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COUNTY: Pike County
NEAREST TOWN: Detroit
NEAREST ROAD: Illinois Route 106
OBSERVED: I was deer hunting in Pike County, Illinois in 2007. I got in my tree stand at 6 in the morning. At 6.20 in the morning I heard loud footsteps walking through the pasture off to my right shoulder. I thought it was another hunter going to the third pasture to his ground blind. I stood up to see what was making the loud footsteps. What I saw was something large and hairy with a huge stride in its steps. Walking very quickly like it knew where it was going I would estimate it to be 6 to 7 feet tall. I was freaked out. The other hunter always wears blaze orange when he walks to his spot. I saw he and his son go by my stand that day at 11.30 am.
ALSO NOTICED: no
OTHER WITNESSES: none just me
OTHER STORIES: none
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 6.20 in the morning. Weather was clear and sunny skies.
ENVIRONMENT: Hills and hollers.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report:
- The witness stated the animal had broad shoulders and was muscular.
- The animal had long arms and appeared to have no neck.
- The stride was long.
- The animals coloring was dark rusty brown.
- The sighting was close, only twenty yards.
- He was unable to make out any facial features as the animal never looked towards him.
About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
Stan Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org