Aug. 18, 2009
Scot Marcin, 35 - Cottontown, Tenn.
It’s hard to think there has been a champion of the Total Outdoorsman Challenge not named Paul Thompson, but Marcin won the TOC in 2005. Last year Thompson just edged Marcin for first place overall.
“The first one, we had no idea what was going to happen,” Marcin says. “Every year it grows expectation-wise. You know some of the competition and some of the skills, but they’re always changing. I think it makes it more challenging, and that’s what it’s all about.”
From the beginning, the shooting events have always been a strong point for Marcin, a regional director for Delta Waterfowl in Tennessee. His weaknesses in the past have been the flyfishing and archery events, but of course he’s been working on them for this year’s competition.
Most of Marcin’s outdoor experience growing up came from his father and grandfather, but he says he gets his competitive drive from his mother, Patricia. The combination of all family members taught him what the outdoors is all about: “It’s called hunting and fishing, it’s not killing and catching,” Marcin says. “It’s watching the sun rise and the world wake up.”
- Lance Madden