Tricks of the Trade from 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty (Photo: Spike)
10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty (Photo: Spike)

Spike is ready to settle this Bigfoot nonsense once and for all by offering a 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty to the first team to provide visual and DNA proof of sasquatch.

A more accurate name for Spike’s new reality competition 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty might be “Intro to the Scientific Method.” Each episode is divided into three sections: the field test, the hunt, and evidence presentation. In the field test, each team of two is tasked with some form of evidence collection, such as using a biopsy dart gun to collect a DNA sample from wildlife. The hunt has the teams doing an overnight expedition in the wilderness to gather some sort of proof of the existence of Bigfoot or Bigfoot (which is the plural, apparently). The teams will then present their piece of evidence to the panel of judges — Todd Disotell from NYU (who does not have this listed on his CV), Natalia Reagan (comedienne and anthropologist), and host Dean Cain (star of Hallmark Channel’s A Bigfoot for Christmas). The team that provides the weakest evidence/case will be sent home. In the end, the first team to provide DNA and visual proof of the creature they are hunting will win $10 million. Emphasis on the “and”, I’m guessing.

Aside from the occasional article in Weekly World News, I don’t know that much about Bigfoot or the Bigfooter community. Here are some tricks of the trade picked up from the first episode of this show:

Cover Your Scent: If you are running up hillsides while tracking a sasquatch, your scent may give you away. Don’t be afraid to roll around in the mud to mask your musk. However, a thorough Bigfooter will want to mask her/his breath, so swish some animal scat to get rid of garlic breath. THAT HAPPENED.

Do not use biopsy darts in a shoot-to-kill fashion. A biopsy gun is an air rifle that uses darts to collect blood samples from a target. Piercing flesh to collect the sample is the goal, so you hit the target in the flank rather than in a kill zone. Of course, even though you are running around in woods and it looks like those dart thingies hurt, do not wear hunter’s orange or any other protective gear to prevent an accidental hit.

Bigfooters LOVE shit. Swishing aside, many of the teams were fascinated with scat samples during their overnight evidence hunt. The scat might be sasquatch poop! Or belong to sasquatch prey! Or something! Unfortunately, the science folks on the judging panel poo-pooed these samples, as they were evidence of nothing or improperly collected. What’s fascinating about the evidence presentation is that the other teams would nod sagely and ooh and ahh when a piece was presented while the judges would basically say “there is nothing of scientific value in what you have presented.”

Don’t show up empty-handed. What’s fascinating about the evidence presentation is that the other teams would nod sagely and ooh and ahh when a piece was presented while the judges would basically say there is nothing of scientific value in what you have presented. One team decided it was in their best interest to not bring pointless scat samples or moss mistaken for hair. The judges disagreed. “It’s hard to believe they couldn’t find anything,” Natalia said during deliberations. Stew on that for a minute.

This show is REALLY goofy, but it is interesting to see the difference in interpretations of evidence: stories versus science, and the conclusions drawn from both. I’m concerned how the show will finish off, particularly since there is at least one bonafide sociopath in the cast. Also, I can’t imagine much variation in episodes week-to-week, but this might be worth dipping in if you are spending Friday night at home.

10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty airs on Spike  at 10pm Fridays.

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