After our discussion this weekend on our proposed research area, I got to thinking...
"Where do we start looking?"
Do we look for prey animals? Stake out logging clear cuts? Walk the river/creek banks looking for prints? Cruise the roads hoping for a chance encounter?
NOTE: Please don't mention specifics on where we are talking about. We don't want rock-throwing hoaxers to appear.
That is a question I have been asking for a while.
Here are my thoughts:
Random encounters seem to be the only way to have a visual sighting ... Bigfoots travel in the woods, but like MANY animals perfer and choose the easiest path: road, trails or clearings to get from point A to B So my vote for not only safety, comfort and increased chance of a visual encounter is to drive in a vehicle on the road with 2 or more people in the vehicle, 1 to drive and 2 for photos. Of course a camp at the end of it all, is great for social reasons...
What do you guys think. After all there is a reason vehicle hunting is so popular and often illegal, as it works.
Hoaxers?? Who would possibly want to hoax a Bigfoot encounter?
Last Edit: Feb 18, 2014 22:52:54 GMT -5 by Richard: Writing on my iPad...autocorrect stinks.
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Jason, and Richard, all of the above. ;-) When we get together on site, I can give some guidance from my past experience in that specific area. Definitely bring camera(s), any NV or thermal gear you may have, same for sound recording gear, and of course enough firepower to stop an angry bear (or whatever). I'm hoping that 1 or 2 scouting day trips will narrow things down, and we can set up some overnighters, maybe a long weekend or 2, or maybe even a longer term presence for a while, a la NAWAC.
Richard, the valley we have access to is relatively low elevation, and as of 3 weeks ago, similar terrain had zero snow. Only the highest peaks around it had any snow at all, so unless we get a late season dump, we should be good.
So my vote for not only safety, comfort and increased chance of a visual encounter is to drive in a vehicle on the road with 2 or more people in the vehicle, 1 to drive and 2 for photos. Of course a camp at the end of it all, is great for social reasons...
My thoughts are to stake out water courses (streams/rivers), open areas (logging cuts), and our own campsite during the day. Anything we do at night would be useless because we lack the equipment to see, identify or record anything.