Why Did the Ghillie-Suited Hunter Cross the Road?

Accident scene (courtesy courierpostonline.com)

To not make it to the other side. “State police say a hunter wearing ‘very elaborate’ camouflage was killed when two vehicles struck him as he tried to cross a southern New Jersey highway,” the AP reports. “The accident occurred around 5:20 a.m. Monday on Route 70 in Southampton. The man had a shotgun, a camouflage blanket and was dressed in leafy camouflage gear which made him less visible to drivers.”


  1. avatar Hannibal says:

    They probably thought he was bigfoot and tried to hit him.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      The same thing happened to some fool masquerading as Bigfoot in one of the midwestern states. He was in a bigfoot-knockoff Ghillie suit at dusk and became road pizza instead of hoaxing the local news. One less hunk of debris floating in the gene pool.

      Condolences to this guy’s family.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Not thinkin’ you’d carry a shotgun to imitate Bigfoot.

  2. Always good to remember that cars do not stop for people they can not see.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Too bad his parents didn’t teach him about traffic. But he must have been visible in some way. Maybe he looked like a bush. Wait, in the road? Wouldn’t you try to avoid a moving bush in the middle of the road?

  3. avatar M says:

    “New Jersey Drivers Run Over, Kill, Law Abiding Gun Owner”

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Considering it’s in Jersey, I’m surprised there haven’t been federal charges for killing an endangered species.

  4. avatar ready fire aim says:

    well then…the camouflage worked!!

  5. avatar John says:

    Hehehe, I guess all that camouflage worked! The driver’s didn’t even see him! XD

    Err… not that I’m laughing at a man being killed. No, sir. A real tragedy.


  6. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    Save lives. Ban hunting. For the children(TM)

  7. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    @ Dirk, NO.

  8. avatar Gregolas says:

    Why did the chicken egg roll across the road?
    because it had an inclination.

  9. avatar foxmulder says:

    At 5:20 AM on the eastcoast its still dark. Didn’t matter much what he was wearing unless he had reflective clothing which might have been noticed by drivers. Its much easier to spot deer crossing the highway when its light out then it is at night. Considering the time of year, he might have been out for some Turkey hunting which requires camo type clothing. But its also required that hunters wear some bright orange so there is less chance that they will be mistaken for a Turkey.

  10. avatar Larry says:

    Hum a Ghillie suit would be a poor choice to blend in on a highway. Now a grey suit with yellow lines or perhaps dressed as a mini cooper yes.

    2 weeks ago tresspasser in a Ghillie tried to sneak on our land I saw him from 300 yards,ya know that tall upright thing walking and all….its well light at. 5 :20 where I live and it’s west of NJ. The sky first starts to turn blue around 4 30 AM right now fair light 5 ish pretty good light at 5 30.

  11. avatar Alex Waits says:

    So, he was wearing “elaborate” camo, tried crossing the road? Im picturing this giant bush shuffleing across the road.

    Im betting the drivers are card carrying members of PETA.

    My prayers to the family of the hunter.

  12. avatar Larry says:

    Many states hunting hours are 30 minutes before and after sunrise sunset times. Today in NJ official sunrise was 5 :30 AM meaning at 5:00 it was what most hunters call shooting light,good enough to see and I’d your target and beyond.
    I guess not so much for drivers……

    My guess ,” man driving to work checking his email,eating his egg a muffin,is startled when he hears a thump,checks to see he ran over a guy,blames ” camo”.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      If it’s an *important* email, text, or phone call, it’s working taking while driving.

      -Most of the drivers in LA

  13. avatar Frank says:

    My guess is he put himself in the mindset of a deer so deeply that when 2 cars came at him he thought, “hey, better stand in the middle of the road and look at the beautiful headlights”.

  14. avatar DragonFire says:

    Thinning the herd. . . .??!!

  15. avatar Great Scot says:

    “I think what we have here is a lack of visibility.”- Camo Hand Luke.
    So, country camouflage blending with tarmac. That’s a new one. I get the strange feeling that the accident had more to do with the darkness than the camo, but…hey, probably didn’t help anyway.

    1. avatar Anonymoose says:

      Yeah…One must wonder what the drivers thought when they saw a bush in the middle of the road.

  16. avatar A. Nuran says:

    Darwin swings for the fences.

  17. avatar RockThisTown says:

    “The man had a shotgun, a camouflage blanket and was dressed in leafy camouflage gear which made him less visible to drivers.”

    1) Gov. Christie tried to close the roadway so the guy could make it across, but caved to political correctness. Therefore, political correctness kills.

    2) A ghillie-suited sniper with a shotgun? That must be one choked shotgun!

    3) Reports are that the man’s girlfriend had just broken up with him, saying “Make like a tree & leave.”

  18. avatar JasonM says:

    I’m pretty sure I could cross a road invisibly and not get hit. But then, when I cross a road, I make sure there’s not a car coming.

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      I agree with you Jason. There should be no blame on the motorists, for hitting a guy in camo that does not know how to cross the road.

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Seems simple enough, what was he doing on the highway, apparently demanding the right of way? If he waited until no cars were coming, he would have BEEN invisible, no?

  19. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Ghillie-Gun is squished by 2 cars? The Skipper must be mourning…

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Schnook. 🙂

  20. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    At 0520, the drivers should’ve been quite visible to this fellow; one must wonder why he didn’t wait for an opening?

    While I don’t know about his trigger discipline, this gun owner sounds to me to have been less than responsible.

    In Michigan, a blind hunter requires no hunter; is his true of New Jersey as well…?

  21. avatar Tim says:

    Lesson #1: How Not to Be Seen.

    I’m sorry, I just can’t get the Monty Python skit out of my head now…

  22. avatar Sabrewolfe says:

    Yeah, this guy needs to be forwarded to the Darwin Awards for consideration, ’cause I’m pretty sure he is a serious contender. I definitely feel bad for the motorists, though. Even knowing it’s not your fault, that’s not going to be easy thing to live with. Probably not going to want to keep the car either.

  23. avatar Jeff says:

    Another one will be added to Bloomberg’s firearm casuality list.

  24. avatar T Morin says:

    I don’t think New Jersey has tumble weeds,…..Now, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona,…yes.

  25. avatar West87 says:

    My condolences to the family, that is a tragic death not a point of humor

  26. avatar Raul Ybarra says:

    Natural selection. In progress.

  27. avatar Chris Moorhead says:

    To get to the other “hide”

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