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Submitted by witness Fred Long on Sunday, October 13, 1996.
Sighting by a hunter on the edge of a road
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COUNTY: Jefferson County
LOCATION DETAILS: A couple miles north of Brinnon, west of Dabob Bay on the Hood Canal.
NEAREST TOWN: Brinnon
NEAREST ROAD: US 101
OBSERVED: My wife and I had driven to the area with our pick-up and camper and while she prepared lunch, I took my shotgun and went hunting for band tailed pigeons. I walked along a somewhat open road and not seeing any birds was on my way back to the camper. About a 100 yards or so from the camper, I heard some very heavy footsteps. Thinking it to be another hunter walking heavily to alert others that might be in the area that he was coming through the cover. I stopped on the road waiting for the person to appear so I could acknowledge his presence, and he, mine. What appeared in an opening was what I thought at first to be a bear. It was standing upright and when it came into view, it spotted me immediately, turned toward me and froze. It stood there for only a few seconds, then suddenly turned to its left and disappeared. It made absolutely no noise when it left. I later went down to where I had seen it to look for tracks. It had come up an old overgrown logging road and the ground was hard packed with tufted grass laying over. I could find no tracks and couldn't even make any myself. I was an absolute non-believer in Sasquatch and Flying Saucers and I had difficulty accepting what I had seen.
I went to the camper and returned with my wife to where I had stood when I saw this thing. I asked Val to go to the spot where I had seen the animal so I could judge its size. I guess you know, that did not go over to well so I went to the place and shouted, asking my wife what she saw. She said, "I see a hunter in a blue jacket with a shotgun in his hand". Then she decided, if I wasn't afraid, she would go there. Judging my wife's size against what I had seen, I estimated it to be about 7 feet tall and weighed approximatly 500 to 600 pounds. I didn't tell anyone about the sighting for a few years because I thought they would think I was nuts.
OTHER WITNESSES: As descibed above, I was hunting for band tailed pigeons.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: The weather was clear and overcast. That is all I remember.
ENVIRONMENT: I'd guess, a couple miles north of Brinnon, there is a highway dept. bldg. on thew east side of the road. I pulled in by that building and past it a ways. Forested with second growth timber.
A & G References: Pg. 78, C1