Critics take pot shots at Mama Grizzly's hunting skills
Published 08/12/2010 | 05:00
She no doubt expected a backlash from the animal rights lobby, but when Sarah Palin bundled a TV crew into the back of a truck and ventured into the wilds of Alaska to shoot caribou, the last people she expected to annoy were hunters.
That, however, is exactly what has come to pass after the self-styled "Mama Grizzly" allowed her trip to the Arctic to be beamed into the nation's living rooms.
The show fuelled scepticism about whether she actually knows one end of a rifle from another, say critics.
Ms Palin took no fewer than five shots to hit the beast which wandered on to a hillside. However it was her lousy field-craft, rather than wonky shooting, which raised the most questions about whether she really ought to call herself a "lifelong hunter".
The Conservative blogosphere was awash yesterday with suggestions that her outdoorsy image is an elaborate charade.
"I turned on Sarah Palin's Alaska and she just shot four, maybe even five times at a caribou and missed," noted a typical comment. "Needless to say I'm not impressed with her ability to handle a firearm let alone aim it and hit."
Among the basic items of protocol blithely ignored by Palin as she set off into the wilderness in a Rambo-style headband was her failure to check the sights of the rifle, which duly turned out to be off-kilter.
On leaving her hunting camp one morning, Ms Palin pointed to the horizon and declared: "Let's go west." There followed an awkward pause. "That's east," noted her father. (© Independent News Service)