Geographical Index > United States > Ohio > Preble County > Report # 40315
Submitted by witness on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
Possible encounter and print find while deer hunting near Camden
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DATE: gun week
COUNTY: Preble County
LOCATION DETAILS: 1/4 mile north on 127 from 725 left on Summer Rd.
NEAREST TOWN: Camden Ohio
NEAREST ROAD: 725 and 127
OBSERVED: I was hunting in southwest Ohio not thinking I would encouter a big foot its 700 acres of public hunting hardwoods with pine trees in the middle. I was in a hunting chair back in some thicket I went in the woods about 5:30 about 8:00 I fell asleep in the chair around 8:45 heard some noise I thought was a deer I waited for a minute didn't here anything so I stood up and something started knocking over trees screaming running away at first I thought I scared a deer but deer will take an open trail or thicket to get away this was knocking over 3 inch trees and growling. I tried to follow the noise but it was gone in seconds so I headed back to my truck on my way back a buddy I was hunting with said he found a very big foot print it was in a foot of grass but one print pushed the grass down to the mud and you can see the print he was tracking a deer and found the print.
OTHER WITNESSES: no witness to what happen to me but it was a buddy of mine that found the foot print
TIME AND CONDITIONS: morning it had rained early in the week 40 to 50 degees we had a warm winter
ENVIRONMENT: 700 acres of hardwoods with pines in the middle with corn and bean feilds around it 3 farms in the area
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mark Maisel:
I spoke to the witness by phone and found him to be credible.
The following can be added to this report. After falling asleep in his hunting chair which was on the ground. He was looking for deer before he stood up to stretch and that is when it made a grunting sound. The witness stated stated that the sound was trees being snapped. They were at the four foot level and were 3 or 4 inches in diameter. He thought that the sound was being made on purpose. He followed the trail of snaps of the trees to the edge of the hardwood forest. The hard woods are in a ravine area. He was on a ridge in a stand of pine trees. He did not find anything else. The ground was leaf littered but he was not able to see any sign of a trail. He then proceeded back to his vehicle.
Photo of the print that his friend found:
About BFRO Investigator Mark Maisel:
Mark Maisel is employed in the medical field in Ohio. He has attended the following expeditions: West Virginia, New York Adirondacks, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina. Expedition organizer of the 2009 Ohio expedition and assisting with both of Eastern Ohio's in 2012 and Michigan UP 2012. Attended WV 2013