Thompson said Wednesday he regrets not going hunting in a while.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Fred Thompson has made a point of visiting gun shops and gun shows while hitting the campaign trail in New Hampshire and South Carolina, usually with camera crews in tow.
But Thompson said Wednesday he does not have a hunting license, nor has be been hunting recently.
"It's been too long, it's been too long," Thompson told CNN Wednesday.
Asked if he has a hunting license, Thompson said he currently does not.
"At the present time I do not, but I have been hunting plenty of times. I usually hunt birds and used to have my own skeet shoot, and I got a chance to shoot and practice a lot back then."
Thompson, an ardent defender of Second Amendment rights, was appearing in Columbia to pick up the endorsement of South Carolina Citizens for Life.
Just yesterday, Thompson appeared at Blue Ridge Shooting Sports in Greer, South Carolina where he handled a gun and said he is "pretty much a shotgun man these days."
Thompson also visited the Land and Sky Gun Show in Ladsen, South Carolina in late November, proclaiming it "a beautiful day in paradise."
At the CNN/YouTube debate on November 28, Thompson was asked if he owns a gun.
"I own a couple of guns, but I'm not going to tell you what they are or where they are," he said.
Thompson said Wednesday he wished he had more time to go hunting.
"It seems like other things seem to be getting in its way," he said.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby