Ted Nugent Guns Down Over 400 Pigs For Bill Maher & 'Animal Rights Freaks'
Ted Nugent wielded a machine gun, took to a helicopter and killed over 400 pigs, a slaughter he dedicated to political commentator Bill Maher and “animal rights freaks."
“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,” Nugent told Sirius XM’s Brett Winterble, reported RumorFix. “I did it for Bill Maher and all those other animal rights freaks out there. My haters will hate me more for that."
Nugent proudly went on to proclaim that he managed to fire 750 rounds a minute from his aerial position. He firmly believes that his actions were a service to the community – ridding the Texas fields of wild pigs that ruin the region's environment and using the dead animals’ meat to feed the needy. “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 boasted. “I had to adjust my halo as I was machine-gunning hogs.”
Apparently pig hunting is a favorite pastime of the aging rocker, as his Twitter page reveals that he went on a similar expedition in January. “We kill pigs with machineguns from helicopter to save the environment what r u doin,” he wrote. He also appeared on a show on the Sportsman Channel that featured him alongside Brian “Pigman” Quaca carrying out a similar practice. Although “aerial sport-hunting” is illegal in Texas, “population control” is not.
Texas does in fact have a feral hog problem. Their population exceeds 1.5 million and continues to grow, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife website that also provides a detailed diagram of “Hog Trap Specifications.” In Texas, feral hogs cause an estimated $500 million in damage across the state every year, according to the San Angelo Standard-Times, which reports the gross number of feral hogs in Texas at 2.6 million.
Although Nugent uses the environmental problems posed by feral pigs to justify his rampages, there might be other reasons at work in his enthusiasm for their population control. In an article for The Sportsman's Guide he wrote, "I do believe that wild pigs are to this day, and will more than likely forevermore remain, my bowhunting quarry of choice. Pigs turn me on."