posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 09:29 AM
I will say that I know the difference between a human and a non-human. Granted there are some people on this world who have been challenged by having
deformities, abnormalities, and differing features than the majority of the human population. I still have never, even once, mistook them for being
anything other than what they are... human beings like you and me.
I think that your rationalization to this thread is of more concern. "Don't shoot it because it may appear to be something other than what it is."
In this case, the sasquatch may be a human being? If I'm hunting and I see a whitetail deer, should I not shoot it because my state is repopulating
elk and it may be a deformed version of the latter? No.
In hunting there is a universally accepted rule of arms that I call Reasonable Certainty. What this means is that I can do whatever I want to do in
the woods so long as I can be sure that all of my actions are taken with reasonable certainty that they are done within the limits of the law and the
understanding of the ones around me. What you shoot, how you shoot, why you shoot, where you shoot, at what you shoot, when you shoot, everything
must be done with reasonable certainty that you will and only hit what you aim at and when and what you hit will be acceptable within the word of the
I do not condone poaching, wrecklessly discharging a weapon, drinking / drugs during hunts, etc. I am responsible in the woods and have never done
anything with regret or misintended actions.
Also, within your argument, you state nothing in the way of safety. You are out in the wilderness, miles from civilization. Should you be attacked
and maimed, but not killed, what do you do then? Do you allow yourself to be put in a position of danger and bleed out, dying a cold, slow, and
lonely death for the sake of preserving one creature or animal? I don't care if it's a buck, snake, feline, dog (coyote), or anything else that can
threaten my well being. I am prepared to defend myself in the wilderness almost to the point of being proactively aggressive so as to thwart an
You don't know the demeanor of the animal (Sasquatch), nor do I. So based on my experience and seeing for my own eyes the worst of temperment when
even the most docile animals are suprised, threatened, or feeling ill, I am prepared immediately to be on the defense. If the experiences that have
been retold through books, magazines, and the web are true (and that's a stretch), there have been many, many, many more tales of a Bigfoot/Sasquatch
that has attacked, beaten, and even kidnapped humans than there have which have offered peace and tranquility between humans and the beast. As a
matter of fact, I can't think of one. If we switched the animal in my post and said that you were in the presence of a grizzly bear with a camera
and a gun, I would hope that everyone here would say that they had their gun raised and aimed. You have no idea what to expect from the animal, so
you expect the worst.
So to respond to this PETA-like defensive response to my thread, let me say this again, Loud and Clear....
If I am in the woods, miles from another human being and I am nearly face-to-face with what has been described as an elusive and violent beast, I will
take whatever steps I possibly can to ensure my existence over its. If it is slumped over a cool, rolling brook gently sipping water to quench it's
thirst, and there is NO WAY for the thing to be in direct physical contact with me due to a 40 foot canyon between us, I WILL STILL BE IN A DEFENSIVE
POSTURE. Where there is one, there can be many. If I am 10 feet from one and it hasn't just noticed me yet. My rifle will be raised and aimed
true. Do I provoke an attack? Well, I don't heave rocks over the 40 foot canyon to piss it off to see if it can get to me whereabouts I can shoot
the damn thing. If it is close enough to get to me, and I feel as though it may attack, maybe I do to pacify the letter of the law. Again, if I am
Reasonably Certain that my life is in danger due to this creature, I would rather control that creature's attack versus dropping my guard, stepping
on a twig, attracting attention and being killed.
Why? Well I doubt that the Sasquatch will be on trial for my murder.