Jesse Ventura Hunting Remarks Draw Fire

"Hunting is hunting. It's not wartime actions," he said. "I have had such a hard time with the governor. Sometimes I think he's politically astute, and sometimes I think he's from another planet."

Sen. Bob Lessard of International Falls, an ardent advocate of hunting and fishing issues and the only legislator who belongs to Ventura's Independence Party, was also puzzled by Ventura's remarks.

"This hit me like a ton of bricks. I'm stunned," Lessard said. "I don't know how you can equate hunting with shooting men."

Ventura made a similar remark in his first Playboy magazine interview in 1999, in which he said he didn't hunt deer.

"That's not really hunting," he told Playboy. "I prefer when the opposition can shoot back — that's hunting."

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