It’s been something that you’ve been thinking of and researching for years — the infamous Bigfoot. Now you’re determined to hunt it down and claim victory for being the first to capture the musty sasquatch. The hunt for Bigfoot has been at the center of much controversy since the unveiling of the 1967 grainy film by Patterson and Gimlin. Are you ready? Before you plan to embark on your hunt, be sure to check local laws first.
Legal Places to Bring Down a Sasquatch
Explorers originally came across a bigfoot-like creature way back in the 1800s. Since then the elusive 800-pound-plus cryptid has been under intense scrutiny, and countless people have gone in pursuit of it.
Some southern states have lax hunting rules for many species, including large human-ape hybrids. Bigfoot doesn’t fall under any actual species rules, because there is no documentation of him in biology books and he remains a mythical creature. But if you’re serious about hunting him down, one place to start is in Texas. This is one of the few states that allows you to hunt and kill the legendary Yeti — that is if you can spot him and get him in your sights.
Where You Can’t Hunt
The infamous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin footage is the best yet and has generated a huge cult following dedicated to tracking down Bigfoot. The original footage was shot in Washington state, and since then Washington has been one of the hot spots where sightings have been reported most often. If you’re thinking about heading out there, you may be surprised to learn you can’t hunt him and kill him. If somehow you did manage to shoot him you’d become insta-famous — but you could also face some time behind bars, along with a hefty fine.
What You Can Do
The good news is there are almost no laws holding you back from investigating and trying to track down the legendary Bigfoot or his Florida relative, the Skunk Ape. In fact, someone who has been doing just that is Florida native Dave Shealy. He’s spearheaded major investigations in pursuit of Bigfoot and his cousin.
Shealy has become a local celebrity near the Big Cypress National Reserve area in Florida. It’s not illegal to get out into the swampy glades, mountain foothills and deep caverns in the woods to look for a sasquatch.
Tricks and Tomfoolery
Are you planning on faking a Bigfoot spotting? Do you want the fame of taking the next Patterson-Gimlin film? You might want to think again. For one, it’s illegal to claim you spotted a sasquatch when you really just filmed someone in a giant ape suit. Worse than that, though, putting yourself or someone else in a Bigfoot costume is extremely dangerous. There is a strong possibility you could get spotted and shot by a passerby or other Bigfoot hunter. Not a good move.
Like many diehard cryptozoologists and research analysts do, it’s cool for you to get out and see if you can collect as much data as you can on the elusive Bigfoot. While the legend is shrouded in mystery, there are still a lot of unknowns. Just be sure to check local laws before venturing out.
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