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Ethics of shooting a Bigfoot?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by bogie, Aug 15, 2008.

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  1. bogie

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    I keep running across the story. What if the critter is actually real?

    And if so, what if it actually - is - a missing link? A sort-a-human kinda beastie?

    Would you be guilty of murder? These folks who allegedly shot one - are they guilty of murder?

    If you run up on one of the critters in the woods, do you think it's smart enough to understand that a boomstick could hurt it? If so, then it's probably "human" enough that it'd be murder instead of hunting...

    Hmmm...
     
  2. wheelgunslinger

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    Well, just because something is in the woods doesn't mean you should shoot it.

    I wouldn't shoot a bigfoot.

    Should it be murder? I don't know.
     
  3. csmkersh

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    As a game warden, I'd file on them and then let the courts take it from there.

     
  4. Treo

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    What's the fourth rule?

    How are you gonna identify a Bigfoot?

    If you do shoot it are you ganna eat it?
     
  5. Thernlund

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    I think I'd be too busy picking my jaw up off the ground to shoot. ;)

    Playing the hypothetical and strictly speaking though, I don't think murder charges would result. Probably never even be arrested.

    You'd have ALOT of T'd off anthropologists camped on your front lawn though I think.


    -T.


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    Probably take the pelt and donate the meat. :neener:
     
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  6. revjen45

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    It is undoubtedly illegal to shoot a basketball player in a fuzzy suit, which it the most likely manifestation of a large homonid in the woods.
     
  7. Thernlund

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    ^^^^^^
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  8. Josh Aston

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    I hear they taste like chicken.
     
  9. Blues Brother

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    I dont know, but If you see Bigfoot, Jackie Onassis, and The Lockness monster together, take a picture! I gotta see that.
     
  10. Scattergun Bob

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    bogie

    Do we generally shoot what ever comes along in the woods? I spend 2 to 3 hours a day, 4 days a week in the woods and have yet to draw my pistol. There is the concept of bringing game to bag, and conservation to think about.

    Personally, if big foot is as BIG as they say, the last thing I want to do is "upset" him! I go the other direction from cougar and bear tracks, think I would do the same with Big Foot prints! Haven't seen a "big foot" tag issued here in my state, maybe in yours?

    The answer is NO, he gets a pass from me!

    Good Luck & Be Safe
     
  11. R.W.Dale

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    My luck I would shoot one and it would turn out to be a drunk Okie in a gorilla suit
     
  12. Crunker1337

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    Would you be guilty of murder?
    I really doubt it. Homicide is when you kill a human, and no matter how smart this theoretical Bigfoot creature is, the fact is that it's not human

    These folks who allegedly shot one - are they guilty of murder?
    IIRC, they said they found the body. Also, you might want to check your word use here... even if you kill a human, you're not "guilty" of murder until the court says that you are.


    If you run up on one of the critters in the woods, do you think it's smart enough to understand that a boomstick could hurt it?
    I'm sure that many animals that we regularly hunt understand the threat posed by a human with a gun.

    If so, then it's probably "human" enough that it'd be murder instead of hunting...
    But it's not human, so even if someone were to shoot one, no one could conceivably file a murder charge.

    As a game warden, I'd file on them and then let the courts take it from there.
    Out of curiousity, what would you file for? To the best of my knowledge, Bigfoot isn't a protected animal in any manner, anywhere.

    But, I'll be honest fellas... I wouldn't shoot Bigfoot with a gun. I'd use a camera instead.
     
  13. Shawnee

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    The only possible reason to harm a "Squatch" would be self-defense - and that is pretty unlikely. The real challenge will be to not tell anyone about it so it can live in Peace without the horde of gawkers (including so-called scientists).

    :cool:
     
  14. Gunnerpalace

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    I am under the impression that a "bigfoot" does not exist but juvenile people and north American apes are not without merit. That being said IF I saw one I would yell freeze don't move, and then shoot NEAR it (a person will stop.....probably :uhoh: ) because hey if I found a new species I could be on the news and plug this site.
    and make some cash.

    But then again I'm just talking, killing time before I leave for a few minutes.
     
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    soooooooooooooooooooo, what would be the minimum caliber?:D
     
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    Actually, some state have specific laws against shooting a Bigfoot. Washington is one of them. (They actually passed an Undiscovered Species Protection Act) Some countries also have laws against harming them.

    At worst you just shot someone stupid enough to be trampsing around in the woods in a monkey suit and are guilty of murder. At best, it's really a bigfoot and your guilty of poaching.

    Either way, I'm not shooting it. I'm hightailing it out of there and never going back. Ever. I'm keeping my mouth shut about it too.

    Actually it's more of a cross between Bald Eagle and Manatee.
     
  17. Matt-J2

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    That depends entirely on whether or not he's trying to steal my Jack Link's beef jerky...
     
  18. K3

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    .223 if well placed.

    Of course. :D
     
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    What about if you shot a Zombie? Would that be legal? Or a Frankenstein? Man, that'd be weird!! I really do wonder if it would be legal to put down a zombie?
     
  20. Thernlund

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    Self-defense brother. Self-defense. ;)


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  21. Deer Hunter

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    The problem with Bigfoot is that he is blurry. He's just a big blurry monster roaming the woods.

    So you would have to ignore one of the four rules when shooting bigfoot, because you cannot really identify the creature (due to the natural blurriness).

    As for me, if I were to see a big blurry monster in the woods, I would haul-butt in the opposite direction. Who knows? Maybe it was just a large boar in the early morning fog. Or perhaps it is the great, blurry American Ape.

    Minimum caliber would probably be a .308 with a large spotlight to discern if it is the blurry ape, or just your imagination playing tricks on you. Hint: Watch for the blurr jumping into view from behind trees numerous times, taking the occasional break to pose for a camera.
     
  22. esmith

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    If the thing charged me you better believe i'd shoot it. Otherwise i probably wouldn't.
     
  23. ltetmhs

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    Ya'll are crazy. I'd kill that thing the second I was sure it wasn't a human. I' d be so damn scared. Anyone who would walk through the woods in an ape suit is just witing for Darwin to call him home. But, I guess I don't know how I'd be sure. So maybe I'd wait till he started running for me. I certainly wouldn't go out looking to kill one.

    This is kind of unrelated, but what if some idiot was crawling around the woods in a deer or bear costume and you legally shot them as a deer or bear? I can't imagine you could get in trouble, could you? That couldn't be murder, more like suicide.

    And in that case wouldn't some one pretending to be bigfoot suicidal?

    By the way, While unicorn hunting last year with my .223 ...
     
  24. koja48

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    For me, it would have to be a "me or it" situation . . . my camera would be busy, however.
     
  25. Thernlund

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    You know... right about the time you've dealt with around the 100th person who's accused you of Photoshopping your pictures, you'll be saying, "Damn. I wish I'd shot the thing!"

    :D


    -T.
     
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