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Most Recent Report: Hunting Rifles
Date: September 20, 17

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I called Sales Associate at Sportsmen’s Warehouse, Al Strupp. I asked him what he would recommend if one was to go after Big Horn because the season, at least in Idaho, is just beginning. Knowing that sometimes when you’re hunting high mountain areas in Big Horn habitat you can see one from quite a distance. Mindful that I am a purist about taking ethical shots, and mindful that Al is a super expert on all things related to rifles, I asked his opinion. “I’m just going to tell you what I would do. If it is any kind of a large animal, I typically won’t shoot it if it is over 300 yards. I will try and get closer. That’s just me because I like to make an ethical shot. I have shot out to 400 but I just know the gun real well, I know what the wind is doing and I have it all down but typically, unless I have a real solid rest or something, I will shoot anything over 300 yards but that’s just me. If I was hunting a goat, I would probably go with something like a 260, 280, 270 may be a 6.5, I don’t know what caliber you have available to you. I would want to do a 130 or 140 grain bullet and then the scope, people want to get all cranked up with 18 or 20 power. If I am shooting over 300 yards on one ago with a 6 power. You have to remember the more you magnify, the more you magnify the mistake if you miss.


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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)


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