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Most Recent Report: Good Meat
Date: April 24, 18

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Saw this comment in the magazine "Outdoor Life”. While hipsters would like the world to believe they invented the demand for organic, free-range, locally-sourced meat, hunters know better. Called Andrew McKean who’s the Chief Editor of Outdoor Life: “We are trying to make the case in a series of stories that hunters are the original locavores. People are just now catching on to the fact that we need to eat healthy, close to home… That is something that hundreds of known for a long long time. Having said that, does the article give us hunting strategies? That's a very good question. That is one of the things that I struggled with as the editor is that we wanted it to have a certain amount of reader service. Here is how to go do it. We also wanted to celebrate the fact that there is an abundance around us. We are conditioned to thinking about wild meat in the confines of standard seasons. It's the deer opener for example. What that story was intended to do was to open peoples eyes to the wild abundance that you might not think about. Little accounts of feral iguana hunts in Florida, feral pigeons and even some of the wild pigeons that are available, obviously everybody knows the feral hog issue in the South. We wanted to point out, hey, don't be limited to your standard elk, deer, upland bird seasons. There is a wild world of meat all around you, go get it.


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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