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Most Recent Report: Mountain Rescue
Date: June 23, 17

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Walking through a sportsman’s show and met Linda Carney of Idaho Mountain Rescue who talked about finding lost hunters. “Relatives will call into the Sheriff and then the Sheriff calls us out. Within an hour we can be at the location. We will search dog and use airplanes try and spot people. We have a Tech team can climb mountains in case somebody has fallen off a cliff, which has happened. We are an all volunteer operation and we earn our own funds. Do you have an example of a rescue of a hunter that you can come up with? Several. We have gone up to Idaho City to find an overdue hunter and we have found hunters that were asleep in their truck even though their wife was worried about them. How big a part of this is the dog? You have a dog with you that says search dog. We have three certified dogs at this moment and nine dogs on our team, it takes 2 to 5 years to get a dog trained. Who does the training? The owner does it himself. The one with me is a wilderness dog. She is off lead. She will go out and locate any human, then comes back and bumps me and then takes us back to the person.

 

Sportsman’s Spotlight
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TARGETED LISTENERS:
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.
 
PROGRAM MISSION:  
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!
 
THE HOST:  
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.
 
THE MARKET:    
 

State
% of population that fishes
Number of Anglers
% of population that hunts
Number of Hunters
Idaho
20%
206,000
11%
122,000
Oregon
17%
455,000
8%
218,000
Washington
14%
641,000
4%
179,000

 

State
Average dolla spent per Sportsman per year
Idaho
$1,392
Oregon
$1,763
Washington
$1,850

 
 

IDAHO
OREGON
WASHINGTON
Wildlife-Associated
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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