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COUNTY: Rice County
LOCATION DETAILS: It is about 15 miles north on Plum street from Hutchinson Ks, Then about 3 miles west.
NEAREST TOWN: McPherson
NEAREST ROAD: Plum Street
OBSERVED: I never thought much about what I heard until I heard some of the sounds made by the finding bigfoot crew. My buddy and I were going turkey hunting. It was about 5:00 am and we were just crawling into our hunting blind. We both heard this load scream. It sounded just like some of the high pitched sounds made on finding bigfoot. Neither one of us had ever heard anything like it before or after the incident. It scared the heck out of the both of us. We loaded our shotguns as quickly as we could.
Another interesting thing about the incident is that there were no turkeys roosting in the trees. Just a week earlier my buddy had went to scout this spot and there were several turkeys roosting in those same trees. Something had scared the turkeys from that area. That is pretty unusual for them to leave a roost this time of year.
I have been an avid outdoorsman all my life. I have heard lots of different critters in my experiences in the outdoors. I have never heard anything like what I heard that morning. I think it might have been a bigfoot.
ALSO NOTICED: All the turkeys that were roosting in the tree above us were no longer there. There were there just a week earlier when we scouted them.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2
Getting into a hunting blind. Getting ready to hunt turkeys.
OTHER STORIES: There have been a couple sightings in Pratt county which is really close just this year.
There were also some incidents near Wichita, which is also very close.
ENVIRONMENT: Woody area near a creek. There is some farm ground and pasture areas there as well.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Spoke with witness. He was clear and succinct. He and his buddies are avid hunters and are more than familiar with the wildlife in the general area. His description of the scream was more like the high pitched "woman being murdered" scream as we have come to call it. And, as they were crawling into the blind, there was a huge "crash" which to the witness, sounded like a tree falling or being thrown. It was very loud, and it was at this point they began "shoving shells in their guns as fast as they could get them in". The number of turkeys roosting was estimated to be 50-100 as they were estimated on the scouting trip, yet when they went back the roosting area was void of turkeys. As he mentioned, it was highly unusual for that time of year. The reason he waited so long to report it was that he was unsure as to what he heard, and only came forward due to the TV show and website with a variety of sounds that matched what he and his friends heard. The report he mentioned, near Pratt, Kansas, was my published report #35828, and he is 30-40 miles from that location. There is a lot of activity in and around Rice county.
About BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Carter is originally from Texas & moved to Missouri in 1988. Professional drummer for 20 years. Lighting technician for major touring groups for several years. Experienced outdoorsman and was a trained investigator for MUFON. Studied Herpetology in college. Longtime special interest in Sasquatch long term habituation, burial research, infra sound, language & stick structures. BFRO Public Expeditions: 2010 Missouri, 2012 & 2013 Iowa. 2012 Illinois. Michigan 2016. Private Expeditions: Illinois 2011, 2012, 2013. Missouri 2011, 2012 (3) 2013(2) 2014. Iowa 2012, 2014 & 2015. Consulted on two Animal Planet Finding Bigfoot TV shows. Expedition leader in Missouri 2013 (1) & 2014 (2). Led night ops on numerous BFRO expeditions.