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General News    H3'ed 7/6/09

Sanford's Second Love After Cheating? Killing birds

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Good news, poets! Now there is a second association between dove and romance besides the overworked rhyme. South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford when not "saying goodbye" to his Buenos Aires consort over Father's Day was dispatching mourning doves in Cordoba, Argentina.

The "official state trade delegation" as it was called by the Post Chronicle which included men and women, "VIPs" and aids was paid for by Sanford appointee and Cabinet member Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor.

News reports don't give the name of the dove hunting lodge in Cordoba where the wing shooting took place. Was it JJ Caceria's Estancia where, "It is normal to shoot between 1,000 to 1,500 shells per hunter per day," according to the website and, "Hunters regularly use two guns and a reloader to prevent barrel overheating" thanks to "no bag limits or seasons"? Photos show mountains of deceased birds in front of grinning he men. Whee!

At daybreak, "the birds started flying, and it was non stop until we quit shooting at 11:30 or around 5 pm. Notice I said we quit shooting. The doves were still flying when we left as we were completely worn out from shooting," write Mike Bland of Houston, Texas on the lodge's website.

"I have never seen
so many dove [sic] and have never [sic] a more fulfilling hunt in my life," wrote William Holliday of New York.

"Both of my boys became members of the Club 1000 for shooting more than 1000 birds in a single day--a proud papa moment,"
wrote John Horton of Austin, Texas.

Of course Horton doesn't have to go all the way to Argentina to teach his children bloodlust. Most states including Sanford's South Carolina offer "youth dove hunts" for children as young as 8, though bag limits can be as low as 15 and adult takes count toward the child's bag limit so don't try anything.

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)

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