As I sit here at total peace, engulfed in the spectacular New Brunswick wilderness all around me, light, gentle rain pitter-pattering on my little tentblind to further ease me into definitive calm, I cannot help journeying into my precious, bulging memory bank of a phenomenal lifetime of soul stirring hunting adventures.
By Ted Nugent
With Master guide Chris Dyer finishing up his tried and true bear baiting routine before me, I readied my Mathews NoCam bow, nocked an arrow, adjusted and tested my SpiritWild VidCam tripod, fired up my ThermaCell and perfected my comfy little ambush for optimal black bear rugsteak dreams.
Having just dropped off my best hunting buddy and son Toby nearby, spirits were running at ultra-high velocity for hopeful encounters and kills on these most fascinating and abundant big game animals.
My mind races with stimulating images of our past bear hunts in Alaska, Washington, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, Maine, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and the Yukon.
I jump into the future with more of the same plus new hopeful excursions for bears in British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Arkansas and even Florida.
So many wonderful, positive experiences flood my mind as I carefully push the keys on my silent laptop, reliving unlimited wonderment that best exemplifies the hunting lifestyle and hunting community overall.
Every campfire is special beyond words. The healing properties of nature are truly miraculous, best understood and experienced participating honestly, hands on as one with God’s creation as a reasoning predator. This cannot be overstated.
The wildlife encounters are always magical, the kills and resultant backstraps a spirit dance of ultimate conservation and resource stewardship and survival. Deer, bear, moose, pronghorn, elk, hogs, sheep, goats, caribou, cougar, coyote, wolf, bobcat, fox, beaver, muskrat, nutria, ringtails, ducks, geese, cranes, rabbits, pheasants, quail, dove, squirrel, groundhog, grouse, woodcock, snipe, gator, javelin, bass, bluegills, crappie, catfish, trout, salmon, carp, dogfish, gar, suckers, crow. It’s all good. It’s all magic.
As incredible as all these elements are, it is the human element that shines above all others, for the people we share these campfires and hunts with have always impressed us beyond measure.
At every huntcamp regardless of species or season, the high caliber of the families we meet will fortify the confidence that really good people are everywhere.
No matter what walk of life, socio-economic strata, color, ethnicity or religion, equipment choice or hunting style, the hunters we hunt with are as down to earth and grounded as one could ever dream of.
I am convinced that it is indeed the choice to hunt and kill our own food that guides us to remain in touch with our duties to the land and creatures that elevates our level of awareness, our instinctual proclivity to do the right thing, and to take that caring, attentive attitude and commitment into every decision we make in life.
So to all my Spirit of the Wild BloodBrothers out there, whether we have yet to share a campfire or not, a big old Nuge Salute and thank you, God bless, Godspeed and carryon.
The rain here in New Brunswick is picking up, the bewitching hour approaches and my laptop batteries are fading, so until next week here at our glowing NUGEBLOG deeranddeerhunting.com SpiritFire, go not gently into that otherwise treacherous world, but go forth and show how positive goodwill and decency is the modus operendi of the hunting world.
I’ll let you know if I kill a bear.
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 here 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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