After viewing Sarah Palin’s unskilled and/or potentially dangerous attempts at hunting and fishing filmed for her reality show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, many of America’s hunters and fishermen began to ask questions about Palin’s image as an outdoor gal, and an investigation of Sarah Palin’s licenses over the past 30 years has revealed that her story of a lifetime worth of hunting and fishing experience is a mixture of myth and lie.
Abe Sauer over at The Awl has written a great piece that lengthily details, the facts about Sarah Palin’s claims of outdoors experience and the truth about how much time she has spent licensed over the past 30 years. What Sauer uncovered was that six of Palin’s total commercial fishing licenses have come in the past seven years when she was running for political office. Sarah Palin has had one crew member license since 1989 for the family’s commercial fishing boat. In her entire adult life Palin has spent more years unlicensed (18) than licensed (12).
This hasn’t stopped the Palin camp from spreading the myth that Sarah Palin is on the commercial fishing boat every single year. The problem is that if Palin is helping out every year, which is extremely doubtful, she has been doing so illegally. In fact, according to The Awl, Sarah Palin did not even apply for a license until she was in her late 20s, so much for that lifetime of experience. It is beginning to look like Palin’s definition of lifetime is eerily similar to George W. Bush’s blaming “youthful indiscretions” for his pattern of drug and alcohol abuse well into adulthood.
All politicians tend to exaggerate in their bios, but Palin has built a sizable part of her political image and appeal on a lie. The truth is that Sarah Palin isn’t a lifelong hunter and fisher, and that she only became dedicated to the outdoors, at least from a licensing point of view, when she started running for higher office. America’s outdoorsmen/women had the sense that something was amiss after they watched Palin’s attempt at hunting on her reality TV show.
In case you need a reminder that Palin’s hunting ability seems to alternate between terrifying and laughable. Here is the video:
Here is a list of her many hunting errors that first raised suspicion:
She shot 4-5 times at a wandering caribou and missed
When she shot the first time and missed, she panicked and shot at it as it moved, apparently thinking it would be easier to hit that way than when standing still
She took no practice shots
She didn’t check the sites (they were off)
She didn’t carry her own rifle; she let her father and his friend carry it for her (her father is 72-years-old to Palin’s sprightly 46)
She let her father load the rifle
When the rifle was passed to her, Mama Grizzly “moved her finger inside its trigger guard, a breach of basic safety rules” as one website noted
“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.”
She was under-armed (her father called her weapon a “varmint rifle” yet she expressed concern that it might have a kick)
Palin may not hunt and fish, but she’ll happily sell you some B-roll footage of her on the commercial fishing boat for the low, low, price of $40.00 per second.
Here is a taste:
In September it was uncovered that Sarah Palin’s was hunting fraud. Now we know that she is also a fishing fraud. Sarah Palin has lied to all of those Americans on the left, right, and middle who enjoy the outdoors. I am fortunate enough to live in a part of this great country where hunting and fishing are as routine as going to get the mail. Many of my neighbors personally liked Mrs. Palin in 2008, notice that I didn’t say they voted for her, because they thought she shared their love of the outdoors.
What we have come to find out is that the Mama Grizzly is no different from all of the politicians that she bashes for not knowing “Real America.” To Sarah Palin the outdoors are nothing but a cheap political ploy to get votes, and the next time TLC wants to do a reality show about hunting and fishing in Alaska, they ought to think about getting someone who actually hunts and fishes.