Cheney On The Hunt — Again

Vice president Dick Cheney is scheduled to be in western Pennsylvania Monday to do some hunting.

Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Cheney will fly to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport this morning after his morning briefing in Washington.

Afterward, Cheney will hunt at the private Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township, about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The vice president will not make any public appearances, but will hunt with some companions that his spokeswoman declined to identify.

Vice President Cheney spent Election Day on his first hunting trip since he accidentally shot a companion last February while aiming at a covey of quail on a private Texas ranch. He spent several days at a private lodge in South Dakota.

His press secretary said it was an annual hunting outing and said Cheney spent Election Day in 2002 at the same lodge.

Cheney has hunted at the club in Pennsylvania several times in recent years for pheasants and ducks.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Cheney is no stranger to Rolling Rock. He has made several trips to the club since 2002. During a 2003 trip to Rolling Rock, he bagged more than 70 pheasants and mallard ducks.

On a Feb. 11 hunting trip in Texas, Cheney shot attorney Harry Whittington in the torso, neck and face when he pulled the trigger on his 28-gauge shotgun. The vice president later called it "one of the worst days of my life" and said, "The image of him falling is something I'll never ever be able to get out of my mind."


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