Quack!… Hillary Says She Shot a Duck, Skeets, Tin Cans & Some Targets
“I disagree with Sen. Obama’s assertion that people in our country cling to guns and have certain attitudes about trade and immigration simply out of frustration,” she began, referring to the Obama comments on small-town Americans that set off a political tumult on Friday.
She then introduced a fond memory from her youth.
“You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl,” she said…
“As I told you, my dad taught me how to shoot behind our cottage,” she said. “I have gone hunting. I am not a hunter. But I have gone hunting.”
Clinton said she has hunted ducks.
MORE… Hillary described her hunting days at an earlier campaign stop in February, via CBS:
“I’ve hunted. My father taught me how to hunt. I went duck hunting in Arkansas. I remember standing in that cold water, so cold, at first light. I was with a bunch of my friends, all men. The sun’s up, the ducks are flying and they are playing a trick on me. They said, ‘we’re not going to shoot, you shoot.’ They wanted to embarrass me. The pressure was on. So I shot, and I shot a banded duck and they were surprised as I was,” Clinton said drawing laughter from the crowd.
Well, well. We wondered, did she have any hunting tales to tell? Did she ever shoot anything?
“A duck,” she answered a bit later in a press availability. “And a lot of tin cans, and a lot of targets, and some skeet.”
UPDATE: Hillary talked more about her alleged hunting experiences 7 months ago at a campaign stop in Arkansas:
Hillary’s state campaign chairman, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, piped up at the end to fill the killing void. He remarked on Clinton’s exchange with Petrus, and related that he and Petrus had shared an East Arkansas duck blind with U.S. Rep. Marion Berry.
That only so happened to remind him: He told Hillary that he’d read in her memoir about how she once went duck-hunting in East Arkansas with the late Dr. Frank Kumpuris of Little Rock and his doctor sons, Drew and Dean.
Lo and behold, she’d killed a banded duck. That’s one that’s been tagged elsewhere, South Dakota maybe, to keep track of its route, type and age, so that the duck experts can monitor the population.
McDaniel said he’d been duck hunting in East Arkansas for decades and had never nabbed a banded duck. He wondered if Hillary would be kind enough to tell that story.
“She threw her head back and laughed,” McDaniel told me. “She recalled standing in freezing cold water and the ducks flew by. She said all the men just put down their guns and stood back and told her it was her shot.”
She called it a lucky shot.
…Hillary also writes that Chelsea wouldn’t speak to her for days after she reported killing that duck.
Around Christmas, 1988, I went duck hunting with Dr. Frank Kumpuris, a distinguished surgeon and good friend of mine, who invited me to join him, his two doctor sons, Drew and Dean, and a few other buddies at their hunting cabin. I hadn’t shot much since my days at Lake Winola with my dad, but I thought it would be fun. That’s how I found myself standing hip deep in freezing water, waiting for dawn in eastern Arkansas.
Frank Kumpuris was one of the distinguished donor guests at the Clinton White House.