As someone who is 6 feet 8 inches tall and 260 lbs with a seriously unkempt beard in the winter........this is disconcerting. Tremendously.

Montana man told police a hunter ‘mistook him for Bigfoot’ and shot at him, cops say

A Montana man was out target shooting when he became a target himself — and it was because a man “mistook him for Bigfoot,” he told authorities.

The 27-year-old from Helena told dispatchers on Monday that a day earlier he had been putting up targets on public lands outside the city when bullets started flying toward him, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said in a phone interview with McClatchy.

The man said one bullet hit three feet to his left on Sunday and another whizzed past him on the right. He explained that he ran into the trees for cover as more gunfire came his way. Eventually he came out to confront the man in a black Ford F-150 who shot at him, he said.

“I thought you were Bigfoot,” the shooter told the victim in the victim’s telling of the story, according to Dutton. “I don’t target practice — but if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it.”

The man said he responded that he’s not Bigfoot. The shooter advised the man to wear orange in the future, and the man said he told the shooter that was a good point, according to Dutton.

Local law enforcement are now looking for leads on who the person in the black F-150 might be, though Dutton said “there was some question about the veracity of the report” because it was called in the day after the alleged near-death incident, and because the man couldn’t describe the alleged shooter. The man also said he didn’t want to pursue charges and didn’t want to talk to deputies, Dutton said.

Police checked the area where the shooting was reported, but didn’t find the pickup, ABC Fox Montana reports.

But after reports of the alleged shooting appeared in the Helena Independent Record, another woman came forward with a similar experience, potentially bolstering the man’s story, Dutton said.

The woman told law enforcement that she had been shot at by a man in a black F-150 as well. Bigfoot didn’t come up in that woman’s report, according to Dutton, but the woman did give a better description of the man, who she said she also confronted about shooting at her.

“We’re working to find this person,” Dutton said. “It is of great concern that this individual might think it’s okay to shoot at anything he thinks is Bigfoot.”

If the reports are true, the shooter could face attempted negligent homicide charges, Dutton said.

However, Dutton said he doesn’t think the public is in danger.

“It seems to be a localized event to one geographic area,” Dutton said, referring to the North Hills near Helena.

A study in 2017 found that — despite sightings reported across the country each year — only 16 percent of Americans believe Bigfoot is real, McClatchy reported. Compare that with 50 percent of people who believe in ghosts and 35 percent who believe ancient aliens visited the planet.


Maybe need to look into actually using that beard trimmer someone gave you for Christmas?

Have more than once heard the whiz of a passing shot, bright orange shirts/hats or even a bright orange truck don't really seem to matter. The more important lesson is be careful out there.


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sounds like it is a BS report. Way to many red flags for it to be credible. I have two ex co-workers who work for L&C SO be interesting to hear what they have to say about it.

Here is one thing that seems odd if there were any credibility to the story.. Sheriff Dutton would not say he did not feel there was any danger to the public as he would instead say use caution when out on public land and especially in the North hills area.


Viking with a Hammer
Allow me to decode the above:
''Why you shoot at me bro?''
''You were disturbing my hunt and shooting at you is fun.''

Nearly all hunting accidents are drunk hunters being territorial idiots. I'm fine with it. It thins out the heard appropriately.

In my AO, bigfoot carries an AR10 on a sling and shoots back. Never hunt with just your hunting rifle.


Orange is the new orange. Wear it like your life depended on it.
Yup! I went deer hunting with a guy once that was flinging lead at anything that was moving... that was the last time I went hunting with him. Take in mind, just like getting elected to office, getting a firearm and going shooting requires no IQ test, really no training and a poor background check.

Mickey Bitsko

While grouse hunting in the San juan mountains this weekend I came across a giant
Footprint 👣 only one but it was unidentifiable. I think it was a big foot print.
Does anyone know if Bigfoot lives in Colorado?