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MEET THE FINALIST: The Wild Card Winner

Aug. 13, 2009

MEET THE FINALIST: The Wild Card Winner

By: Colin Kearns

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.

—Colin Kearns

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from duckboy007 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Haha. Looks like it! Looking foward to meeting you, and everyone else in a week!!!

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from John Davis wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Great...the rookie has a fan club.

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from Scott D wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Go Smitty! I know you'll represent us well. Good luck.

Scott Duffey

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from Grimes wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

You da man. No pressure but make sure your represent, all of GA is depending on you. Confidence is high on Smitty not only having a blast but bringing home a win. Good luck not that you need it.

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from Hollydo wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Smitty, this is awesome! I know that you will make us proud! Good luck and have a blast!

Red ;)

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from Craig Brown wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Chica gets airtime but not me? seriously?

Congratulations and we are behind you all the way!

Man up!!

Craig

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from lfritz wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Congratulations Smitty! You will do well and the LSSI crew and Big Sandy boys will be cheering you on.

Kitten

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from Brian Cramer wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Congratulations Smitty and I look forward to meeting you in the Canyon. You will have a blast and meet alot of people you can call a friend for years to come ... take advantage of the opportunity. We'll see you in September.

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from Brian Cramer wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Congratulations Smitty and I look forward to meeting you in the Canyon. You will have a blast and meet alot of people you can call a friend for years to come ... take advantage of the opportunity. We'll see you in September.

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from lfritz wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Congratulations Smitty! You will do well and the LSSI crew and Big Sandy boys will be cheering you on.

Kitten

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from Craig Brown wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Chica gets airtime but not me? seriously?

Congratulations and we are behind you all the way!

Man up!!

Craig

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from Hollydo wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Smitty, this is awesome! I know that you will make us proud! Good luck and have a blast!

Red ;)

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from Grimes wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

You da man. No pressure but make sure your represent, all of GA is depending on you. Confidence is high on Smitty not only having a blast but bringing home a win. Good luck not that you need it.

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from Scott D wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Go Smitty! I know you'll represent us well. Good luck.

Scott Duffey

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from John Davis wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Great...the rookie has a fan club.

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from duckboy007 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Haha. Looks like it! Looking foward to meeting you, and everyone else in a week!!!

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