Just about everyone knows now that Justice Antonin Scalia likes to hunt. Those sporting instincts were painfully revealed when controversy erupted over his refusal to recuse himself from a case involving then-Vice President Dick Cheney shortly after he went duck hunting with Cheney. But it's not the quack, quack of the duck that triggers the sporting challenge for Scalia. It's the gobble, gobble of the wild turkey.
In the just-published book, "American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia," by USA Today's Joan Biskupic, her subject talks about how much he enjoys the sport of hunting and the beauty of the outdoors. And he prefers hunting turkeys to other game. Why? In one of a number of interviews he gave to Biskupic, Scalia explained:
"It is more proactive. You're not just waiting. There's something about hearing them. Have you ever heard a turkey gobble? It's a very strange sound, like a wooden rattle. [You] hear that far away and then make sounds like a hen to induce [the turkey] to come closer and closer. Finally, he sticks his head up over a log, and you have to take your shot, or else you've lost him. Turkeys are very wily creatures. they have superb eyesight and they're very cautious. You get one shot. If you miss, the whole day's ruined."