Fun With Guns: Wildlife Edition

July 31, 2015 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

Cass County, Texas is as far east you can get in Texas without inhaling crawfish boiling smoke.

At 3:00 am the sheriff’s department got a call about a shooting.

An East Texas man was hospitalized early Thursday morning after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted back at his head, KLTV reported.

No word on the condition of the armadillo.

Thanks to everybody for the heads up.



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34 Comments to “Fun With Guns: Wildlife Edition”

  1. And he fired at the armadillo, why? Patch him up with a band-aid and send him home– he was brain-damaged already.

  2. Elise Von Holten says:

    I may not have the number right, because I have been reading too much, but about 31 people are shot everyday, EVERYDAY!
    I’m not sure if it’s the 24/7 “news” cycle or the drug use that’s everywhere–at my cousins marriage 30 years ago, in the Midwest, there was so much drug usage–I was blown away…so I supect that’s part of it…but I’m getting so tired of the incivility, pointless shootings, the assaults on my energetic being when I see the hatred and the violence…I don’t watch news, I am careful of the sites I read, and I work on my thoughts, words and deeds…and still the children die “accidentally”, the great aramidillo hunters are laughed at, until like elephants and lions, rain forests and bees there are none left and we all die. I had a Facebook “conversation” will a guy who, as one other person commented, was being an ass. The anonymity of the Internet, mob “justice” of self righteousness, no self discipline–I have pretty much given up on a “just” society–we are in the Maltus rat packs, desperately trying to keep our little corners of the cage civilized, while the turmoil of the center attracts the children and breaks up families. At the end of the “conversation” I saw the real need for a shotgun for keeping the varmints down…
    Just drunk, shooting a rather harmless, silly looking animal, for no reason…

  3. Corinne Sabo says:

    Tough armadillo.

  4. My first reaction to Elise’s rant was to try and give a pep talk. But I fear I would sound like some sort of Pollyanna. I too avoid articles and ‘breaking news’ that continually cover the horrors being foisted upon the unsuspecting and undeserving. I know part of this is due to the instant and unfiltered media we all subscribe to. The only thing I can say that is positive about this is that at least we can recognize these idjuts out there and be more vigilant. Know that we, at least, outnumber them, though it seems not sometimes.

  5. “a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted”

    I have seen a few caliber .22 ricochets in my life but none that ever returned sufficiently in the opposite direction to plunk the shooter. More of this story will come out as the shooter and the witnesses sober up. Probably the safest place to be that night was around the armadillo.

  6. Probably depends on the angle of the armadillo shell where the bullet landed.

  7. Annabelle Lee says:

    I think the operative word is “at”. And yee-haw, who goes out shootin’ at armadillers at 3 AM?

  8. e platypus onion says:

    If you haven’t seen kismet in action,waste 40 seconds of your life here. .50 caliber,FMJ.metal target and Karma. LMAO!

  9. 1toughlady says:

    What a loser! Well, his brain was clearly a non-vital organ anyway, so no harm, no foul.

  10. maryelle says:

    OMG that was part of the Jade Helm armadillo armored invasion. All you Texans owe that drunk slob for protecting you from Obama’s sneaky plans to take your guns and money and tie you up in a Walmart.

  11. brian meehan says:

    Wow, your job is EASY. This material writes itself.

  12. Sister Artemis says:

    Point, Armadillo!

    Also, karma, natural consequences, couldna happened to a nicer guy, and such like….

  13. This is actually a part of Donald Trump’s secret plan to protect our boarders, bulletproof armadillos!

  14. RepubAnon says:

    Pity Cecil the lion didn’t have an armadillo as a friend.

  15. What an uncivil way to treat what is actually to be a musical instrument! That’s it! Thats why the guy fired. He wasn’t a music lover.

  16. Elizabeth Moon says:

    Physics suggests that whatever that bullet hit and rebounded from, it wasn’t an armadillo.

  17. Karma works for me. Still, as someone who lives in the Great Northwest and doesn’t actually know much about armadillos, can anybody tell me why someone would want to shoot one in the first place? I, too, doubt that’s the whole story and will have to wait for sober minds to get over the hangover and respond, but I still don’t know why one would shoot at an armadillo. Help me out here.

  18. brian meehan says:


    If you got a gun, ya gotta shoot something. Ya just got to.

  19. Old Fart says:

    Uh oh. I smell a new craze of armadillo roulette

  20. How duz yer no if yer gun is stil working if yer don’t shoot at sumthem sumtime?

  21. Uncle Dave says:

    Our east Texas retreat is awfully close, to the scene of the crime. I hope it wasn’t one of our armadillos. Wanda, you shot Wanda? Serves you right, Billy Clyde, for shooting Wanda! There are couple of locals of whom the following conversation might occur:
    Billy Clyde was fooling around shooting at an armadillo and the dumb ass shot himself. Is he OK? Yeah, he was in no danger, he shot himself in the head. Oh, will thank heavens for that.

  22. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good armadillo with armor plating.

  23. Marge Wood says:

    more great story material.

  24. June, you no yer gun is still working if you look down the barrel and pull the trigger. And I wish some people would, starting with those who kill animals fer fun.

  25. attilatheblond says:

    The armadillo was in his lawyer’s office. Dats why the posse couldn’t find him.

  26. Hay y’all, I’ve got this here bridge in New York City for sale…….. and cheap too! See??

  27. mudsharks cousin. says:

    fun with guns. as long as you’re the one walking away after all the fun has been had. Or, as long as you’re not the one either on the slab, or in the hospital.
    weapons are serious business. not to be taken lightly. not for the “fun loving kind of people”. weapons have one purpose. fun is not it.

  28. mudsharks cousin. says:

    Well, it could be worse. The ricochet could have blown off his balls.

  29. Aggieland Liz says:

    Hi Rubymay! I’ve killed armadillos w a shovel because that is what was handy; I really don’t like to kill things much and I don’t shoot for fun, but anyone who lives in rural Texas, and parts of urban Texas, too, can attest that armadillos can and do make an almighty mess of the lawn and garden. If you have spent a small fortune on plants that you like, and have nurtured them carefully, having one of the little armored ones come and uproot everything because they can is no fun at all! In my case, it was a work thing; my client was tired of having plants uprooted.
    We thought we were going to have to kill a whitetail doe a while back. I told her if she came back I was gonna shoot her and leave her for buzzard bait- it was her choice. She must have believed me. You can legally kill nuisance deer out of season, but you must let them lay, you can’t use their meat or hides.

  30. Aggieland Liz, we don’t have armadillos in Maryland but we do have moles and deer. I’d say it was a question of who was here first — if you put an “attractive nuisance” in their territory, they’re going to eat it. Would you turn down free good food?

    Incidentally, the armadillo story is in at least two British newspapers, the Guardian and the Independent… and I bet it’s in a lot of the trashy ones too.

  31. Karmadillo

  32. lunargent says:

    Nina Jo –


  33. Elizabeth Moon says:

    Rubymay: Armadillos are hated by people who want prissy-pretty lawns and flowerbeds. If you are aware that ‘dillos eat the beetle grubs and cicada grubs and such that live a short distance underground, and that their digging has in mind moving a portion of your insect complaints, you kick a little dirt back into the holes in the lawn (they’re not nearly as bad as moles–more like divots on a golf green) and shrug. When the females dig a den in which to raise little ‘dillos, it is a bigger mess (much bigger) and it’s worth annoying mama ‘dillo by filling it in with gravel or larger rocks and making a lot of noise and to-do when you hear her scraping away, and she’ll go elsewhere.

    If the burrow’s in a place you don’t mind, baby ‘dillos (which first emerge from their den pink and soft-sided and bumbly on their feet) are fun to watch. Even as they start turning gray and their sides and top get harder. They’re fascinating animals that deserve better than urban/suburban folks give them. (Ditto deer. When you build developments in deer habitat, and then plant deer food, what the !**! did you think would happen. Hogs are a different problem–not native, and destructive of habitat for native wildlife.)

    We have ‘dillos. We don’t shoot ‘dillos or whack ’em with a shovel. We do deal with feral petlife; it’s in our wildlife management plan. Some people hate people who ever kill animals for any reason. I hate pet owners who dump their unwanted pets on other peoples’ property.

  34. Polite Kool Marxist says:

    mudsharks cousin. says:
    August 1, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    “Well, it could be worse. The ricochet could have blown off his balls.”

    Uh. No. The best possible outcome would have been his removal from the gene pool by self-neutering.