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By: Ron Moreheadronm@bigfootsounds.com
This article is meant to help you understand the nature of these creatures and thus feel at ease in their presence. Even though they live in the wilderness like an animal, they behave more humanistic than an animal and considering them on that basis is important. Just as humans have different personalities, these creatures also possess unique individuality. Some will interact and some won’t.
Plan your trip into a specific area, suggestive of where these creatures may be. Plan a stay of at least two or three days … the longer, the better. You should have a fixed exposed camp and a friend or two who share the same motive … winning the creature’s trust. When dealing with humans they need to feel at ease with the environment … they need to become accustomed to you and you need to make them curious. Make camp where other hikers or packers don’t frequent and don’t take dogs with you. A small creek would be better than a lake–off the mainstream trail. They prefer to traverse waterways, minimizing their signs.
After setting up camp, take a walk. In an attempt to interact or just perhaps announce your presence, find a small (two to three-inches in diameter) log and periodically strike it sharply two or three times against a larger log or tree trunk with a measured beat. The more resonant the sound, the better it carries. You may or may not hear a report back, but if you do and you are certain there are no other humans in the area, you've probably got the attention of a creature. Rocks struck together, one in the hand against a larger one on the ground, also work well in the same way. Use a sequence of three strikes, and not too often. I do not recommend trying to be stealthy while walking through the woods. Unless it’s an accident you will not sneak up on one of these creatures, so be bold and get their attention. If you’re intruding in an unacceptable area they may throw rocks, but they will not hit you with them.
Wait until well after they’ve made their presence known before setting up camera-traps or deceptive devices … but have a pocket camera and recorder ready. Because these creatures seldom reveal themselves, except on their own time and terms, it's important to not appear too aggressive. They seem to have a very high degree of sensitivity to humans and the human exploitations of them. Therefore, an honest cheerful attitude is highly recommended. After dark they may come in close, but will probably remain hidden from sight. It’s common for them to announce themselves by snapping a large dried limb. This is no accident; they are observing your response.
If you hear the definite crack of a limb or rhythmic striking of rocks continue what you are doing. Their first displays may be intimidating but try to be calm. Do not shine your flashlight toward the sound or act alarmed. If these creatures think they don’t have your attention they may come closer. You shouldn't be afraid, or embarrassed, to "talk" to them. Using a calm voice talk as you would to a friend—they may interact so be prepared to record the event. If you see movement and shoot with a flash or shine a light you may only get one chance but under the right circumstances maybe it's worth taking that chance.
If you have repeated encounters while at this location you’re developing a rapport. I suggest you offer them a gift, such as food—not tainted food, good food—they are omnivorous. If you’ve been collecting pinecones for a campfire don’t be surprised if when returning from a hike you find a pile of them placed somewhere in your camp. Remember, a lot of people boastfully claim to have shot at a bigfoot, yet many of these creatures will still interact if not threatened—it’s up to us.
While in the field try these simple techniques and others like them of your own invention. Take time to record your observations along the way. If you are successful and wish to share your adventure, please contact me at using the e-mail above.
From Ron Morehead