Hunting is Independence

An Op/Ed By Ted Nugent

Without the natural predator skills and awareness of the American pioneers, there simply would be no America. Hunting, fishing and trapping was the process by which these defiant, rugged individuals conquered the sheer unforgiving wildness of the Brave New World. Self-sufficiency is the essence of survival. Excellence in this endeavor assured life itself. Failure, not so much.

And believe me, without my father teaching me this essential self-sustaining touch as one with nature, I am absolutely certain there would be no Ted Nugent. What would the world have done for sexy guitar music? Oh the humanity!

From the very earliest years, I was taught the self-evident truth that nature provides food, clothing, shelter, medicine and, most importantly, spiritual sustenance.

That’s right; venison, fish and fowl provide the ultimate healthy rocket fuel for our sacred temples, but it is the demand of that higher level of awareness we must attain to understand our physical and spiritual relationship with the good Earth and her beasts that keep us humble and in tune with the life and death reality of behavioral consequences. Hunt smart or die. There is no second-place winner in the wild.

Though clearly the challenge of understanding and outsmarting these amazing escape-oriented prey animals qualifies as the ultimate sport, every hunter I know—and that’s no small number—does indeed cherish our hunting, fishing and trapping as the ultimate lifestyle. In a nation of heartbreaking obesity and the resultant insanely suicidal death march of directly related health issues, there is no question at all that wild game is the healthiest, most nutritious food available to mankind anywhere, anytime. Know it.

Hunting, whether with firearms or archery tackle, is all about intensely tuning in to our surroundings and our personal cause and effect. We’re talking ultimate accountability here. Wander aimlessly with no regard to our stealth and buy chicken, or go hungry. Aspire to maximum conscientiousness, paying acute attention to our actions, and be rewarded with a close encounter of the herbivore kind. And voila! Sacred flesh on the grill baby! Perfection has a name: venison!

Deadly, effective marksmanship will come only with intense dedication. We must be graceful with our weapons of choice, and this will come only with continual repetitious, thoughtful practice. Smooth and fluid like a stalking cat. Practice makes perfect.

The more time we spend beyond the pavement, moving ultra slowly if at all, absorbing the spirit of the wild and identifying the reaction of all wildlife to our presence, will teach us what the tiger already knows. See before being seen or game over.

The great Fred Bear, father of modern day bowhunting, always told me to be invisible, stay in the shadows and never step on anything you can step over. Camo clothing and attention to human scent-betraying wind currents are critical as well.

There is nothing as educational as time spent with an experienced hunter. Thanks to the Herculean efforts of the world’s greatest conservationists, the American hunter, there are more deer, turkey, bears, cougars, geese and other game in America today than ever in recorded history. It truly is the good old days of hunting right now.

There are some genuine Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone masters of the sport to be found in every state in the nation. Spend time with these experienced naturalists to glean important information about the habits and anatomy of game animals so we can execute a quick, humane kill when that magic moment arrives.

Once we attain a responsible level of stealthy efficiency with our bows and/or guns, then, based on the game laws of our hunting zone, we must determine the best places to find game and be sure we have met all legal requirements to access it. Only in America are we the people blessed with abundant private and public lands on which to hunt, fish and trap. With a little bit of homework, good hunting is just around the corner no matter where you may live in this great, game-rich country.

There are untold sporting publications loaded with killer information for the aspiring sporter. But the best place to start would be a membership in the mighty National Rifle Association. The monthly NRA publications will outline every step of the way from the dream of the hunt to the butchering and grilling of our prize. To be a full-on complete, independent hunter takes a lot of dedication, and the learning never ends.

Unlike the wolf or cougar, man is a reasoning predator, and because we have a soul and a conscience, we do not hunt for the thrill of the kill alone. We do not play with a wounded animal or kill more than we need. It is our spiritual desire and duty to kill as quickly, efficiently and humanely as possible, or the guilt is painful. As humans, we will make mistakes, but it is our responsibility to be the best that we can be, and when so doing, put our heart and soul into utilizing all of our skills to kill responsibly and not waste any of the precious gifts of flesh, hide, horns and other elements of the beast to the best of our ability.

Good hunting; visit tednugent.com for more information, and celebrate the spirit of the beasts. Kill ’em and grill ’em.

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With over 35 million albums sold and more media face-time than most active politicians, Ted Nugent has earned his status as an American icon.

A recipient of numerous commendations from state police, sheriffs’ departments, FBI and police agencies nationwide, Nugent has been lauded for his Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids and Freedom’s Angels, along with work as a national spokesman for D.A.R.E. Nugent is an award-winning writer for over 40 publications, and author of the New York Times best-sellers Ted White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto and God, Guns and Rock n’ Roll, along with Kill It and Grill It, Blood Trails and Blood Trails II: The Truth About Bowhunting.



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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

Watch the video clip below to hear Levin expose the lies and misinformation in Biden's speech and explain why he believes the true message is absolutely chilling for the future of our nation:

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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