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Most Recent Report: Texas Spread
Date: June 22, 18

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I was on the phone the other day with an old buddy and he reminded me of a method for calling in high flying geese over expanses of open prairie… Using a “Texas spread”. The Texas rag decoy consists of a wind sock mounted on a stake, with a molded goose head stuck on the top. They are an inexpensive way to set out decoys that appear real from the sky. Snow geese spreads require a large number of rag decoys; however, Canada geese can be drawn in with as few as three to four dozen rags. The wind sock rags are available in colors to match Canada, Snow and Blue geese. My friend Gilbert Herndon is a hunting and fishing videographer and he tells us today about his experience with the Texas spread.

They do what they call a Texas spread down there where they have white bags on a stick and you stick them here and there and the wind turns them a certain way and when the wind blows they all kind of turn one way. You also wear white sheets. In other places where you don’t want to be seen you wear camouflage. But in Texas it is all white because the snow geese come down there and I have seen snow geese so thick that you could not even carry on a conversation, you had to yell at one another in order to hear one another. With that many geese flying around a big white area and they fly over and see that, they think that is just other geese down there so they land and you can call them in and that is how you get them.


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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