Ryan’s nose for the hunt, like his conservative credentials, also helped make him a real catch for Mitt Romney, who’s never really won over the outdoorsmen and women who are among Republicans’ core constituencies. The problem was underlined during a campaign stop in Indiana during his 2008 primary run, when Romney was asked about his background in hunting and gaming.
“I’m not a big-game hunter. I’ve made that very clear,” the candidate told reporters. “I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will.”
That awkward explanation has followed Romney ever since, and the campaign is now surely taking comfort in his running mate’s unquestioned place in the community.