The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 3, 2012

Bob Garrett column: Candidates who will protect sportsmen

I’m writing this week’s column from a different type of trail: The Campaign Trail.  

This past Thursday evening, Mitt Romney’s son, Tagg, did a great job of kicking-off our Sportsmen’s Caravan at the Bass Pro Shop in Harrisburg.  o far, we’ve made 11 stops on the campaign trail and have been warmly welcomed by good crowds at each stop. The caravan is supporting the NRA-endorsed candidates.  

You can learn more about who these candidates are by visiting www.nrapvf/grades-endorsements/2012/pennsylvania.aspx.  

While most folks are focused on the “top of the ticket,” that is the president and vice president, we are promoting any candidate who has pledged to support sportsmen and sportswomen and the issues that are important to us. I learned some interesting things about the NRA-endorsed presidential and vice presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan this week that I thought you might like to know.  

While Romney is not a hunter, he is an avid fisherman. Paul Ryan, on the other hand, is a great outdoorsman. He co-chairs the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and has come to Pennsylvania on hunting trips several times since being elected to Congress.  

By the way, his Secret Service code name is: Bowhunter. Just check out Ryan’s name along with “bowhunter” on your favorite search engine and you’ll see some very impressive photos of deer that he has bagged. It certainly will be great if we can get some sportsmen back into the White House.  

Tagg Romney asked me to pass this along to everyone who attends one of our sportsmen’s rallies: “Answer the call: Vote for Mitt and Paul.” Hope that you can answer this call on Tuesday.

Coming up this week

Children ages 3-5 are invited to be part of the Young Explorers Program at PPL’s Montour Preserve on Wednesday. As Young Explorers, these kids will learn about owls during a program that’s based on the book, Owl Moon. Please pre-register by calling the preserve office at 437-3131 or send an email to

The R.B. Winter State Park staff will present a children’s program titled “Let’s Talk Turkey” on Thursday. Pre-registration for this 10 a.m. presentation is required by calling 966-1455. Participants will learn about wild turkeys starting with the first Thanksgiving up until today. The decline and near-extinction of the eastern wild turkey population and how it has been so successfully restored in the wild will be part of this program.

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