OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma state representative filed legislation this week to establish what he hopes will be a boon for local tourism – a Bigfoot hunting season. House Bill 1648 would direct the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Division to establish the annual dates of the season and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees.
Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey (R-Lane) said he doesn’t want people to actually kill Bigfoot, so he will be working with the state wildlife and tourism departments to craft final language for his bill that specifies only the trapping of Bigfoot.
“Having a license and a tag would give people a way to prove they participated in the hunt,” Humphrey said. “Again, the overall goal is to get people to our area to enjoy the natural beauty and to have a great time, and if they find Bigfoot while they’re at it, well hey, that’s just an even bigger prize.”
The Republican wants to have at least a $25,000 bounty for the first person to trap a real live Bigfoot.
Officials at the state agency that would be in charge of establishing the season and its licenses, however, aren’t as enthusiastic about the proposal.
“We use science-driven research, and we don’t recognize Bigfoot in the state of Oklahoma,” Micah Holmes of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation told KOCO-TV.