Ted Nugent, musician and hunter, has been fined $1,750 after pleading no contest to illegally baiting deer and for failing to have a deer tag countersigned in El Dorado County, California. Nugent also illegally killed an immature buck, but those charges were dropped during legal negotiations. Nugent filmed his illegal actions and broadcast them as part of his "Spirit of the Wild" TV show on the Outdoor Channel. A Fish and Game warden "just about fell out of his chair" when he saw Nugent's illegal actions.
Nugent is known for being an outspoken, politically incorrect gun and hunting advocate, and heads the Ted Nugent United Sportsmen of America. He has been inducted into the Bowhunters Hall of Fame and is on the National Rifle Association's Board of Directors. As a musician, Nugent is known for being the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes and Damn Yankees.
Many hunters try to distance themselves from those who hunt illegally, condemning poaching and claiming that people who hunt illegally "are poachers, not hunters."
Of course, from an animal rights perpsective, it doesn't matter whether an animal is young or old or whether bait is used. Hunting an animal violates that animal's right to live and be free. State hunting regulations are supposed to safeguard people, foster "sportsmanlike" behavior, and protect the deer population as a whole, with no regard for the rights of individual animals. Hunting illegally can endanger the survival of the deer population and endanger people, which is why hunters are opposed to poaching.
Now, let's see if the hunting community is willing to shun one of its most prominent advocates. Maybe they'll induct him into the Poachers Hall of Fame? Perhaps he'll change the name of his group to Ted Nugent United Poachers of America?
Hat tip to my friend Susan for sending me the link.
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