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.
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
Books Edited as a Freelancer
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.
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.
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.