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Anyone Up for a Little Texas Bigfoot Hunting?
Turkey season is coming to an end in many parts of the country, and deer season doesn’t begin for several more months. So, what’s the restless hunter to do during the downtime? Well, you could always head to Texas for a little bigfoot hunting. That’s right. According to a recent letter written by L. David Sinclair with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to a John Lloyd Sharf, it’s perfectly legal to harvest a bigfoot on private property with the landowner’s consent. You can hunt using any means, at any time, and there is no bag limit or possession limit. According to the Cryptomundo website, as well as numerous blogs and other news outlets, Sharf sent a letter to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department about whether or not it’d be legal to kill Bigfoot in the Lonestar state. You think Sharf might know something we don’t?
This is the response from Lt. Sinclair to Scharf:
The statute that you cite (Section 61.021) refers only to game birds, game animals, fish, marine animals or other aquatic life. Generally speaking, other nongame wildlife is listed in Chapter 67 (nongame and threatened species) and Chapter 68 (nongame endangered species). “Nongame” means those species of vertebrate and invertebrate wildlife indigenous to Texas that are not classified as game animals, game birds, game fish, fur-bearing animals, endangered species, alligators, marine penaeid shrimp, or oysters. The Parks and Wildlife Commission may adopt regulations to allow a person to take, possess, buy, sell, transport, import, export or propagate nongame wildlife. If the Commission does not specifically list an indigenous, nongame species, then the species is considered nonprotected nongame wildlife, e.g., coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, cotton-tailed rabbit, etc. A nonprotected nongame animal may be hunted on private property with landowner consent by any means, at any time and there is no bag limit or possession limit.
An exotic animal is an animal that is nonindigenous to Texas. Unless the exotic is an endangered species then exotics may be hunted on private property with landowner consent. A hunting license is required. This does not include the dangerous wild animals that have been held in captivity and released for the purpose of hunting, which is commonly referred to as a “canned hunt.”
If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Chief Scott Vaca.
L. David Sinclair
Chief of Staff – Division Director I
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Law Enforcement Division
I always thought that most alleged bigfoot sightings occurred in the Pacific Northwest, but I guess there’s plenty of room for a Sasquatch to hide out in a state the size of Texas. So, I wonder how one would go about hunting a bigfoot in Texas? On the TV show “Finding BigFoot,” which airs on Animal Planet, a team of “Squatch” hunters wander around in the woods at night with a variety of night vision and audio tracking devices. They make various Squatch calls ranging from growls to screeches and then wait for a response. Since they haven’t made a confirmed sighting of a Squatch yet, I’m thinking that perhaps this tactic is ineffective.
Any suggestions for how a Texas bigfoot hunter should go about his hunt? Any of you Texans ever see a bigfoot or hear rumors of bigfoot sightings? Would you shoot a bigfoot if you saw one?