Nugent rocks Las Vegas ‘for Chris Kyle … in defiance of all the pieces of [expletive]’
Ted Nugent, conservative rocker, roused a Las Vegas crowd with an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem — and with a patriotic expression of support for slain U.S. sniper Chris Kyle.
“Freedom isn’t free,” Mr. Nugent said, during a performance at the Outdoor Channel’s 15th annual Golden Moose Awards, The Blaze reported. “This is dedicated to the heroes of the military. God bless the military warriors, especially the snipers. God bless the snipers. This is for Chris Kyle and in defiance of all the pieces of [expletive] who don’t get it.”
Mr. Nugent was just recently in the news for praising a photo of Kid Rock holding a dead mountain lion.
“HAIL my MotorCity boy KidRock for saving all those muleteer elk & livestock by whacking this magnificent mountain lion,” he wrote in a post on his Facebook page, a few days ago.
Ted Nugent, ‘Motor City Madman,’ still sounds off
One of Michigan’s claims to fame still maintains a cult-like following at 66
Motor City Madman Ted Nugent is equally at ease pontificating with profundity and profanity.
Whether you like him or not, he’s one of Michigan’s claims to fame, and at 66 still maintains a following. Because of an injury, I was unable to meet with Nugent in Las Vegas during the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, but I asked my good friend and former “Huntress” photographer, John Beath, to pop in on him with some questions.
Nugent tends to splay his words like buckshot without a choke, and this time is no disappointment. First, he loads up on his love for Michigan.
“I will always be a Michiganiac,” Nugent said. “I was born and raised in Detroit. My musical and my neighborhood roots run very strong. I go back to Michigan every year for October through November.
“We moved to Texas 13 years ago because of a number of different circumstances. We lost our home to a terrible poison mold infestation, and we became very sick. The only place at that time to treat the condition was in Texas.”
Then, Nugent takes aim: “Texas is a great state. In fact, I would say Texas is the greatest state in the nation. Hunting regulations there are based on science, not social regulations like Michigan.
“For example, I just had both my knees replaced, and in Texas I can sight in my rifle or shotgun or any gun I want from the seat of my Polaris. That simple act is a felony in Michigan. I mean that’s just too bizarre to even explain.”
And Nugent busts the collective clays of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
“Mourning dove is the No. 1 hunted species on planet Earth,” he said. “They provide more family hours of recreation and more revenue and game harvest than any other species. Now, Michigan produces more doves than they do pheasants, woodcock and quail combined. But for some reason doves are illegal to hunt.
“That is so stupid. It is an indictment that the Michigan DNR and the citizens would make the No. 1 game species in the rest of world illegal in the great hunting state of Michigan.
“You would think Michigan doesn’t need the millions and millions of dollars and revenues dove hunting produces. Plus, it’s the most delicious fowl you’ll ever sink your teeth into. The situation is shameful. It’s dishonest policies like these that made me not want to move back to Michigan.”
Beath inquires whether Nugent’s hunting philosophy has changed over the years.
“I believe that my quality of life will be determined by the quality of air, soil and water,” Nugent said. “This truism resonates with intellectual and honest people. The only place quality of life, quality air, soil and water can come from is quality wildlife habitat: the woods, the streams, the bogs, the marshes and the swamps in the green areas of our beloved state of Michigan.
“And it is the hunters, the fishers and the trappers that sounded the alarm when the Industrial Revolution began destroying this habitat, which produces quality air, soil and water.
“When I was growing up, Lake Erie would catch on fire. That’s just crazy. The duck hunters and the trappers sounded the alarm. Industry was raging out of control. Now Lake Erie is the most revered, solid walleye and bass fishery in the world, co-existing with industry.”
Nugent explained: “When you have a day that you can breathe well, get good water and good agricultural productivity, not only should you thank the farmers and ranchers, you should always thank the hunters, the fishermen and the trappers for sounding the alarm so that wild still exists. They are the alarm sounders as well as the financiers of the good habitat that produces deer, turkeys, muskrats, beavers, eagles and songbirds.
“Organizations like PETA and the Humane Society of the United States do nothing but obfuscate. They’ve never saved 1 acre of land or restored any species — they just lie and say doves are too small to hunt. Meanwhile, we still eat shrimp — which are a lot smaller than doves.
“They have a philosophy, a false philosophy. I operate from a science standpoint that works to save the wilderness.”
Nugent is riled up. He might think Texas is the best state in the U.S., but he still loves Michigan.
“I’ll always be the Motor City Madman, there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. I still prefer my incredible Motown rhythm and blues every year in Michigan. And all my blood brothers that love to hunt and fish and trap and put their heart and soul into being productive Michiganders, they’re still my good friends. I still love the Motor City.”
Thanks to readers who voted for my friend, Larysa Switlyk, of “Larysa Unleashed” for the 2015 Sportsman Channel Shot of the Year Award. She won — and wants to thank you.
“I have to thank my fans for voting because it wouldn’t have happened without them, and for the sponsors and people who believed in me from the beginning,” she said. “It was a goal of mine from the very start to win an outdoor award on my own television show. I’m living proof with hard work and dedication you can turn your dream into a reality. Go ahead and unleash your dreams this year.”
Switlyk sneaked into the halls of the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show five years ago to learn about the outdoor industry. She set a goal to get her own national TV show and to win an award within five years.
Not many people have the dedication and focus to accomplish that on this level, but she did it. Congrats!
You can catch her on the Sportsman Channel at 2 p.m. Sundays and at noon Wednesdays.
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