Can You Legally Shoot a Sasquatch in South Dakota?
Humor me for a second, let's say you and the family are camping in the Black Hills this summer, and decide to go on a nature hike. While hiking you run across the elusive Sasquatch who decides to get aggressive with your family. Can you legally pop a cap in Bigfoot's behind in South Dakota without getting in trouble?
Okay, I realize this might be a rather stupid question, and the chances of you having an encounter with a Sasquatch are REALLY remote at best. But supposedly, there have been 19 reported cases of Sasquatch sightings throughout the years here in South Dakota according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. So I'm just saying anything is possible.
Hey, as strange as things are getting these days, I wouldn't be surprised to wake up some morning and discover Bigfoot sleeping in my tool shed.
Anyway back to the question at hand, are you within your rights to legally shoot a Bigfoot? It's not like South Dakota has a Sasquatch season, and sells a license to hunt them.
If we did, I am guessing Bigfoot would no doubt fall under the Big Game Regulations in the state. If that indeed was the case, then yes, you would be in trouble because South Dakota Big Game Regulations clearly state that a licensee may not kill a big game animal not specifically authorized by the license.
At this time in South Dakota, big game animals are defined as:
- Pronghorn Antelope
- Mountain Goat
- Bighorn Sheep
- Mountain Lion
The Sasquatch appears to be noticeably absent from the list, so my advice to you is not to get trigger happy should you ever let's say, spot one roaming around Newton Hills State Park on a Saturday afternoon. I'm guessing the Bird & Turtle man is more than likely going to have a beef with you should you get caught.
If you are bound and determined to go on a Squatch hunt, there is one state in the nation that has made it legal to hunt Bigfoot, and that is the state of Texas.
According to a story published in Mental Floss, here are the legalities of hunting Bigfoot in Texas:
“If the Commission does not specifically list an indigenous, non-game species, then the species is considered non-protected non-game wildlife [...] A non-protected non-game animal may be hunted on private property with landowner consent by any means, at any time.”
Basically what this boils down to is, that Texas doesn't recognize the Sasquatch as an official species, so, therefore, hunting one is technically allowed, with the proper permits and permissions.
Again, my advice before you grab your gun and decide to head to Texas with the intent of bagging Bigfoot, PLEASE make absolutely sure you know exactly what you're shooting at before you pull the trigger.
Can you imagine anything worse than being brought up on manslaughter charges because you popped a cap in Earl's ass while he was wearing his gorilla suit on a wild bourbon bender?
Just remember, if Bigfoot turns out to be a human, you will be charged with murder. You don't want that!
Come to think of it, it's probably much safer just to stay home and scratch your Sasquatch itch by watching a few old episodes of Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet.
Source: Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization/ Mental Floss
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