Aug. 13, 2009
David “Smitty” Smith, 40, Roswell, Georgia
Plenty of outdoorsman entered the wild-card contest for the last remaining spot in the TOC finals. It wasn’t an easy decision, but in the end we chose David Smith. “I am humbled and excited [to compete],” Smith said. “The TOC is the most exciting opportunity that I have ever had, and I am extremely grateful to be given the chance to compete.”
Smith says he goes through phases when it comes to hunting and fishing. “For a while I was all about the bass fishing,” he says. “Then, in my twenties, I couldn’t flyfish for trout enough.” To satisfy that passion, Smith worked as a professional flyfishing guide for seven years.
As for hunting, Smith loves to hunt waterfowl with his Black Lab, Chica—who Smith trained. “My wife complains that my dog is more well travelled than she is,” he says. “Chica and I have hunted together in a dozen states, plus Canada.” These days, however, Smith is really focused on big-game hunting. “I am especially eager to do some of the more physically challenging hunts. I love that.”
Smith says his biggest advantage going into the TOC is his attitude. “I can’t be concerned about how experienced the other competitors are,” he says. “I know there are better archers than me in this contest. And better gunners. But my fishing skills are likely on par as are my ATV handling and endurance skills. My ability to maintain a positive attitude, prepare properly, and to stay focused when the pressure is on can give me a fighting chance to be the next Total Outdoorsman winner.”
We’ll find out come September.