Jason Kaatz of Bloomingdale advanced to the finals of the 2010 Total Outdoorsman Challenge.
Here's the announcement:
Field & Stream Announces Contenders In 2010 Total Outdoorsman Challenge
FIELD & STREAM, the world's leading outdoor magazine, today announced the names of the 16 sportsmen who out-shot, out-fished and out-hustled hundreds of other competitors to earn the chance to participate in the championship of the 2010 FIELD & STREAM TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY MOBIL 1. The intensive, three-day, championship event will take place in Springfield, Mo., September 9-11, 2010, pitting these competitors in head-to-head combat in seven outdoors skill challenges that will determine the winner: flyfishing, bass fishing, rifle, shotgun, endurance, archery and ATV handling.
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Last year's top three finishers will face off against 12 other sportsmen who each finished in the top three positions in one of four regional qualifier events earlier this summer, as well as one "wildcard" competitor selected from online entries.
The 2010 Total Outdoorsman Challenge contenders will include (in alphabetical order with hometowns):
* Loren Autrey - Quinlan, Tex.
* Tom Boatwright - Perdido, Ala. (2009 Total Outdoorsman Champion)
* Craig Brymer - Hixson, Tenn.
* Adam Correa - Greenwood, Mo.
* Cade Crawford - Sumner, Tex.
* Jeff Haney -Fletcher, N.C
* Shane Harden - Quinlan, Tex.
* Luke Hitt - Rogers, Ala.
* Jason Kaatz - Bloomingdale, Ill.
* Adam Nickle - Collins, Ohio (2010 wildcard winner)
* Chris Reed - Thompson Station, Tenn. (2009 second-place winner)
* John Sappington - Branson, Mo. - (2009 third-place winner)
* David Smith - Roswell, Ga.
* Paul Thompson - Marion, N.C.
* Frankie Walls - Woodleaf, N.C.
* Chad Weatherford - Loris, S.C.
At stake is the Total Outdoorsman Challenge's grand prize package, which has an estimated value of more than $50,000, including: $25,000 in cash; a trip for two to attend the star-studded Country Music Association Awards; a profile in Field & Stream; a Yamaha ATV; extensive exposure on FieldandStream.com and the Outdoor Channel's Total Outdoorsman Challenge television show; and more.
"This year's Total Outdoorsman Challenge championship is set to be incredibly exciting," said Anthony Licata, editor of Field & Stream. "The stakes are higher than ever for this truly talented field of outdoorsmen, including some first-timers who are all highly skilled in outdoor techniques, ultra-competitive and ready to play to win."
Now in its seventh year, the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge presented by Mobil 1 is widely celebrated as the country's premier competition for sportsmen. In April, the finalists began their journey alongside thousands of outdoorsmen and women competing at local qualifiers at Bass Pro Shops around the country. The top 200 local qualifiers were chosen to compete at one of four regional events in June. Next month, the top three from each regional event, along with last year's top three finalists and one wildcard winner, will head to the Total Outdoorsman Championship to compete head-to-head in seven outdoor skill challenges - fly-fishing, bass fishing, rifle, shotgun, endurance, archery and ATV handling - that will determine the best outdoorsman in the nation.
The Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge championship event is open to the public, who is invited to participate in a variety of on-site games and activities and cheer on the sportsmen as they test their abilities across a wide range of outdoor disciplines.
Field & Stream's Total Outdoorsman Challenge Presented by Mobil 1, enjoys support from: Bass Pro Shops, Outdoor Channel, Yamaha, Toyota, Eukanuba, Rocky Boots, 505 Games, ThermaCELL, Russell Outdoors, Diamond Archery, Smith & Wesson, Thompson Center Arms, Smith & Wesson Firearm Care Products, CMA Music Festival.
About Field & Stream:
Field & Stream, The World's Leading Outdoor Magazine, is the country's largest special-interest title and most recognized outdoor publication. Devoted to the complete outdoor experience and lifestyle, Field & Stream (www.FieldandStream.com) gives its readers the knowledge and inspiration to pursue the sports they love. It celebrates the outdoor experience with great stories, compelling photography and sound advice, while honoring the traditions hunters and fishermen have passed down for generations. Established in 1895, Field & Stream is published 11 times per year by the Bonnier Corporation.
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