Ted Nugent’s run in the headlines continues as he’s now facing the repercussions of illegally killing a black bear in the Alaskan tundra while filming his television series, “Spirit of the Wild.”
In a report in the Anchorage Daily News, the musician and reality star signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on April 14 and admitted to illegally shooting and transporting a black bear in Sukkwan Island, Alaska, two years ago. The kill surpassed federal hunting limits after Nugent injured another bear with an arrow four days prior. Both attacks were caught on camera by the rocker, and used as material in his TV show.
According to the agreement, by striking the first bear and killing the second, Nugent “exceeded his bag limit for Game Management Unit 2,” and further committed a misdemeanor by taking the dead bear off federal property in his boat, dubbed the “El Dorado.”
The agreement will be entered in court this week. In addition to a $10,000 fine, the 62-year-old Republican activist must create a 30-to-60 second public service announcement about responsible hunting to run on his show every other week, and is banned from hunting or fishing anywhere in Alaska and on any U.S. Forest Service land nationwide for one year. He will be placed on two years' probation.
His lawyer and NRA board member Wayne Anthony Ross offered a few retaliatory statements on the matter.
"They've got apparently some crazy law in Southeast that says if you even touch an animal with an arrow, it becomes your animal," Ross told the Anchorage Daily News about Nugent’s confusion shooting the first bear. "He looked to see if he had hit it and didn't believe that he'd hit it fatally."
He added, “There wasn't any blood trail that they could find. There was a little blood apparently at the spot, but nothing that indicated the bear was hard hit."
Nugent has yet to comment, though he continues his anti-authoritative rants via Twitter.
“The evil corrupt gvt thugs make me stronger evryday. ThankU goofballs,” he wrote on April 21, adding the following day, ”The whole world sux but America sux less but we're catchin up with the commies.”
In August 2010, Nugent had his deer hunting license revoked in California after he pled no contest to misdemeanor charges of deer-baiting and not having a properly signed tag.
This latest hunting gaffe is more bad news for the TV personality, who’s been battling national fallout since he remarked at an NRA convention that he would be “dead or in jail” if Obama was re-elected in November. After meeting with Secret Service agents on April 19 to clarify that his statements were not potential threats, the musician has since been uninvited to perform at an upcoming military concert in Fort Knox.
Of course, the bear and deer are but slight glitches in Nugent’s long-reigning career in the hunting industry. According to his webpage, he’s been accumulating game in Michigan since 1970 on his hunting ground, Sunrize Acres, and currently sells packages for fellow huntsmen to join the “adventure.” His show, “Spirit of the Wild,” airs on the Outdoor Channel, and documents what the star calls, a “spiritual and intellectual level” of hunting.
After winning an award for the program, Nugent commented on his website, “The ongoing war against the outdoors community continues and winning this amazing honor (Fan Favorite Hunting Series) just gets me fired up more to continue to stand strong against the forces that would deny our God given rights as Americans."