IN Orange April 27, 2001 #00003

RECEIVED FROM: G.C.B.R.O. Online Submission Form

DATE: 04-27-01
TIME: 0745 HRS
LOCATION: RURAL STATE PROPERTY IN ORANGE COUNTY, INDIANA

TERRAIN: Wooded

OBSERVED: ON 4-27-01 AT AROUND 0745 HRS. I WAS WALKING ON A FIRE TRAIL ON STATE PROPERTY TRYING TO LOCATE A TURKEY. UPON SETTING UP IN A LARGE PINE THICKET I GAVE SEVERAL TURKEY CALLS AND HEARD A VERY LOUD SCREAM AND SOME LARGE FOOTSTEPS WITHIN 50 YARDS OF MY LOCATION. I WAS IN FULL CAMOFLAGE FROM HEAD TO TOE AND HELD MY GROUND. THE FOLIAGE WAS VERY THICK BUT I OBSERVED SOME SMALL MAPLE TREES MOVING AROUND THE OUTSIDE PERIMETER OF THE PINE THICKET. I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES WHEN I OBSERVED A LARGE HAIRY CREATURE THAT APPEARED TO BE 8 FEET TALL. THE CREATURE APPEARED TO BE CHECKING THE WIND TO LOCATE THE LOCATION OF THE TURKEY CALLS. I RAISED MY SHOTGUN JUST FOR PROTECTION DUE TO THE CREATURE COMING TO WITHIN 30 PACES OF MY LOCATION. I DEPRESSED THE SAFETY ON MY SHOTGUN AS THE CREATURE FACED ME AND APPEARED TO BE STALKING MY SCENT. IN AN INSTANT THE CREATURE CHARGED AND I FIRED ONE ROUND AT HIS FACE AREA AND THE CREATURE TURNED AND BOLTED DOWN A STEEP RAVINE AND OUT OF SIGHT. I COULD HEAR THE CREATURE STUMBLING AROUND IN THE BOTTOM OF THE RAVINE FOR ANOTHER 15 MINUTES. AT THIS POINT THE WOODS BECAME VERY QUIET, AND I WALKED TO THE LOCATION OF THE SHOT. I OBSERVED SPECKLING OF BLOOD SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE AREA WHERE THE CREATURE EXITED THE RAVINE. I ALSO OBSERVED A PINE TREE 8 INCHES IN DIAMETER THAT WAS BROKEN AT THE BASE. I LEFT THE AREA AND NEVER RETURNED.
ACTIVITIES OF WITNESSES: Hunting for turkey
DESCRIPTION OF CREATURE: 8 foot tall, large, hairy creature
OTHER NOTES: I HAVE HEARD OF OTHER HUNTERS IN THE AREA HEARING THE LOUD SCREAMS IN THE SAME LOCATION. I DON’T KNOW FOR SURE BUT I BELIEVE THIS WAS A BIGFOOT. I ALSO HOPE THAT I DIDN’T KILL THE CREATURE BUT IT WAS ONLY FOR PROTECTION.

OTHER SIGHTINGS IN THIS AREA: