U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan recently left their respective benches for a bench in the duck blind.
Along with retired U.S. Judge Charles Pickering and Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan traded in their robes for hunting attire on a quail and duck hunt in Mississippi.
Scalia and Kagan have occasionally had opposing views of law, but on this trip, they were just hunting buddies sharing a hobby.
Justice Kagan talked about her new outdoor hobby and stated that she met with a western senator who asked if she had ever hunted or fired a gun, to which she replied, “No,” but then made a promise and told the senator she’d like to accompany him on a hunting trip. Kagan said the senator had a “look of total horror” at the prospect of taking her along on a hunting trip. She promised to ask Justice Scalia—a known experienced hunter—to take her hunting if she won confirmation.
The justices spoke publicly about the need to get along with colleagues in spite of political points of view or interpretations of the law.
These two unlikely hunting buddies are due back to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 9, when court is back in session, with the rest of the Supreme Court judges. Until then, they will pursue their outdoor passions of hunting, a sport that breaks down barriers among all types of people with this common interest.
More from Wide Open Spaces: