Oklahoma lawmaker wants to create a BIGFOOT ‘hunting season’ to draw tourists but wildlife officials warn Sasquatch isn’t actually a species
- A bill to establish a Bigfoot hunting season has been introduced in Oklahoma
- Representative Justin Humphrey wants the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission to establish a season in the hope of drawing tourists to the area
- Humphrey represents a large part of southeastern and south-central Oklahoma that is infamous for sightings of the mythical creature
- A Bigfoot festival is also held in the area annually to celebrate Bigfoot sightings
Rep. Justin Humphrey (R) has introduced a bill urging the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission (OWCC) to establish a ‘big foot hunting season’
An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to see a Bigfoot hunting season created in his state and has pitched a bill in the hope of making it a reality.
Rep. Justin Humphrey (R) introduced House Bill 1648, urging the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission (OWCC) to establish a ‘big foot hunting season.’.
‘The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission shall promulgate rules establishing a big foot hunting season. The Commission shall set annual season dates and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees,’ the bill states.
‘It is a real bill, yes,’ confirmed Micah Holmes, Assistant Chief of the Information and Education Division at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to Fox News.
The Department of Wildlife Conservation doesn’t seem too impressed by the request.
‘Here at the department, we use science to make management decisions, and we do not recognize Bigfoot as a wildlife species in Oklahoma,’ Holmes said.
If the act were to be passed, it would come into force from November of this year. A decision will likely be made once the Oklahoma Legislature begins sitting on February 1st.
‘The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission shall promulgate rules establishing a Bigfoot hunting season. The Commission shall set annual season dates and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees’, reads the bill.
Rep. Humphrey’s constituency, House District 19, is situated in southeast Oklahoma – an area of the state famous for its sightings of Bigfoot (file photo)
In recent years, Bigfoot has been spotted in North Carolina, Georgia, Washington and Oregon. Pictured, a Bigfoot mask on display at Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Museum in Cherry Log, Georgia
Rep. Humphrey’s constituency, House District 19, is situated in southeast Oklahoma – an area of the state famous for its sightings of Bigfoot.
He said the bill is meant to be a fun way to promote southeast Oklahoma, generate interest in the region and bring tourists and tourism dollars to a beautiful remote part of the state that is covered with mountains, trees and rivers.
‘We have the best kept secret there is,’ Humphrey said to Mcalester News.
‘I think that Bigfoot is pretty elusive. I don’t think we’ll find him.’
Humphrey said he envisions creating a $25,000 bounty for anyone who successfully traps Bigfoot, but isn’t yet sure who will be tasked with deciding whether it’s really Bigfoot versus, say, a mutated black bear.
He does not want anyone to kill Bigfoot, but wants him taken alive.
Humphrey said he hopes to create a low-priced license that people can purchase as they head out in search of the beast.
‘Tourism is one of the biggest attractions we have in my House district,’ Humphrey said. ‘Establishing an actual hunting season and issuing licenses for people who want to hunt Bigfoot will just draw more people to our already beautiful part of the state. It will be a great way for people to enjoy our area and to have some fun.’
There are a number of alleged Bigfoot sightings in the US every year as some 16 percent of Americans believe the furry humanoid creature is real despite a lack of categorical evidence. Pictured, a plaster cast of footprints believed to be made by a Bigfoot
He said hopes most people will take it as the light-hearted subject it is supposed to be and is hoping it will advance through the Legislature.
‘In today’s political climate, there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun,’ he said.
In nearby Honobia the mythical creature is celebrated annually with an official Bigfoot Festival and Conference.
‘Whether you’re a serious Bigfoot scholar or a seeker of folklore, you’ll find fellow explorers at the Kiamichi Christian Mission, located at Highway 144 and Indian Trail Highway in the deep woods of tiny Honobia,’ the website states.
There are a number of alleged Bigfoot sightings in the US every year as some 16 percent of Americans believe the furry humanoid creature is real despite a lack of categorical evidence.
In recent years, Bigfoot has been spotted in North Carolina, Georgia, Washington and Oregon.
Humphrey hopes that the Oklahoma State Legislature will take the bill at face value – and something light hearted aimed to generate money from tourism dollars. Pictured, Daryl Colyer, lead field researcher for the Texas Bigfoot Research Center
Reaction on social media has been mixed.
‘First of all, this is, as they say, ‘plumb dumb’,’ one commenter wrote. ‘Secondly, if such a creature does exist, they are obviously very intelligent, as they’ve been able to elude humans for centuries, and should not be subject to hunting.’
‘This actually could possibly be a clever move, a way to provide more funding for the Wildlife department,’ another wrote. ‘As I understand, any funding to the department comes strictly from fees and licenses, so this would help further fund our state’s wildlife conservation.’
‘This is a horrible idea, either : A.) someone actually does it and finds kills a Sasquatch, which in my eyes is murder. Or B.) Some hunter will be spooked by another hunter out there looking for the same thing and someone’s gonna get killed,’ another commenter added.
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