For some time now the video of a ‘bigfoot’ in Mission BC has been making its way though the web and the news. My thoughts are that it was just a publicity stunt for their new application, Legend Tracker. What better advertising is there then a viral video?
What are your thoughts on this video? Please take a moment and add your comment below.
Tracking Bigfoot Part II [08/29/2000] By Sgt Paul Fitsik III.
Additional hints and suggestions:
When establishing a base camp I like to do the following:
Select an area that is mostly dirt. This is so that when you leave the camp for the days tracking, you can see if there was any “visitors” footprints. These will be apparent if you have removed as much grass, brush, etc. as possible. When that is accomplished I then get a fairly good sized branch, and rake the whole area of the camp site. That way the soil is loosened up. When I return I pay close attention to any changes to the soil.
OP’s and blinds:
Another method of observance is an OP (observation Post) or hide. I sometimes make a blind overlooking my base camp, after the first couple of days. That way I’ve been there long enough to spark curiosity. I then camouflage my site, and set up observation equipment. My hypothesis is that If I am being kept tabs on by Sasquatch(s), they may investigate after I’ve left. The same holds true for night. I set camera traps, listening devices around camp, in the late afternoon. Then I cook dinner at dusk. Pile allot of wood on the fire, and head up to the OP. For this you will need good low light optics (Night Vision Goggles).
If possible I use a partner for this. I observe while he stays in camp ( as “bait”). Therefore everything appears to be normal. Hopefully our query will be none the wiser to our deception.
Cheap warning devices:
If you lack the funds for expensive trip wires ( camera type, motion sensing), use an old Army trick. Get a couple aluminum coke cans, and fishing line. Place a couple of rocks in the cans. Tie them to the line and string them around your campsite, or main trails. That way anything tripping the line will “rattle” the cans, alerting you to it’s presence.
Some additional things to take along:
GPS, if you aren’t comfortable with maps
Walkie Talkies with at LEAST a 3-5 mile range, or a Hand held CB. You may need assistance if you are lost or hurt.
Plaster cast material.
Tape measure for getting measurements.
Zip locks for any hair samples.
Snake proof chaps or boots, depending on location.
NOTE: Always let either the US Parks Service, or local Law Enforcement in the area(s) you will be operating in, that you will be hiking (this conceals what you are “really” doing, and you aren’t seen as a “kook”).
Along with the estimate length of time “hiking” . I tell them ” If I don’t call you when I’m done on such, and such day, please come out and find me” etc. This is essential if you become lost, or are physically unable to return.
This concludes my article on tracking a Sasquatch. This is by no means everything. I’ve just tried to give you a head start. You will find some of these techniques can be fine tuned. Whatever you feel comfortable with. I wish you good luck and always be safe. I hope you visit the Sasquatch Information Society site often, and help make it the best on the web. I’m proud to be associated with it. If you would like to contact me, my email is email@example.com
Sgt Paul Fitsik III
By Sgt Paul Fitsik III.
This article is for those who would like some tips on Bigfoot tracking, and research. I’ve been a Bigfoot researcher since the early 80’s. Long before that I was hooked on Bigfoot from the 70’s Bigfoot craze. There always seemed to be a movie, or documentary on. Well down to the real issue. Bigfoot research. First I recommend going to the library, and reading up on the subject. This can give you first hand accounts, and some insight into the Bigfoot subject. Then I suggest looking on the Web for sites with current postings of sightings throughout the US/Canada. Find an area near you, that has fairly recent sightings. If possible contact the witness, and get additional info, e.g.; location, time of day, etc. As I’ve done in the past with “hot” sightings, is to “camp” in the area, and research from there. I then go to the approx. location and work from there.
Next is tips on gear:
With 11+ years in the Army, (Infantry/Spec Ops) I’ve spent “years” in the field. Get a hold of some army manuals on survival, Land Nav, etc. Go to the local sportsman’s store or surplus store, to get your gear. You can’t loose if you get Army issue gear. It works, and is a lot cheaper than “Eddie Bauer”, and is made to hold up to combat conditions. Get a good tent, that will comfortably fit you and some gear. Purchase good quality rain gear. GI issue Gore-Tex is the best. Good quality footwear is a priority (waterproof, light weight). Be sure to bring plenty of water, and purification tablets. These are essential if backpacking into a remote area. Reliable Compass, and topographical maps are “Top Priority”. You can’t look for Sasquatch if you don’t know where you are. Get some dehydrated meals, MRE’s to eat. They are lightweight, and packaged as individual meals, and very handy.
Listing of equipment and gear needed:
Compass and maps
Matches (Waterproof preferred)
Knife and axe
First Aid kit
Pistol belt to carry canteens, and various pouches for handy gear
Flashlight with plenty of batteries
* Camcorder is best, and does both
Rope or parachute cord to tie things around camp
Ziplocs to keep things dry
Signal mirror or flares (if lost)
Scent/body odor cover up (good when actively searching)
If in Bear country/Cougar a weapon for (Protection) And if you get lost and run out of rations, you’ll have the ability to hunt.
Please note. The above list is by no means complete. It is just a starter list, that will enable you to further complete your gear.
After picking out a good spot on HIGH ground, I start looking for Bigfoot. I head out looking for Bigfoot sign. Before leaving I pinpoint my camps location on a map for reference later. I then look for easily negotiated terrain. After 20 yrs of hunting I use those skills in looking for trails, deer runs. etc. These are likely “Avenues” animals use to get around. I look for beds, droppings, footprints etc. Then I sit and wait for the woods to become “normal’. Since all animals take flight when you approach. This I find is very effective. If Bigfoot hasn’t already seen you, it may come from upwind of you. Giving you a chance of a glimpse of it. Water sources are also vital. Bigfoot has to drink. Pick a stream or river that has evidence of animal sign (tracks) and observe the area. bigfoot also has been observed eating berries in the summer. These I find attract all sorts of animals. Find a good log or tree and just sit. Paying close attention to the “sounds” of the woods. Many reports state that the woods became abnormally quiet. I’ve experienced this myself, while conducting research in the Adirondacks of NY state. Remember to keep your camera/ video equipment close by. After a days worth of walking, I return to camp to cook, and set up camera traps and surveillance equipment. I pick good open areas of timber, which allow good fields of vision. I set a few camera traps in trees overlooking the areas. I set the trip wires at 5ft in height. (that way deer and bear and other creatures won’t set them off) and 15-20 feet in front of the camera. I personally believe that Bigfoot is nocturnal, and will choose the cover of night to investigate. Now is where the night vision optics come into play. I wait for it to get really dark. I then roam away from the firelight (which needs to be reduced significantly due to the amount of light given off will blind you while wearing them). I get away from the camp, and scan my surroundings. I have good Gen III goggles and with the right conditions can see in the woods for 100 meters or more. If no luck, I return to the camp and LISTEN. You should listen for the sounds of movement. Branches breaking, footfalls, cries, howls, grunts etc. Well that is it for Part 1, more soon.
If you would like more in depth info, please e-mail me (Sgt Paul Fitsik III) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You.
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 August 2010 05:08