Jim Dean was an outdoor freelance writer for various notable publications during a career that stretched for more than six decades, beginning as a sports/outdoor writer for the Burlington Times in North Carolina in the mid-1960s. His passion for hunting and especially fishing was passed down from his beloved grandfather. Together, they fished various mill ponds and rivers in eastern NC in the ‘50s and ‘60s. While serving as an Army courier at Fort Holabird, Maryland, Jim became a member of the prestigious Baltimore Angler’s Club. It was there he met Joe Brooks, Lefty Kreh and Boyd Pfeiffer, among others, all of whom had a profound influence on his outdoors conservation writing. In 1970 he started writing for the North Carolina Wildlife Commission’s magazine, and was eventually promoted to its editor before retiring in 1997.