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Most Recent Report: Bare Bow
Date: April 24, 19

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Dennis Dunn is a life long archery hunter with a very interesting background. “I grew up without any hunters in my family but my mother introduced me to archery when I was about five. I went off to summer camp at age 7 where they had real bows and arrows and I got addicted to the sport of archery. Even though I never had anybody mentor me into hunting, I just got this romantic idea as a young kid how neat it would be, once I was old enough to drive, to go to where the deer live in the forest and sneak around like an Indian with a bow and arrow and hand and see if I couldn’t sneak up on a deer or a bull elk. Once I was 16 with a driver’s license I started hunting deer. I didn’t take my first deer with a bow until I was out of college at age 24. From then on it got to be a pretty serious thing in my life. I think since then I have taken over 100 big game animals with a bow and arrow. I have never used any sites for aiming. I just shoot purely instinctively. 99% of bow hunters use sight pins that stick out horizontally above the arrow rest. I have just always shot bare bow which means the bows I use are bare of any sighting devices and as a result it makes the challenge of aiming far more difficult but that’s what I like, the challenge.


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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