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Submitted by witness on Sunday, January 01, 2012.
Hunter recalls incidents near Pecks Lake
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YEAR: 1989 &2005
COUNTY: Osceola County
LOCATION DETAILS: West of Pecks Lake, next to 55 acres of state land on the South West corner of that properety but not on the state land but on private land just south of that border.
NEAREST TOWN: Evart
OBSERVED: In 1989 in Osceola county was the firs time we saw it.
This was in early November. My brother in law shot a deer while bow hunting. We waited until everyone was back in camp before our search for the deer. At that time I could carry a hand gun in the woods. We went out with a coleman lantern for the search.We went back to the tree stand and looked for blood.
We followed the trail and it stopped. We looked all around and then we heard a noise that got our attention. I held the lantern high to see farther with no avail. Next we heard foot steps...pacing back and forth, heavy steps that had a lot of weight behind them..deliberate to get our attention..it did.
We could barely make out the outline it appeared to stand 7 foot or so, could not make out features well.
We believe that it took the deer and just wanted us to go away.
Next it made this gutteral sound a warning so it seemed. I never heard anything like it in the woods before...hard to describe. We felt threatened and I took out my hand gun and said if it came into the light I would use the pistol.Slowly we back tracked out from the area and back to camp.
Next morning we looked for the deer and for any prints...nothing.
In 2004 or 2005 the creature returned one evening way early in the moonlit morning (maybe2:00AM or 3:00 AM) and it was just outside of our cabin looking under a tarp that covered our firewood. The noise of the tarp woke us. The Squach was seen outside the window...it put the tarp down and turned and walked behind the pole barn and down the walking path and out of sight.
ALSO NOTICED: Other than the missing deer not really any thing no prints nothing note worthy.
OTHER WITNESSES: One witness both times different witness for each sighting. First time we were hunting. The second time were asleep.
OTHER STORIES: The first time it was reported in the local paper.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: One hour after dark the first time and around 2:30 AM the next time. The first time it was in the local paper...others seen it too.
ENVIRONMENT: Oak and hard wood forest, some pine, hilly landscape with Big Stone Creek running close by a closed section with some buildings about the edge of the section. Some small ponds within the section a few grass fields mostly forest.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jim Sherman:
I contacted Mr. C. in part because we have a shared interest in hunting. Hunters must be aware of their surroundings and they must carefully blend into the environment in order to be successful. This means that good hunters can make keen observers. The witness is very helpful and was happy I contacted him. Apparently he has tried to tell his story before but no one listened.
Mr. C. had been hunting with his brother-in-law who shot a deer with his bow. They went back to camp to give the animal time to expire rather than push it further into the woods. After dark they took a Coleman lantern and began following the blood trail. The trail abruptly stopped and the pair could find no other signs of the deer. They noticed that there were no sounds in the darkness. It was "unusually quiet." At this point the two heard "deliberate and heavy" footsteps as a bipedal animal paced back and forth. Mr. C. owns cattle and described the difference, "You can tell they [the cows] are on four feet and are heavy, these footsteps had a similar heft. I could tell it was heavy, not like a deer or other animals I normally see or hear in the woods." He further added, "At that time (late 1980's) there were no bears or elk on my property." The distance to the footsteps seemed to be about 15' and "...it was sort of intimidating but not a threat or like a charge...it was as if it just didn't want us there and wanted us to go away."
Mr. C's brother-in-law placed the lantern on top of his head so that they could both see off into the distance. A "very large humanoid" figure appeared in the lantern light that Mr. C. described as being 7 - 7.5' tall and weighing at least 500 pounds. The figure was dark in coloration but otherwise it was difficult to discern many other features.
The figure stepped backwards out of the light and simultaneously let out an "odd guttural sound." The sound ...made the chills go up my shoulders and neck and the hair on my neck and arms stood on end." This was the point at which Mr. C. drew his .44 revolver and the pair backed away from the scene. That next morning they searched the area and found neither deer nor tracks of any kind. Both surmised that the deer was taken by the figure they both witnessed.
I sent Mr. C. sounds that he could use for comparison along with ones on the BFRO website but none were exactly the same as the vocalization he heard.
On the second occasion in 2004 or 2005 a sighting occurred around 2 am in the same area. This time it was also early in November and Mr. C. and his hunting partner were asleep in their cabin. The hunting partner was awakened by the sound of something outside rustling a tarpaulin that covered the wood for the stove on their deck. He looked out the window and was just able to see a large creature retreating into a cleared path that led to their deer blinds. Mr. C. was unable to see the creature but noticed that his partner went to bed with a large hunting knife that night and he refuses to go into the woods to hunt or scout unless armed.
About BFRO Investigator Jim Sherman:
Jim is a High School History teacher and Track and Cross Country coach. He attended the Michigan Northern Lower Peninsula Expedition in 2011, the Michigan Upper Peninsula Expedition in 2012 and is co-organizing the upcoming Michigan UP 2013 Expedition. He assisted in the production of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot, Michigan Episode. He participates in Ironman Triathlons and enjoys fishing and camping with his wife and daughter. Jim can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter @shermanbigfoot.