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COUNTY: Jackson County
LOCATION DETAILS: Location on Map: 39.680008, -95.696218
NEAREST TOWN: Netawaka
NEAREST ROAD: K10
OBSERVED: While bow hunting in a field in Kansas, I observed something that I could only describe as a Sasquatch. I was sitting on a stool next to a round bail of hay near the tree line. I was near a deer scrape. As I sat watching the tree line to no avail, it began to get too dark to see my fiber optic pins on my bow. So, I began gathering my gear to make my move to my vehicle.
My friend was hunting farther up the tree line in the timber. After gathering my belongings there was still enough light to see an opening near a corn patch. As I stood up I saw a figure which I thought was my hunting buddy. I said in a normal voice, "Did you see anything?" The figure did not reply. Upon further observation I saw that it was walking in my general direction. It stopped next to a round bail and I realized that the figure was at least 3-4 foot taller than the bail of hay.
I began moving toward the tree line as to not silhouette myself. As the figure was closing the distance to 100-125 yards I began to make out body features. The head was kind of high with no visual neck, broad shoulders which tapered down to a slim looking torso. The outline of the body allowed me to see that his arms, shoulders, legs were extremely muscular, like that of a professional athlete. The arms were longer than normal and he walked in silence.
As I stood there trying to figure out who or what I was seeing, I never had a sense of fear. I had my iPhone on me but it never dawned on me to make video because I was in what felt like a dream like trance or shock.
As I realized what I may be seeing I hastily skirted the tree line to my truck. As I approached my truck the first thing I did was open my palm and slapped the shit out of my tailgate. As, I hit my trucks tailgate I then observed the figure drop down on all fours and in four seconds flat it was gone. It either used the bails as cover or it was the fastest living thing I have ever seen move.
After meeting with my buddy he informed me that he shot an arrow at a buck, but it ricochet off of the breast plate. He then informed me that the deer was going to run in my general direction toward the field but the buck stopped in his tracks and looked into the field, then turned around and came running back from the same direction that my buddy just shot at him from.
OTHER WITNESSES: 1
OTHER STORIES: I had another sighting of what could have possibly been a juvenile.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was in the evening, close to dusk.
ENVIRONMENT: Field near a wooded ridge line.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
I had a very interesting and informative discussion with the witness. He is retired military with three tours active duty and is very detail oriented. He is also an avid rifle and bow hunter and quite knowledgeable with all wildlife. His military training came in to play during his event.
As mentioned, he and a buddy had been hunting a regular spot, and they were both in full camo gear head to toe. Since it was approaching the end of the day he decided to gather up his stool and other items. He had been sitting on the stool by the hay bales for a good while. As he stood up he saw what he thought was his buddy about 150-175 yards away, walking towards him in a clear area between corn patches. He waited until he got a bit closer as he gathered the rest of his stuff.
He called out to his buddy "Have you seen anything" and there was no answer so he waited until he was a bit closer. As he saw "his buddy" was about 100 yards or so away he was about to call out again when he realized it was NOT his buddy. The creature was walking almost directly at him and it stopped by a hay bale. This was when he also realized it was "incredibly tall" and towered over the hay bale by at least 2 feet and perhaps a bit more. Hay bale height (on it's side) is approximately 5 feet. 8 feet minimum in height was a good estimate.
He stated that he did not think the creature saw him, but MAY have heard him when he called out. (Conjecture here) He thinks it was just headed his general direction because the heavy timber was behind the hay bales about 100 yards or so.
The following is his description after we clarified some details : 8-9 feet in height. "He was cut" as in ripped like a body builder. The "head was kind of high" was in reference that it was "more pointed or conical" and just "sat on the shoulders with no neck visible" to him. It had "very broad shoulders with very muscular arms and legs and the upper torso tapered down to a very slim waist, and it was built like a pro athlete". "The arms were longer than normal and were swinging slightly". " It walked in silence and it seemed to glide".
He had no sense of fear at this time, and since the creature was still coming his direction, he decided to make sure he was not silhouetted against the hay bales behind him since he would blend in perfectly with the woods since he was heavily camouflaged. He attributed his "sense of calm and lack of fear" to his military training. It kept him grounded and also from grabbing his phone for a photo.
The creature was still heading towards him at a leisurely pace and was another reason he thinks it had not seen him due to his camo gear, but at this time he decided to err on the side of safety and ran towards his truck. When he got to his truck at the treeline, he saw the creature was getting close so he "slapped the holy sh..t out of my tailgate to simulate gunfire". When he did, it reacted and went down "on all fours and took off running."
The entire duration of the sighting was 3-5 minutes. The duration of the event would be another reason the witness was certain the creature did not see him until perhaps the very end when he slapped his tailgate. His camo gear, and the approaching dusk, may have kept him virtually impossible to see as the creature was heading N/NW and into the fading sun.
Great solid witness and like many men and women of the woods, he knew what he was looking at and also was he was NOT looking at.
About BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Carter is originally from Texas & moved to Missouri in 1988. Professional drummer for 20 years. Improv & sketch comic and writer for 5 years. Lighting technician for major touring groups for several years. Experienced outdoorsman and was a trained investigator for MUFON. Studied Herpetology in college. Longtime special interest in Sasquatch long term habituation, burial research, infra sound, language & stick structures. He led three Missouri BFRO Public Expeditions:, 2012 & 2013 & 2014. Led public expedition for BFRO in Illinois in 2019.Participated in Iowa, 2012 Illinois. Michigan 2016. Private Expeditions: Illinois 2011, 2012, 2013. Missouri 2011, 2012 (3) 2013(2) 2014. Iowa 2012, 2014 & 2015. Consulted on two Animal Planet Finding Bigfoot TV shows. Expedition leader in Missouri 2013 (1) & 2014 (2) & Illinois Expedition 2019 (1). Led night ops on numerous BFRO expeditions. Hosted a public Town Hall meeting in Missouri in 2017.