It takes courage for a popular celebrity to come out as
someone who enjoys hunting shooting or fishing. It is so much easier to court popularity by saving the
whale or the rain forest. There
is even a small danger of violent attack from extreme animal rights activists.
But a few brave souls have done so.
Here is an incomplete list. iGreens
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Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is an
experienced hunter. She grew
up in San Antonio, Texas, and says "(I was) hunting with my dad since I was
six. I still go with him to this day.” …
"I can handle a gun. Hello? Yes. I could skin a deer, I could skin a pig. I
can pluck a quail-you name it, I've done it. A pioneer woman."
Mary Cheney Click here
Kevin Costner, starred in the 1990s, "Dances
With Wolves," which featured a buffalo hunt.
He writes of his love of fishing in the foreword to the recent book
Celebrity Fish Talk. "My biggest release is playing sports, but the most
spiritual I get is when I'm on a stream.”
Other celebrity contributors include Tiger Woods, Huey
Lewis, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Chiklis, Meat Loaf, Andy Garcia, Nolan Ryan,
Marcus Allen, Picabo Street, Tracy Byrd, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Bobby Knight,
Tommy Smothers, Dan Quayle, George Seifert
We have mixed feelings about Robert Redford. He has done enormous harm with his support for populist campaigns against nuclear power stations, but he is a fisherman and he has put some of his own money into conservation. In 1998, he attached a conservation easement to the 860-acre Redford Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve in Utah, so it is now forever protected as a wild habitat. He also directed the great fly-fishing film, "A River Runs Through It".
TV presenter and fisherman, Chris Tarrant, is president of the Anglers Conservation Association. Click here for more.
The fame of Ted Nugent, a rock star who has sold 30 million records, increasingly rests on his outspoken support for hunters as conservationists. Here is a recent quote:
Pop star Madonna took up hunting when she married Guy Ritchie and moved to England a few years ago, but seems to have gone off the sport recently. She is quoted as being upset when she saw a pheasant she had shot die at her feet, but other have wondered if she was just a poor shot.
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