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Most Recent Report: Taking out Rock Chucks 1
Date: May 26, 17

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Every year, Lincoln County farmer Darren Tabor battles the rock chuck population that decimates his alfalfa fields. Ken Mills, is a sharpshooter from California who plies his skills taking out these varmints. He has befriended many Magic Valley farmers who allow him to hunt the rock chucks on their private property because he makes a difference. "This has been an exceptional year. We have had two days where we have killed over 100 chucks a day. Saturday we took 112 and that hundred and 12 chucks were killed on one guys place and we didn't even finish them all off. I started shooting here in 1997 and last year we killed 1120 chucks. That put us almost 11,000 chucks that we have killed in that amount of time. I started this chuck hunting, when I was reading an article and it said five average size chucks in a given amount of time will eat the same amount of food as a cow will.” Darren loves Ken’s services. “He's a very efficient hunter, he likes what he does, he does us a heck of a nice service at no charge to us. It's just the thrill of the hunt for him.” "The farthest I have ever killed a Chuck was 566 yards." "I get a kick out of watching him hunt.


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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