C’mon Guys…

I truly thought we were over it; that we had matured and gotten past the childish bovine residue. But, alas, like so many other things I’ve learned in life, I was wrong. There are still some idiots who like to get a snoot full of beer and run around shooting road signs.

Those of us with enough grey in our beards recall how it was in the ’60s and ’70s. Just about as soon as you got outside the city limits and into the county, there would be quite a few perforated road signs. Some were shot with pistols; others with rifles and still others with shotguns. It is disgusting, childish, purposeless and does nothing to endear shooters to those who are not shooters.

Sign shooters are notoriously poor marksmen. Anyone who knows anything about shooting can see that nearly all the shot-up signs were engaged at point-blank range. That’s usually because the shooter is full of beer and could not hit the broad side of a barn from the inside and with directions. Most of the shooting is done in the deep of night because these—I’m sorry, but they must be called what they are—shit birds are cowardly little twerps. What these SBs do is unforgivingly dangerous because no one knows where the bullets may end up, but, again, these useless SBs couldn’t care less.

I’m pretty sure that no one who reads this, especially the regulars, participates in this childish ritual. But I’ll also bet that some of us may know someone whose kid is shooting up signs. Just as I would like to find one of the jerkwads who proliferate computer viruses, I’d love to get my hands on a sign shooter tie him to a wagon wheel and whip them both. The law would probably frown on this though—even here in Wyoming.

This 9 mm casing was found about 15 feet from the sign. Although I cannot positively state that it was used on the sign, it is suspicious.

This 9 mm casing was found about 15 feet from the sign. Although I cannot positively state that it was used on the sign, it is suspicious.

But we can have an impact. Write letters to the editor shaming these idiots. Whenever possible talk about such stupid dolts in ways that make it clear that what they do is not cool, hip or whatever other diversionary adjective that may have been distorted from the language for these SBs to jack off their egos.

The picture you see here is near my home just past a one-lane bridge I must cross to get to Cody. I saw it first last week on my way to church and quickly burst forth some rather non-Christian epithets regarding the DNA makeup of the shooter. He had better hope that I don’t find out who he is. As a half-crippled old coot recovering from back surgery, I’ll allow myself some larger leeway as to how I might handle such miscreants.

Dave Campbell
Dave Campbell began his hunting career with a spear off the southern California coast in the late 1960s. It did not take long for him to graduate to the gun on land. Campbell is the founding editor in chief of the NRA’s tremendously successful Shooting Illustrated magazine. In 2006 he also edited the iconic book of terminal ballistics, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter—A Definitive Study. He returned to his beloved Wyoming in 2007 as a freelance writer, though he usually refers to himself now as a “recovering editor.”
  1. Brad Woodward Reply

    Dave, great reminder! Sign shooters are pathetic and unfortunately reflect poorly on the rest of us. It is up to us to police these idiots whenever possible. Thanks

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