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The Plott hound has reached worldwide fame through the contributions of many colorful characters from the Southern Appalachians. Quill Rose--a legendary local outlaw, moonshiner, gunfighter and more--helped cultivate the bloodline for bear hunting. Revered baseball icon Branch Rickey brought national acclaim to the breed through his hunts in the Hazel Creek Watershed. Writer Frank Methven wrote extensively about the Plott hound for decades, and the Methven Award remains one of the most coveted big game hunting awards in the world. Author and breed expert Bob Plott reveals the fascinating people and places that have shaped the history of the Plott hound.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Bob Plott is a third great-grandson of (Johannes) George Plott, who first brought the Plott bear hounds to America. He is the author of four other award-winning books--Strike and Stay: The Story of the Plott Hound (2007), A History of Hunting in the Great Smoky Mountains (2008), Legendary Hunters of the Southern Highlands (2009) and Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains (2011)--all published by The History Press. He has written monthly magazine articles for three national hunting magazines for the past decade, as well as multiple free-lance columns. In 2016, Bob was awarded the Order of the Longleaf Pine Award, the most prestigious civilian award in the state, by the governor of North Carolina. Plott is one of the founding members of Plottfest--a two-day festival held annually in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, celebrating the Plott breed and southern mountain culture. He and his family continue to raise the family Plott hounds at their Plott Ridge Kennels, near Eufola, North Carolina. Visit his website at www.bobplott.com.
Table of Contents
1 "An Original Genius" Quill Rose 13
2 "A Desperate and Bad Man" Andy Orr 31
3 The Blevins and Cable Connections 41
4 "King of the Balsam Bear Hunters" Wilburn Parker 60
5 Hunting Clubs of the Great Smoky Mountains 78
6 "The Pick of the Litter" Jack Edwards 113
7 "Beware of Bud!" C.E. "Bud" Lyon 134
8 "The Bard of the Breed" Frank T. Methven 134
9 "They Can Do It All!" Pocahontas Plott Kennels 170
10 Young Guns 182
About the Author 191