While target shooting on public land outside of Helena, Montana, a 27-year old man suddenly found himself taking incoming fire. The Idaho Statesman tells us that the near-victim was setting up fresh targets when bullets began whizzing by him and striking the ground around his feet. Ducking behind trees for cover, the man waited for the shooting to stop before identifying the source of the gunfire; a man in a black Ford F-150.
Confronting the man in the truck, the near-victim was told, “I thought you were bigfoot.” Explaining, as one does, that he is not actually bigfoot but is a standard-variety man out doing some target practice, the shooter said, “I don’t target practice — but if I see something that looks like bigfoot, I just shoot it.”
The shooter left the young man with a little sage advise: wear orange. Yes, well, TTAG’s advice is to observe gun safety rule number four: be sure of your target and what’s beyond it. It’s critical to avoiding unfortunate accidents and staying off our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day roster.
I’ve certainly never been in the woods of the Northwest looking exactly like Sasquatch. Then again, that’s me in the photo above. It might be time to pick up an orange vest…