The better question is why must ever New England WASP running for office have to conspicuously shoot animals to prove he's really just a down home fella.
The better question is "Why is a faithful Mormon hunting for sport?"
Joseph F. Smith wrote:
"I do not believe any man should kill animals or birds unless he 'needs' them for food...I think it is wicked for men to thirst in their souls to kill almost everything which possess life. It is wrong, and I have been surprised at prominent men who I have seen whose very souls seemed to be athirst for the shedding of animal blood. They go off hunting deer, antelope, elk, anything they can find, and what for? 'Just for the fun of it!' I am a firm believer... in the simple words of one of the poets: 'Take not away the life you cannot give, for all things have an equal right to live'." (Joseph F Smith, Juvenile Instructor 48:309)
Lorenzo Snow wrote:
Killing for sport is wrong...One day, to while away the slowly passing hours, I took my gun with the intention of indulging in a little amusement in hunting turkeys... From boyhood I had been particularly, and I may say strangely, attached to a gun. Hunting in the forests of Ohio was a pastime that to me possessed the most fascinating attractions. It never occurred to my mind that it was wrong-that indulging in "what was sport to me was death to them;" that in shooting turkeys, squirrels, etc., I was taking life that I could not give; therefore I indulged in the murderous sport without the least compunction of conscience.
Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p.188-189
And my personal favorite.
Joseph Smith Translation wrote:
"Surely, blood shall not be shed, only for meat, to save your lives; and the blood of every beast will I require at your hands." GEN 9:11
Surely Romney doesn't "need" this game for food. Surely his millions of dollars can buy him a warm meal if my meager wages can do the same.
Shooting a rabbit with a single-shot .22 is pretty hard, and after watching me try for a couple of weeks, (my cousins) said, `We'll slip you the semiautomatic. You'll do better with that.' And I sure did.
(on the Georgia excursion): I knocked quite a few birds and enjoyed myself a great deal.
Sounds like it was all for shits n giggles.