(CNN) – Mitt Romney poked fun at himself during Monday's Republican presidential debate, saying he wasn't the best outdoorsman on stage and confused the game he hunted during a recent trip.
"I'm not going to describe all of my great exploits," the Republican presidential frontrunner said. "But I went moose hunting, actually – not moose hunting, I'm sorry, elk hunting with friends in Montana."
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Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency confirmed that Romney obtained a non-resident hunting license from the state in October 2010 for elk, deer, game birds and fish.
The sport is a popular topic among many in the pro-gun rights section of the Republican base.
When running for president in 2007, Romney made headlines when he said he had always been a "small varmint" hunter, adding he had hunted the animals "more than two times" since he was a kid.
Asked in Monday night's Fox News debate if he had taken part in the sport since making those comments, Romney said he had hunted elk, as well as pheasants.
The former Massachusetts governor then pivoted to one of his Republican rivals.
"Rick Perry, my guess is you are a serious hunter," Romney said. "I'm not a serious hunter, but I must admit, I guess I enjoy the sport and when I get invited I'm delighted to be able to go hunting."