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Most Recent Report: traintohunt
Date: June 21, 18

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When I was doing my ESPN TV show that focused on outfitters, one element that was always stressed was for incoming hunters to be in shape. When you’re going on the hunt of a lifetime, or any hunt for that matter, the last thing you need to do is be huffing and puffing as you make your way through the woods. Worse yet, not even being able to go anywhere. That’s where Kenton Clairmont comes in with his program called “traintohunt.com” . “It was born about seven years ago because there is a specific modality that hunters have to train in in order to be efficient in the mountains and in the outdoors. the whole idea behind traintohunt.com is that I am able to give outdoors men and women who like to spend time in the field, whether it is hunting or hiking, a workout that is sports specific and will get them ready for their hunting adventures. That was the whole idea behind it and it started with just the training program where people could get on traintohunt.com and check out the workouts. A lot of these workouts were workouts that out in your yard with a bow in your hand. The reason for the bow is it was a lot more practical. I gave people workouts they could do and in the process they could shoot their bow. I incorporated the shooting for the sole purpose of getting people out there to train. A lot of people don’t like going to the gym, they don’t understand what they should be doing to get ready for hunting and that’s where I came in to fill in that gap.”


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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