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Most Recent Report: Hog Hunt
Date: February 15, 19

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One of our new regular contributors is Amy Spoon a habitat biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. But Amy recently thought that she would leave the state of Washington for Central California, down near Bakersfield, to go on a hog hunt. “The hog hunt was way better than expected. I was not sure quite what I was getting into when I signed up for it but I think I was expecting to be sitting on a farm over run with hogs, sitting around and just waiting for them to come in and try to get one. But it was great, we actually headed up into the hills and got them there. It was way different. They don’t just come in and feed around and stand still. They are moving through those hills and don’t stop at all so you are trying to lead a hog at 400 yards and they are running full speed. It is a real challenge and it is definitely difficult. What is the size of these monsters? The biggest one that we got was 250 pounds but they have hogs on these ranches and properties that they say are well over 300 pounds. By the way it was really hot and us Washingtonians weren’t ready for that. What were you using for a rifle? A 7 mag and also a 300 short mag. I took my bow to maybe get a shot with my bow but that turned out to be really difficult just because these hogs have armoring in their shoulders that you have to get the perfect shot otherwise the arrow hits those armor plates and bounces off.


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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