Geographical Index > United States > Michigan > Schoolcraft County > Report # 24127|
Submitted by witness on Sunday, July 6, 2008.
Partridge hunter has a daylight sighting while driving from Germfask
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DATE: Maybe early October.
COUNTY: Schoolcraft County
LOCATION DETAILS: Second high bank on the Manistique River Road.
NEAREST TOWN: Germfask, Manistique
NEAREST ROAD: M-77
OBSERVED: This incident occurred in late September or early October in 2002. I was living in Seney at the time and working in Manistique in the U.P. of Michigan. I would take the Manistique river road to work every day to try and bag a couple of partridge on the way in. This is a gravel road that runs along the river from Germfask to Manistique. On this day, I left early and drove slowly for about the first half of the road. I had shot one bird, and chased another into the popples a way, and realized that I was close to being late.
I cased up my shotgun and jumped in the car and put the hammer down in the 1991 Ford Fiesta. About 45mph is pretty fast on this road, but I had driven it many times. With the river on the right and white pine stands on the left, I was approaching an area called the "second high bank." I saw movement on the left in the pines, and slowed down thinking to avoid hitting a deer.
About 30 to 40 yards ahead of me I saw what can only be described as a sasquatch approach the road, then pause and look in my direction, and apparently, change his mind and turn and run parallel to the road in the direction I was travelling. This scared the s*** out of me. I slowed down but was scared to stop, and I didn't want it to jump me in the small car, so I jammed brakes, and reversed a couple hundred yards. I took my single shot 20 ga. out of the case and loaded it with birdshot. Still scared to go back in the direction I was headed, I sat there for about 2 to 3 minutes, until a pickup truck with another hunter approached from the same direction I had come. I let him pass and then followed him on through to Manistique. As I passed the area where the sasquatch had been I looked for sign, but saw none. I have never told anyone about this until recently, when a friend of mine told me of a similar occurrence that had happened to his aunt. He told me about this web site.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me.
OTHER STORIES: None in the same area. But possibly one in Gulliver years earlier by my brother's friend.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Between 1:45 AND 2:15 P.M.
ENVIRONMENT: Stated above.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
Manistique River Rd. (CR-436) travels along the Manistique River. Starting at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, it twists and turns southwesterly some 50 miles, emptying into Lake Michigan at Manistique.
The witness was 4-5 miles from Germfask. The animal appeared to be 6 1/2 - 7' tall and on the thin side. Its hair described as dark brown, not shiny, 4 1/2" long and "dreadlock looking". No additional details noticed, the sasquatch choosing to run in the same direction as his vehicle was very unnerving. Loading the gun made him feel safer.
This avid outdoorsman and ex-US Marine now has a hard time enjoying the woods, always looking over his shoulder and experiencing what he calls "irrational fear".
About BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
- Worked as an Assistant to a Circuit Court Judge in Florida for thirteen years
- An avid outdoorswoman, growing up in the UP of Michigan on a family-owned fishing and hunting resort. Currently lives in the Hiawatha National Forest
- Certified Visual Tracker, Level 1
- Attended and assisted with numerous public and private BFRO expeditions
- She and the Florida BFRO organized South Florida Expedition 2008, North Florida Expedition 2008 and Central Florida Expedition in 2009.
- She and the Michigan BFRO organized the Lower-Michigan Expedition in 2011, Michigan UP Expeditions in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and Wisconsin 2018.