Over the past few days, I’ve received a number of Bigfoot-related e-mails from people who had visited this blog o’ mine. And while I’d like to think it’s because people think of me as somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to Bigfoot, I’m fairly certain the majority did a search for Cum For Bigfoot and landed here accidentally.
Either way, most of the e-mails ask for my opinion on the latest Bigfoot news making the rounds. Specifically, a man’s claim that he shot and killed a Bigfoot and is planning on taking it on tour. People want to know if I think it’s real. That’s an easy one to answer:
No, it’s not real. I’m 100% certain it’s a hoax, and a pathetic one at that.
How can I be so certain? Put it this way; the man in question is named Rick Dyer and he’s been pulling this stupid stuff since at least 2008, when he came forward with pretty much the same story; that he had shot and killed a Bigfoot. Dyer would eventually admit that it was all a hoax. In fact, type his name and “hoax” into a search engine and you’ll find that since 2008, Dyer has been involved with numerous Bigfoot hoaxes and scams. He was even an integral part of the controversial ending to the documentary (or is it a mockumentary?), Shooting Bigfoot.
I should probably note here that with the exception of the movie, I’m not going to provide links to anything associated with Mr. Dyer. I don’t want him to enjoy even a single click of fame because of me. I just want him to go away. Now.
My anger towards Dyer is two-fold. First, while I’m not convinced Bigfoot exists, I am friends with a number of people who are certain he/she/it does. Granted, a few of these friends are a bit “out there”, but by and large, most are rational, everyday people who believe in Bigfoot simply because they want him/her/it to exist. In other words, they don’t want to believe that all of Earth’s mysteries have already been revealed to us.
As someone who chases after ghosts, I totally get where they are coming from. And for me, Dyer is doing the same thing to the Bigfoot community that certain ghost groups and reality shows have been consistently doing to the ghost hunting community for years now. Namely, lumping all “weirdos” together and reducing us down to a collective brainless blob for the rest of the world to mock, ridicule, and poke with sticks.
The second issue I have with Dyer is that he is part of a disturbing trend I’m noticing in the Bigfoot community; the literal hunting of Bigfoot in order to kill it and produce a body to finally prove its existence. Don’t worry, this is not going to turn into an anti-gun diatribe. But allow me to prove a point by showing this still from Shooting Bigfoot, showing Mr. Dyer hunting Bigfoot:
Now I’m no hunter. I do have several family members and friends who are, though, so I was able to view the aforementioned picture and quickly spot a few very subtle differences between Bigfoot hunting and regular hunting. Like the fact that Dyer’s hunting in the middle of the night. Or that he’s half-naked.
In all seriousness, if you do a search for “Bigfoot Hunting”, some of the pictures that pop up are of people marching into the woods with firearms. And what will these hunters be looking to get a shot off at? Something big and hairy that’s walking around in the woods on two legs. Guess what? I just described half of my fan base to you (I would have also included myself in there, but I’m not that tall. Although maybe I could pass for a short, portly Bigfoot).
Here’s my point: Rick Dyer is attempting to make a name for himself by claiming he shot and killed a Bigfoot. Even when his hoax is finally realized (and it will be), if enough people have already come to believe him, there’s a pretty good chance they’re going to pick up firearms and head into the woods to try to make themselves famous by shooting a Bigfoot themselves. Let that sink in for a minute: people are going to be trying to shoot and kill a mythical creature that we don’t even know for certain exists. I mean, all these years we still haven’t been able to get Bigfoot to stand still long enough for us to get a decent picture of him/her/it. But we somehow think we’re going to be able to get close enough to him/her/it to be able to take a shot?
Something else to consider: If you’ve ever been on any type of paranormal “hunt” (ghosts, UFOs, cryptids), you know what usually happens after about 8-10 hours: boredom sets in. When it does, some people have been known to get a little bit antsy and restless. A few have even start jumping at shadows, seeing ghosts and monsters around every corner. It’s almost like their minds and bodies are telling them “dude, you’ve been at this long enough. I’m bored. Time for a little action.” In those cases, people usually start waving around their EMF and K-II meters, not guns.
When it gets to the point where typical “suiting up for a Bigfoot hunt” includes making sure you have enough ammo, that’s when I’m really, really going to be hoping Bigfoot exists and that there’s a whole mess of them out there. Because if they don’t exist, the only other creature that is going to be walking around in the woods on two legs is human. Before you know it, we’re going to be shooting at each other and claiming “I thought it was a Bigfoot.”
Sound too far-fetched? It’s already starting. We just haven’t gotten to the point where we’re aiming at each other. Yet.
So, please go away, Rick Dyer. Your 15 minutes were up years ago.