Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! As the human experience continues to throttle on a never ending erratic course of ups and downs and wild, unpredictable twists and turns, we can only wish that lions and tigers and bears were all we had to worry about.
As I smash the keys on my abused laptop to hammer out this here NUEGEBLOG#215 on this beautiful, refreshing October day in the magical, mythical swamps of Michigan, all giddy and thrilled to enter my 69th dream fall hunting season, I think it more than appropriate that we the hunting families of America take a deep breath, exhale gently and give a sincere moment of heartfelt silence, not only for the innocent victims and families of the horrific human slaughter by an evil mad man in Las Vegas, Nevada just three days ago, but maybe more importantly than ever, to thank God Almighty that we are blessed, fortunate and tuned in enough to celebrate our annual season of harvest as the ultimate get-away from such tragic heartbreak and hurt.
It has been recommended to me on more than one occasion that I try to steer clear of politics in my writings of the hunting lifestyle, but surely more and more Americans are beginning to realize that to do so would not only be cowardly and irresponsible, but downright un-American. For afterall, what could possibly be more fundamentally political than performing our we the people duties in this sacred experiment in self-government.
Hunting rights are 100% pure Americana politics. 2nd Amendment rights, along with private property rights and all American, individual, God given rights and freedoms are as pure politics as have ever existed in the history of the world. The irresponsible denial of this basic self-evident truth can be traced back to the cultural deprivation that got us into the ugly swamp of political correctness in the first place.
No thank you.
With 59 deaths so far and more than 527 injured, this worst of American mass murders will go down in history as a defining moment in our culture.
It is much too early to draw any meaningful conclusions as to why such evil exists, but as we gather in the sanctuary of our deercamps across the hinterland to rejoice God’s renewable creation and give thanks each and every day for this soul cleansing outdoor lifestyle, it is time to pray a little more than usual for our fellow Americans, our country, law enforcement heroes, first responders and the indominable American spirit of love and heroism that saved so many lives at that concert.
The great Fred Bear exclaimed how our hunting time will cleanse the soul, and if ever there was a time that souls need cleansing, it is right now.
I was so sickened to my stomach upon hearing of this event and then watching the reporting in the media, that for the first time in my life I didn’t even feel like going into my deerwoods on an October day.
I went limp, shattered, angry, hurt.
I had to turn off the TV and go shoot my bow, run with the dogs, work on some stands, sit and stare at the campfire, trying my best to both take it all in and escape at the same time.
Time heals all, but time in the great outdoors heals faster, so remain in touch with the all too often crazy world around us, but also prioritize our fall hunting time to keep a good perspective on how the good always outweighs the bad and the ugly.
I shot some pretty good arrows this morning, and the wind is strong from the southwest. There is a stand of big timber at the edge of the west marsh where the acorns are falling, and I believe when I belt into my stand, the world will be a much better place for at least three or four hours.
God bless America, and God bless the Great Spirit of the Wild. It will cleanse the soul.
With more than 40 million albums sold, rock legend Ted Nugent is equally well known as the nation’s most outspoken proponent of our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, conducting thousands of pro-gun, pro-freedom, pro-American interviews in major media worldwide. Nugent is a New York Times best-selling author whose works include “Ted, White & Blue —The Nugent Manifesto;” “God, Guns & Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Kill It & Grill It.” This year, his award-winning Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild TV show celebrates its 500th episode! For allthings Nuge, visit www.tednugent.com
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