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Report # 67401  (Class B)
Submitted by witness Joshua Leavitt on Monday, December 21, 2020.
Hunter gets spooked by loud knocks 7 miles south of Bovill

YEAR: 2020


MONTH: October

DATE: Oct 9

STATE: Idaho

COUNTY: Latah County

LOCATION DETAILS: Longitude / Latitude: (copy and paste coordinates into Google Maps):
46.75473, -116.42915


NEAREST ROAD: Atv trail 1/2 mile+

OBSERVED: Hi. I don’t know how to start this off but here it goes:

I am a 35 yr male disabled combat veteran (Iraq/Afghanistan)
I’ve hunted this land for the last 5 years ish. It was the 9th of October and I had camp set up. Wife was getting off early and the kids were in school. They were coming to meet me there in the afternoon. I decided to go see if I could locate a small pocket of elk and shoot some grouse.

I took my SxS down a normal trail that I somewhat frequent looking for my last 2 birds. It’s a old log road that dead ends. Immediately shot 1 soon as I got off the SxS. Got him and figured hey it’s a dead end, I’ll walk this and see if I can find fresh elk sign. I can show you on OnX where I was and can explain the terrain. Anyway, walked down maybe 1/2 mile at the beginning I kept jumping birds but always opposite of where I was. I went to the left the jumped 50-60 yards other side... get to a good opening and see a few wolf tracks. Big pile of bear shit. Decided to head back to check on my dogs and wait for the fam. Walking back was dead quiet as in awkward quiet no chirps no nothing, not like when I walked down. I got almost halfway back to my side by side and heard a knock... I know what a woodpecker sounds like.. I am not a believer (well idk now). So I thought maybe another hunter was in the timber so I speak out loudly “ohhh tree knocking huh!!!" Then 2 knocks, I started laughing “Sasquatch is that you.." silence for probably 10-15 seconds then 3 knocks no special order just odd timing knocks. I make a joke of it “Have u seen any grouse I need one more” no answer, few seconds later knocks 2-3 maybe 4 .. I joke “ knock twice if your in New Hampshire (joking quoted anchorman movie) no knocks .. So I look thru my binos, not cheap shit, vortex viper 12x50... I looked for at least a min. One knock while I was glassing.. Started to feel really uneasy. Out loud said, "Alright dude it’s not funny, at least wave a hand so I can see where you are! Again, I am grouse hunting with my 12gauge pump and don’t want to pepper someone when they're hid and I try to shoot a bird!" Quiet for probably 30-45 seconds. I am glassing (thinking maybe someone put a blind up or something) but nothing. I unload my bird shot and put my 2 buckshots in followed by a slug. I tell them they're gonna get it and they need to show them self. Nothing, Was about to walk up the direction and just didn’t feel right. Kept my buckshot in and started to walk fast for the next 20 mins to my SxS. Got to my ride and still dead quiet...

OK my area, potlatch land (timber company). I rode from camp 8.7 miles. Friday mid day. This is a dead end trail. I did not see anyone all day. No tracks, no tire marks, nothing. I know I was the only one out there. Went back to camp waited for my family. Told my wife and she said “You grew up in these woods. I don’t think you're crazy but I wasn’t there.”

I am not crazy. I spend probably 7-8 months of the year in this area, never anything like this.

ALSO NOTICED: No,haven’t returned



TIME AND CONDITIONS: 1030am-noon ish

ENVIRONMENT: Small creek bottom off a game trail makes a narrow choke point

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:

I spoke with the witness on the phone. As he said in his report, he's a disabled vet from the Iraq/Afghanistan campaigns. He grew up in Washington near the Idaho border. He has hunted most of his adult life, and in that specific area for the past 5 years.

He was absolutely certain the knocks were not from woodpeckers. He has heard woodpeckers many times. The knocks were too loud and heavy -- "as loud as an axe banging on a door".

He was also very sure there were no other humans in the area. He came in on the only access road. It is a dead-end road and there were no other vehicle tracks going up there.

About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:

Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.

- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.

- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.

- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.

- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.

- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.

- Current Director of the BFRO