State Rep. Justin Humphrey put forth a bill this week to let the state create and sell licenses to hunt Bigfoot. The bill reads: “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.” You can read the full bill here.
State legislators will debate the bill when they reconvene on Feb. 1, Fox 25 reported. So, if it passes, hunters could start shooting sasquatches as early as Nov. 1, 2021.
Southern Oklahoma has a long history with Bigfoot sightings. In fact, Honobia, Oklahoma, has turned it into a cottage industry. The annual Honobia Bigfoot Festival draws thousands of believers and non-believers alike to the Kiamichi Mountains in early October.
But If you just can’t wait for Oklahoma to act then a trip to Texas may be in order. Killing Bigfoot in Texas is legal, or at least it was in 2012 when an Oregon man asked state officials if he could hunt and kill the mythical creature there.
“If Bigfoot did exist, and wasn’t human, then it would [be legal]. Bigfoot would be a non-protected wild animal,” L. David Sinclair with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department told NPR.
The man wrote to Sinclair after seeing an episode of the Animal Planet show Finding Bigfoot. He had a plan but wanted to make sure it was legal, which is sensible. But seeing as we have not heard of any bigfeet being killed in Texas, it appears the man’s efforts were for naught.
That liberal attitude toward hunting Bigfoot doesn’t extend everywhere, however. In fact, if you get caught killing Bigfoot in Skamania County, Washington, you better be prepared to pay. The fine for harvesting the “endangered” creature there can get you a year in jail or a $1,000 fine or both, National Geographic points out.