I am a son of N. C.'s Great Smokies who grew up hunting, fishing, and reveling in the outdoors in my highland homeland. After 25 years as a university history professor, I retired from the academic world to devote full time to writing. I have written, edited, or contributed to scores of books on subjects such as fly fishing, turkey hunting, wild fish and game cookery, sporting history, and related topics. I write two regular newspaper columns, serve as Editor at Large for Turkey & Turkey Hunting and Sporting Classics magazines, and offer frequent seminars and related presentations on my areas of expertise. Much fuller information on my background, along with an opportunity to sign up to receive my free monthly e-newsletter, is available on my website, www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com.