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STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Stokes County
LOCATION DETAILS: None.
NEAREST TOWN: Pilot Mountain, NC
NEAREST ROAD: Edit
OBSERVED: It was in January 2006 when a good friend, my 26-year-old nephew and I went camping on some private land in Stokes County near Pilot Mountain.
This private land operates as a summer camp during the summer and hosts small retreat groups during the fall, winter and spring months. I attended this summer camp for many years as a youth and then lived and worked there during the off-season as an adult. In addition, I have been camping at this very spot a dozen times within the past few years.
In the summertime, the woods at night are alive with the sounds of nocturnal animals, crickets and frogs. During the winter months when all of the leaves have fallen off of the trees, the woods are dead silent at night. The only sounds you can hear are the wind and the occasional dog barking in the distance.
So after we set up camp, we ate dinner and sat around the campfire for a while. We climbed into the tent and went to sleep around midnight.
I drifted off to sleep and was awakened at about 2:30am by my nephew tossing and turning. He told me that he had indigestion from the dinner we ate and he asked if I had any antacids. He asked my friend too and we both indicated that we didn’t pack any. He then said that he needed to get up and walk it off. My nephew then proceeded to unzip the tent flap and go outside by the campfire.
By then the fire had died out and I could hear him scratching around in the ashes looking for hot embers and cracking small sticks to build the fire again. Soon, I could see the light of the fire flickering against the side of the tent and hear the crackle and pop of burning wood.
It was at this time that the most unusual sound pierced the silence.
The sound came from the woods immediately surrounding our campsite and it could only be described as a loud yelp. In all my years spent camping on this land, some in this very spot, I have never heard a sound like this one.
The souund was very similar to the yelp recorded on your website except that it was slightly higher pitch and was much closer. There wasn't any echo.
Immediately after hearing this sound my eyes shot open and my nephew who was still cracking sticks around the fire froze in silence. My mind was racing to think of what could have made this sound when I heard the tent flap quickly unzip, my nephew tumble inside and then quickly zip the flap back-up again.
The three of us immediately whispered to each other and then lay silent.
The next morning and every time we’ve been camping since we’ve always had a good laugh at my nephew’s expense. After listening to your sound recordings, I’m just in total shock at what it could have been.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing else unusual.
OTHER WITNESSES: Two other witnesses. All three of us were sleeping then awake for about 5 minutes before hearing the yelp.
OTHER STORIES: No.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2:30am in clear cold weather.
ENVIRONMENT: Forest or woods. Mixed deciduous and evergreen trees with thin underbrush that gets thicker near roads and our campsite.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator David Pardue:
I conducted a phone interview with the witness on 5/10/07 about the report that he submitted.
Witness and two friends were camping on private land. Around 2:00-3:00am one of the friends got up complaining about heartburn and decided to go out side tent and walk around to see if he could get any relief.
Witness 2 started getting the campfire back going and a few minutes later all three of the witness's heard a loud high pitch whoop coming from just outside of light of campfire. Witness 2 got back into the tent at this point and all three stayed awake for sometime but did not hear anything more.
Additional information was obtained from witness on other activity at the location but do to the sensitivity of the area I cannot go into detail.
It is in my opinion from what the witness described to me that what he and the other two witness heard was a possible vocal (whoop) from a Bigfoot.
I will be meeting the witness in near future to visit the location and conduct a more detail investigation of the area.
About BFRO Investigator David Pardue:
David Pardue lives and works in North Carolina. He worked in forestry for 23 years and now works for a large manufacturer of construction-related machinery. He is a skilled deer hunter, and deer tracker. He was one of the 13 witnesses to the rock-throwing encounter on the October 2006 West Virginia expedition, and is currently helping to organize the 2007 North Carolina expedition.