When Marlow Gates goes for a hike in western North Carolina, he doesn't seek out trails with scenic views or look for opportunities to catch the leaves changing color in the fall. He prefers overgrown places, often along the French Broad River. He likes to go in the winter, when the trees are bare and the likelihood of encountering snakes or poison ivy are low.
That's because Gates is actually on the hunt, but not for any sort of wild animal.[...] READ MORE