Christie Matthews

Ronnie Dunn: Angler of fish and songs!

Ronnie Dunn: Angler of fish and songs!

Away from the spotlight, big names in entertainment find peace and satisfaction as hunters and fishermen. USA TODAY’s Hunt & Fish magazine asked some celebrities:

What’s been your proudest or most satisfying moment in the field or on the water? And what’s your favorite or most indispensable piece of hunting gear or fishing tackle?

Dunn may have spent 20 years with Kix Brooks as the most successful country music duo in history, but his love for hunting and fishing goes back farther than that. Dunn, who is touring behind his just-released, self-titled solo album, started hunting and fishing when he was just a kid. His dad, grandfather and uncles-outdoorsmen all-introduced young Dunn, and he’s been an avid outdoorsman since.

Top moment: “My first kill was a rabbit. I was 14 and used a .22-caliber Benjamin pellet gun that I received for my birthday. I shot the rabbit and took off running the other way, thinking that it was going to get up mad and come after me.”

Favorite gear: “The two things I never fish or hunt without are bug spray and rooster tail lures.”

This article is excerpted from USA TODAY Hunt & Fish. This special edition magazine contains articles on outdoors destinations, expert advice and more. Buy it wherever magazines are sold or at huntfish.usatoday.com.

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