The Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge is the only competition in existence to determine the country’s most competent all-around outdoorsman. Contestants in this one-of-a-kind competition must prove their mettle at various outdoor skills: fly-casting, baitcasting, .22 rifle, shotgun, endurance, archery and ATV handling. The outdoorsman with the best combined score at the end of the event wins the big money and the bragging rights.

The Grand Champion receives $25,000 in cash, a Yamaha ATV and many other prizes. The Championship carries a total prize purse of nearly $75,000, with all competitors receiving cash and equipment prizes.  2012 will mark the 9th consecutive year for the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge. The program has expanded to include a Regional series at Bass Pro Shops across the country, as well as a television series which airs on the Outdoor Channel in the fall. The Total Outdoorsman Challenge will also hold a Singer/Songwriter Challenge at the Country Music Association’s Music Festival in Nashville, Tennesee.

The program was developed from the annual cover story in May outlining the skills a sportsman needs to be competent in the outdoors.  Each month a regular Total Outdoorsman editorial column runs within the Sportsmen’s Notebook section of the magazine focusing on perfecting one particular skill specific to the season.  The program also exists online providing a portal to the event—a blog, photo and video galleries, community forum, event details, etc.