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DATE: July 13
COUNTY: Jack County
LOCATION DETAILS: 2 miles directly North of Bryson, Texas on Dirt roads.
NEAREST TOWN: Bryson, Texas
NEAREST ROAD: TX HWY 380
OBSERVED: My son and 2 nephews went feral hog hunting in North Texas recently and we experienced noises from what we believe were 2 entities other than people. Were were hunting a remote Texas Ranch at night with no light with the exception of a motion activated green light that would shine if an animal walked within 10 yards and 145 degree radius of the light standing 3 feet on a stick in the ground. We were placed onto our milk carton "chairs" behind dead vegetation about 2 feet high and 40 yards from the light placed over a pile of corn placed by the rancher. We sat down just before dark at 9PM and waited. I wore binoculars and glassed our area before dark to become familiar with the terrain and where the pigs might trail to the corn. At 200 yards behind us in a brush area, I noted an animal lying down and looking towards us. It was only a quartering appearance, but I noticed it was eating something. I could not identify the animal, only movement and a dark hairy head.
At midnight, we began to hear bipedal movement to our right about 40 yards away and a light breeze wafted an incredibly terrible smell towards us. We hear grunting and branch breaking. Within 20 minutes tree knocking began. It was rapid 3-5 almost staccato knocks answered almost immediately approximately 75 yards to our left in 2-3 slower knock responses. Whistling started and my son became very frightened. The green light went on without any noted animal, so I aimed my .45-70 rifle at the lit ground and fired one round into the dirt near the light. We then heard 2 sets of bipedal footsteps running away from us to our left over the ridge towards my nephews. The sound of the running was very heavy footfalls of what sounded like large animals. We called our guide and requested to be picked up, and he arrived 30 minutes later. My nephews reported hearing the running, and they saw one pair of glowing eyes 8-9 inches apart about 8 feet off the ground 20 yards from their boxed blind, and it scared them. They also heard tree knocking and whoops. They had heard my shot and said it correlated with running towards their blind and subsequent observations they made. They were also frightened.
ALSO NOTICED: We are hunters and very used to the sounds and typical wilderness activity of animals. On this particular night while there were insects sounds such as Cicadas and crickets, there was no noted activity of typical animals usually seen, such as smaller animals, raccoons, armadillos, rabbits, or medium to larger animals such as deer, feral hogs, coyotes, or owls, all animals we had seen and or heard the night before.
OTHER WITNESSES: 4 witnesses in total. Myself, my 17 ear old son sitting next to me, and my 2 nephews, both aged 20 sitting in a box stand sitting 400 yards to the Northeast away from us over a ridge line.
OTHER STORIES: BFRO Report in October 2002. Very close to our area.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: The incident occurred at night between midnight and when we left the area at 2 AM.
Warm weather temperature 75 degrees light breeze from Northwest and clear night with no clouds or moon.
ENVIRONMENT: Rocky grassland/scrub mix with many Southern Oak Trees varying from 2-60 feet tall in height. We were also on a small hill/ridge approximately 600 feet in height and a 3-4 miles in diameter.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Gary Christensen:
I spoke with the witness by phone. In addition to his written report, he provided the following additional information. He hunted on two successive nights. The first night was very normal with a lot of wildlife sounds, however no hogs came to the feeder. The second night was in a different location several miles from the first night location. This night, there was a complete absence of night animal sounds until the abnormal activity began. He described the smell as a combination of rotting garbage and zoo animal. The vocalizations consisted of whistling, whooping, and then grunting during the wood breaking which sounded like small trees being pushed over. Small sticks were thrown at their blind. The tree knocking began in response to the witness turning on his flashlight. Although the witness said that they heard bipedal movement around them for about an hour, he felt the creatures were more curious than intimidating. The property had numerous small creeks and ponds.
Report #6941 is the one close to this area that the witness mentions.
The witness told me that he is a physician from Wisconsin and is a long time hunter who has experience with North American animals. He is well read on Bigfoot behavior and is an articulate writer and speaker. I found him to be a credible witness.
About BFRO Investigator Gary Christensen:
Gary is a retired USAF pilot, a Vietnam veteran with 312 combat missions in the B-52. He also retired from American Airlines in 2008 after 18 years service as a flight training manager. A graduate of USAF ground and sea survival schools, Gary is an avid bird hunter and fisherman. He has been following the bigfoot phenomenon since the 1950's.