If you’re a bowhunter or student of hunting history and lore, this is a pretty cool video clip with a cool backstory that makes it even more super.
That’s a lot of super packed into one short video but it’s true. This is from Ted Nugent’s Spirit of the Wild television show on Outdoor Channel and he’s hunting with Scotty Richards, who was dying of cancer. Richards wanted to do two things before he died: Meet Ted Nugent and to kill an elk.
In this clip, Ted’s talking about how he learned to file the tips of broadheads to a rounded point. He shows some old Bear Razorhead, Pearson Deadhead, Zwickey and others, which should be familiar to bowhunters of a certain age and insanely foreign to those of the current younger generation. Bear believed that rounding the tip helped with penetration and to reduce rolling or bending upon impact with bone.
About midway through you’ll see Richards, in the black t-shirt, behind Ted, listening intently.
“What’s TRULY awesome is that the young man behind me is 19-yo Scott Richards from Montana who was dying of cancer & we welcomed him for his last hunt request with the old guitardog!” Ted said. “He died shortly after the hunt. Phenom!”
Frank Addington from West Virginia, an instinctive archery exhibition shooter, helped facilitate the hunt.
“I remember when Kevin Brunsvold from Billings, MT, contacted me about Scotty,” Addington said. “I forwarded the email to you and that same day you took action and started the wheels rolling to make both his dreams come true. Then a few years later I was back in Billings and Kevin took me by the bank where Scotty’s mom worked. Her office had photos of her son with uncle Ted and a beautiful bull elk. She smiled as she told the story. Your act of kindness had a huge impact on her family.
“I wasn’t on the hunt and never personally met Scotty but that one experience told me all I needed to know about Ted Nugent,” Addington added. ‘You talk tough and are tough but behind that is a heart the size of Texas. You sir are as fine as they come.”