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Most Recent Report: Cyr Shoots Bear
Date: July 25, 17

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Scotty Cyr’s out in the Idaho wilderness hunting with a bow. A bear is approaching and he's walking towards me and I’m just standing on top of these dead falls over a creek in the sun, wide open and he's coming and I'm thinking oh my gosh, he's going to walk right into me. There was one little 2 inch willow right between us and I said he's going to have to go left or right and whichever way he goes I am going to let it fly. He stepped to his left, I released and he took two spins, put his nose in the river rock and I was a lucky camper. Don't they have an incredible sense of smell and he was just curious maybe? Not at all. He didn't even know I was there. He was 15 feet when it all ended. The wind was really good blowing away from me down the creek the whole time. If it had been in the other direction he was smelled me for sure. So after I shot the bear, and he was a big bear, 300 pounds plus with a 17 half-inch skull. Black bear with a little white clump under his chin and I white V on his chest, just beautiful. I dressed him out and driving out, I ran into for young guys and I said, hey do you guys want to help me get a bear out? They said yeah sure.”


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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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