Ted Nugent on Deer & Deer Hunting

The Sportsman’s Foodplot Phenomenon

Ted Nugent on Deer & Deer HuntingNothing makes for more soulful, greasy, stimulating guitarlicks like adequate terra firma shrapnel twixt one’s ten digits of doom.

Allow me to translate for the adventure challenged linguistics amongst us- The more a guitarplayer works the Good Mother Earth, the more soulful his or her guitarplaying will be.

By Ted Nugent

Let me tell you all about it! I love music, pretty much all music, as long as it has spunk, funk, spirit, shimmy, energy, attitude, passion, groove and believability.

TED  NugeBut my favorite music in the world is my music because I write, sing and play killer music of the earth, down and dirty, instinctual, premeditated sonic bombast celebration of life, God’s miraculous creation, His critters and wild places, The Great Spirit of the Wild, tooth, fang and claw, blood and guts, love and lust, no holds barred gut wrenching, gut piling, gut fondling, backstrap sizzling, snarling, sexy, physics of spirituality animal breeding soundtrack dance music from the depth of creation itself.

Are you still with me here? Can you please bear with me as I call in an airstrike to allthings status quo deeranddeerhunting.com? Now, mind you, nobody loves allthings status quo deeranddeerhunting.com more than I do. I actually look to deeranddeerhunting.com as my daily dose of SpiritWild bible-thump as I, like most of you, am wonderfully addicted to the deer and deerhunting lifestyle and dearly appreciate all the wisdom, opinions, ideas, thoughts, data, science and joys that glows from the pages/screens herein.

That being said, I am, afterall, the deerhunting guitar-guy, and I do believe that my channeling of our phenomenal outdoor lifestyle into my creative musical guitar life is not unlike everyone’s channeling into each individual’s life, lifestyle and passions overall.

Joy in, joy out.

So as we throttle headlong into another joyous springtime with excited peeks into future calendar pages identifying all the thrilling anticipation for our upcoming opening days 2016, nothing says deer and deerhunting springtime like the plunging of our mitts into the Good Mother Earth as we participate in the new year ritual of foodplot partying.

And I do me partying!

To me and all my hunting buddies, for many years now foodplots for wildlife have become as integral to our deerhunting lifestyle as the hunt itself.

I remember way back in the roaring 1960s when I started planting autumn olive seedlings in the national forests of northern Michigan where I did all my hunting. It seemed that whenever I had the best grouse, woodcock and rabbit action was when the best puckerbrush habitat was surrounded by red berry heavy autumn olives bushes.

And the deer were always there too.

So I improvised, adapted and upgraded to the best of my ability.

Then of course the foodplot craze exploded sometime in the early 1980s when landowners and hunters literally went crazy developing and planting custom food sources to enhance habitat and wildlife health.

Not everybody can afford land, tractors, discs, plows, fertilizer, seeds and the substantial time needed to groom expansive foodplots, but I literally created my original plots for many years with a borrowed 4 wheeler and a chain dragged old bedspring, hand sewing 19-19-19 fertilizer and feed mill bought bags of oats, wheat and rye on ¼ acres of hand cleared openings in the woods.

Those of us that work the ground know how special that aroma and touch are. My nostrils flare as I turn the ground, plowing, discing and broadcasting my various seeds.

When those first emerald green shoots begin to emerge, all that hard work is more than appreciated and celebrated knowing we are being good stewards and critter managers helping our beloved wildlife grow healthy and strong.

Ted Nugent loves bowhunting and gets into the woods almost every day of the season when he can, whether it's for big bucks like this or ducks and small game.

Ted Nugent loves bowhunting and gets into the woods almost every day of the season when he can, whether it’s for big bucks like this or ducks and small game.

No need to go into seed choice detail here as the world is loaded with every imaginable plot mixture best suited for your individual regions.

All I know is that when I wrap up a farmer-Ted day and grab one of my amazing Gibson Byrdland guitars, dirty fingernails and all, the screaming licks and pulsating, driving rhythms that erupt are a direct result of my down to earth deerhunting lifestyle.

Happy springtime America! Now get out there and get dirty!

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, and also at World News Daily, Newsmax and Daily Caller for more insights.


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