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About Jim Casada

Jim Casada, who was born on January 28, 1942, is a son of the Smokies. He grew up in Bryson City, N. C. and cut his sporting teeth hunting and fishing in and around this small mountain town. He says that “a corner of my heart” still belongs to the high country.

Education and Professional Background

B. A. in history, King College, Bristol, TN (1964); M. A. in British history, Virginia Tech (1967); Ph. D. in British imperial history, Vanderbilt University (1972). Taught history at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC from 1972-1996 before taking early retirement to work as a full-time freelance writer/photographer. While at Winthrop rose to the rank of full professor, was recognized as the institution’s Distinguished Professor (in 1983), and served two terms as chairman of the graduate faculty. Member and past president of the South Carolina Outdoor Press Association and Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. Past president of Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA).

Background Writing Experience

Author of more than 3,500 magazine and newspaper articles and columns on hunting, fishing, firearms, conservation and other outdoor-related tops. Author of a number of academic books and more than 100 articles in scholarly journals.

Books Written as a Freelancer

  • Modern Fly Fishing (1993) [out of stock]

  • From Campsite to Kitchen (1994)

  • The Complete Venison Cookbook (with Ann Casada, 1996)

  • Wild Bounty (with Ann Casada – 2000)

  • Innovative Turkey Hunting (2001)

  • The Ultimate Venison Cookbook (with Ann Casada, 2004)

  • Backyard Grilling (with Ann Casada, Kate Fiduccia and Teresa Marrone, 2004)

  • Wild Fare and Wise Words (with Ann Casada—2005)

  • Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing (2006)

  • Field to Feast:  The Remington Cookbook (with Ann Casada—2006)

  • Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider’s Guide to a Pursuit of Passion (2009)

  • The Literature of Turkey Hunting:  An Annotated Bibliography and Random Scribblings of a Sporting Bibliophile (2011)

Books Edited as a Freelancer

  • Hunting and Home in the Southern Heartland: The Best of Archibald Rutledge (1992)

  • Tales of Whitetail: Archibald Rutledge’s Great Deer Hunting Stories (1992)

  • Last Casts and Stolen Hunts (with Chuck Wechsler – 1993)

  • America’s Greatest Game Bird: Archibald Rutledge’s Great Turkey-Hunting Tales (1994)

  • The Best of Horatio Bigelow (1994)

  • The Lost Classics of Robert Ruark (1995)

  • Bird Dog Days, Wingshooting Ways (1998)

  • Africa’s Greatest Hunter: The Lost Writings of Fred Selous (1999)

  • Selous: A Hunting Legend (2000)

  • Forgotten Tales and Vanished Trails (2001)

  • The Marksmanship Manual (2004)

  • The Lost Classics of Jack O’Connor (2004)

  • Ruark Remembered—By the Man Who Knew Him Best (2006)

  • Carolina Christmas:  Archibald Rutledge’s Enduring Holiday Stories (2010)

  • Classic O’Connor (2010)

  • Passages:  The Greatest Quotations from Sporting Literature (with Chuck Wechsler—2011)


Forewords or Introductions for scores of books (mostly reprints of classics) in The African Collection (Live Oak Press); The Firearms Classics (Palladium Press); The Premier Collection (Premier Press); The Outdoor Tennessee Series (University of Tennessee Press); and many others. Lead researcher (and ghost wrote the latter half) of NRA: An American Legend (2002).

Seminar speaker on fly fishing and turkey hunting. Instructor in the University of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Field School offering classes in fly fishing, backpacking and writing on nature.

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Honors and Awards

  • Won numerous excellence in teaching awards as a university professor.

  • Honorary Life Member and winner of the Federation of Fly Fishermen’s Arnold Gingrich Memorial Award (for contributions to the literature of the sport).

  • Winner of more than 160 regional and national awards for writing and photography. Among these was first place in the Association for Conservation Information’s Izaak Walton League contest for writing on outdoor ethics and first place for the outstanding outdoor book of 2001 published by a writer in the South.

  • Recognized by the S.C. Wildlife Federation as the state’s outstanding conservation communicator.

  • Listed in numerous biographical directories including Who’s Who in the Southeast.

  • Recipient of the Southeast Outdoor Press Association’s Tom Rollins Award (2006), the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Communicator of the Year (2007) and recognized as Wild Turkey Legend in Close Calls callmaking series (2011).

View most current listing of awards ...

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Current Activities

Senior Editor and Book Columnist for Sporting Classics magazine; Editor-at-large for Turkey & Turkey Hunting magazine; Outdoor Correspondent for The Herald (Rock Hill, SC); Editor of the Outdoor Tennessee Series (University of Tennessee Press) and the Firearms Classics Series (Palladium Press).

Regular contributor to regional and national magazines and newspapers, with credits in Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, American Hunter, American Rifleman, Deer & Deer Hunting, Turkey Call, Wildlife in North Carolina, Tennessee Wildlife, South Carolina Wildlife, Crappie, Bassin’, Bassmaster, Grouse Point Almanac, Trout, The Flyfisher, Pointing Dog Journal, Southern Sporting Journal, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Outdoor World, North American Hunter, North American Fisherman, Hunting the Country, Smoky Mountain Times and many others.

Works in Progress

Books on Africa’s greatest hunters, the Eddie Salter story, and the life of Archibald Rutledge.

Write 125-150 magazine feature articles and 104 newspaper columns each year.

Nearing completion of Remembering the Greats:  Profiles of Turkey Hunting’s Old Masters.

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Casada at South Carolina Center for the Book

Dec. 2010 – Accomplished outdoor writer Jim Casada shares seasonal tales from Carolina Christmas: Archibald Rutledge's Enduring Holiday Stories. This new collection of stories, poems, and recipes celebrates the Southern holiday traditions of yesteryear through dozens of stories, poems, and recipes from Rutledge, South Carolina’s first poet laureate and one of the most widely published outdoor and nature writers of the last century.

Speaker @ the Center - Jim Casada from SC Center for the Book on Vimeo.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address
1250 Yorkdale Dr.,
Rock Hill, SC 29730-7638
General Info, Sales, Customer Support: jc@jimcasadaoutdoors.com
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