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Most Recent Report: Ted Kuch 1
Date: August 19, 19

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Long time friend and fellow hockey player, Ted Kuch recently retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service where he spent 30 years as an endangered species biologist, mostly in the Western US. What did that entail?

“According to Congress and the mission of the agency and the purpose of the Endangered Species Act, my job was working with others to conserve the ecosystems that we and all other species depend upon, which is quite noble, I think, and honorable and exciting and fun and rewarding and trying to make sure we leave the world in a little bit better shape for our children's children. That's really what my job was. You had a big run with. Was it bull trout? Yeah. Tell me that story again.

So I was the bull trout recovery coordinator for about three years for the US Fish and Wildlife Service based in Boise. Basically, bull trout require a colder, cleaner water than any other species of trout or salmon on the continent, save for maybe Arctic char. So my job was working with states and federal land management agencies and others to make sure that they had the coldest, cleanest water that we could deliver as they migrate great distances, 80 miles or more sometimes.

Yeah, but I mean, you go into a state, you come to Idaho or you come to Colorado, you know that bull trout need cold water. Okay. Now what what do you do? Put cubes of ice in the water. (laughter)”

Shut up, you wise guy, and let Ted tell us tomorrow exactly how he coordinated such efforts.


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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