- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2007

Buffet tables at Washington-area book parties are not unusual. But the buffet at an event Saturday in Arlington featured meat from white-tailed deer, caribou, elk and other wild game — all killed by the guest of honor.

“The general populace doesn’t understand what hunters do — that’s the genesis for this book,” said Frank Miniter, 35, author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting,” the latest in Regnery Publishing’s best-selling series.

Hunters “are part of the ecosystem too,” said Mr. Miniter, executive editor of the National Rifle Association’s American Hunter magazine, citing the case of the burgeoning U.S. deer population. “Hunters kill 8 [million] to 10 million of the 32 million white-tailed deer population, keeping it stable and decreasing deer-auto collisions.”

The book explores hunting’s role in helping solve a variety of problems, including bear and cougar attacks, the decreasing U.S. songbird population, and the estimated $750 million worth of wildlife damage that is attributed to deer.

Mr. Miniter is proud to take aim at common myths about hunting.

“Political correctness is what the mainstream culture wants you to do,” he said. “If you’re politically incorrect, you’re countercultural. Unfortunately, it’s become politically correct to become anti-hunting.”

Nature lovers fail to appreciate what hunters do to defend the environment, Mr. Miniter said.

“Hunters actually pay for conservation in this country — over a billion dollars a year, hunters pay for in taxes and in licenses that they buy,” he said. “They fund 75 percent of what helps conservation programs. Mountain bikers and climbers don’t pay for those taxes. Hunters pay for them.”

Talk radio host G. Gordon Liddy was among the guests at Saturday’s book party at the home of Mr. Miniter’s older brother, Richard Miniter, best-selling author of “Losing Bin Laden” and other books on terrorism, who noted that some animal rights extremists compare hunting to terrorism.

“The hunter is a part of nature,” said the host. “They take on a natural role, just by participating in the ecosystem, while the terrorist is unnatural believing that they should kill innocent people for an abstract cause.”

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