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Most Recent Report: Fires and Hunting
Date: September 22, 17

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Since so many wildfires are burning across the entire span between Colorado and the northwest coast, I thought I would read this advisory from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife because it really applies to every hunting area.

Dear Hunting Enthusiast:

As of this writing, wildfires continue to threaten federal, tribal, state, and private lands, as well as many communities. We are all concerned for public safety and the loss of life and property, as well as the impact to our natural resources. As a hunter, you may also be concerned about the status of upcoming hunting seasons. WDFW has no plans to close or delay any general hunting seasons due to fire activity. Hunters should, however, be aware of widespread land access restrictions currently in place throughout the state due to wildfires. Now more than ever, it is important to check the fire and land access situation before setting out on your trip.

Updated information on active wildfires, including local travel and access restrictions are available on selected web sites. Please bear in mind that landowners determine who has access to their land. Some landowners, including multiple private timberland owners, have closed their lands to access in response to current wildfire activity. At this time, it is too early to know whether landowners will keep their lands closed or reopen lands during the hunting season. Conditions can change rapidly over the next few weeks, so hunters should check periodically for access changes.

In the unlikely event that access to a special permit hunt area is closed due to fire activity, the Department will work with permit holders to restore special permit points in the affected areas. WDFW will notify permit holders if they are eligible and explain how points can be restored. Points will not be restored if hunting opportunity is still available for a permit holder, or if the permit has already been used for hunting in the special permit area this season.

Hunters who wish to hunt on private lands should make sure they have permission to hunt before they go. Check in with landowners regarding access and be sure to leave the area in better condition than when you arrived. For more information, visit the WDFW Private Lands Access website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/hunting_access/private_lands/ .

In an effort to assist hunters with access information, WDFW has compiled a list of major public landowners, along with contact details, in each region. This information is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/hunting_access/ .

Finally, all of us have to be especially cautious to avoid starting a fire while in the field. A wayward cigarette butt or a truck parked in a field of dry grass can spark yet another wildfire. Please observe current rules in effect on WDFW lands and other areas regarding restrictions on campfires, chainsaws, and motorized equipment (including ATVs).


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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