President-elect Bush was secluded Tuesday at an isolated ranch for a quail hunt with his brother and two of his best friends.
Bush, an avid outdoorsman who says he loves shooting birds, planned no public appearances while at the Lazy F Ranch, 10,000 acres of range land about 70 miles north of Corpus Christi and 15 miles from this rural town of 15,000 people.Steve Hart, Bush's spokesman, said Bush viewed his time at the ranch, owned by Houston millionaire Will Farish, as a chance to relax away from the daily pressures of the nation's capital.
Joining Bush on the hunting trip, an annual event for the last 20 years, were Bush's brother, Jonathan, James A. Baker III, the designated secretary of state, and Farish. Also staying at the simple, one-story ranch house were Farish's wife, Sarah, and Baker's wife, Susan.
The Bushes, Bakers and Farishes have a bond that goes back to the days when they all lived in Houston, where Bush was in the oil business.
Mrs. Bush remained in Washington to pack up the vice president's house in preparation for the move to the White House next month.
Bush's schedule for the next two days will involve rising early to stalk quail and then returning for lunch, Hart said. Bush probably will take a nap in the afternoon, do a bit more hunting and then retire early, probably about 8 p.m.