Over the years, the well-experienced of Chicago outdoors (Chuck Roberts comes to mind) have done well at the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge.
The seventh edition is coming up this month.
Here's the details:
FIELD & STREAM LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE
SEARCH FOR COUNTRY'S TOP OUTDOORSMAN
$75,000 in Cash and Prizes on the Line
FREE Total Outdoors-Kid Challenge April 17-18 at Bass Pro Shops
New York, NY--April 5, 2010--FIELD & STREAM, the world's leading outdoor magazine, and BASS PRO SHOPS, America's favorite outdoors store, today announced the dates for the 2010 FIELD & STREAM TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN CHALLENGE―PRESENTED BY MOBIL 1. Now in its seventh year, the annual coast-to-coast competition to name the most competent sportsman in the land will kickoff with FREE qualifying events at Bass Pro Shops on April 17-18. This year kids are getting in on the fun, too, with their very own Total Outdoors-Kid Challenge with free activities, prizes and giveaways.
Widely celebrated as the country's premier competition for outdoorsmen, The 2010 Total Outdoorsman Challenge will host FREE local qualifiers at 48 participating Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please visit www.totaloutdoorsmanchallenge.com for a complete list of participating stores. Thousands of sportsmen and -women across the country are expected to showcase their skills in baitcasting, air rifle and archery competitions. (Competitors must bring their own archery and baitcasting equipment.) Spectators and participants at the events will also be able to sign up to win great prizes, including Rocky Boots, given away at each store, and a trip for two to Big Cedar Lodge.
"If you love hunting, fishing and camping then you've likely been training for this event your entire life," says Anthony Licata, editor of Field & Stream. "Being a Total Outdoorsman means you approach every outdoor experience as an opportunity to grow your skills and have fun doing it, and that's exactly what this whole competition is about. It's a chance to celebrate the outdoors and earn big money and bragging rights all for doing what you love."
TOTAL OUTDOORS-KID CHALLENGE
Kids will be joining in the fun this year with the new "Total Outdoors-Kid Challenge." A fun and free event taking place at Bass Pro Shops Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, from noon to 3 p.m. with prizes for all. The young outdoorsmen will be able to participate in fun, friendly challenges like bucket fishing, archery, life-jacket races and the sleeping bag roll-up. They can also enjoy other free activities like drawstring bag coloring, knot-tying lessons, the Total Outdoors-Kid Activity booklet and prizes at the Prize Wheel--all while supplies last.
TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN CHALLENGE REGIONAL & NATIONAL EVENTS
Field & Stream editors will evaluate the local qualifier results to cull the top 200 participants to contend in one of four regional qualifying events taking place in June 2010. Participants who place in the top three positions at the regional qualifiers will then advance to the final championship, where they will face off against the top three finishers from the 2009 Total Outdoorsman Challenge as well as one "wildcard" competitor selected from online submissions at www.totaloutdoorsmanchallenge.com. The Total Outdoorsman Challenge will culminate in an intensive, three-day, final championship event at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Missouri, September 9-11, 2010, pitting 16 of the nation's top outdoorsmen in head-to-head competition in seven outdoor skill challenges: fly-fishing, bass fishing, rifle, shotgun, endurance, archery and ATV handling.
For the third year in a row, Field & Stream will host a regional event during the widely-attended, four-day CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn., June 10-13, 2010, the "crown jewel" of country music events. Total Outdoorsman Challenge defending champion Tom Boatwright will show off his keen outdoor skills against a field of country music stars in a special celebrity edition of the competition on June 11 leading up to the regional qualifier slated for the following day.
The May issue of Field & Stream (on newsstands now) features "The Total Outdoorsmen Guide Book" with instruction from five of the nation's most successful hunting and fishing guides. Competitors looking for more information can check out Total Outdoorsman Challenge training tip videos at www.totaloutdoorsmanchallenge.com
There is no fee to enter the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge Presented by Mobil 1 and each event is open to the public. Anyone is invited to cheer on sportsmen from all walks of life as they test their abilities across a wide range of outdoor disciplines.
The Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge Presented by Mobil 1, enjoys support from: Bass Pro Shops, Outdoor Channel, Yamaha, Toyota, Eukanuba, Rocky Boots, 505 Games, ThermaCELL, Diamond Archery, Smith & Wesson, Thompson Center Arms, Smith & Wesson Firearm Care Products, CMA Music Festival.
FIELD & STREAM TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:
Local Qualifiers--April 17-18
(Listed in alphabetical order by city)
Arundel (Baltimore), MD
Auburn Hills (Detroit), MI
Bossier City, LA
Broken Arrow, OK
Concord (Charlotte), NC
Council Bluffs, IA
Dania Beach (Ft. Lauderdale), FL
Denham Springs, LA
Fort Myers, FL
Hanover County (Richmond), VA
Las Vegas, NV
Myrtle Beach, SC
Oklahoma City, OK
Pearland , TX
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
San Antonio, TX
Spanish Fort (Mobile), AL
Grapevine, TX - June 5
Nashville, TN - June 12 at the CMA Music Festival
Independence, MO - June 19
Leeds, AL - June 26
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Lampe, MO - September 9-11