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Report # 1453  (Class B)
Submitted by witness Edward J M on Wednesday, December 16, 1998.
Hunter hears odd clicking noises while scouting
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YEAR: 1997


MONTH: October

STATE: New York

COUNTY: Delaware County

LOCATION DETAILS: Town of Deposit, between hwy 17 and Columbia Lake Rd, on State Land locally known as McCabe Hollow.

OBSERVED: I heard clicking noises that I thought sounded like rocks smashing together. I continued to hike to my deer stand, paying little attention to the sounds. When I got to my stand, I heard the same sound again. I could not pinpoint the direction of the sound at that time.

There is a quarry to the south and a sportsmans club to the east so I figured there was someone working on either property. Every so often, I would hear about 3-5 clicks in a row and then they would cease. This went on for about 45 minutes or so. I remember thinking it strange that in 9 years of hunting this very spot, I could not remember ever hearing these "clicks".

I was able to locate the direction of the sound to be on the ridge bordering the State Land and the Clubs property. I turned my attention to that area, trying to scope the ridge and hillside for the source of the clicking sounds. Finding nothing up there moving and still hearing the clicking, I decided to leave and scout another location.

About halfway out of the woods, I heard what sounded to me to be a large animal coming at me. In the time it took me to turn around,the thing stopped. I thought I spooked a deer. As I tried to see the source of the commotion, the thing grunted once at me! The grunt(?) was very loud and close! I still couldn't see it so I chambered a round in my .308 Ruger.

As soon as I loaded, it screamed/grunted bloody murder but it didn't move. I did!! At no time did I get even a glance of it. The scream/grunt sounded gutteral and loud! Never have I heard anything like it! Loud and agitated!!

ALSO NOTICED: Heard heavy footsteps while turkey hunting in the spring of 1997. Did not see the source but they sounded very close. Perhaps within 25 yards.


Hiking to my deer stand when I first heard the clicking. Scouting area for deer for about 45 minutes and hearing sounds every so often. Walking back to my truck when I heard the thing scream/grunt.

ENVIRONMENT: The area was in a clear cut pine forest. Mountain ridge to the east bordering Sportsmans Club. I hiked a logging road to the clear cut and I don't know where the road leads to. Stone quarry about .5 miles to the south.

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