To follow up Nugent's 2005 cookbook "Kill It & Grill It," his next cookbook should be, "Poach It & Poach It."
Ted Nugent has once again pled guilty to illegal hunting. This time, he illegally killed a black bear in southern Alaska. And like his previous poaching incident, he filmed and broadcast the events for his television show, "Spirit of the Wild."
Nugent claims that his arrow only grazed the first black bear, who got away. The guitarist, who is probably better known for his controversial political statements than his 80s hits, then killed a different bear and exceeded his limit. Nugent's attorney, Wayne Anthony Ross, explained, "They've got apparently some crazy law in Southeast that says if you even touch an animal with an arrow, it becomes your animal." Nugent claims he was ignorant of the law.
As a result of the plea agreement, Nugent will pay a $10,000 fine, make public service announcements about responsible hunting during his television show, and be on probation for two years. He'll also be banned from hunting or fishing in Alaska or on any U.S. Forest Service land nationwide for one year.
In his previous poaching incident, Nugent pled guilty in 2010 to illegally baiting deer and failing to have a deer tag countersigned in California. In exchange for his guilty plea, the charges for illegally killing an immature buck were dropped.
From an animal rights perspective, it doesn't matter whether the animal was killed legally or illegally; the killing violates the animal's right to live free of human abuse and exploitation. But even hunters condemn poaching, which can endanger fellow hunters, innocent bystanders, and wildlife.
Nugent was most recently in the news for making vaguely threatening remarks against President Obama, but was cleared after a Secret Service investigation.