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 sportsmans 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 the local retailer, 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\r\nMatches (Waterproof preferred)
- Knife and axe
- Rations (lightweight)
- First Aid kit
- Pistol belt to carry canteens, and various pouches for handy gear
- Flashlight with plenty of batteries
- Tape recorder
- 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)
- Insect repellant\r\nScent/body odor cover up (good when actively searching)
- Extra clothing
- 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 years 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.