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COUNTY: Cache County
LOCATION DETAILS: Location is west of Hardware Ranch on the top of the mountain range west of the ranch.
NEAREST TOWN: Hyrum Utah
NEAREST ROAD: Blacksmithfork Canyon
OBSERVED: I was hunting in area that is a isolated platou surrounded by canyons with roads in the bottom At the time you could drive aways inthe area .Now it is closed except for summer use, The terrain is made of mahoganise, quakies,ceders sagebrush and pines. I had hiked about 3 miles from my truck circling the platous ridge dropping about 50' down below the ridge into the tops of the canyons al the time I was bugleing for elk and calling for cyotes. I was useing my my hands to make sort of adeep whistle type howl kind like blowing over the top of a bottle yet much louder and shriller. you can do this by cupping your hands and blowing across your thumbs.I did every so often listening for a response. well in the distance I heard something so I copied it .I then heard another reponse .well what ever it did ,I would respond, and so forth. Well the responses got closer and closer they were coming up the mountain to where I was. there were three of them as far as I could tell They stopped about 30yds below me just in the trees and buckbrush they wouldnt come any closer, The hair on my neck started to stand up,so I wasnt going down to see what they were, so we cackeld back and forth about a half hour and I couldnt get them to come out and they wouldnt budge either, I was the One with 7mm in my hand but I was alone and being 3miles from my truck I had no idea what they were at the time.and I wasnt going to find out, I decided to run for for it. Which I did for about a mile. there was nothing following me that could tell. That night I went to work telling about the strangest thing,in which I described as the sound as a combination chimpanse a loon and coyote.I didnt relizes what I had happend until years later after I heard a clip of sound on the internet.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was alone
OTHER STORIES: yes many stories but easer to talk in person
TIME AND CONDITIONS: late afternoon hot and sunny
ENVIRONMENT: top of the mountain brushy with pines and quakies
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Chad Hamblin:
I had a good, long conversation with the man who submitted this report and found him to be a credible witness. He has spent a great deal of time in the outdoors and knows wildlife and the calls they make very well.
The witness said he didn’t think about the creatures being bigfoots until about ten years later when an aquaintance asked him if he knew about “bush apes”. The aquaintance then related an encounter he'd had with what he thought were bigfoots. The witness has heard numerous stories about bigfoot sightings in the region, and shared a number of these stories with me.
About BFRO Investigator Chad Hamblin:
Chad Hamblin is a life sciences/biology teacher with an interest and background in wildlife and the outdoors. He lives in a rural community in northeastern Utah. He participated in the first Utah BFRO expedition in 2007, as well as the 2009 and 2010 Utah expeditions. He attended the Wyoming expedition in 2008, the Bluff Creek California expedition in 2011, and the Idaho expedition in 2013. A few months ago Chad experienced a bigfoot encounter while hiking alone in Utah's Uinta Mountains.