As taxidermy continues to make a slow and steady comeback into mainstream society, there are connoisseurs the world over who are trying to find the perfect piece for their collections.
For some, it will be an adventurously posed puma; eyes glistening, claws tearing at some driftwood base in perpetuity. For others, maybe something smaller and more mysterious. One of those pseudo-cryptid jackalope mounts.
Or maybe you want an actual cryptid? If that’s the case, it looks like Oklahoma could soon be the place for you.
A member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives has filed a bill that calls for the establishment of a Bigfoot hunting season in the state. The audacious idea is reportedly the brainchild of Rep. Justin Humphrey, who reportedly put forward the proposal on Wednesday. The fairly succinct resolution, which can be read here, states that “The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission shall promulgate rules establishing a big foot [sic] hunting season. The Commission shall set annual season dates and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees.”
As one could imagine, there was some pushback.
For their part, a representative of the state’s Wildlife Conservation Commission acknowledged the bill and said that “we use science to make management decisions, and we do not recognize Bigfoot as a wildlife species in Oklahoma.” To that end, one wonders if the passage of the resolution would open up a proverbial can of worms with regards to whether or not it establishes Sasquatch as a genuine creature living in the state and, in turn, its presumed scarcity would necessitate some kind of endangered species protection.
If you thought that it was hard to get your number pulled in a raffle for gator tags, just wait until you see the waitlist for Sasquatch tags.