdoors have become not just a hobby or a passion for him, but rather a way of life.Residing in his hometown of Texas City, TX, Skinner works as an outdoor writer and photographer, and guides fellow anglers along the Upper coast. Read More ...

Kerry O'DayKerry O’Day started shooting competitively with a handgun and shotgun in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He began a custom gunsmithing and handloading business, MG Arms, in 1981 to support his habit of “shooting and hunting too much.” “I have always said that gun powder has taken me around the world,” he stated. “I have been lucky enough to have hunted 5 continents and to have taken more than 60 different trophy animals.” An avid handgun hunter, O’Day has shot most of his African animals with a 500 Linebaugh revolver; this includes the #2 Cape buffalo and the #1 Springbuck. He has harvested more than 10 animals that are in the top 10 of the Safari Club International Record Book. O’Day is TEXAS OUTDOORS JOURNAL’s shooting editor, and also writes for several hunting magazines, as well as scripts for the American Huntress television show. His wife, Carol, and both of their children are all avid hunters
Harold GunnHarold Gunn has over 40 years experience as a writer, producer and host of radio and television interview and entertainment programs. He has written, produced, and been a spokesman in thousands of commercials. Gunn has produced programming regionally, nationally, and for syndication. He is familiar to companies around the world through his years of appearing on the highly successful “Safety Shorts” videos. Currently he is producer/co-host of the syndicated Texas Outdoor News and The Automotive Reporter radio programs. Gunn is a fifth generation Texas rancher and a recognized firearms expert with a lifetime of hunting experience from Alaska to Africa, as well as competitive shooting in a variety of disciplines. He is a member of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association, Southeast Outdoor Press Association, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and is a three term past President of the Texas Auto Writers Association. His many articles have appeared in such magazines as Texas Outdoors Journal, GUNS, GunWeek, and SHOT Business. In addition to many awards for journalism he has been named a Broadcast Pioneer by the Texas Association of Broadcasters and has been inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
Brian_HughesBrian Hughes was born and raised in Texas.  He has been a largemouth bass guide in the Lone Star State for nearly 30 thirty years. When not fishing he can be found hunting, shooting or otherwise engaging in the manly art of life as a "professional small boy". With a perfect face for radio he hosts the largest live fishing and outdoor radio program known to man. The Texas Fishing and Outdoors Show is heard on the Texas State Network. For the past several years Brian has also been the Texas on-camera freshwater fishing reporter for the Southwest Outdoor Report, now known as Fox Sports Outdoors. His “Lone Star Lakes” is heard each week from mid-March through mid-December. Using the resources developed from a lifetime in the fishing industry, Brian joined the TEXAS OUTDOORS JOURNAL team in the fall of 2012. Each month he provides timely forecast information for anglers that fish the lakes in North Texas, and periodically contributes a “Just Fishing” column with proven techniques on how to catch large and smallmouth bass, plus a variety of other freshwater species.
Brian_Hughes John Jefferson John Jefferson switched professions in 1971, oblivious that leaving a law practice for a career of writing about hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and the outdoors carried with it an unspoken oath of poverty. Through lean years and low pay – if any at all – he slowly carved a niche, found a writer’s voice and how to visualize art through a camera’s viewfinder. He has lost count of published articles that number around a thousand, and magazine cover images that total around 75. His first published article was on fishing the Guadalupe River. He has authored two books and wrote the first hunting article ever to appear in Texas Monthly. He publishes the OPEN SEASON newsletter, edits the Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Annual, has been published in Outdoor Life and Field & Stream and writes articles for most regional publications. Three of his articles have been awarded first place in Pinnacle Competition by the Professional Outdoor Media Assn. John Jefferson, or “JJ” as he is affectionately known, has been the Central Texas Lakes and Streams columnist for Texas Outdoors Journal since July, 1994 – by his own admission the longest he’s ever held a job. He lives with his wife, Vicky, on the outskirts of Austin, Texas near Lake Travis, and has been in training directed by three Labrador retrievers and one English coon hound named “Whoop!”.
REDFISH150Sunni Gonzales grew up fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast at Port O'Connor, and in the East Texas lakes. The hours spent on the water with her father and grandfathers instilled a deep love and appreciation of nature and the outdoors. Her late grandfather Chester Smith, an Audubon warden of Sundown "Chester" Island in Matagorda Bay, taught her the necessity of conservation and rehabilitation of wildlife. A Lamar University graduate of Graphic Design, Sunni enjoys a career in art and design as the owner of her graphic design business, but still finds time to enjoy the outdoors, fish, and scuba dive with her husband and family.