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Most Recent Report: Pre-season Bow Check
Date: March 24, 17

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It’s one of the most frustrating things that can happen to an archery hunter. You put in hours and hours of practice and you finally get the opportunity you’ve been waiting so long for. Just as you draw, your bow makes the slightest peep of a sound and just like that, your bounty is gone. Here’s Stuck N’ The Rut member Travis Schneider as he walks us through his pre-season bow check off list.

Travis “One of the things I always check, and I have the guy that set this bow up, he tied a knot on both sides of my peep. I do not want that thing moving, we’ve had peep sights get caught in the field, moving up or down and causing a miss. So that’s the first thing, string loop same thing. I have them tie a knot on both sides of it so it can’t move. You want to make sure all of your allen wrenches are tight and just quiet. One of the things I did with this bow, when you pull it back. If it hadn’t been drawn for a while, it would make a little suction noise. So I put a little bit of coconut oil on there and that silenced it up and the other thing is my grip had a little tiny squeak. So I took that off and put some felt behind that, you just want to go through your bow, draw it back a few times and make sure everything is really quiet.”

I’m right there with you Travis, keeping your bow as quiet as possible is a key factor some archers forget about. Thanks again for the quick tips.


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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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