I just finished having lunch with the one guy that, in my opinion, has done more to promote hunting, fishing, trapping and gun rights than anyone EVER has. That guy is Ted Nugent! After listening to Ted talk about how perfect the shooting and hunting lifestyles are, I started thinking about, “What if us hunters did not have Ted Nugent in our ranks?” That’s a pretty scary thought don’t you think? Then I started wondering if I was doing everything I could to promote the hunting lifestyle we love. I want you to ask yourself the same question.
Let’s start with Ted! With his worldwide rock and roll celebrity, for the past thirty years he has had the opportunity to reach out to millions of people. And reach out he has done! From the lyrics of his songs to the New York Times best selling books he has authored; from the stage of every concert to the numerous national talk shows that he appears on; from every episode of his award winning television show, “Spirit of the Wild” to the message he conveys in his newspaper and magazine articles; or just what he says and does in his everyday life activities, Ted Nugent promotes the hunting and shooting lifestyle.
Sure Ted has his detractors! Like PETA and the Humane Society of the United States. I hate to admit it; he even has some in the ranks of our fellow hunters.
PETA and the Humane Society of the United States I can understand. They hate hunting, they lack common sense and good judgment, and Ted stands for everything that they oppose so it makes sense that those groups would hate Ted. Ted has never shied away from the attacks made against him by these anti-hunting groups and has risked everything to lead the fight against these anti-hunting fanatics. It is well acknowledged that Ted Nugent is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of his politics. Everyone that has heard a guitar note in the last thirty years will tell you that. In fact, when Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they pointed out the injustice of Ted Nugent not gaining that honor before them! Undaunted, Ted remains on the front lines in this battle, regardless of his personal risks, to protect these precious rights.
But hunters not supporting Ted, well that makes no sense to me at all. Whether it is jealousy or what, I have no idea. But, no mater if you agree with “how” Ted delivers the message, if you’re a hunter you should recognize everything he does to preserve and protect your hunting rights and support Uncle Ted completely.
Of course, most of us do not have the opportunity to reach the number of people that Ted can to promote our hunting lifestyle. However, that should not dissuade us from doing whatever we can, at our own level, to promote what we believe in. Whether it is at work, church or at non-hunting gatherings we can be positive promoters of the hunting lifestyle. We can share stories of what we do and talk about responsible gun ownership and safe, ethical hunting practices. We can share the excess bounty of our success by sharing the meat with the less fortunate. We know right from wrong so if someone makes a negative comment about gun ownership or hunting, speak out on the topic. We have logic and facts on our side so become more knowledgeable of some of the pro-gun statistics and conservational benefits of hunting and state them if such a discussion comes up. Be forceful but polite. Anti-gun and anti-hunters base their opinions on “emotion and feelings” so you will win over the neutral observers with your factual and well thought out positions. It may only be one or two people at a time but they all add up.
I, myself, have vowed to do just that. In fact, I now make it a point to bring up the topics of responsible gun ownership and hunting wherever I am. This includes church events, union meetings, family gatherings or outings with friends. I know that I have had a positive impact on a number of people.
This brings me to my next point, Shawn Michaels! Like Nugent, Shawn is a MEGA-CELEBERITY! He has the ability to reach millions and currently has over 330,000 Facebook followers and over 300,000 Twitter followers. He lives a hunting life style and is a pro-Second Amendment conceal and carry pro-gun patriot! Now that Shawn is hosting MacMillan River Adventures, he is letting the world know his beliefs. His hunting and pro-gun beliefs have been featured in numerous national publications, and he has been on several national television programs promoting our lifestyle to millions of people. Just recently, Shawn’s hunting lifestyle was featured on the “FOX News” web site! I think the hunting community has found another celebrity with the balls to stand next to Ted Nugent and promote and celebrate the perfection of our hunting lifestyle!
I urge everyone to not only do everything in your own world to promote responsible gun ownership and the hunting lifestyle, but to support Shawn and Ted 100% as they lead us against those that would take this all away from us. Oh, by the way, if you are reading this and just happen to be one of those anti-gun or anti-hunters, as my partner Shawn says, “I got two words for you!”