Ted Nugent, “Gonzo” musician and National Rifle Association (NRA) political champion, has pleaded “no contest” to charges of deer baiting and hunting without a properly signed hunting tag in California after being busted by an episode on cable TV’s Outdoor Channel.
Patrick Foy, spokesman for the California Dept. of Fish and Game says officers observed Nugent kill an immature buck on the TV show Spirit Of The Wild, which aired in February.
The “Wango Tango” singer was charged with baiting wildlife with “C’mere Deer,” a substance used to lure deer to an area for easier hunting. Baiting wildlife in California, however, is illegal.
In total, the “Cat Scratch Fever” hitmaker was charged with 11 violations, which were then whittled down to 2 misdemeanors for “baiting” and “tag violations.” As a result, “The Nuge” has been ordered to pay $1,750 in fines.
Charges such as killing a young “spiked” deer were dropped due to the plea agreement Nugent made with Yuma County court officials.
Despite the 61-year old musician’s many public statements touting the U.S. Consitution’s 2nd Amendment (the right to bear arms), the guitarist was a “no show” in court and the “no contest” plea was entered “in absentia” on Friday.
The “Terminus El Dorado” singer has managed to both anger animal lovers and distance gun enthusiasts with his public comments about gun ownership and hunting practices through the years.
In December, 2009, Nugent told Royal Flush Magazine, “I’m stymied to come up with anything funnier than people who think animals have rights. Just stick an arrow through their lungs.”
The Michigan/Texas rocker also warned in his interview, My name is Ted Nugent and because of Pam Anderson and because of Bill Maher and because of Paul McCartney, [and] all the members of the PETA, whenever I hear the word animal or rights in the same paragraph, I’m killing an extra hundred of something this year.”
The former Detroit native is best known for his songs “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Stanglehold,” “Free For All,” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang,” “Motor City Madhouse,” “Great White Buffalo,” and “Wango Tango.”
The “Sweaty Teddy” singer has also written for over 20 publications and is the author of books “God, Guns and Rock N Roll” (July 2000), “Kill It and Grill It” (2002) and “Blood Trails II: The Truth About Bowhunting” (2004).
On July 4, 2008, he performed his 6,000th concert to 20,000 plus hometown fans at Detroit’s DTE Energy Music Centre.
Did you know? In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Ted Nugent (known for the ear-shattering volume of his concerts), revealed his hearing loss and said, “The ear’s not too good, especially with background noise,” but told fans, “that’s a small price to pay. Believe me the journey was worth it.” (See slideshow on this page for Ted Nugent music releases and photos — or search the entertainment celebrity tabs for recent articles on Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mel Gibson, Conan O’Brien, and John Lennon.