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Most Recent Report: Gun Collection
Date: November 22, 17

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Sharpshooter, rock chuck hunter specialist and Bay Area resident Ken Mills talks about the weapons he uses when taking out chuck's from as far away as 566 yards. Basically he contracts with farmers to shoot rock chucks because these varmints can decimate crop fields with there voracious appetites. "One is a 17 HMR Marlon, I really like the gun. It is very good if you don't have too bad a wind, out to 150 yards. That's about max as far as I'm concerned. Then I've got the 222 and that will reach out and touch them really well. The farthest I ever kills a chuck was 566 yards and that was with that 222. It has a 50 grain bullet, the six BR has a 70 grain bullet and it shoots a little bit faster but very little. Less than 100 ft./s. It controls better in the wind. The Marlins 17 is not a custom-built rifle, the only thing I put was a custom trigger on it. These other two rifles are all custom-built rifles. I got $3000 a piece in them. And those binoculars you saw, I got them and use them last year. They have the rangefinder in them and I paid $3300 for those. So I have a lot of money invested in them.” As of today, Ken has killed over 11,000 rock chuck’s.


Sportsman’s Spotlight
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PRIMARY              ~ People who Hunt and Fish in the Northwest, from the novice to the guide.
SECONDARY      ~ People who might gain a better understanding of the outdoor sportsman through interesting stories and antidotes.
To entertain and educate, thus creating a desire to go fishing, hunting and explore the outdoors.  In these short radio vignettes we take the listener on an audio adventure far away from their current environment, to a place they would rather be… The great outdoors!
Passion defines the work of David Sparks Ph.D., a veteran of television and host of Sportsman’s Spotlight.  David's resume includes features on the Outdoor Channel (winner of eight Telly Awards),  host and producer of ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, Jeep National Trails and a bevy of network television including  PM Magazine, NBC game shows and stints guest hosting the Oprah Winfrey Show. During David’s tenure with ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, he acquired hunting and fishing tips from the “Master” internationally famous outdoorsman/guide Wayne Pearson . “On location” took on a whole new meaning as the pair hunted game in various locations around the U.S.; from upland birds in the Dakotas to gators in Louisiana but it was David’s riveting quest for the great marlin in Puerto Rico and sword and sailfish in Venezuela that endeared him to his fans.  In addition to his wealth of television work David Sparks earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University and taught at the University of Washington.
Watch out!  David's enthusiasm for hunting and fishing is contagious, humorous and .....sometimes cantankerous but one thing for certain with Sparks it’s always entertaining and the spotlight is always on you the outdoorsman.

% of population that fishes
Number of Anglers
% of population that hunts
Number of Hunters


Average dolla spent per Sportsman per year


Recreation Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $923 million)
Fishing Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $283 million)
Hunting Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $260 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Oregon
(Total: $2.0 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $497 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $374 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Washington
(Total: $3.1 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $905 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $313 million)

*National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, 2006 (FHWAR) http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html


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