Ted Nugent Is In Hog Heaven After “Machine Gunning” Feral Pigs In Texas

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It appears the only thing Ted Nugent likes more than guns is attention. The 70s rock icon is in hog heaven after what he calls a “win win win”, of saving the environment, feeding the hungry and inflaming the “haters”.  Over the weekend he told XM radio host Brett Winterble,

“I took my machine gun in the helicopter – in the Texas hill country –  me and my buddy 'Pigman' … his name is 'Pigman' –  I'm the swine czar. I killed 455 hogs with my machine gun. i did it for Bill Maher and all those other animal rights freaks out there.”

Sport hunting from helicopters in Texas is illegal, but according to Texas Department of Agriculture, “private hunters are now allowed by the State of Texas to pay for the right to perform as the gunner and shoot feral hogs from a helicopter as part of a feral hog depredation program.”

Texas has a feral hog population of over 2 million. They are responsible for damage to property, crops, and livestock at an estimated annual cost of $500 million, but if this isn't sport hunting, it has to be the most popular government program ever among conservatives and gun activists. Still, Nugent says he is doing Texas a favor saying, “We saved the environment from the destruction of these out-of-control pigs and I'm not talking about Washington D.C. or San Francisco … I'm actually talking about actual pigs.”

Nugent isn't known for his activism on behalf of the poor but says, “We distributed tons of the most delicious pork to the soup kitchens and homeless shelters of this state. Everything we did was perfect –  win win win.” He may or may not believe he is doing the Lord's work, but he definitely revelling in his persona non grata among liberals and progressives. When mentioning he shot off 750 rounds a minute he said, “my haters will hate me more for that.” and concluded by saying, “I had to adjust my halo as I was machine gunning hogs.”


About Author

Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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