Dick Cheney blames hunting-contest loss on faulty gun

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney — who once accidentally shot a fellow hunter and campaign contributor during a 2006 quail quest in South Texas — had a new weapon-related mishap Tuesday.

His gun malfunctioned at a charity antelope hunting event in Wyoming, and his team lost the contest, United Press International reported. The contest broke the participants into two teams, with each shooter firing one shot and each team recording the number of killed antelopes. The team with the highest kill count won.

Mr. Cheney couldn’t even get off one shot, KTWO-TV in Casper, Wyo., reported Monday. He blamed his dismal showing on his weapon.

“I don’t take it personally,” Mr. Cheney said. “I’m sure there was a small problem with the manufacturer. But I will be back next year and I have enjoyed it, it’s been fantastic. It’s great to spend so much time with some fine folks.”

Mr. Cheney still helped raise $26,000 for the Water for Wildlife organization, a nonprofit that helps animals living in drought-prone areas.

In Mr. Chency’s 2006 firing mishap, he accidentally shot his hunting partner in the face, neck and chest. The victim subsequently had a heart attack but survived.

 

 

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