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COUNTY: Okaloosa County
LOCATION DETAILS: Go up 85 north and turn down an off road towards Duke Field. Once you take that exit, turn right at the light and immediately on your right take that turn and you come to the Eglin Hunting Grounds. Go to Jackson South.
NEAREST TOWN: Crestview
NEAREST ROAD: 85 North
OBSERVED: My husband and I were sitting in the woods hunting in northern Florida, about an hour from Alabama. We were sitting in the brush and heard a loud crunch, thinking it was a big buck, when my husband and I turned to look about 80 yards out we see a massive human like figure that was covered in meduim longish brown hair looking from behind a large oak tree at the end of a bottom, towards the entrance of a branch head. About 30 minutes later we heard another load crunch and right behind a pine tree we looked and another 80 yards out heading towards the bottom we see the same large hairy human figure turning and heading deeper into the creek bottom.
ALSO NOTICED: Overly loud crunching
OTHER WITNESSES: Just my husband
OTHER STORIES: In Panama City
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around 4pm - 4:30pm
ENVIRONMENT: Pine and Oak Forest area
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
There were two witnesses. They live in Niceville, Florida. I spoke with the wife. They were hunting white-tailed deer in the Jackson South portion of Eglin Air Force Base on a slope above Pinelog Creek (see maps below).
They were wearing hunter-orange vests sitting and facing each other when they heard a big crunch, like something large stepping on brush. Her husband thought it was a buck before it came into view 60-80 yards away. She saw his face react as if seeing something frightening. He grabbed her shirt and directed her attention behind her, in the direction of the sound. They both saw the figure as it was looking at them. She said it was dark brown in color, not black, and seemed to stand over 7 feet tall on two legs. It was shaped like a man but covered with hair.
The couple turned to look toward each other briefly. That is when the figure stepped out of their view. They continued to sit quietly, though scared. Several minutes later they heard another crunch in a different direction. They saw it again briefly as it was heading toward the creek bottom where the brush is thicker.
Before the couple left the area they saw two does (female deer) approach them in a hurry as if fleeing from something.
Here is the location on Eglin Air Force Base:
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