I’m not a bird hunter. I don’t have anything against it, just haven’t had the opportunity to go. I’m sure it would be fun. In the mean time, I confine my shotgun use to trap fields. But while I’m no bird-shooting expert, I’m pretty sure that the tool of choice for downing our feathered friends is a scatter gun. You get a nice wide pattern at typical shooting distances making it a lot easier to hit what you’re aiming at when what you’re aiming at is a bird on the wing. I’m guessing Gilford Root isn’t a bird hunter either…
Root’s a farmer in Fremont Ohio and has an ornithological infestation problem. Bunches of bothersome black birds have been eating his crops. So farmer Root decided to exact some retribution with extreme prejudice. Only one problem: he chose the wrong tool.
Instead of using a smooth bore and birdshot, Root chose a .22 rifle as his weapon of choice. And he didn’t confine himself to shooting at birds on the ground.
…Root allegedly unloaded about 50 rounds into the skies over his land. But what goes up, must come down.
About 15 of those bullets rained down on two nearby buildings that send employees ducking for cover.
Fortunately, no one (not even a woman) was struck by one of the strays. I don’t know how many birds Root actually hit using his rifle, but my guess is the tally was a lot lower than if he’d been using a shotgun. The right tool for the right job and all that. Another benefit of using a shotgun: even using a twelve gauge, the shotfall area’s no more than 300 yards.
In the mean time, Root has plead not guilty to charges of discharging a firearm on prohibited property. If he doesn’t already have one, I’m hoping Mrs. Root breaks down and buys Gilford a nice 870 for Christmas this year, because all Santa’s likely to leave under the tree is a lump of coal.