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Most Recent Report: Scotty's Bear
Date: April 28, 17

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Good friend Scotty Cyr was bow hunting in the Idaho wilderness for elk when he saw a black speck at the top of a mountain which turned out to be a bear headed toward him. “It was fairly open, there were openings and timber and I kept seeing the bear creeping closer and closer down to the bottom and I'm like, you know, I bet he's coming down for water because it was a fairly hot day. He got to about 300 yards away and I said yes, this is really going to happen, he's coming down to get water. He was up the canyon about a half-mile from me. I would watch him and as soon as he went into cover I would run down the side of the hill towards him, wait, pick him out again and run again and so forth. Finally I got to the point where I figured I was 100 yards from him and down on the bottom it was all grown willows which are probably 5 feet high and I’m not much taller, if at all, so I was standing there and all of a sudden, there is the bear. I put the range finder on him, he is 32 yards, I'm like, oh sweet. I put the rangefinder down, knock an arrow, he steps often drops down into the willows and I'm like, this is great, I can’t see anything now. He's in the willows, I'm in the willows and all of a sudden he steps 26 yards from me. I range find 26 yards when he turns and goes back into the willows. There's a little bush, I say okay that's 18 yards, I say if it comes out in there I know the range. I'm standing on a tree, 18 yards, he steps right out, turns and starts walking right at me.”


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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