[here's something I ran across in the Usenet group alt.html back in 1999.
The two postings are part of this thread.]
Joe Barta wrote:
"Idiots in the Neighborhood: I live in a semi-rural area. We recently
had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to
request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason:
Many deer were being hit by cars and he no longer wanted them to cross
Art Sackett replied:
I have several problems with this:
1. If the deer don't know where to cross, they will cross just
wherever the hell they feel like it, and more will get hit.
2. It's a lot less fun to shoot at stop signs, especially when drunk.
Shooting at stop signs makes you get too close to the intersections
where the cops might be, and then you have to go to jail again for
Besides, out here the stop signs are few and far between, but the deer
crossing signs are about every half-mile.
3. If the deer are crossing just wherever they feel like doing it, how
will we know where to go to shoot them?
Finally, I'm annoyed by the fact that those signs are often false and
misleading. Every one I've ever seen has the silhouette of a whitetail
on it, but every deer I've taken within a mile of those signs has been
a mulie. I want my damned whitetail! Imagine the uproar if the highway
signs for other things were just plain wrong... you'd pull off for
gasoline, and instead find a restaurant. Or you'd pull off for food,
and find just a mailbox and a long drive to some old farm. That would
cause quite a stink, but leading us to the wrong deer nobody seems to
I blame the tree-hugging Bambi lovers. If it weren't for them, the
damned signs would probably be right.