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Report # 24898  (Class B)
Submitted by witness Please keep name confidential on Tuesday, October 14, 2008.
Powerful knocking sounds unsettle hunter outside Montesano

YEAR: 2006


MONTH: October

DATE: 14

STATE: Washington

COUNTY: Grays Harbor County

LOCATION DETAILS: On a logging road. I cant remember the exact road number but I might be able to take someone there if I can remember correctly.


NEAREST ROAD: Wynoochee Valley Road

OBSERVED: After 2 years I feel that it is time to share my experience I had. It was October 2006 I was Deer hunting with my girlfriend in the Wynoochee Valley area. We stopped at a spur road and walked down to the edge of a landing to look for deer. After standing at the edge of the landing a knocking noise started. I noticed it immediately. It was coming from the creek bottom which was probably a good 7 to 800 yards down the hill. It sounded like 2 pieces of wood hitting each other, hence knocking. At first I thought it was someone using a hammer or something but thought, "why in the heck would somebody be all the way down in that canyon hammering something?!". I decided to descend into the clear cut to get a better listen. As I descended I noticed the knocking noise stopped. But as soon as I stopped it started again. This went on several times until I was probably 5 to 600 hundred yards away. The hairs on the back of my neck started to stand right up and I started to get goosebumps so I climbed back up the hill and got out of there. It just felt like something was watching me because of the starting and the stopping of the knocks as I moved down towards it. Ive been hunting all of my life and have NEVER felt that way in the woods. It was just plain creepy.

ALSO NOTICED: None to my knowledge. Just the knocking.

OTHER WITNESSES: My Girlfriend. She was standing right along side me.


TIME AND CONDITIONS: Im going to say 5pm
Partly Cloudy
Getting dark

ENVIRONMENT: I was in the clear cut replanted with Douglas Fir. The sound was coming from the creek bottom which was also Mature Douglas Fir.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator David W Ellis:

I spoke with the witness for about thirty minutes. As stated, he was going hunting with his girlfriend. He was a couple of miles from the nearest dwelling. From atop a landing area, above a clear cut, he began to hear a loud banging sound. His immediate reactionary thought was hammer on wood. BANG, BANG, BANG. Three loud sounds in a row. The sounds were coming from the creek bed below, in a stand of timber. He estimates, the sounds were coming from at least 1/4 of a mile away. That is when it hit him, the context was wrong. People shouldn't be hammering on wood out here at this location. Nobody should be down there unless it was another hunter, in which case, he wouldn't be hammering on wood announcing his presence. So now the witness was a little on edge.

He was wearing a bright hunters orange vest. His gun was visible when he ventured down into the clear cut. As he moved the area was quiet but when he came to a stop. BANG, BANG, BANG, he heard the loud sounds again. It was the same rhythmic pattern. After listening a brief moment he continued moving forward. Coming to a stop to scan the hill, he heard it again. BANG, BANG, BANG. This time he could feel the hair on the back of his neck stand up. He got all tingly with an overwhelming feeling of Dread. He realized that he could not stay here and had to leave. He felt he was in flight or fight mode and made a hasty retreat up the slope back to his truck.

When he got back to his vehicle he was ready to go. He got the feeling he was under surveillance or being watched. For some reason this scenario was unsettling for him. This was the first time this has happened to him in all the years he has hunted.

About BFRO Investigator David W Ellis:

  • Senior Sales Representative for Lightolier / Philips
  • Currently residing on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound
  • Attended several public and private expeditions in Washington State
  • Assisted with the 2009 expeditions on the Peninsula and the Cascades