South Dakota officials investigating if rocker Ted Nugent illegally hunted pheasant
October 29, 2010
South Dakota officials investigating if rocker Ted Nugent illegally
Rock star and hunting advocate Ted Nugent is being investigated by South
Dakota wildlife officials to determine whether any game laws were broken by
his hunting pheasants after some of his hunting privileges were revoked in
The Rapid City Journal reports that Nugent, who lost his California deer
hunting license through June 2012 following a 2009 deer baiting incident,
may be prohibited from any hunting in South Dakota because of the Interstate
Wildlife Violator Compact, an agreement that recognizes suspension of
hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in member states, which include
South Dakota and California.
Nugent went pheasant hunting at Dakota Hills Shooting Preserve in Oral,
S.D., on Oct. 16 while filming for his television show, "Spirit of the
Wild," on the Outdoor Channel.
Andy Alban, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department law enforcement
administrator, would not discuss Nugent or the investigation.
"It's against our policy to comment on active investigations," Alban
Patrick Foy, California Department of Fish and Game spokesman, told The
Journal that California revoked Nugent's deer hunting license on Aug. 13
after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of deer-baiting and not
having a properly signed tag.
As South Dakota officers try to determine whether Nugent violated state
regulations, the species-specific nature of the California suspension is
likely to be a factor because Nugent is only barred from hunting deer.
"Ted Nugent is prohibited from hunting deer in California until after
June 30 of 2012," Foy said. "He can hunt pheasants. He can hunt pigs. He can
hunt whatever else he wants to hunt. He is prohibited from hunting deer."
While he couldn't speak for South Dakota and what it might do on the
issue, Foy added that Nugent has "gotten along well with the wardens" in
"We certainly have no ill will toward him. He was cooperative with our
investigators. And he appears to have accepted responsibility for his
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