September 25th, 2012
04:47 PM ET
10 years ago

Ryan outfits daughter with deer-hunting gear

Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) – Gearing up for deer-hunting season, Rep. Paul Ryan bought hunting clothes for his daughter to go with the rifle the Republican vice presidential nominee gave her for Christmas.

"She's hunted with me but this is the first time she gets to do the hunting herself," Ryan said of daughter Liza. "She's 10 years old and you can hunt starting at 10. I got her a rifle for Christmas last year and so I'm getting her ready."

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On Tuesday in Ohio, between a town hall in Cincinnati and a rally with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Vandalia, Ryan stopped at Bass Pro Shops in the Forrest Park neighborhood to get his daughter outfitted for hunting season.

The outdoorsman went directly to the "Women's Camo" area to check out their assortment of camouflage items. He purchased his daughter gloves, a beanie and a bib and paid for the $101.14 bill in cash. With a couple items in hand, he explained to reporters the hat and gloves include carbon which helps block a human's scent.

The Wisconsin-native, tapped to be Romney's running mate in August, often mentions his love of hunting on the campaign trail. Ryan tries to cast their Democratic opponent, President Barack Obama, as out of touch because of a comment he made in the 2008 campaign in which he said, "People like to cling to their guns and their religion."

"Hey, I'm a Catholic deer-hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion," Ryan first said in Carnegie, Pennsylvania on Aug. 21.

Liza, the oldest of Ryan's three children, received her first rifle for Christmas last year. "I got her a Remington 700 243 junior model – 243 is a caliber – it's a good gun," Ryan, an avid bowhunter, explained to reporters at the store.

According to an ">interview with Deer & Deer Hunting magazine, Ryan "shoots a Mathews Z7 Xtreme compound and loves the thrill of bowhunting, but also enjoys firearms."

"My daughter she's been hunting with me for years, watching me, but she's old enough this year to hunt on her own," he said. "She's really looking forward to it."

Ryan said he hopes to go hunting this fall in his home state and in Oklahoma, where his wife Janna grew up.

The vice presidential hopeful may not have as much time to hunt as he has in previous years, juggling his role as congressman and now vice presidential nominee, but soon he'll be able to mix a little work and pleasure. Ryan is expected to do an event with sportsmen in Columbus, Ohio this weekend.

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soundoff (449 Responses)
  1. Mike

    If Ryan was a real Bowhunter and wanted to level the Odds with his game, he would be shooting a Longbow or a Recurve Bow at the most. And instead of Camo Gear, better he should be buying his daughter Safety Orange Gear since she isn't Bowhunting.

    September 26, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. San Saba

    Pam from Iowa

    It is creepy, isn't it?
    Kill for the sake of killing! Good Christian values there!! NOT!!!!
    You need to become more familiar with your Bible. Most hunters are conservationists with major concerns about land, pollution, and animal health/well being. Most do not believe in cruelty or waste.

    September 26, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. @bucksabound

    Hunting is a way of life, funny how many people are critical expcept when THEIR lifestyle choices are ridiculed. Your hipocracy makes me laugh...especially when I am sitting in my tree stand or grilling what I have harvested.

    Please, keep your comments coming. You know who you are. 🙂

    September 26, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    If he was buying gear for a son, would this be a story? It's nice that they can do something together as father and daughter

    September 26, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Female Hunter

    This is completely irrelevant to the election; just CNN stirring up their lib readers to paint Ryan as bad. And the comments are too funny. "They are rich enough to buy all the food they need, they don't need to kill to eat. And besides, I truly believe that 10 years old is WAY TOO YOUNG to be killing ANYTHING." So they are rich enough to have someone else do the killing for them, and 10 years old is too young to appreciate where and how food is obtained? If you eat meat, an animal is dying for you. Go visit a feed lot and slaughter house before criticizing others for obtaining their own-healthier-meat.

    September 26, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. pprty

    When the first settlers needed food, they hunted. Now it's "sport" to kill game, and with semi-automatic rifles yet!

    September 26, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Larry

    Wow...the NRA must be having one collective orgasm over that one! Great photo opp, Ryan...should help with all that lying. And in what time did you run that marathon now?

    September 26, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Russ139

    If it was 1750 and i needed to hunt to eat, I'd be the first in line to shoot a dear. But today, I can buy my meat at the supermarket. As can all hunters, too. So, it must not be a "eating" thing, or a "waste" thing, as Ryan offers. There simply must be something about shooting an animal that turn some people on.

    September 26, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. LouAZ

    Cost of NRA Vote ?
    Isn't politics wonderful !

    September 26, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Cristiabella

    I don't care how it's justified, blowing away a harmless animal for kicks is messed up.

    September 26, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. justlooking1957

    I'm a charter member of PETA (that's People Eating Tasty Animals) and there's nothing like fresh meat on the grill. Think about it, hormone-free, organic, free-range, very lean, fat-free wild game meat is the most enjoyable thing you could ever taste. Just delicious. I'm going to shoot another deer this weekend and have some tenderloin for Sunday dinner.

    September 26, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Mike Welch

    Hunting really is a way of life in Wisconsin. Don't hunt myself because I don't like the taste of venison. But most friends and relatives do hunt and get a great sense of satisfaction in stocking their freezers with the meat. Also, low income families really depend on what they get during bow or rifle season.

    I've met many hunters in my life, and most are very careful with their firearms and respectful of the wildlife habitat in which they hunt.

    September 26, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. upstateny

    I know it's different strokes for different folks but I'm trying to imagine the excitement of a 9-10 year old girl opeing up a rifle on Xmas Day.

    September 26, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Dana in NYC

    I believe in responsible hunting but anyone not seeing the pander here is pure blind. Just because a 10 year old is legally allowed to hunt doesn't mean they are responsible enough to hunt. And yes, please put some orange on that kid. One question, will Ryan teach his daughter to inflate her hunting stats like he does his athletic stats?

    September 26, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Mom of Two

    My Dad was a deer hunter and I grew up eating venison and other wild game. I don't have a problem with hunting, just no interest myself. My only suggestion would be that Mr. Ryan get his daughter blaze orange camo gear to lessen the possiblity that another hunter mistakes her for a deer. We lived in northern WI for several years and every gun deer season, at least one hunter was shot or killed by another hunter who shot at a "rustle in the brush".

    September 26, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. simp

    @ bucksabound

    I have no issue with hunting however I do think taking a 10 girl out hunting is a bit obsurd. Let her grow up a bit and see if she really want to be out there shooting animals, just because this idiot ryan does, don't force the little girl

    September 26, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. A True Conservative

    Oh the liberal outcry is hilarious!! I read these comments simply for the entertainment value – seeing the result of liberals getting their shorts in a knot!

    September 26, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. JA

    Not everyone who supports hunting and the right to have, buy and possess firearms is a Republican.


    September 26, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Susan B

    Keep it coming Republicans. See you in November.

    September 26, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Moabmama

    I hope they don't go hunting with Cheney!

    September 26, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. D Manuel

    I could understand hunting if we still needed to hunt for food, but we have grocery stores stocked at every street corner. It is now a disgusting sport Also unfair with a gun. I say give the deers a gun and see how they feel about it then. It's not like they are poor and can't run to the store and buy dinner.

    September 26, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Russ139

    'Yes, my sweetie, it's OK to kill a deer. God put them here for us to kill. It doesn't hurt the deer, because God made it so that the deer has a small brain, so it won't feel the pain when you shoot it. Every species has its role in life, as created by God. God made humans the smartest, and all the other animals not so smart. That's why it's OK to kill them. It's Nature, and this is what God wants. Besides, if we don't kill them, they'll probably just get hit by a car and die anyway. So, might as well shoot them anyway, and have some fun, that's what I say (and God, too)."

    September 26, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Ellen

    Why Now? Votes of course....I have nothing against hunting but it does seem like this was a ploy for any NRA constituents.

    September 26, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. rob

    Wow, teaching a child to slaughter other living creatures. What a repugnant human being Ryan is. And being able to love the person of your choice isn't an American value according to Ryan, but blasting away at a defenseless animal with a high powered rifle is? Republicans have serious mental health issues.

    September 26, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Joan Potashner

    Hope she has a better aim than Cheney. Truthfully, hunting is barbaric. The animals don't have a fighting chance.
    I hope is daughter rebels, one day!

    September 26, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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