Mike Huckabee Goes A-Hunting for Pheasants

Almost Bags a Reporter

Readers ask “Is That So Wrong?” 

The Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp has a story about Mike Huckabee’s “muzzle control problem.”

According to the writer, Jim Tankersley, Huckabee and his cronies went for a pheasant hunt the day after Christmas in Iowa. Tankersley pointed out a gun safety issue with Huckabee’s hunt: shooting pheasants and/or reporters.

What was even more interesting were the comments solicited from the story.

Republican Mike Huckabee took his presidential campaign for a quick pheasant-hunting expedition in Iowa on Wednesday, and at one point, a reporter asked why he hadn’t invited sporting enthusiast Dick Cheney along. “Because I want to survive all the way through this,” Huckabee replied, in a chuckling dig at the vice president’s accidental shooting of a quail-hunting partner last year.

At one point Huckabee’s party kicked up a pheasant that flew up over the reporter’s heads. Huck and Co. blasted their shotguns at the pheasants (and reporters) from a distance of 75 yards.

Tankersley pointed out that this was bad hunting form.

“Never point a firearm at yourself or others,” the International Hunter Education Association declares in its Basic Safety Rules. Later, it adds, “Never point your firearm at something you do not intend to shoot. Make sure you positively identify what you are shooting at and know what lies in front of and beyond it.”

Tankersley wrote how this type of “hunting” reinforced bad hunting stereotypes:

It’s the sort of behavior that drives safety-conscious hunters up the wall, because it reinforces a reckless, gun-totin’ stereotype.

That wasn’t the half of what readers thought:

Read rest of story:

Huckabee Pheasant Hunt: Reporters Cry Foul 


Huckabee Pheasant Hunt: Reporters Cry Foul

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at mondoreb@gmail.com. All DBKP  stories  are filed under Mondoreb at  BNN.

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