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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Possible 'Bigfoot' Seen by Deer Hunter in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin

Two deer hunters are in a pine forest in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin. One of the hunters thinks he sees his friend moving ahead off him. Later, he was told that he had never moved. Interesting account.

I recently came across the following account:

"My friend and I were deer hunting, early bow season in west central Wisconsin (Eau Claire County). We had scouted earlier and so we knew the area. We drove in and parked, and then walked in off the corner of a couple of fire trails. Maybe 200-300 yards. Total dark forest, but a lot of pine so not much undercover. Somewhat rolling terrain but easy walking. Didn't bring flashlights. I got to my spot, my buddy went on to his chosen location maybe 100-125 yards farther in. He would be roughly on my 10:00 o'clock position. It's probably 4:30 AM. (We wanted everything to settle down. Great location, several deer trails passing through to a swampy area across the road).

It was a nice morning to be in the woods. My eyes became somewhat accustomed to the dark; I could vaguely make out the trunks of the pines surrounding me... black, compared to very dark grey. My shooting lane was pretty open from about my 11:00 - 1:00 o'clock, out to about 50 yards.

Sometime around 5:45 AM, false dawn, my buddy decides to change positions. I see him pass left-to-right in front of me, out about maybe 50 yards. Barely visible. He is crouched over, not making a sound. Passes out of sight. I'm a little miffed. What was the point of coming in so early if we're going to be wandering around? Oh well, it was his area, I was the guest.

Well, after it gets light, and there had been no deer moving at all, I get up, stretch, pack up my stuff and head straight out. Same time, I see my buddy coming back out from the left. I wait until he gets up to me and asked, "Why did you move? And how did you get back to your original stand?"

He looked quizzical. "I never moved." I told him I saw him, gave him the story. He shook his head, "Wasn't me!"

Not many theories will fit this. Another hunter would make sense, but he sure didn't drive in. And his license would have to say 'Quasimodo.' Was it as hunchback bear walking on his hind legs? Very doubtful.

My hunting buddy was a Vietnam vet, and used to talk about the 'Rock Ape' that he encountered once and that other soldiers talked about. I asked him if I may have seen a Bigfoot. He didn't give me an answer.

Then about a month later, he told me that a few years prior to us hunting there, rumors of Bigfoot were being told by several hunters in the region. He never thought much of it, but was a bit surprised when I told him what I saw." JP

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Mothman / Winged Humanoids Roundtable - Investigators & Researchers - PM Radio

Phantoms & Monsters Radio welcomes Mothman / winged humanoids investigators & researchers Tobias Wayland, Manuel Navarette, & Travis Shortt.

Tobias Wayland is a passionate fortean who has been actively investigating the unusual for over a decade; the first several years of his investigative career were spent as a MUFON field investigator, and following that he investigated independently prior to becoming the head writer and editor for the Singular Fortean Society. Tobias is a frequent guest on various podcasts and radio shows, has contributed to several books on the paranormal, and is often invited to speak at paranormal conferences and events. He was also featured in the Small Town Monsters documentary 'Terror in the Skies' and the series premiere of Expedition X for his work investigating Mothman sightings around Lake Michigan. He and his wife Emily have been involved with the Lake Michigan Mothman investigation since its advent in the spring of 2017, and recently published a book chronicling the experience, 'The Lake Michigan Mothman: High Strangeness in the Midwest.'

His years as an investigator have served him best by illustrating that when it comes to the anomalous, the preternatural, and the paranormal, any answers he's found are still hopelessly outnumbered by questions.

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Manuel Navarette is the founder and curator of UFO Clearinghouse and an active paranormal investigator. He is currently one of the chief investigators of the Chicago / Lake Michigan Mothman phenomenon (along with Lon Strickler and Tobias Wayland) and a member of the Phantom and Monsters Fortean Research Team. Manuel has been interested in the paranormal since the age of 17 and has had multiple sightings of UFO’s and recently of a winged humanoid at Chicago O’Hare Airport. The website he founded, UFO Clearinghouse is a website dedicated and committed to providing the most up to date information on recent UFO sightings, reported alien abductions, and cryptid sightings. It is designed as a place where information can be freely exchanged and accessed by paranormal researchers and investigators for the reason of furthering the search for the truth.

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Travis Shortt is a native of Virginia.  He trained and served earlier in life as an ordained minister before pursuing a career in broadcasting and eventually media relations.  He developed an early interest in the paranormal and supernatural with a zeal for UFO’s, hauntings, and the occult.  He became interested in the events around the Mothman sightings after reading about the original events in a book by Jerome Clark. He, Charlie McCracken, and Matthew Fleming began an in depth investigation in 2003 that culminated in 2009 with the first feature documentary on the topic 'Dark Wings: The Mothman Chronicle.' 

He holds a degree in Communication from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and pursued a Master’s Degree in Theology from Master’s International School of Divinity. He currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Vectors Partners, LLC a technology firm in Tennessee and is the founder of Phoenix Publicity, and along with Matthew Fleming, is one of the producers and researchers for 'Dark Wings: The Mothman Chronicle.' From 2006-2009 he served as featured speaker at the Mothman Festival addressing the spiritual and religious implications of the Mothman sightings.

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