March 02, 2011
The Total Outdoorsman Challenge is the just that: a competition for those whose skill set includes everything from Muskie noodling to high-speed, jon-boat racing. There’s a ton of bass fishing-only circuits, several associations just for archery, and you can shoot until your eyes are crossed at 3-gun. But if you’re one who does it all, the TOC is your place.
Twenty-five Bass Pro Shops will host Qualifiers on Saturday, April 9, from 10 am to 4 pm and on Sunday, April 10, from 11 am to 4 pm (registration closes at 3 pm). Make it into the top 200 nationwide in Archery, Baitcasting, and Air Rifle, and you move onto the Regional stage. You can use your own bow or baitcaster, but you will use our air rifle at the Qualifiers.
The 2011 Qualifiers will follow the same format and scoring as last year’s, and we have a handy-dandy video that shows a chubby competitions manager running through the same course that you will. Just watch this and watch how painless it is to qualify for the Regionals.
Regional hosts include Grapevine, TX, Nashville, TN, Independence, MO, and Leeds, AL. The disciplines will be the same three from Qualifiers, plus the always-fun Skills course. At Regionals you will use the equipment provided only. The top three get to head to Dogwood Canyon and get the chance to take Chad Weatherford’s title.
That big-top circus happens the week following Labor Day and gets shown on the Outdoor Channel. There are seven amped up disciplines that will get the heart racing like a three-balled, rank rodeo bull. A little target shooting with a .22 rifle, shotgun, and a compound bow will test the marksmanship of a well-rounded outdoor junkie. Two fishing tournaments (Fly and Bass), the Yamaha ATV course, and the butt-kicking Endurance complete the testing of your skills. The big prize is $25,000, a new ATV, and the title of the Total Outdoorsman.
Pretty neat deal for just doing what you love.