Outspoken, gun-toting American rocker Ted Nugent is promoting the spring bear hunt in New Brunswick with his Sunrize Safaris.
The website tednugent.com offers hunters a chance to go to New Brunswick and shoot a trophy black bear
Nugent has hunted bear in New Brunswick before.
He chronicles one such trip on the archerytalk.com blog in 2010 in a post titled: "Hi Spirit: New Brunswick Bruins. For a rockin' good time, try for a far-North spring blackie."
On that occasion, Nugent arranged for a bear hunting trip in New Brunswick after his band "rocked the house royal with Lynayrd Skynyrd (sic) in Barrie, Ontario, outside Toronto, Canada’s number one cosmopolitan megacity," the blog post says,
Nugent was hunting with Slipp Brothers Ltd. Hunting and Outfitting in Hoyt, south of Fredericton. On the third day of hunting, with daylight running short, Nugent encountered a bear.
"Right then a big black blob appeared 60 yards out in the dense boreal scrub," wrote Nugent. "My heart pounded like a double live gonzo big bass drum gone Motor city Mad Man full-tilt boogie. I love when that happens."
Now Nugent is offering others the chance to experience that feeling with a Sunrize Safari to New Brunswick from June 1-7 for "the bear hunt of a lifetime," with Toby Nugent — Ted's son — and Paul Wilson of Sunrize Safaris in camp.
The cost of the outing in $3,550 per hunter plus $184.19 for a licence.
A similar outing for bear hunting in Quebec near Malartic is also offered by the company at a cost of $3,500.
Bear hunting has been on the decline in New Brunswick in recent years.
In 2004, more than 3,600 non-residents purchased bear licences. Last year, that number had fallen to below 2,000.