A Loris man will aim for his second “Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge,” in a season finale airing at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Outdoor Channel.
Chad Weatherford will go against Tom Boatwright of Alabama, the two finalists from an original roster of 14, competing in four events – archery, fly fishing, shotgun and endurance – for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.
The public also is invited to join Weatherford for a viewing party at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Islamorada Fish Company restaurant, inside Bass Pro Shops at Myrtle Beach Mall, near Briarcliffe Acres.
This marks the ninth year for this nationwide reality event, and its fourth season on Outdoor Channel, which expanded the reality series this past fall to 13 half-hour episodes from a four-part special. Country music fans also might recognize its host, Craig Morgan, whose hits include “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester.”
Weatherford, the owner of Traditions Archery in Loris, with a background in heating-ventilation-air conditioning, won the challenge in 2010 and finished second last year, in his third time taking part in this competition. Married for 6 1/2 years to Christina Weatherford, the father of boys ages 4 and 2 1/2 has another bull’s eye circled on Jan. 31, the due date for their daughter.
We had a really good childhood, and I feel like we were fortunate with what we experienced and the things we got to do. A lot of kids don’t have that growing up, getting out with what God created on the Earth for all of the Earth to enjoy.
Archery is a big event. You have to be a good at strategy to do well at competing. You perfect your release and aim, and all of the skills kind of fall back from using a rifle. … You can’t just take a tricky shot with a bow at any given moment; you build up to it. You kind of have to be a jack of all trades, like from owning a heating and air conditioning business, especially with that. You’re dealing with plumbing, electrical, ducts, air flow and a lot of other related things to get around to how figure out how we do this and how we do that. The competition is really similar, with a lot of strategizing involved.
One big thing we learned on the set: They want you to be enthusiastic during the interviews. … They want you to interview and explain a lot, right before the competition. Personally, at the time, I don’t want to talk to anybody, because you’re getting focused. But that’s hard to do. …
How much video footage they have that never gets seen on TV: That just amazes me. They probably have thousands of hours of footage between all the cameras and all the angles they had to record.