"Whack ‘em and stack ‘em” is a hunting term that was coined by American rock musician Ted Nugent; the term has been cited in print since at least November 1989. Animals are “whacked” (killed) and then “stacked.” Both Nugent and “whack ‘em and stack ‘em” have had criticism, with many critics claiming that the saying degrades the sport of hunting.
Wikipedia: Ted Nugent
Theodore Anthony “Ted” Nugent (/tɛd ˈnuːdʒɨnt/; born December 13, 1948) is an American rock musician from Detroit, Michigan. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career. His hits, mostly coming in the 1970s, such as “Stranglehold”, “Cat Scratch Fever”, “Wango Tango”, and “Great White Buffalo”, as well as his 1960s Amboy Dukes hit “Journey to the Center of the Mind”, remain popular today, and are played on classic rock and less frequently active rock radio stations. He is also noted for his staunch conservative political views and his strong advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights, which some have described as controversial.
5 November 1989, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press, “No to drugs, yes to shooting Bambi’s mom” by Ian Weir, Weekly, pg. NE9, col. 1:
“God himself says, ‘Ted, whack ‘em and stack ‘em.’”
12 August 1990, Rockford (IL) Register Star, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Hunter: Nugent adept at bows and guitars.” pg. 4C, col. 6:
“I’ll be the one to tell ‘em whack ‘em and stack ‘em.”
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27 September 1990, The Bulletin (Bend, OR), “Grisly ‘hunting’ videos could kill the sport” by Angus Phillips (Washington Post), pg. E-5, col. 2:
It was a commercial videotape widely available for sale and rent at outdoors stores: Ted Nugent’s “Down to Earth,” whose dust jacket promises “raw, unedited footage” of “America’s No. 1 rock ‘n roll bowhunter” as he “whacks ‘em and stacks ‘em.”
Nor was it hyperbole. In the first 10 minutes viewers got bird’s-eye views of broadheads fatally piercing such fearsome creatures as an armadillo, a squirrel perched in a tree, some pigs and a goat.
“I love that part,” says glinty-eyed Nugent after runningthe death scenes in sequence. “Let’s see it again.” And the appalling whack-’em-and-stack-’em compendium ran all over in slow-motion replay.
Field & Stream
I don’t sport a bumper sticker saying, “Bowhunters Do It Deeper,” or “Whack ‘Em and Stack ‘Em.”
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5 June 1992, Prescott (AZ) Courier, “Fate is the hunter—and so his the rocker” by Jose Martinez (Associated Press Writer), pg. 4C, col. 1:
His (Ted Nugent’s—ed.) hunting credo? Whack ‘em and stack ‘em and live it up.
The Pennsylvania Sportsman
Volume 34, Issues 1-4
In a hunting video titled “Down to Earth,” a contemporary rock star and self-proclaimed “whack master” and “gut pile addict” (Ted Nugent—ed.) exhorts his proteges to “whack ‘em, stack ‘em and pack ‘em.”
Married to a Rock Star
By Shemane Nugent
Guilford, CT: Lyons Press
There’s been some controversy over the years about glorifying the kill and whether Ted’s “whack ‘em and stack ‘em” theme has caused some conflict within the hunting community.
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6/22/2009 at 23:33:53
To Hell with Compassion: We whack ‘em and stack ‘em!
By Jason Miller
They’ve opted for the “whack ’em and stack ’em” approach, to quote that great conservationist Ted Nugent.
–Mike Hendricks, columnist for the Kansas City Star, June 11, 2009