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Old 05-24-2004, 21:20   #1
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Kerry the Great Hunter

John Kerry, Hunter?

By Harold Hough
web posted May 24, 2004

The two pheasants that John Kerry shot last October in Iowa
provided the Massachusetts senator more than a good meal. It
may have given him the edge in the Iowa caucuses, at a time
when he was far behind, and propelled him to the Democratic
nomination. Never in the course of politics have so few birds
given so much to one candidate.

Suddenly, commentators and news people were comparing
Kerry's hunting credentials with Gore's anti-gun stance in 2000
and counting up the additional electoral votes. Here was the man
who could neutralize the NRA and still give the gun control
crowd what they wanted.

Although Kerry's hunting exploits may have impressed the group
of big city reporters, who don't know a 12 gauge from a 20
gauge, it's going to take more than a couple of pheasants to
convince real hunters that Kerry is really one of them.
Here in Heartland America, hunting is taken seriously. It's a sport
of subtly and nuance, where the smell of clothes, an inadvertent
sniffle, or the direction of the wind will mean the difference
between success and failure. And, Heartland America hunters
are reading enough sign to know that Kerry isn't one of them.

My own suspicions were raised as soon as I saw the picture of
Kerry firing his shotgun in that Iowa field. It looked suspiciously
like a photo op picture, and a bad one at that. While Kerry was
shooting to the right of the picture, Buck, the bird dog, was
behind and facing left. Why wasn't Buck in front and facing the
birds?

Then there is Kerry's shooting stance, knees bent and leaning
backward, as if the pheasant broke at his feet and scared the
dickens out of him, but one likely to put him on his rump if he
fired from it (and no Secret Service agent nearby to blame
either). Normally hunters lean forward into their shotgun when
firing. Again, this looks fishy.

However, to give credit where credit is due, Kerry reportedly
shot two pheasants with two shots. That's a good record, but
nothing spectacular for a combat veteran, with a good bird dog
and a good field to hunt in. Pheasant are large, slow moving
birds in the air, probably one of the least challenging of the game
birds to shoot. Dove, quail, and wild turkey are definitely more
of a sporting challenge.

After the pheasant hunt/photo op, Kerry then used his newly
discovered hunting reputation to position himself as a friend of
hunters, but an opponent of "bad guns." Yes, he said, he believes
in the Second Amendment, but he eats what he kills and uses a
12 gauge instead of assault rifles, which have no business in
hunting. Of course, that "eats what he kills," statement positions
himself nicely with the mainstream of the electorate that tolerates
some hunting because it's no different than getting a steak from
Safeway.

But, to the real hunter, these statements looked like a group of
cheap decoys in a Minnesota lake. The first decoy is the
assumption that real hunters only hunt what they eat. There are
many legitimate hunters who hunt things they can't eat and a
growing need in this country to use hunting to thin populations of
wildlife that have adapted to human encroachment and thrived.
One only needs to look at the growing number of auto collisions
with deer in the East and even the New Jersey bear problem to
know that many wildlife populations need thinning, not for food,
but for safety and ecological balance. Admittedly, bear and deer
also make for good eating, but there are many varmints that
aren't so tasty. Take coyotes for instance. These creatures have
learned to live in populated areas of the West and are well
known for grabbing a pet cat or dog for a quick snack. They are
also a public health concern because they can be a vector for
rabies.

While deer season may be the "Super Bowl" of the hunting
season, varmint hunting (which most hunters consider more
challenging than deer) is the regular season; giving the hunter a
chance to hone his skills, while thinning the bloated populations
of coyote, skunks, feral hogs, pigeons, etc. There may be the
odd pelt to be gained from this type of hunting, but few people
resort to eating them. Kerry's statement does not ring true to real
hunters.

The second Kerry decoy is that he only needs a 12 gauge for
hunting and that "assault rifles" have no place in the hunter's
arsenal. I don't want to get into the issue of what an assault rifle
is in this article (that has been covered extensively in the current
debate on renewing the "Assault Weapons Ban"), but the gun
control group wants to include any semi-automatic rifle in that
category.

Yet, semi-automatic firearms are common in hunting. Not
everyone is a great shot and that quick second shot can bring
down the quarry when the first one failed. Then there is the
reduced recoil of the semi-automatic mechanism that makes
firing that much easier, especially for smaller people who are
sensitive to recoil.

But, real hunters know that even an "assault rifle" like the semi-
automatic AK-47 has a legitimate place in hunting. I own a semi-
automatic FN FAL, which was nicknamed the "Right Arm of the
Free World," when it was the main battle rifle of most of our
NATO allies. It makes a nice rifle for varmint hunting, because it
is light and easy to carry long distances in the hot desert,
maneuverable for snap shots at fast moving varmints, has nice
battle sights to quickly target a moving coyote, and is legal for
hunting in Arizona as long as you use a five round magazine. The
AK-47 can fit the same purpose, but Kerry, whose hunting
excursions seem limited to photo ops, wouldn't know that.

Another sign to hunters that Kerry isn't one of them are his
comments about his hunting past. His website claims he loves to
hunt and eat dove. But, although his comments were blindly
accepted by the media, they sound suspicious to real hunters.
Talking about dove, he said, "You clean them. Let them hang. It
takes three or four birds to have a meal. I love dove." However,
anyone who has hunted and cleaned dove knows that they are
small and nothing on them is worth saving but the breast. You
don't clean and hang them; you just extract the breast, which is
the size of half a walnut, with your thumb and throw the rest
away. This story sounds like a Kerry fabrication because no one
I know recommends cleaning and hanging dove.

Kerry also claims that he has hunted off-again and on-again from
the age of twelve. That "off-again on-again" statement of Kerry's
sounds a little suspicious too. I've gone to basketball games off-
again on-again since the age of twelve for social purposes, but I
hate the sport. If Kerry was a real hunter, he would have found
time to hunt every year, especially with that nice mansion he
owns in Idaho.

But, what will really kill Kerry's chances with hunters is that gut
feeling that they would not want to go hunting with him. The fact
is, hunting buddies are a special and trusted type of friend that
Kerry doesn't appear to be. Hunting buddies are mature, even
tempered, people you literally trust with your life. You rely on
that person to be safe with their firearms, innately know what to
do when action is necessary and silence is imperative, share the
workload, and not complain. Can you expect a person who;
swears at his Secret Service protection for skiing too close to
him, complains about anything that doesn't go his way, or
expects others to defer to him because he is a senator to get up
first on a chilly morning to get the fire going and make coffee for
his buddies? Worse yet, no hunter would want him to cover their
back when hunting bear. After agreeing to go out bear calling, he
would probably flip-flop and change his mind about the morality
of hunting bear just about the time a hungry 500 pound black
bear is coming up on your blind side.

Nope. Kerry may be able to play the hunter with big city
journalists who think bagging two pheasants makes one an
accomplished hunter. However, in Heartland America, where
hunting is a serious 12 month a year sport, Kerry's hunting
credentials sound like a cheap decoy to snare the votes of
unsuspecting hunters.

Harold Hough is a hunter and shooter, who consults and writes
so he can pay for hunting licenses, ammunition, range fees, and
new firearms. He has written five books, the most recent of
which "Satellite Imagery for the Masses," came out in January.
He can be reached at hjhough@aol.com

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Old 05-25-2004, 07:02   #2
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Will I rather had a Preeze candidate that would hunt vrs one that flat out WOULDN'T hunt. Regardless if he is accomplish hunter, off-and-on, or only hunt doves and pheasants..... He is hunter and that 's something that is better than being a anti-hunter.


{Pheasant are large, slow moving
birds in the air, probably one of the least challenging of the game
birds to shoot. Dove, quail, and wild turkey are definitely more
of a sporting challenge.}

Yeap they might be big and slow but they still are a challenge. I sure as hell miss a couple
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I sure don't buy it… Kerry isn’t fooling me with that hunting bit.
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Quote:
Originally posted by noway
Will I rather had a Preeze candidate that would hunt vrs one that flat out WOULDN'T hunt. Regardless if he is accomplish hunter, off-and-on, or only hunt doves and pheasants..... He is hunter and that 's something that is better than being a anti-hunter.


{Pheasant are large, slow moving
birds in the air, probably one of the least challenging of the game
birds to shoot. Dove, quail, and wild turkey are definitely more
of a sporting challenge.}

Yeap they might be big and slow but they still are a challenge. I sure as hell miss a couple
noway,

I think the point was that Kerry is not a hunter. He knows nothing about it and demonstates his lack of hunting knowledge by trying to look like he does. For him to even think he's going to "pull one over" on real hunters is indicative of what he thinks us peons have in the "brains" department. This may work on the idiot masses in Massachusetts that vote him in every six years but not on the majority of the people in "fly over" country!!
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Quote:
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Will I rather had a Preeze candidate that would hunt vrs one that flat out WOULDN'T hunt. Regardless if he is accomplish hunter, off-and-on, or only hunt doves and pheasants..... He is hunter and that 's something that is better than being a anti-hunter.


{Pheasant are large, slow moving
birds in the air, probably one of the least challenging of the game
birds to shoot. Dove, quail, and wild turkey are definitely more
of a sporting challenge.}

Yeap they might be big and slow but they still are a challenge. I sure as hell miss a couple
noway,

I think the point was that Kerry is not a hunter. He knows nothing about it and demonstates his lack of hunting knowledge by trying to look like he does. For him to even think he's going to "pull one over" on real hunters is indicative of what he thinks us peons have in the "brains" department. This may work on the idiot masses in Massachusetts that vote him in every six years but not on the majority of the people in "fly over' country!!
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I have a feeling that a lot of people here on GT would love to go hunting with Kerry. Alone.
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Will I rather had a Preeze candidate that would hunt vrs one that flat out WOULDN'T hunt
If you're talking about President Bush you're wrong. I've seen footage of him hunting Dove in Tx when he was Govenor. He shot a Kildeer by accident. ;Q ;f If he was anti hunter he wouldn't have gone or shot a damn thing. That skinbag he ran against for Govenor never shot, all show.

Kerry is an ass.
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