Every outdoorsman remembers their first hunt, sure. Whether it was with Pops, or maybe Gram-pops, or some friend who took you out into the woods for your first real hunt, it’s a memory that never fades.
And those who dedicate time to their passion for hunting will accumulate these stories, busting them out at parties like recipes in a kitchen. There’ll be tales of incredible shots at unexpected locations, and stories about being out until the dead of night tracking a wounded animal, only to have to field dress it by the light of the moon.
But there’s a story brewing out in Oklahoma that wouldn’t only see one lucky hunter bag the trophy of the century, but a cool couple million bucks to go with it.
The only problem is that no one has ever done it before.
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An Oklahoma lawmaker’s audacious idea to create a Sasquatch hunting season in the state has transformed into a literal Bigfoot bounty that promises over $2 million to the first person to capture the legendary creature alive. State Representative Justin Humphrey sparked worldwide headlines back in January when he introduced the controversial legislation calling for the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Division to issue permits for people to hunt the famed cryptid. Despite all the publicity or perhaps because of it, the bill ultimately got bogged down in bureaucracy and never made it to the Oklahoma House floor for a vote. Be that as it may, Humphrey is undeterred and has come up with a clever way to both further the concept and raise the stakes considerably.
So, how did it get to here?
As he explained to a local media outlet, the lawmaker learned of a legal loophole, of sorts, that would apparently allow him to bypass legislation and, instead, simply enlist the state’s tourism department to issue ‘tracking permits’ for Bigfoot under the proviso that the holder of the license understood that they were not allowed to kill or harm the creature. However, should they manage to capture a Sasquatch, the individual would stand to reap a hefty reward. According to Humphrey, his originally envisioned $25,000 prize for the creature has now ballooned to a whopping $2.1 million Bigfoot bounty thanks to pledges from a local business and a film production company.
And they’ll definitely want to hang on to some of that $2 million…taxidermy sure isn’t cheap these days.
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