Ted Nugent Fined $10K Over 'Crazy' Hunting Law

He exceeded bear hunt quota on 2009 Alaska trip
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2012 5:31 AM CDT
Ted Nugent Fined $10K Over 'Crazy' Hunting Law
In this 2010 photo, Ted Nugent waits for hunting dogs to retrieve a pheasant he shot.   (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Aaron Rosenblatt)

More gun fun with the Motor City Madman. Ted Nugent has agreed to a $10,000 fine for illegally shooting and transporting a black bear in Alaska in 2009, according to a plea he signed with prosecutors there, reports the Anchorage Daily News. In addition to the fine, Nugent will produce public service messages to air on his television program, Spirit of the Wild, be banned from hunting in Alaska or on any US Forest Service land for one year, and be placed on probation for two years.

The problem came on a hunting trip to Tongass National Forest in May 2009 when Nugent wounded one black bear with an arrow, then shot and killed a second bear four days later, exceeding his bear quota and making the second bear illegal. (All of it aired on TV.) Nugent's lawyer called the law "crazy" and said Nugent's arrow only "touched" the first bear, so lightly the bear did not leave a blood trail as it got away. He noted that Nugent has hunted in Alaska for years and was not aware of the new law, which is less than five years old. (Click to read about Nugent's chat with the Secret Service.)

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