Experienced hunters say Sarah Palin didn't just take down a caribou on Sunday's episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska: She shot her reputation as a real hunter full of holes. Bloggers have complained about a series of bungles that suggest Palin has little actual experience hunting or handling a rifle, notes Abe Sauer at the Awl. Some say Palin is at best a fake and at worst a danger to real hunters.
Palin didn't bring or load her own rifle, hunters note, and the way she placed her finger on the trigger of a rifle as soon as it was handed to her instead of waiting until the moment of the shot is especially worrying. Palin's supporters and detractors should, of course, remember that "pretending to enjoy hunting is an American political tradition," Sauer writes. Hunters aren't the only ones upset about the caribou incident: Click to read about PETA's beef with Sarah Palin.
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