The Nugent family has always cherished our time together. As usual, it is the hunting camp campfire that seems to be the most dynamic and conducive to optimal heart and soul memories.
In today’s double live Gonzo hectic world, it is getting more and more difficult to coordinate family schedules where we can make these sacred campfires happen. But we throttle away the best we can and never give up.
I have found too that these campfires with our Sunrize Safaris hunters are equally special, and gungho BloodBrother connections are made with great families every hunting season.
Though the intimacy of campfire time is unique in life, there is another alternative to such a spiritual connection beyond the fire-ring.
I have been very lucky to attend many public sporting events for more than 40 years, and even within the hustle and bustle of such large gatherings there is a certain shared connection that takes place under the unified dome of conservation and the love of the outdoor lifestyle.
My Queen of the Forest, Shemane and I celebrated such an event last week at the Louisiana Outdoor Expo, and I am here to tell you that life is very, very good when surrounded by such hardcore, dedicated hunters, fishers and trappers as we were in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Thanks to the Towns Square Live Events team of Frank Malambri, Mike Grimsley and Dawn Richard for inviting Shemane and I, and to the Fire and Safety Specialists and Acadiana Dodge for sponsoring the event, the Cajundome and Convention Center was packed to the gills with wonderful workin’ hard playin’ hard backstrappin’ hunt/fish/trap/gut/filet/kill ‘em and grill ‘em SpiritWild BloodBrothers galore!
The positive spirit and goodwill was a powerful reminder of just how wonderful our fellow sporters are.
Good Lord we felt right at home!!
This annual sporting celebration, like so many across the country each year is a killer opportunity to extend our love of the sport before opening day is upon us.
Every imaginable gun, bow, ammo, arrow, broadhead, sight, arrow rest, lure, knife, sharpener, camo, clothing, boot, call, decoy, scent, bait, fishing gear, optics, ATV, trailcam, backpack, trap, boat, seasoning, batter-mix, taxidermist, guide, outfitter and more was there to be examined, fondled, discussed and purchased. It was a sporting goods consumer orgy on fire!
I like that!
Shemane and I would like to thank everyone we met, both at the event and cruising Lafayette for their friendliness, hospitality and love. You all boost our confidence that American sporters are the best, kindest, giving, loving people in the world.
Attend some of these amazing events wherever and whenever you can. It’s not exactly a hunting campfire during the hunting season, but it sure is close!
It is important to note that we arrived in Lafayette just a day after the tragic murder of 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson by the deranged punk in the movie theater.
We arrived as the guests of our dear friends Greg and Donna Mosing along with American Army hero Col. Allen West and his wife, Angela. We immediately placed flowers at the scene and prayed for all the victims and their families and the entire Lafayette family.
It is also important to note that when confronted by a gaggle of media near the theater, some of whom attempted to goad us into a political firearms debate, both Colonel West and I declined to allow politics to surface while we mourned the deaths and injuries of our Louisiana neighbors.
Even though we declined to discuss gun laws, many in the media falsely condemned us for “grandstanding” and turning a tragedy into political theater.
Think about that for a moment when you read the nonstop vicious hate and lies about me here, there and everywhere. The haters’ statements were 100% vicious lies, completely and intentionally misrepresenting what was said and what actually occurred.
The Saul Alinsky hate-book Rules For Radicals, the bible of the liberal left, continues to be the driving force of dishonesty and irresponsible “journalists” wherever you find them. And remember, they hate hunting, they hate trapping, they hate guns and they hate gun owners. They also hate self-defense and conservation.
That is why I am so damn proud that they hate me.
Ted Nugent is an award-winning musician and writer, with numerous best-seller books including “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto,” “God, Guns and Rock ‘n Roll,” and “Kill It and Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish” with his wife, Shemane, among other books. Be sure to check out his website for more news on his latest music, thoughts and upcoming shows in 2015, and also at World News Daily, Newsmax and Daily Caller for more insights.
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