The ‘Nuge temporarily stepped outside his normal role of quiet, low-key, soft-spoken, non-controversial introvert to beseech the governor of Michigan to loosen what Nugent considers illogical hunting regulations.
From this story in the Detroit Free Press
Gov. Rick Snyder told reporters today that he’s meeting with key Republican lawmakers to try to break the impasse on his proposed budget, but he also had time to meet privately with another well known Michigan native — hunter, rock star, author and 2nd amendment advocate Ted Nugent. Nugent, interviewed at the Capitol on his way to what he said was a meeting with the governor, said he wanted to talk about clearing barriers to enticing more hunters to come to Michigan. “Michigan has so many opportunities that are not being utilized, because of so many silly, illogical, anti-science regulations that represent a blockade to sportsmen,” Nugent said.
_”…Michigan has so many opportunities that are not being utilized, because of so many silly, illogical, anti-science regulations that represent a blockade to sportsmen,” Nugent said. Such restrictions as requiring a hunting bow to be in a zipped case during transport, having a license to hunt wild turkeys and the state’s ban on deer baiting in the Lower Peninsula send hunters to places like Ohio and Indiana, instead of Michigan, robbing the state of millions of dollars of business . He also said the state should have fewer rules on black bear hunting because they are so plentiful and often problematic in some areas. “I hunt with hundreds of hunters every year and share intimate campfires where they open up and express stuff,” Nugent said. “And it’s embarrassing. They laugh at Michigan.”
OK, I can see the argument against requiring bows be in a zipped case. The others, however, are certainly open to healthy debate among hunters. What say you, Michigan sportsmen? Is your state an embarrassment, or is that an ironic statement, coming form a guy whose wardrobe once looked like this?