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Ted Nugent testifies before Texas House

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Ted Nugent uses his rock-star status to sway state representatives against a bill regarding deer breeding in Texas.

He needs no introduction, but Wednesday he was a different Ted Nugent than some of us are accustomed to... Ted Nugent, McClennan County resident and hunter.

"I hunt and fish and trap 320 days a year then the rest of the year I rock and roll like a complete idiot," Nugent laughingly said.

He testified before the house committee on culture, recreation and tourism against House Bill 2433.

HB 2433: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB2433

The bill would increase the time that breeder deer would have to integrate into the wild before they could be hunted.

Right now the time period is ten days. Bill author John Davis wants to slowly increase that to 60 days.

"Hell, they can't even find where the bathroom is," Davis said.

Those in support of the bill say deer need time to re-acclimate to the wild and it would preserve fair chase.

Nugent and others don't see it that way.

"Texas has such a glowing positive reputation for the world's leader in wildlife management success and family hours of recreation and just incredible lifestyle and industry that I want to make sure we eliminate as many obstacles to that as we can. Texas should stay the leader and we shouldn't be like California and Illinois," Nugent said.

While we had Nugent's attention, we asked him about another topic he enjoys sharing his opinion on... gun control.

"I have the right to self-defense and some mayor in New York City can't tell me how many bullets I might need. It's a very important freedom issue. It's all about freedom. It's not about fire power it's about choice freedom and never being forced into unarmed helplessness," said Nugent.

Committee members did not take a vote on House Bill 2433. It is still pending.

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