The Outdoor Channel filmed Ted Nugent as he hunted a buck too young to be legally hunted.
The episode aired in February 2010 on the show Spirit of the Wild. California Officials investigated this incident and found that the immature deer had been eating bait called C’mere Deer. Baiting wildlife is illegal in California.Ted Nugent was brought up on 11 charges of poaching, to which he pleaded no contest. He was fined $1,750.
Ted Nugent has once again pled guilty on April 20, 2012 to illegal hunting. This time, he illegally killed a black bear in southern Alaska. And like his previous poaching incident, he filmed and broadcast the events for his television show, "Spirit of the Wild" which aired December 2008.
As a result of the plea agreement, Nugent will pay a $10,000 fine and be on probation for two years. He'll also be banned from hunting or fishing in Alaska or on any U.S. Forest Service land nationwide for one year.
Further scrutiny by US Fish and Game of all 150 plus episodes of Spirit Of The Wild are expected to yield more hunting violations.
Poaching is a serious crime against animals. Poachers shoot animals out of season or beyond legal limits. Poachers often use illegal methods of killing, and kill protected species.
When approached about his illegal hunting after the deer incident he said: “My name is Ted Nugent and because of Pam Anderson ... and because of Paul McCartney, all the members of PETA, whenever I hear the word animal or rights in the same paragraph, I’m killing an extra hundred of something this year. I have unlimited deer tags in Michigan and Texas, and I don’t even need to kill them really, but I’m going to." Outdoor Channel claims that they have "always understood the delicate balance between man, wildlife and the environment" and that the core values of the channel are "conservation, outreach, responsibility and education", yet they have a show about Ted Nugent who is breaking the law by openly poaching animals on national television.
So what happened to Ted Nugent's Spirit of the Wild television show? Nothing. It remains on air. By blatantly hunting illegally, Ted Nugent does not follow the hunter's code of ethics and the Outdoor Channel is irresponsible by continuing to produce and air his show.