Geographical Index > United States > North Carolina > Hoke County > Report # 30735|
Submitted by witness on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Hunter in tree stand recalls startling early morning observation near Ft. Bragg
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STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Hoke County
LOCATION DETAILS: Secured military installation.
NEAREST TOWN: FT. Bragg, NC
NEAREST ROAD: None
OBSERVED: I was hunting the training areas in Ft. Bragg, NC. in 1995 and had planned to hunt a new area. I saw a valley on the map and plotted where I thought would be a good spot to set up a tree stand. I when in the woods about 0445 and got to the spot on the map and set up my equipment and climbed up about 24ft. All was quiet, and the sunrise began and the rays of the sun traveled across the forrest floor. I followed it with my eyes and as the sun reached in front of my tree stand a small, 3 ft., black, furry creature reared up from a sleeping position and ran away from the sun. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up!!! I don't know what it was. I have been hunting since I was 15 and have seen plenty of wild life in my time. I had a 30-06 semi-auto rifle and I was frozen stiff. Needless to say, I got the hell out of there and never went back. After all of these years, I now believe it was a "child" bigfoot.
ALSO NOTICED: Did not hear any noise, or smelled a bad odor. It reared up, ran a couple of steps then went to all fours. I got the impression it had over slept and had to get "home."
OTHER WITNESSES: Just myself.
OTHER STORIES: I recently told my story to co-workers and they suggested I look it up and found the story of the Ft. Bragg soldier who found the pair of foot prints, one big and the other set small (child) size. I got chills reading the story.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: sunrise, about 0645-0700
ENVIRONMENT: Ft Bragg is wooded with Pine and oak trees. There are plenty of lakes, streams, and ponds. The area was long side a valley.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Zorc:
At the time of the encounter, observer was in the US Army at Fort Bragg, NC. In October 1995, the observer traveled to one of the available base hunting areas, XRAY2, to attempt to bag a deer. Observer describes the rural area as heavily populated with deer, fox, squirrel,and coyote; a bear population was also present in the area in 1995. It was then forested with pine and oaks typical of the region. Ample acorns and persimmon fruits were available for ungulates and other animals to forage. This location was chosen for hunting because of its close proximity to a gentle slope, field edges and a valley. Water sources were available in the area consisting of a small waterway (Horse Creek) and adjacent lakes and ponds.
Observer arrived at the tree stand location in the dark, navigating with a red headlamp, (approximately 4:45 a.m.) and prepared all his hunting equipment. At approximately 6:45-7:00 a.m., observer states the sun began to rise and subsequent observations follow.
Observer was located in a tree stand 24 feet up and looked down at an animal moving approximately 6 feet from his tree. He stated that at first view the animal seemed surprised by the sun; it jumped up on two legs and, ran a couple of steps, then went to all fours. The animal was not, in his opinion, a bear or dog. He estimated the duration he viewed the animal as 6 seconds, and during this period it traveled an estimated 30 yards, its head down, moving towards cover until it was noiselessly gone from his view.
Observer described the animal as thick and stocky, approximately 3 feet tall and weighing approximately 80 pounds. The head and face were not visible, no distinct neck was seen, and arm length was estimated at 2 feet long. Shoulders were clean of debris. The feet were small, hairless, had an undetermined number of toes and bottoms of the feet were colored dark brown. Hands were black in color. No unusual odor was apparent. Body hair was approximately 4-5 long, black, shiny and less coarse than bear hair, but not as fine as human hair. Forest debris (twigs, grasses) were observed on the rear of the animal as it rapidly departed the area. No vocalizations were heard as the animal moved away. The observer did not remain at the location and did not attempt to view any tracks or impressions.
It is this Investigator's opinion that this 1995 sighting was likely a juvenile bigfoot. This determination is based on the credible testimony of the witness and local evidence concerning reported bigfoot behavior. The area is capable of supporting such an animal population, and several BFRO Investigators have previously reviewed and documented reports of footprint evidence and witness sightings at and near Ft. Bragg.
About BFRO Investigator Kevin Zorc:
Kevin Zorc has 32 years of fire service experience in North Carolina and is a certified Firefighter/EMT. He enjoys outdoor activities; backpacking the Appalachian Trail and hiking around the United States. He attended GA 2011(#1), NC 2011 & 2013, Ohio 2012, West Virginia 2012/2013, Michigan UP 2012, California Central Sierra 2013/2014, California 2015 Expeditions and co organized the June 2014 NC Expedition.