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Most Recent Report: Bear Bait
Date: March 19, 19

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Bear hunter Jarrod Secundo puts out a thousand pounds of bait and I got into a dialogue with him. "I get a lot of bread. Some of the bakeries will sell all their stuff that's already been expired. They can't sell anymore. They'll sell it pretty cheap so I'll get a lot of that. And I know a couple of butchers that give me some trimmings from some of their butcher shops and I got a fast food restaurant that saves all their grease during the spring and during the fall so that I can come pick it up for the spring hunt. I'll get roughly 30 gallons of grease and then for the fall I'll probably bring up an extra 20 gallons just to make sure we got plenty. And the grease kind of dehydrates the bears a little bit so they can’t eat as much in one sitting. The idea is that hopefully they can't just sit there and eat 50 pounds of bait at one time. They have to go get water somewhere. So typically you try to set your bait a little further away from water sources. So it's not just easy for them to set up camp and be able to roam within 100 yards from your bait to the creek or any kind of water source. It's either 200 feet or it's two hundred yards that you have to be from a water source anyways to keep your bait legal I believe. You set the bait out and the Bears just get into a pattern or a habit of coming to that site which will makes it easier to find them when you're on the hunt? Yeah so you don't have to rely so much on a lead dog being able to sniff a bear out off the road and keep your dogs all gaged up and you just run through your bait systematically and you get one hit and then you let the dogs go. And typically it works out pretty well."


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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