Killing Bigfoot: Worth Watching?

The cryptozoology world is alight with the latest round of reality show hitting the air, Killing Bigfoot. Yet another reality show to add to the roster of cryptid programs. Should we kill Bigfoot to prove to science it exists? Or should we take a kinder, gentler approach? CryptoVille enters the fray.

Have you heard the controversy swirling around a new show brought to us by Destination America called Killing Bigfoot? (Photo above right courtesy of Destination America.)

You can imagine how it goes. No don’t kill Bigfoot, they’re human beings, or may be! Versus we have a right to protect our homes/family/property from these marauders! Then there are the saner voices saying the scientific community isn’t going to believe these creatures exist until they see dramatic, measurable, quantifiable evidence that they do exist. (Artwork left by unknown artist.)

Given the reluctance of the scientific community to acknowledge even the possibility of these creatures’ existence, it may require a body. I’m so frustrated with scientists for not taking the search seriously, that we may have to dump a body in their lap, so to speak.

But is it likely to happen? Do I think they’re going to bag a Bigfoot? Let’s be serious.

Behind the Show

Killing Bigfoot is produced by Gryphon Productions. They research, write and film entertaining shows about a variety of topics, most to do with the natural world – people, places, and animals. They have produced quite a few shows for the Discovery family of channels, not the least of which is Killing Bigfoot. (Logo right courtesy of Gryphon Productions.)

The important thing to note here is that they are in the business of entertainment.

The Hunters

The show is hosted by members of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO), led by Jim Lansdale and Bobby Hamilton. They’re based in Texas but do travel to neighboring states to explore reports of Bigfoot encounters.

They are joined by a cast of characters that range from hardcore hunters, ex military, ex law enforcement, and even a nursing student, among others.

We only see their first names, and they are Roger (Bird), Bob (Grumpy), Barry (Bear), Brandi, Michael (Timber), Jake, Don Don, and Ken. (Picture left courtesy of Destination America.)

My first impression of the crew is that they all do seem to be avid hunters and know what they’re doing in the woods, swamps, and bayous where they roam. Jim tells us that he’s been hunting Bigfoot for 25 years.

Are you thinking the same thing as I am? If he’s been hunting Bigfoot for 25 years and hasn’t caught one, how is it going to be any different now?! Moving on …

There is also a recurring antagonist in the mix, a neuro-psychologist who, from the first episode annoys the heck out of me with his scratchy, full throated wailing, “they’re human beings” referring to the Bigfoots. Every story needs an antagonist, right? Killing Bigfoot has Dr. Webb Sentell.

 Will They Kill Bigfoot?

Spoiler Alert: Don’t read on if you want to be surprised. (Photo right by unknown.)

If they shot and killed a Bigfoot, it would be front page news across the country already. There is always a significant delay between when they film these shows and when they’re actually aired.

Do you remember when Tony Lara, the commercial fishing-ship captain on the show Deadliest Catch, died unexpectedly? It was all over the news long before the episode actually aired that discussed the shocking turn of events.

Also, consider this. If they do find and kill a Bigfoot, the show’s over. That goes directly against the grain of the entertainment business.

So I am highly skeptical that they’re going to find anything significant, as per usual with these Bigfoot/Alien/Cryptid shows.

But you know what? I still watch them. Why?

The Interesting Part

I looked at the outline of this series of shows, six episodes in all. They seem interesting solely because of the reports they’re getting from real-life everyday people. Per the first show, I thought their witnesses had some very disturbing encounters with Bigfoots that were very interesting. I also enjoyed seeing the areas where these encounters took place. (Fishing photo above left by unknown.)

The upcoming five episodes also feature some interesting scenarios that people living in remote areas are facing at the hands of these Bigfoots. I want to hear their stories and see where these incidents are allegedly happening.

near the Louisiana-Texas border

If you’re new to CryptoVille then let me say I believe in the existence of these creatures wholeheartedly. But it’s not because people have been able to collect enough definitive evidence that will prove to the scientific community once and for all that these creatures are lurking in the woods in many areas around our country. (Photo right by unknown.)

It’s the accounts from people going about their own lives without a production team trailing them, without cameras recording their every move, yet who have had the most dramatic and frightening encounters with these beasts. They can’t all be wrong. In many cases their body language is compelling enough for me to give them the benefit of the doubt. (Photo left of Texas swamp by unknown.)

So I’ll continue watching to see and hear what the people have to say, and what their encounters have been like. But if they do bag a Bigfoot, no one is going to be more surprised than me!

So what do you think about all this?

(Artwork above center by unknown.)

References

http://www.gryphonproductions.com/

http://www.destinationamerica.com/tv-shows/killing-bigfoot/

26 comments

  1. Cool. I am interested to see if they find one but not keen on the idea of them killing it. Just tranquilize it for cripe’s sake. Yes, I think there are too many eye witness accounts to disregard their existence. Perhaps someday, someone will bring us some proof of these allusive creatures.

    • Another show to make another animal endangered just so you can have a special trophy on your wall. And telling your kids scare bed time stories so they can kill them too

  2. Susan, i dont know the ratio for shots taken at derr for a kill but in derp woods it is likly undet 50%. There are so few reports of hunters having a clear shot opportunity also.. Then there have been claims of having da foot in a hunters sight only to have it dissapper instajtly.

    I think before a bigfoot body is had , Elon Musk and Leonard Susskinds simulation theory will better explain the higfoot phenomenon.

  3. That’s interesting, Robert. I never thought of it from an actual hunter’s perspective. I’m going to have to look up the simulation theory.

    Thank you for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

  4. As you all ,I believe a tranquilizer would do, and I agree as well that the only interesting aspect of the killing Bigfoot show are the witnesses, they come off as sincere and very matter of fact. They speak way past the question if they exsist, it’s a given with these folks. But yes capturing or killing one will be on CNN or In the newspapers before any of these shows air. Mountain Monsters which was on Destination a while back is similar to killing Bigfoot in regards to the people in the show, however they seemed to get a little full of themselves by filming idiotic things like a Bigfoot chasing them on a 4 wheeler, unless the cameraman can fly like superman that was so fake I think the producers cancelled the show as it became more and more idiotic, like the young chubby guy being possessed by some supernatural creature. Again we the audience aren’t watching these shows with a low IQ, we are watching in hopes something legit comes from them, did the producers of the shows think we would never consider that the fact a cameraman would have to be granted some weird supernatural diplomatic immunity from any of these supposed creatures in order to get on film what they show? I do find the hunters on Killing Bigfoot as serious but I still will remain reserved when a cameraman is hunting with these guys. The hunters have to display stealth, silence and skill to hope for an encounter, so is every camera guy a ninja? I believe that Bigfoot exsists and the main reason the government won’t admit it is the same time honored
    Reason as always .. money. If the government were to acknowledge their existence, due to not having a good accounting for their population alone would qualify them as endangered species, which in turn would effect one of our biggest sources of income. The logging industry. Because the majority of the sightings and encounters are in areas that are also where the majority of logging supplies come from, they would have to halt or dramatically change the logging industry which in turn affects the national economy and yes I know it sounds stupid , however
    Bigfoot proof hurts wall street.

    • Interesting points, Batman! I wondered why the government would be against revealing their existence, but protecting the logging industry is as good a reason as any.

      Re: Camera men – I think they have to be a special breed. If you’ve ever watched the show River Monsters – I believe those guys must be part ninja. The stuff they’ve gone through to film that show is nothing short of extraordinary. They’re just amazing!

      Re: Mountain Monsters. Hold onto your hat – they’re back this March with a whole new season!! LOL!!

      Thanks for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

      • Mountain monsters is back? That’s a waste of a time slot, I’m sure I’ll see some commercials when they’re season is close to starting, but anything short of a legit capture of something I won’t be watching

    • As for tranquilizers….First off your average joe on the street cant get access to the kind of chemicals required to take down a bigfoot. Because these are controlled substances only people like vets or scientific research groups can get the stuff. Next, darting and tranquilizing any animal is much more than just loading a dart and popping a creature in the rump. First you have carefully choose which type of chemical would be best for your target species. Then there are precise calculations that have to be done that take into consideration the type of animal and its size, before a dart can be loaded. Now, lets say you are a vet and do all the required due diligence and you know how much your target weighs and you go after it. The creature comes into view, you pop it in the butt with the tranquilizer dart. Well, these arent dumb animals. The first thing it will do is turn around, see you, instantly go after you and rip you to shreds before the chemical even starts to take effect. After you are dead, it runs off in the thickest darkest thicket or briar patch known to mankind and proceeds to pass out. How long will it be out? Who knows? Will the dosage you chose even be enough to knock it all the way out? Did you overdose it, which ends up killing the animal? Where is the crew that is required to monitor the creatures vitals while it is unconscious?

      My point being….its easy to say “I think they should tranquilize and capture one instead of kill it.” But the truth of the matter is, there’s much much more that goes into the process than buying some chemicals and darts at bass pro shops and buying the special $1200 rifle and scope needed to make the shot. To actually effectively tranquilize one, first (or even fifth) try, would be miraculous at best. Most likely, you will either fail to knock it out, or kill it either from overdose, or from poor monitoring care while it is unconscious. Do you have 4 or 5 huge men with you? For thats what it will take to roll the thing over if its airway is constricted when it fell awkwardly. Have I made my point yet? Darting one simply wont work.

      As for the reasons the government doesnt want sasquatch to be accepted as a living breathing animal, it goes way way way beyond the obvious logging issue. The logging issue is huge tho. Not only would it effect logging, but it will effect the home building industry, truckers, real estate people, developers and those wanting to buy a new home, not to even mention the millions of Americans that work in the offshoot industries directly tied to and dependant on continuous home building.

      Next is the paper industry. Whoa…thats a huge economy within itself. Everything involves paper. Ever wiped your butt with a tshirt?

      Then comes the national parks. State and federal governments derive jillions off fees and such from people hunting and fishing and hiking and camping and boating. That money would be effected, because the millions of vacationing people out there will likely avoid going into the jaws of danger once it becomes common knowledge what lurks in the woods.

      What about all the industries and products connected to all the sports going on in these parks. Hunting, fishing, camping, etc would be taking a hit, both in dollars and jobs.

      Imagine the uproar that would be caused once the thousands of families out there who have had dads and moms and kids and other family members up and disappear in state and national parks without a trace over the past 50 yrs. I foresee lotsa lawsuits and congressional hearings occurring once folks put 2 and 2 together and realize that the dept of interior has been spearheading a coverup the magnitude of which we’ve ever seen before.

      So if the state and national parks go empty, guess who else hurts? Every small community bordering these parks. Income from gas, groceries, hotels, restaurants, clothing, rv parts, sporting goods…all will pretty much dry up once the billions spent in these communities goes away.

      Lastly, if that wasnt enough, everywhere there is an established bigfoot population will require monitoring and mgmt and research by state and federal agencies. It will require tens of millions just to pay the salaries and and infrastructure needed to deal with the discovery of a new hominid closely related to homo sapiens. You think woodpeckers and owls get a lot of attn? Just wait til ya see the hoopla the discovery of a new species closely related to mankind causes.

      Im sure I left out some stuff, but suffice it to say, the reasons the government doesnt want bigfoot recognized and classified as a living breathing creature are many, and compelling. Some even postulate that its discovery and official classification could possibly lead to the total collapse of the economy of the USA.

      If you really start to think hard about what all COULD happen once discovery occurs….it might just be best that bigfoot, at least for now, remains a myth. The government is putting a lot of effort into keeping this deal hush hush. They arent being this way for a namby pamby silly reason. They’ve obviously put more research into this deal than I have and clearly anticipate that bad bad things can and likely will happen if bigfoot stops being mere myth.

      • Thank you for the reply, I didn’t realize how ignorant I was on the subject of tranquilizers thank you for the education sincerely . Also I mentioned the logging industry with the thinking of all the things tied to that such as the paper issue wiping your butt with a T-shirt etc. but you provided a lot more detailed and reasonable information as to why the government does keep this issue private ,you provided a lot of food for thought and that’s something I genuinely enjoy reading and learning, not many people educate me on things that I’m interested in but your reply did, so I sincerely thank you for that as well it’s not often that someone such as yourself provides a response with such excellent reasonable and intelligent information,again thank you I hope to hear from you again on any other subjects that may come up
        That we share a common interest in.
        Bruce

  5. What are the antagonist’s exact words, in that fakey town hall meeting in the promo? I’ve played it over and over, to no avail: “It’s killin’ HUman BEings, you ____!!” Is it “you mudflap? “

    • He says, “You must know …” and gets cut off mid sentence. I think he was going to say “You must know that!”

      Thank you for visiting CryptoVille, Lesha! … Susan (CryptoVille)

    • They don’t,t seem to be all primates, like devil monkey its a class branch off like the Lunar or closer sloth for it has only 3 toes. Spider monkeys don’t fit. These look closer to orangutans in appearance. Investigators snapped what looks like a bear up right.

  6. We come across cryptocs all the time, even have endangered species, but doubt will close the forest off or stop industries from business. Most the investigators go in numbers above five in hunting shows. If they can afford some of the fire power seen them carry they can afford a tranquilizer gun. They can even involve specialist to use the dart gun. I think its pathetic excuses, the real issue like Koko proves is they,re smart stronger and can avoid detection from traveling in trees.

  7. I for one have personally heard, and witnessed a Sasquatch on multiple occasions. I used to live in back country Michigan, and my friend and I would go romp around in the woods with a video camera nearly everyday during the summer. We never got a clear shot on camera, but that doesn’t make a difference to me. My opinion is this; if Bigfoot was malicious, it would have had MULTIPLE opportunities to do me harm. I believe it’s a benevolent creature, but I’m not above taking a body for science. I don’t want to see your average Joe going hunting for a Squatch if science proves it’s existence though.

    • You’re a lucky guy, John, having seen a Sasquatch multiple times! I think they probably have their own personalities, like many animals and even ourselves do. I think some are malicious (based on eye witness accounts), but many are benign. I agree that once someone gets “the body” the rest should be left alone and not hunted like a game animal. That’s why I want the scientific community to get involved so once found, we can get some conservation measures in place.

      Thank you for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

  8. These be guys have absolutely zero chance of ever finding, much less killing, a Bigfoot.

    If you spend 25 years hunting anything but don’t find it, you must consider that you are completely incompetent.

    The shows should be called NEVER finding or killing Bigfoot

  9. I think this might be one of the most stupid shows out there.. Although I watch it.. for the scenery and fun lol you no why cause its entertainment.. But i think it just gives these guys an excuse to run around the woods with guns (I Get it.. haha). But They do some really stupid things in the show, like they saw something then there gun jammed or they went after it alone when the shouldnt have. Its always something that keeps you from seeing the Bigfoot. An I have always said the same thing as the author said in this article, If there was a Bigfoot shot dead they would not wait almost a whole year to air it on there show, it would be worldwide within 24 hours. So I believe that they do what they do. Meaning, looking/hunting for bigfoots, going to witness’s homes and investigating reports, but that being said I think the actual show is total BS. The cameras are always in the perfect position even when the littlest things happens like a branch falling off a tree but when it really counts they miss it… Not occasionally but every single time. The Recruit episode where they brought in new people was just like wow..really..

    Is it worth watching.. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder..

    Rodney- Nice haha its the truth, its the same shit over and over again oh there he is there he is! wait hes gone and we didnt get him on camera either..

    • Hi Gator! I’m guilty of watching too – I like to hear the stories from people who genuinely seem to be having problems with Bigfoots around their homes, etc. I like your point about the cameramen too.

      Thank you for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

  10. Cryptoville
    I agree. I like watching the stories from the witness’s and I enjoy watching them go and show the different locations they visit to investigate. Though the first time I ever saw the show I was like bigfoot in the south? No way hes up north in the mountains (if they are real). But then I realized in the south in the heavily wooded areas that it would actually be a prime spot for bigfoots or any creatures to live, because of the mild winters. Up north during the winters food and water and shelter can get sketchy for animals obviously because of the cold and snow. But down south in the forests where its like a nice spring during the winters they probably flourish. Especially near the bayou’s creeks and rivers in my opinion where there’s food water and cover for them to hide all year around. So these guys on the show did do enough to keep me interested lol.
    An even though I kinda want them to find one I just don’t think it will happen. If they’ve stayed this illusive this long, a bunch of sweaty dudes that pretty much any animal could smell a mile away are not going to lure in a bigfoot.. If they are serious I think they may need a different approach. For both bigfoot shows I’ve asked my self how long can they keep this up if its the same thing over and over again? Like something exciting happens then cut to commercial and it ends up being nothing. I think if that stupid stuff didn’t happen I wouldn’t be such a hypocrite about the show because like I said I do watch it. But there the ones making it to the big show on tv not me so they are obviously doing something right. As for the killing part its a hard call.. Really mixed feelings, they make a point by saying society wont believe 100% til they have one on the table but at the same time I really hate trigger happy hunters that just can’t wait to go shoot something and I am a hunter but that’s a whole different subject. What do you think Cryptoville? And if it ever happens who do you think will succeed first Finding Bigfoot or Killing BIgfoot?

    • Well Gator, I kind of think it’s going to take a body to convince the scientists too. A well preserved body. If they shoot one, then let it end there. I don’t advocate open season on Bigfoots. That said, apparently there are quite a few people living in backwoods areas who claim they’ve already killed one or more of the creatures because they were threatening their homesteads.

      I heard a witness testimony that said somewhere down South, park rangers would occasionally have to “take out” a pod of Bigfoots (like a family group, I think they mean) that were terrorizing people visiting the park. I have no proof that that’s true, but it was what the witness reported.

      I know people are horrified at the thought of killing a human-like creature, but I feel certain it’s been done quite a few times already. The problem is none of the hunters brought the body to scientists. They just didn’t care.

      I think if the Finding Bigfoot crew finds one, it’ll be a fluke. They simply make too much noise and do too many silly things. It’s probably more likely that the Killing Bigfoot crew will do it. For one thing, they’re better armed.

      Thanks again for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan

  11. Susan,
    If you have any links or leads to those witness testimonies of people saying they killed bigfoots already but just didn’t care to report it I would love to look at them. And also the ones of rangers down south taking out pods of big-foots. I am not saying its a fluke but those are pretty bold statements story’s. I would love to look into them if you had any info on it. I have heard multiple times of people saying they (big-foots) have human like eyes and then others say that they have scary glowing red eyes. So thats where it gets fishy to me. On the other hand I watched mountain monsters and I wanna say that I might wanna take back what I said in my first post about killing bigfoot cause they topped the cake haha. Both shows are fun to watch though.
    I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen the same shows. So the one witness testimony I have only heard of was a guy shooting one with his buddy and then felt guilt because it was human like. And then after that didn’t want to go back to get the body to give to scientists because he did want to re-live the guilt. Now I have experienced something very odd before and something that I dont necessary believe in, but I can tell you this. Even if I found something I didn’t believe in and had the ability to PROVE it was real I would still make sure people saw and understood what was real or not. I definitely would not let it go waste. Which is another reason I find things like this very hard to believe. Why would you ever let something like that go to waste?
    Now about the eyes.. A very recent story said there was a women in Idaho who said she crashed her car because a Bigfoot. She explained the creature had glowing red eyes.. The man in the show from the story I explained said that they were very human like eyes.. So this is when its hard to tell who’s telling the truth. So if you have any info on those stories I’d def like to check em out.

    • Hi Gator! Re: eyes – I think they are only reflective at night. During the day they look like regular eyes. That’s my understanding.

      Re: links to those testimonials. I believe I was listening on YouTube to a channel called Sasquatch Chronicles or something. This is one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2ye4tOR5ms&t=211s

      I can’t find the other one I was listening too. In fact, it may have been on a different channel. The more I listened to these accounts, the more my opinion of Bigfoot began to change. I think it’s safe to say we should all be careful when entering the woods.

      Thanks for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

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