Former Vice President Dick Cheney cost his team a victory Saturday at the One Shot Antelope Hunt when his gun malfunctioned, Wyoming TV station KTWO reported.
The other two members of Cheney’s Wyoming competition team, including Gov. Matt Mead (R), made their shots. Mead called Cheney an “excellent shot,” but said Cheney didn’t hit his buck because his gun malfunctioned.
Firearms manufacturer Remington fielded the team that won the competition. The One Shot Hunt Club’s president, Terry Martin, told KTWO that Cheney’s team would have won with the shortest time if all three members of the Remington team hadn’t made their shots.
The captain of the Wounded Warrior competition team joked that Cheney’s Remington bullets were the cause of the misfire.
“It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Dick Cheney’s gun had a major malfunction today, he had Remington ammunition,” Jeff ‘Doc’ Sinchack said, as quoted by KTWO. “But the good news is, his gun didn’t work and nobody got hurt.”
The jab referenced Cheney’s 2006 hunting accident, in which he failed to spot a quail hunting companion retrieving a bird and accidentally shot him.
“I don’t take it personally,” Cheney told the crowd at the event’s awards banquet. “I’m sure there was some flaw with the manufacturer. But I will be back next year and I have enjoyed it, it’s been fantastic.”