This subject of guns and Bigfoot can be very controversial. Would someone really want to shoot this creature? Many areas have even passed laws to protect Bigfoot so that it cannot be hunted, even when it doesn't officially exist. And what if it does turn out to be "a guy in a monkey suit". It could result in murder. Another problem is "can Bigfoot really be killed when shot?" Many people in the past claim to have shot at this creature and yet no body has ever showed up. The best advice would be to take a gun with you when searching for this creature, but for protection purposes only. There are plenty of threats out in the wilderness including bears, wolves, and moutain lion. Its best to be prepared.
The Pro-Kill position is basically that it is morally and ethically acceptable to kill at least one animal in order to prove the existence of the creature. Well known supporters of this include John Green, and the late Grove Krantz.
The No-Kill position is basically that it is NOT morally and ethically acceptable to kill at least one animal in order to prove the existence of the creature. This position is the most favorable in the Bigfoot community.
Some areas have gone as far as passing laws to protect such a creature. Here is an ordinance for Skamania County, Washington:
"Skamania County Ordinance
Ordinance No. 69-01
Be it hereby ordained by the Board of County Commissioners of Skamania County:
Whereas, there is evidence to indicate the possible existence in Skamania County of a nocturnal primate mammal variously described as an ape-like creature or a sub-species of Homo Sapiens; and
Whereas, both legend and purported recent sightings and spoor support this possibility, and
Whereas, this creature is generally and commonly known as a “Sasquatch”, “Yeti”, “Bigfoot”, or “Giant Hairy ape”, and has resulted in an influx of scientific investigators as well as casual hunters, many armed with lethal weapons, and
Whereas, the absence of specific laws covering the taking of specimens encourages laxity in the use of firearms and other deadly devices and poses a clear and present threat to the safety and well-being of persons living or traveling within the boundaries of Skamania County as well as to the creatures themselves,
Therefore be it resolved that any premeditated, wilful and wanton slaying of such creature shall be deemed a felony punishable by a fine not to exceed Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) and/or imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed Five (5) years.
Be it further resolved that the situation existing constitutes an emergency and as such this ordinance is effective immediately.
ADOPTED this 1st day of April, 1969.
The above ordinance was partially repealed and amended in 1984 by Ordinance 1984-2:
The ordinance was amended to make the crime a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in the county jail and/or a $1000 fine.
The new ordinance also created a million-acre refuge within the County.
Board of Commissioners of Skamania County"