An Oklahoma lawmaker has introduced a bill to establish a Bigfoot hunting season in hopes of capitalizing on Bigfoot tourism in the area.
Time to suit up, squatchers – it may soon be Bigfoot season in Oklahoma.
State Rep. Justin Humphrey filed House Bill 1648, which would direct the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to establish a Bigfoot hunting season, The Oklahoman reports.
The legislation would require the establishment of annual dates for Bigfoot season, as well as a Bigfoot hunting license, tag and associated fees.
Some of Humphrey’s constituents have been quite vocal against the frivolous bill, but Humphrey thinks it will be good for tourism.
“There are a lot of people, who really, really believe in Bigfoot and so it is going to give them the opportunity to come down,” he said. “We want to make it a real deal. You can have a license. You can get out there and hunt this thing.”
“A lot of people don’t believe in Bigfoot, but a lot of people do. Just like some people like to go deer hunting, while some don’t.” – Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey
But don’t head out into the woods to murder Bigfoot just yet.
“I want to be really clear that we are not going to kill Bigfoot,” Humphrey said. “We are going to trap a live Bigfoot. We are not promoting killing Bigfoot. We are promoting hunting Bigfoot, trying to find evidence of Bigfoot.”
Humphrey hopes to establish a $25,000 bounty for the first person to catch Bigfoot.
“I had one lady just scream at me that she is going to make sure I will get beat because of this and told me I’ve lost my mind,” Humphrey said. “I don’t think they understand what we are trying to do to promote our area.”
Humphrey says he is just trying to capitalize on what merchants in Hochatown and nearby Honobia, which hosts an annual Bigfoot festival, are already doing.