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Most Recent Report: Sheep Hunt 3
Date: February 23, 18

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Kenton Clairmont and his brother had glassed two Alaskan rams and as they closed in realized that the sheep had been spooked by a nearby grizzly. “We figured they must have been spooked and gone up and over the top of this knife ridge. When we got to the top of the knife ridge we found them. We ranged them and they were 435 yards. We just set up everything and waited for the big one to stand up. It took about an hour and 1/2, the sheep stood up and Ryan hammered him and he rolled down the mountain into the draw. Just as we figured, the small one stopped in its tracks and was looking down into the draw. That gave me time to jump behind the gun and get a shot off. We shot to sheep in 30 seconds and then made a scene at the top of the mountain. We were excited about what just had happened. Went down and got the sheep taken care of. We looked at our watches and it was 8 o’clock at night. We were 13 miles from the airstrip. Pretty rough walking and so we walked until 5 o’clock in the morning, it was raining the entire time. We both had between 140 and 160 pounds in our pack. We finally decided we needed to set up a camp. Got a couple of hours of sleep. Got up, filled our packs with meat and headed for the airstrip. Got to the airstrip on pickup day at one in the morning.”


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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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