"I was hunting near a natural apple orchard over a white oak tree full of acorns, next to a pond of water," he said. "I killed bucks legally with all the licenses. I went to great lengths to make sure I was 100-percent legal like I do everywhere I hunt. And I put it on TV. Does that sound like something someone would do if they're trying to hide a violation?" The decision to plead no-contest to the misdemeanor charge came after consideration of what it would take to fight the case. According to Nugent battling the charge would have cost nearly a half-Million dollars and relocating to California for an extended period of time, but it's a case his attorneys say he would have won. The decision to enter the plea was also in deference to his friend, the landowner, who was caught in the middle of the matter. "The chief law enforcement officer of California Fish and Game told my friend and his wife, 'These brass knuckles, which are a felony in California, will go away if you help us get Nugent,'" he said. "My buddy is a lifetime gun collector. Do you know what a felony conviction does to that? It means he's done with guns in his life."