Ted Nugent Charged for Hunting without License

By: Kara Gilmour
Staff Writer
Published: Aug 18, 2021

Ted Nugent was charged for hunting without a properly signed hunting tag.

Ted Nugent charged, pleads no contest. Ted Nugent was charged for hunting without a properly signed hunting tag in California. Nugent was busted by an episode on cable TV's Outdoor Channel.

Nugent will plead no content to the charge. Patrick Foy, spokesman for the California Dept. of Fish and Game, says officers observed the muscian 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 is illegal. The "Cat Scratch Fever" rocker was charged with 11 violations, which were then whittled down to 2 misdemeanors for "baiting" and "tag violations." As a result, Nugent 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. Nugent has managed to anger animal lovers and distance gun enthusiasts with his public comments about gun ownership and hunting practices.

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