PRESIDENT CLINTON HUNTS TAYLORS ISLAND
NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE - DECEMBER 28, 1993
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President Clinton bought a $41 Maryland hunting license in Annapolis today and spent two hours lying in wait for mallard ducks.
Responding to an invitation extended several weeks ago by Representative Bill Brewster, an Oklahoma Democrat who is a board member of the National Rifle Association, Mr. Clinton rose well before dawn to renew his sportsman's credentials at the Fruit Hill Farm hunting lodge on Taylor's Island, Md.
Who Shot the Duck? For the record, the hunting party managed to fell only one duck in today's 16-degree cold. Mr. Clinton, who was carrying a borrowed 12-gauge Winchester shotgun and wearing camouflage and waders, said Mr. Brewster shot it; others said the duck was felled by the President's shot, the only one he took during the hunting trip.
One hunting opponent, Heidi Prescott of the Fund for Animals, a nonprofit organization opposed to trapping and hunting, trailed the Presidential motorcade to the Eastern Shore and protested while Mr. Clinton went to the farm. But none of that seemed to stand in the way today.
Mr. Brewster, who admitted that he was a little surprised that the busy President had taken him up on his offer, said they had "great fun" on the outing. "He's a well-rounded fellow," Mr. Brewster said of the President.
Mr. Brewster said that at a social gathering some time ago Mr. Clinton had confessed his fondness for hunting. Today, he said, the southpaw President did not seem one bit rusty as he handled the borrowed shotgun. "The President had a good time this morning," he said.
By most accounts, it was not a great day for hunting, and only two birds flew past while the President waited for two hours in a duck blind with Mr. Brewster; Representative John D. Dingell, Democrat of Michigan, John Tieder Jr., who owns the farm, and Patrick J. Raffaniello, Mr. Brewster's administrative assistant. 'The Male Bonding Bit' "It's the old camaraderie thing and the male bonding bit," said Mr. Tieder's wife, Kathy. "They enjoy getting together as much as they enjoy the shooting."
A hunt breakfast of sausage, ham, eggs and biscuits followed.
The farm's owner, Mr. Tieder, is also an officer in a political action committee, Duckpac, which raises money to support candidates who oppose tightening fish and game rules on regulated hunting areas like his.