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Rocker Nugent makes case for hunting, guns

Rocker Ted Nugent was right at home at the annual convention of the Wisconsin Bow Hunters Association.

Nugent — a hunter, gun-rights advocate and co-author of the cookbook "Kill It & Grill It" — was the featured speaker Saturday as the standing-room-only crowd of about 560 people in Appleton cheered when he said people against hunting are waging a war on the American dream.

"There is nothing more perfect than hunting," said Nugent, whose hits include "Cat Scratch Fever."

Nugent, who looks fit and healthy at 54, said he doesn't drink or smoke, a message he shares with schoolchildren. Nugent also criticized the idea that vegetarianism is an alternative to killing for food.

Even if you live on tofu, he said, someone has to clear a field of native vegetation to raise the beans. That field supports a complex ecosystem of plants and wild animals, Nugent said.

"If you are going to eat, something has to die," Nugent said.