Politics

Video: Caribou Shoot Proves Sarah Palin Not a Real Hunter?

| by Kate Wharmby Seldman

On the latest episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska," the former vice-presidential candidate kills a caribou with a telescopic rifle. Later, she skins it.

At first, Palin shoots at the animal five times and misses. Then she grabs a different rifle, and finally kills the caribou. "I feel a lot better now," she says. "When you see you have a successful hit, it's a great feeling of accomplishment."

Hunters around the Web are complaining about Palin's suspect technique, saying she had the wrong rifle, didn't bring or load her own gun, put her finger on the trigger far too soon (extremely dangerous), and took six shots to hit a very large animal.

Even before the episode was broadcast, Palin jumped on Facebook to defend herself against criticism. "Tonight's hunting episode 'controversial'? Really? Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight's episode. I remain proudly intolerant of anti-hunting hypocrisy."

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On the show, Palin attempted to defend her choice to kill the caribou: "In remote areas of Alaska, there's no grocery store nearby. It's four or five hundred miles away." Palin, however, lives in Wasilla, a town that has three supermarkets, as well as a Blimpie Sub shop, a Subway, and a Chinese restaurant.

PETA vice president Dan Matthews slammed Palin for the caribou stunt, saying, "Sarah seems to think that resorting to violence and blood and guts may lure people into watching her boring show. But the ratings remain as dead as the poor animals she shoots."