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Aug. 31, 2009


By: Field & Stream Editor

John Stanley, 31 - Bordias, Texas

Stanley is a little indecisive when you ask him what he likes to fish for best, because he really loves going after catfish, bass, and crappies. It’s more of the same when it comes to hunting: Ducks, deer, and hogs all fire him up. “I don’t really have a preference, as long as I’m out there doing it,” Stanley says.

The Independence Regional third-place finisher quickly passed the trait down to his sons, Brayden, 9, and Dylan, 7. Both killed their first deer when they were 5, and each boy has taken at least three total. But their dad isn’t just a guide in the field—he’s also their baseball and basketball coach. “My advice for any one young would be, listen and get advice from anybody that you can,” Stanley says. “Try everything that you can and take everything in.”

That’s what Stanley, currently a general electrician, learned from his uncle, Michael McLendon, when he was about 9 years old. McLendon took Stanley under his wing in the outdoors, which supplemented the traditional sports he played growing up.

Stanley would like to think he’s been preparing for the TOC for much of his life. “When guys were going and partying, I was hunting and fishing,” he says. “I just can’t get enough of the outdoors.”

—Lance Madden

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