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Ted Nugent agrees to plead guilty in illegal kill

Posted: April 21, 2012 - 9:45am  |  Updated: April 21, 2012 - 9:46am

ANCHORAGE — Rocker and wildlife hunter Ted Nugent has agreed to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in southeast Alaska.

Nugent made the admission in signing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

Calls seeking comment from Nugent, his Anchorage attorney, Wayne Anthony Ross, and assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt were not immediately returned.

The plea agreement says Nugent illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island days after wounding a bear in a bow hunt, which counted toward a state seasonal limit of one bear.

According to the agreement, first reported by the Anchorage Daily News, the six-day hunt was filmed for his Outdoor Channel television show, "Spirit of the Wild." In the hunt, Nugent used a number of bear-baiting sites on U.S. Forest Service property, according to the agreement.

The document says Nugent knowingly possessed and transported the bear in misdemeanor violation of the federal Lacey Act.

Nugent, identified in the agreement as Theodore A. Nugent, agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the agreement, which says he also agreed with a two-year probation, including a special condition that he not hunt or fish in Alaska or Forest Service properties for one year. He also agreed to create a public service announcement that would be broadcast on his show every second week for one year, the document states.

"This PSA will discuss the importance of a hunter's responsibility in knowing the rules and regulations of the hunting activities that they engage in, which is subject to the review and final approval, prior to any broadcast, by a representative of the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Alaska," the agreement says.

Nugent, who signed the document April 14, also agreed to pay the state $600 for the bear that was taken illegally, according to the agreement. He would still need to enter the plea in court and have the plea be approved by a judge.

Nugent — a conservative activist famed for his 1977 hit "Cat Scratch Fever" — drew the attention of the Secret Service after he rallied support last weekend for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November." His comments were made during a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis.

Nugent said on his website Thursday that he discussed the matter with two agents on Thursday while in Oklahoma.

"The meeting could not have gone better," he said. "I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. God bless the good federal agents wherever they may be."

Nugent said he was just speaking figuratively and that he didn't threaten anyone's life or advocate violence.

"Metaphors needn't be explained to educated people," he said.

A Secret Service spokesman has said the issue has been resolved.

With hunting, Nugent has run afoul of the law before.

In August 2010, California revoked Nugent's deer hunting license after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of deer-baiting and not having a properly signed tag.

Nugent's loss of that deer hunting license through June 2012 allows 34 other states to revoke the same privilege under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. Each state, however, can interpret and enforce the agreement differently.

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JOAT
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JOAT 04/21/12 - 01:32 pm
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This should be fun

Our local tree-hugger readers will no doubt have a conniption over this story. Now, let's try to remember the truthy bits that the AP seems to forget to write down (I know, it was the editor who took them out, right?).

Ted was bowhunting and shot an arrow at a black bear. He apparently missed. They checked the recovered arrow and surrounding area. No blood trail. By all accounts, it was a miss. The bear ran away, alive and totally healthy. He's probably down there right now, scarfing up as much plant matter as he can after a long winter's nap.

So, Ted went on to continue hunting. Which is exactly what any other hunter would have done in the same situation. If you get a clear wounding, but lose the animal, then you bought it and have to count it against your bag limit. If you shoot and miss, you don't count it. Pretty simple stuff.

Now it just happens that Ted was hunting with a film crew who caught the entire thing on camera. After all the post production work down the road, the footage was aired as part of Ted's little reality TV show. During that show, the miss was provided in slow motion. It was at this point that someone at the AK Troopers Wildlife division noticed that the arrow actually grazed the hair and possibly the hide of the bear. A papercut at the most. However, the Wildlife guys being the control freaks that they are, proceed to use that video evidence to charge Ted under the "wounding law" by mere technicality.

Ted, being the stand up guy that he is, has agreed to a punishment that is exponentially harsher than they would give to the most grievous intentional poachers. He could have turned this into a court battle at great cost to the tax payers, but he stood up like a real man and has accepted the punishment that our society is dishing out. Good for him.

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Norseman 04/21/12 - 06:35 pm
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I remember watching that

I remember watching that episode. I agree that he should have never been charged for this. The law had different intent, what Ted did is what anyone of us would have done.

However, I lost respect for the man this past week when he made remarks insinuating that he would assinate President Obama if he was to get re-elected.

Regardless if one voted for him or not, or does not wish to see him re-elected, threating to kill any President is wrong.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/21/12 - 09:22 pm
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What can a rational person

What can a rational person say about what you have said Norseman that would not be twisted and used against them?
Amazing, absolutely amazing.

Jeremiah 6:17

JOAT
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JOAT 04/21/12 - 10:14 pm
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Propagating falsehoods

Figured someone would try to copy and paste that ridiculous zinger from the DNC daily talking points play book. Pure hogwash. Ted made no statement or "insinuation" of doing any harm to the president. Perhaps you should watch the speech and apply some standard English grammar to it. The statement "heads are going to roll" is a very common metaphor in common usage. There is no implication of actually murdering someone when you use such a statement. I know that when a teacher, parent, or supervisor uses that phrase when talking to their students, kids, or employees, there is never a thought that someone is about to be killed. It means that the person of authority is going to take appropriate punitive measures against the person who did something wrong. Ted's speech is a simple spin off of this common metaphor, with the battleground being the political landscape of the elections with a simple linguistic twist on the rolling heads metaphor. In the context of Ted's speech, we the people are the authority and the president is the person who has wronged us. We are going to "punish" him by removing him from elected office. A logical thinker would see that clear as day and not try to read any more into it.

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Norseman 04/22/12 - 05:19 am
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Apparently you either didn't

Apparently you either didn't listen or watch the video.
Here is a link to the video.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/17/nugent-threatens-death-if-obama-wins-in-november/?iref=allsearch

This incendiary and hate filled rhetoric is what propels some to commit horrible tragedies. Gabriel Gifford had crosshairs on her, and how many people died or were wounded?

This shouldn't be brushed aside as some sort of right vs left, or repub vs dem, but recogonized for what it is worth.

Making threats on any Presidents life just because you do not like them is wrong regardless of political affialtion. That is what is at the core issue here.

I am not some liberal tree hugger here. I am a NRA member who is a vet. I also am very patriotic towards my country and this type of "hogwash" of hate filled rhetoric is what gets people killed. Maybe not by nugent, but perhaps by some whackjob who listens to this garbabge day after day and finally snaps.

There is a line that should not be crossed when it comes to disagreements with any polical party. We all know what nugent meant. It was wrong period.

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JOAT 04/22/12 - 07:00 am
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Guess I keep missing the threat

Again, there is no stated threat against the president in the speech. The term "hate filled rhetoric" is a classic liberal rebuttal when they have no other defense than to go ad hom on their opponent. I'm surprised you haven't spewed their latest draft dodger line yet.

The guy who shot Gifford (and 18 other human beings, but gee, let's just forget about them), was not politically motivated and he didn't follow politics or even watch the news. He was a mentally ill individual who was influenced by pop media (music and movies). The guy is the furthest possible thing from the ticked off conservatives that attend NRA rallies.

And yes, most of us know exactly what Nugent meant... he meant that we need to get to the polls this November and vote Obie and his ilk out of office. He meant nothing more of less than exactly that.

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Norseman 04/22/12 - 07:51 am
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....."And yes, most of us

....."And yes, most of us know exactly what Nugent meant... he meant that we need to get to the polls this November and vote Obie and his ilk out of office. He meant nothing more of less than exactly that.""""

LMAO....You should work for the media if you want to put a spin like that out there.

Huge difference between what he said and what you think he meant. The point is that we need to be more civil in our diaglogue. Just say, "We need to get out to the polls this fall and vote for Romney."

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spwright 04/22/12 - 08:09 am
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Mr All American

Before You place Ted Nugent on a pedistal for the ultra right wing Conservatives because He is a Hunter. You may wish to reconsider that move.

Ted Nugent has bragged in public numerous times about Avoiding the Military Draft back in the 60's

Ted Nugent is famous for affairs w/ underage TeenAge Girls & Groupies.

JOAT seems to think that Ted Nugent "Walks on Water"
I think NOT.

His Camo Clothing can't Hide His True Colors.

SPW "Airborne"

JOAT
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JOAT 04/22/12 - 08:11 am
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Metaphorically speaking...

So, you actually think that Ted was calling upon the Conservative Republican voters to decend upon Washington and actually murder the president and the liberal democrats in Congress by cutting their heads off?

LMAO... You should work for George Soros if you want to put a spin like that out there! There's a HUGE difference between what he said and what you think he meant.

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JOAT 04/22/12 - 08:27 am
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Could care less

Actually spw, I could care less about Ted Nugent. Saw him in concern back in 1988. Good performer, but there was no body of water in the auditorium, so I didn't see him do this water walking trick you speak of. I saw Chris Angel do that trick on TV once. Pretty neat. Anyway, Ted's an entertainer. No different than the likes of Charlie Sheen or Michael Jackson, except that he cites a different political viewpoint. Funny thing, when someone in the entertainment industry votes to the Right... they are immediate selections for Ad Hominem slaughter by the MSM.

At any rate, no one on my watch is "placing him on a pedestal"... oh, except for the Left who just loves to demonize anyone who doesn't conform to their narrow-minded socially engineered utopian viewpoint. Yeah, those people are the ones placing him on a pedestal. You know, the pedestal they use under the hangman's noose.

It's laughable how you'd cite how Ted avoided being drafted into service back in the 1960's, but you won't cite the numerous times in the last 2 decades that he has publicly denounced his own actions of that time, apologized for doing it, praised our all-volunteer service members, AND performed time after time for our armed forces home and abroad.

Why can't you forgive the man who is asking forgiveness for a poor decision he made as a kid? I thought the Left was all about apologies for our distant past.

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Watchman on the Wall 04/22/12 - 09:47 am
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Ted should have offered to

Ted should have offered to teach him how to eat soup thru a straw and that would not have been a threat of harm against some one that he disagrees with, AH?
I as well don't listen to or watch Ted in his rants or music either one, nor with Rush or Glen Beck or any others, i have matured enough with age to the point that i don't have to be told how to think or vote by unions are anyone else. I have always been a good judge of character of people and can see the bottom thru all the crap of what most people try to display as their end games, goals or agendas and this chosen one of OURS has got some bad future plans for America and ALL the world which will not be stopped nor do i wish to stop him as i know who holds tomorrow and for ever and it's not any man other than the man Yeshua, Gods son.

Jeremiah 6:17

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