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Most Recent Report: Serendipity Man
Date: March 20, 18

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Patrick Kissel is an avid outdoorsman and fishing guide who definitely goes with the flow as he tells the story of meeting his girlfriend. “I met her in whitefish, Montana. Last year, she picked me up in her RV. She was going to Alaska. I said I’m going up there for the season so instead of flying, we decided to drive this 1986 RV of hers up to Alaska. I didn’t know what I was getting into because I did not know her at all. It turned out to be an awesome trip, we spent about 12 days getting there. Met some awesome people along the way. She was working near a town that I was going to and we kept hanging out. One weekend we both had a couple of days so we decided to do this float that I got some info on. We were looking for kings. I had info that we were supposed to float it with a raft. It was bony shallow water. I knew I would have to drag a little bit but knew I could do it in one long day. It’s up towards Fairbanks and the sun doesn’t go down for a while at that time in June. Checked out the GPS. I grabbed a bicycle from a friend. Dropped her off and started a bicycle ride that was instead of 7 miles turned into about 15. I pedaled as fast as I could but to make a long story short we got put on pretty late.


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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