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COUNTY: Macoupin County
LOCATION DETAILS: About a mile or so north of town to the west of Boyscout Road probably 1/2 mile.
NEAREST TOWN: Hettick
NEAREST ROAD: Boyscout Road
OBSERVED: It was the November deer season in Illinois 1993 I think. I was hunting some ground north of Hettick, Illinois . About sunrise I heard twigs snapping behind me to my right , I was in a tree-stand overlooking a field, anticipating a deer but no deer came out but something yelled/screamed very loud that sent chills through me . What seemed like minutes probably only 30 seconds what came out of the timber that was walking upright and dark brown all over and somewhere between 6 1/2 to 7 feet tall at the edge of one timber crossing to another , probably a distance of about 20 yards between the two timbers , this thing whatever it was did not seem concerned that I was there. I have been raised in Illinois all my life hunting and out in the woods a lot and I have never seen or heard anything like this nor do I care to ever again .
ALSO NOTICED: Just that it seemed to not either notice me or did not care that I was there.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About sunrise.
ENVIRONMENT: Timber and corn field
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone.
• The animal was 6 1/2 to 7 feet tall.
• The weight was 600 lbs. The witness stated that he weighs 400 lbs and this animal was a lot bigger and heavier than he.
• The animal was very muscular
• Hair was dark brown.
• Closest distance to the animal was 50 yards.
• The animal was turned such that the witness was unable to see the face.
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