We all know Ted Nugent and his no-nonsense approach to telling the media his thoughts with Nugentisms front and center. Love or hate him, Ted brings something most of us can’t to the hunting tradition: new blood. As a rocker he can reach an entirely different crowd that I and other hunting professionals can’t even begin to reach out to.
I also applaud the country music entertainers who embrace the hunting world with an ever-increasing presence on hunting networks. Craig Morgan, Easton Corbin, Miranda Lambert and new artist Kristy Lee Cook hunt, to name a very few. If you don’t hunt and fish then you shouldn’t be catering to the country way of life. That’s my belief.
One newcomer to the mainstream hunting spotlight is singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis, the front man for the mega group Staind. Some of their hits include “Outside,” “So Far Away” and “It’s been Awhile.” Although I tend to live a hick/cowboy lifestyle at home I love all genre of music including the hard-rock beat of Staind. It surprised me awhile back when I discovered Lewis enjoyed hunting. Few in his line of business hunt, much less make it public.
Lewis grew up in Vermont hunting and fishing with his grandfather, a veteran of World War II. Seeing Lewis on Outdoor Channel’s “Dream Celebrity Season” is just another avenue to attract young hunters to the outdoors. Lewis’ music is edgy, he’s popular in both rock and country formats and he hunts. I can’t think of anything better for our heritage than having someone like him be a promoter of the sport. If you doubt his commitment to God, guns and country, check out his new hit “Country Boy” on YouTube.com.
People in public positions, whether it is celebrity, business or politics, can make a difference when they publicize the fact that they hunt. It was great to have a president that hunted without staging the event, but I think we’re in for a long wait before that hunting trip is planned again.
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