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STATE: New York
COUNTY: Steuben County
LOCATION DETAILS: On the north end of Erwin Mountain State Forest. 1500 feet elevation.
[GPS coordinates for where witness was sitting on the ground leaned up against a tree, facing west: 42.139540, -77.159080]
NEAREST TOWN: Erwin, NY
NEAREST ROAD: Beartown Rd
OBSERVED: Town of Erwin New York State when I was hunting spring turkeys.
I was sitting at the base of a tree location at the top of a ridge line that connected to another ridge. I was calling gobbler turkeys that were on their roost trees, when at which time the gobblers flew down off the ridge from their roost.
I was still sitting at the base of the tree having not moved location for a half hour when I noticed something walking on two legs approximately 75 yards away. The thing was about 7 feet tall.
I first thought maybe another human was there hunting, but then it was apparent to me it was dark reddish brown from head to feet. This thing was in my view of sight for about 4 to 5 seconds and then went behind a tree and that was the last I seen it. Then about 15 minutes later (I have not moved from the base of the tree sitting on the ground same spot) to my left approximately 30 yards an object hit a tree about 25 feet up in the tree. Then the object that hit the tree hit the ground sounded like a rock. I continued through the area for the rest of the morning with no further incident. I have hunted in New York for 42 years and never witnessed something like this before.
ALSO NOTICED: I did notice some musky sense of smell odor.
OTHER WITNESSES: No other witnesses
OTHER STORIES: None
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Approximately 6:00 am partly cloudy no wind
ENVIRONMENT: Ride top some hemlock pine mostly hardwood oak and other hard wood trees with a secluded great size pond further into the woods .
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with Bill Frisk. He is a 55 year old retired corrections officer. He is originally from Elmyra, NY. He worked as a prison guard for most of his life, first at Sing Sing prison,and then Sullivan prison, and then finally Willard prison for the past 19 years.
He has hunted spring turkeys for past 42 years.
His oldest son (32) returned to investigate the next day. His son stands five foot ten. He stood at spot where the figure was standing. The figure was at least one taller than the son.
Observer's distance to the figure: 75 yards away.
It took three steps to move behind a tree and out of view. He saw arms swinging as it took steps.
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