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Most Recent Report: Gabe in Illinois
Date: May 21, 19

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Chatting with good buddy Gabe Rodriguez about growing up in the company of his grandpa who was a hunting mentor because grandpa lived in Illinois and was very active with pheasants forever. In the Midwest you're going to see white tail and you can see a lot of pheasant because of the corn.

That is correct and so he exposed me to that when I was younger and I took to it, loved it and continue to love it today. Unfortunately there's not a lot of wild pheasant in Idaho but there is in eastern Oregon. I’ve been fortunate enough to go out to North and South Dakota and hunt pheasant there which is an absolute game changer for anybody that has not had an opportunity to do that. Number one it's not super expensive because it's North and South Dakota and number two, it's an experience of a lifetime. I'll never forget it. I've got vivid memories of that. I've got vivid memories of doing it in Illinois with my grandfather as well.

Let me stop you right there for just a second. On the Illinois side, you go to a lot of outfitters and you get into put and take operations on the pheasant. To me that's ok but boy wild pheasant are something special.So a lot of wild pheasant out there in the Midwest.

They do have wild pheasant out there. That is correct. And of course there's a number of different outfitters and whatnot but his family, they were down in the corn belt of Illinois and the Corn Belt is down there in southern Illinois and that's where they say that corn and soybeans grow the best, that they can harvest the most crops each season. Bringing farming and hunting together. Not an unfamiliar story.


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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