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DATE: 30 - 31
COUNTY: Delta County
LOCATION DETAILS: 49880 ZIP CODE. Mid-western edge of the Hiawatha National Forest on family private property.
NEAREST TOWN: Rock
NEAREST ROAD: not disclosed private land
OBSERVED: We,(FIVE OF US) planned a three day investigation on private property, some 126 acres of private property near Rock, north of Escanaba Michigan, U.P.
Arriving in a predetermined site, some half mile into the described property near the Hiawatha National Forest, the working campsite was set up in a clearing, surrounded by forest and swamp land. Drone footage revealed our location to be in a remote area with opened swamp land, wooded habitation for local wildlife and full of game trails.
Large cats, coyote, black bear, wolves and deer comprise the common larger wild-life in this area.
Several digital cameras were set up or used during our visit to this area including GoPro, Panasonic video cam, HD drone cam, digital photo cams, trail cam, digital audio recorder and IR night vision cam and a digital SD card megaphone loaded with various sasquatch vocalizations gathered before the trip.
The first night, Wednesday the 30th of May, 2018 was mainly uneventful, though I went to use a tree earlier in the day behind our campsite and happened to look down to my right and smack in the middle of a game trail were two large footprints. The prints looked older with some leaves and debris in them. Frank and Bart made a cast.
During this first evening, Frank and Bart heard some physical movement in the wooded area directly behind the camp, Frank searched the tree line along the edge of the site and believes that he observed "something", through the IR camera, though it was not captured due to a "battery issue". We all entered our tents sometime after 1:30am or so.
The second night, Thursday, May 31st, was a completely different experience. I still do not understand why a group of "first timers" with no personal Squatch research experience, schooled only by what we read about the subject and view on You Tube, would have such an incredible event happen to us.
I will say few words about this experience, my partners will share their own perception of what took place.
We all entered our tents some time after 2am on the second night. Ignorance and inexperience account for me not turning on the digital audio recorder before turning in. After all, we were going to sleep, nothing had happened earlier, and thinking of the next day's possibilities, I completely let everyone down, but learned a lesson. consequently, we did not capture the audio of something huge that came near us within 50+ yards or so of our camp.
"CLOSE, LOUD AND LONG"!!!
A little after 4am, (we check our watches), a long and loud yell or howl, lasting at least a good 10 seconds, pierced the night, immediately followed by a pack of coyote, yelping, inter-mingled with shorter yells/howls from whatever was "shaking" up the forest, woke us all up in complete surprise and amazement.
The length of the vocalization exceed the capability of a wolf by 5+ seconds or so. The yell was definitely not a wolf.
It did not seem like this could really happen, BUT IT DID! Once the coyote stopped their yelping, EVERYTHING went silent! no critters to be heard for sometime after. - DB
MONDAY night, arrived set up camp, soot steps behind me, felt like something behind me, Frank looked behind me with night vision he was a bit shaken and said he saw a face. looked again with new batteries and face was gone.
TUESDAY NIGHT; large scream 75 yards to south coyotes went crazy with 2 short screams. nothing I ever heard, lasted about 10 to 12 seconds om first long scream/howl,,,,,,,
WEDNESDAY : am, discussed what happened in am at 4:20 determined it was bigfoot and length, distance and intensity of the owl/scream......in pm met with bigfoot expert and had lot of answers to questions......
THURSDAY; woke up and someone noticed bones about 30 feet away. they were over a foot long looked like bones from a deer and were snapped clean and looked bleached from sun. this bothered me. someone had to of seen this sooner.
all words are from journal and not to be changed or polished............. Bart
Shortly after arriving at our camp site Dennis found a foot print. It was the left foot. I was able to put my fingers into the indentation of the toes. It seemed the fourth toe was missing. We also saw a light impression of another and possibly a third print not far away.
First night we were there We were sitting around the fire and Bart said there was something to his left and behind him I slowly got up and looked through the night vision camera and thought I saw a face between two small trees then the camera died. When the camera was working again I could not find it again.
This was possibly 20 foot from me. I found no foot prints in that area the next day. We later went to sleep. Bart and I got out of the tent about 4:20 to go pee. We heard what sounded like a whistle it was a tone like a bird we heard earlier but sounded different. We could hear no other sound , birds or frogs.
The second night we were awaken by what I can only describe as a yell that was so loud sounding like whooooo about 10sec long with coyote yelling at the same time in the same location there were 4 or 5 short yells 2 or 3 sec that quickly followed then total silence.
This sound was perhaps only 50-75 yards away That was the only time we heard coyotes at our camp before or after.
We found 2 bones maybe 40 or 50 feet from our tents there were no other bones to be found so the kill was not there. In the picture you can see how one bone was broken.
ALSO NOTICED: foot print (two)
OTHER WITNESSES: three
OTHER STORIES: reports tracked and marked on a map by Rich Meyer show several incidents in and around this remote area.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 4AM
ENVIRONMENT: forest, swamp
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Rich Meyer:
These witnesses did a great job of documenting their experiences. I had been talking off and on with DB for quite some time before their trip to help them prepare. Though they are all self admitted amateur bigfooters, their years of experience in and out of the woods lends to them being reputable witnesses.
Originally I was to meet them at the location and help look for evidence, however at the last minute the land owner did not want any locals on the property for a bigfoot excursion, so we met at another location where they interviewed me and I answered their questions the best I could. This area has had years of activity but the locals do not like to talk openly about it. There is sufficient cover, water and prey species to support a family group of bigfoots in the area.
About BFRO Investigator Rich Meyer:
Avid outdoorsman, grew up in the woods all over Michigan.
Worked with a Hunting Guide service for many years as a guide, scout and tracker.
Attended the 2013 Michigan UP Expedition, 2014 Wisconsin Expedition and many private expeditions.
Co-organizer 2015, 2016 and 2018 BFRO Michigan U.P. Expedition and 2018 BFRO Northeast WI Expedition
Co Creator of the U.P. Bigfoot Conference est. 2016
Researched Bigfoot on his own before becoming a BFRO Investigator. Creator of the Upper Peninsula Bigfoot/Sasquatch Research Organization Facebook Page