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  1. 4 points
    There is little likelihood that BF populations in the Appalachians and PWN have intersected since the European settlers surged Westward. They probably did not before that either because of the distances involved and isolation by the great American plains. In other words there are now pockets of diverse populations of BF that have several and perhaps hundreds of generations of genetic isolation. One can expect increasing genetic diversity and differences in appearance between distantly isolated groups. Perhaps the ones in Florida were isolated first because of the flow of settlement in the East Coast? The last to be isolated would be the ones in the PNW since that is were European settlement happened last. Just that might explain why those in the PNW may be more genetically healthy because interchange of individuals could still be conducted between various BF tribes. Genetic health would promote less genetic deviation and differences in appearance.
  2. 4 points
    Tried a different sort of area last time out, just outside of a small town and beyond the farming belt around it. Camped above a nicely flowing stream, the green patch upper right is a farm field. Had a tolerable view while sipping on an Old Rasputin, watching a 4 point muley buck very warily make its way through the brush below and waiting for darkness to head down canyon to a nice petroglyph panel to offer a bit of tobacco and mojo to the Ancients in exchange for the view. Last time we were here we did the same nighttime hike down and when the wind shifted, there came with it a strong musky animal smell that even i picked up and i can't smell a thing out in this dry climate, uneventful this time, just a nice hike under a gibbous moon til it was obscured by clouds. Camped out on cots till the thunderstorm arrived at 3am, lightening illuminating the valley and distant mountains. i scrambled to get the tent set up and cots stashed, made it in with about 3 minutes to spare before the wall of wind and rain hit. It didn't last long, things quieted down to where we could hear 3 different packs of coyotes howling and yiping to one another along with a pair of great horned owls calling. That activity kept up intermittently til dawn. This area has had the most animal activity we've seen. I've scrambled around the state looking for the spot to dedicate a focused search, a lot of possibilities just need to take a block of time. Bi-pedal Bighorn:
  3. 3 points
    1 - Your opinion is based on nothing but assumptions. Derek owns his own business and has been booked for months in advance ( over a year ) out on work and has not had much opportunity to sit down and get the entire group together to discuss the results. Shane has been spearheading current efforts also in an effort to locate new nest sites to try and find fresh samples for testing. I will respond to hiflier separately as I have time, I am also starting work as I have moved and what time I do get it is out in the woods locally researching ( we all have day jobs ) reports. 2 - Yes, Derek and Shane spoke at one event this spring and Shane spoke at the other in OR just last month ( I was there holding the booth ), both of these should be on youtube. 3 - That is also nothing more than an opinion based on no substance. I am a member of the Olympic Project. Free time has been short for leadership in the OP and what time has been spared has gone back into field operation/expeds. I understand the frustration some have about this effort as it has been quiet for a long time now but things are still going on.
  4. 3 points
    Just got back from seven day Alaska cruise with my wife. I haven't been very active the past few years due to health issues. Doing better now dropped 50 lbs getting out walking and plan to get out there and do more time in the forests. We saw dozens of hump back whales some Orcas, porpoises, sea otters, seals but no bears. Lots of salmon in Sitka AK.
  5. 2 points
    I do believe we are looking at individual variation and maybe differing genus like trout populations in the east and west for instance based on possibly regional influences/barriers, but many of these guys may be trim like the most athletic NFL linebackers; I suspect you could call many of them massive. The way sasquatch have been viewed hauling away white-tails, razorbacks and elk I would say they have muscle mass above and beyond for sure in many cases. I was more talking height here than anything. My night-time education involved a 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 footer and I did not get the impression it was a juvenile sent on a counting coup adventure to directly approach me. It was not alone that night though and two others may have been on a counting coup mission. Aging in sasquatch is a little too far out there for me and others to probably speak to however. Based on some TN sightings they do suffer from bone infections or strokes, probably dental problems just like humans. I'm primarily in the southern appalachians now and have given thought as to how a wide body, tall sasquatch fits nicely in the North Cascades but maybe not so much in the Blue Ridge, having spent some time on both coasts now.
  6. 2 points
    If the US government wants them extinct then they already are. Interesting theory,but highly unlikely. Of course the more plausible theory is the creature does not exist . Perhaps,at one time they may have and modern man drove them to extinction or decreased numbers that they are no longer a viable breeding population. Existing in small numbers in the dark forests.
  7. 2 points
    I’m not so sure Bigfoot is concerned about it’s hairdo. But maybe Indians copied the Bigfoot “look”?
  8. 2 points
    Spent two days on the black river catching Apache trout. Apache Sitgreaves NF. Bighorn came off ridge and grazed right through camp this morn. Currently in Alpine Az, staying at RV park, getting showers and ice and catching up on emails and texts. Update on Smittybuilt RTT. I love the ease and simplicity of taking it down and putting it up. Stayed dry in pouring rain and hail. Don’t worry about lumpy ground or tree roots like with traditional tents. My only complaint is the platform is made out of some white material that bows a bit. We tried to keep sleeping bags in tent when it folded up. The hinge didn’t like that. And will try to pop out of its track. Would prefer if the deck was more rigid and deeper so the bedding could stay in the tent, dry and ready for bed time. It’s well worth 1200 bucks I think. A cabelas alaknak costs similar. And is just fabric and a pole set.It also doesn’t come with a rain fly and you would get wet in bad weather. My son likes the light bar and charging station that came with it. Hang a IPad off the ridge pole and we are watching westerns when the sun goes down and charging phones. These look like rainbow to me. They stock the river every friday.
  9. 1 point
    ^^^ In my opinion these Hollywood creations all have the same basic look to them. In other words, they look like they were made in Hollywood. Are they meant to look realistic? To actually fool anyone? To be kid friendly? It is important to consider the intent of the creator. What are they attempting to convey? Patty looks nothing like these slick L.A. movie industry offerings.
  10. 1 point
    If and when a body or bones with viable DNA are sequenced I suspect we will find that it has been sequenced before. I think the glitch happens when it mostly looks human, but parts do not. So the assumption is made that it is contaminated or fragmented human. I do not think a DNA lab will ever make the leap until they have a big chunk of BF flesh to test and verify that they can repeat the test with the same results. But what it is will not be evident, only that the chunk of meat has a lot of similarities to human, chimpanzee, and bonobo. It could be that if it is very close to human, a lab might even call in law enforcement. The skeleton or body has to be examined to define the morphology of the species. That is the tall order but in this case necessary to prove existence. DNA alone will not work.
  11. 1 point
    I can mostly agree, if you get really fresh blood or a good deal of hair with follicles then you could get a full genome. A tall order it seems.
  12. 1 point
    the curious thing about the ANE film company and Eric Beckjord is that there isn't any known connection. ANE went bankrupt in 1974, and Beckjord was active in the PGF research field from around 1978 or so. And the EB estate has no connection with the ANE company, and Eric's known copies (I've scanned three of his) are not connected to the ANE copy family in any way. So I would assume the earlier reports of some connection of the EB estate to this new found copy are an assumption that was inaccurate. But as long as the film's owner doesn't communicate with the research community, the second hand and third hand news does get modified by incorrect assumptions inevitably added by the extra hands.
  13. 1 point
    Just an update: I have had several exchanges of emails with the original poster, and he did clarify some things as much as he knew about the film owner and efforts to get it analyzed. He apparently made an assumption I was involved with the analysis, but it was a flawed assumption. I have still not had any direct contact with whomever owns the film in question. The most likely determination is that the film in question is simply a print copy of the ANE documentary, exactly the same as my Copy 14 in my inventory. So it would be equal to Copy 14, which is a good and useful copy, but nothing spectacular. I have no idea who might be doing an analysis for the owner (the number of qualified people in the world to do this properly, you can count on one hand and have a few fingers left over), and don't have much confidence this unknown analyst can do a truly comprehensive appraisal of the film, but the owner is well within his rights to select whomever he wants to do it. But the prospects of this find being something remarkable in the PGF research world are getting less by the day.
  14. 1 point
    The phrasing here suggests you've thought about the "why". I may be mistaken, of course. Do you think this is because of wide variation withiin one species or because there are more than one species, maybe existing cooperatively? Or something else ... ? MIB
  15. 1 point
    I agree nearly entirely with your posting, and regret I'm out of plusses for the day. However, the warming that doomed the mammoths was entirely natural, and that I doubt any current warming trend due to "our friends on the right," but again due to natural causes shouldn't shade my consensus with your posting.
  16. 1 point
    Hominins have always been an adventurous race. What drove us to brave the deserts of the Sahara and the Middle East in wave after wave after wave in order to leave Africa? It’s just in our biology to be explorers and it’s one of the reasons we began to walk upright in the first half place. I’m still skeptical of the Marx Overkill Theory. Why were elephants in Asia and Africa spared but mammoths (amongst other ice age megafauna) in Europe and the Americas systematically targeted for slaughter and wiped out? I think it’s always been about the warming climate rendering shaggy fur obsolete (no matter what our friends on the right accuse of simply being a Chinese hoax or a “greenie/liberal” conspiracy theory). I’m not saying we didn’t occasionally hunt them or even scavenge from kills but surely they weren’t the easiest quarry to bring down and decimate?? I think they were here long before we were. The Cerutti Mastadon site is thought to be 130,000 years old. Big assumption tying this to Sasquatch I admit but I have to ask ‘what else had the means of smashing a mastadon bone with a crude cobble 117,000 years before the first paleo-Indian showed up?’ Homo had entered Eurasia as early as 2 million years ago. It’s anybody’s guess how long it took them to find Beringia and trek it but the potential is there for it to be a pretty long while back. I don’t doubt the difficulty of the terrain one bit but if mammoths, bison, wolves, bears, etc were able to make the trek numerous times without boats then it’s entirely possible that a bipedal hominin was able to follow these herds into the new world without boats as well when the water levels were much lower.
  17. 1 point
    MIB has a good point on lack of data available to make a determination of relative size and relationships. Jack Horner, a Canadian Palentologist, basically caused several species of dinosaurs to go extinct. Extinct is not the right word exactly, but he showed the species never existed. www.ted.com/talks/jack_horner_shape_shifting_dinosaurs/transcript?language=en Entertaining video. He wondered why baby dinosaurs were not found more frequently. They should be found more often than mature adults in the same strata because most likely do not achieve adult size. In our search for the origin of BF we are making a lot of assumptions based on very few findings. Relative size of likely candidates are perhaps premature because of lack of specimens. The size and morphology of giganto, homo erectus, etc are all based on very little data. From the mistakes made with the dinosaurs, I would expect similar problems with man kinds ancestors and members of our family tree. There is too little data to have any likelihood of assuming the correct evolution and origins of BF. .Meldrum contends that several species in our more recent human lineage likely have yet to be found. Fossels and ancient bones are very rare.
  18. 1 point
    I'm always looking for a better pack. Never quite finding what I hope to find. For day packs I like a lot of organization, something with many pockets so I know where each thing is. Also so things like my audio recorders can run without accidentally the off button. Though heavy, some of the tactical packs are pretty decent. I've used 511 Tactical's Rush12 and Rush24 packs. My only beef with them is lack of a waist belt. Add 3L of water and by end of day your shoulders will be talking to you. There are attachment points for a belt, you could cobble something together, but I haven't had a lot of luck so far. Another I've used some is the Eberlestock H3 "Sawed Off". It's a good hydration pack with some extra storage. It has a little bit of very good organization, just doesn't go far enough. It has a waist belt but it rides very high on me so it stabilizes the load but does not carry weight. There are a couple other packs I like ... Kelty Redwing 32 and The North Face Terra 35. The Kelty has fair organization but isn't quite long enough, max torso length is 18.5 inches. The Terra 35 hauls a load of water, etc very well but doesn't have much organization. I've used both when I was doing a lot of trail cam work. One of my favorite packs for just wandering around .. not packing trail cams or the like, just a bit of water, a jacket, and a small camera, is Badlands "Pursuit". No waist band, but in the days I was using it, I was not carrying enough weight to matter. None of these is waterproof. I've either used a pack cover or put the pack contents in small trash bags to keep them dry. The waterproof packs I've looked at seem like they'd make you sweat and not ventilate thus defeating the intended purpose. MIB
  19. 1 point
    The Timber lobby likely wouldn't mind. MK Davis on the other hand mind up massacre nonsense out of his own mental bowels.
  20. 1 point
    Nature is remarkable. Evolution and punctuated equilibrium can work wonders in quick (geologic time) order. Species overall size has been enlarged/shrunk countless times. Indeed, we have our own Homo floresiensis as an example. Regarding diet, I've observed gray squirrels and prairie dogs cannibalizing neighbors. A deer species has been found to be a major predator of ground-nesting birds. As MIB states above, best not to limit the possibilities.
  21. 1 point
    If it evolved in North America rather than traveling here more or less in the form we know it, it's not an ape, it's a monkey. There are examples in zoology of similar-ish creatures filling similar niches that come from different roots ... essentially if a niche is open, something will evolve to fill it. An example is the mara or patagonian hare which is a rodent whose ancestors adapted to fill the niche since there are no true hares there as would be found in similar niches in Europe. There are a couple things seemingly wrong with the true monkey idea. First, no true monkeys that we know of have grown anywhere that large, second, none are bipedal, third, there's not a single hint in the fossil record from North America for either current or previous species of that size. For it to be correct we'd have to be breaking new ground in several areas at once ... seems less probable than an immigrant from Asia (or even Europe). Everything seems to point towards something from genus Homo sharing a close common ancestor with us, the question is ... what, which ancestor, and how far back? H. erectus is a serious possibility but far from the only one we should consider. IMHO, we should not take any cards off the table. None. We simply don't have enough information to support doing so, all we have are belief systems. Filtering what you will look at because if you find it, it won't fit your belief system, is about the surest way I can think of to be wrong. It's dogma, no more, no less. MIB
  22. 1 point
    That's what it looked like to me. Could be that the booted person walked on firmer soil than the smaller barefoot child. Could be that they were laid down at different times. We don't know. On a different note, my dog and I puttered around one of the area lakes yesterday. Didn't see anything unusual, though I found a half dozen area I want to look into further. My truck is now dog approved:)
  23. 1 point
    A better picture may be that whatever Sasquatch is, or was, it's entirely possible that it came from older and deeper in the line that produced Zana. In other words, the line that led to the Almasty? In reading Zana's preferences for sleeping accomodations as well as other physical abilities and attributes she possessed I could see her "species" surviving the ancient trek. Especially if they were pursued East for decades if not centuries by Homo Sapiens once the line arrived into Northern Asia? They didn't necessarily need to be vegetarian either and may even have started out being a bit smaller in size.
  24. 1 point
    My wives family were big time mushers. They put on the Priest Lake sled dog race for years. Houndsmen do it differently. Just one hold for all the dogs and a strike platform on top. Plott Hounds are considered best for bear.
  25. 1 point
    ...it wouldn’t be fair of me to bring up the saggital keel however without adding that it’s been found in many early Homo sapien skulls as well. Remnants even pop up from time to time today in modern humans (think Patrick Stewart).
  26. 1 point
    Sorry, wish I had more but that is about all. It hit my feed as an old news story and I thought the pic was interesting. Campers saw eyes at night watching them somewhere near the inland waterway, were creeped out enough during the day to fire their shotgun, and then filmed it with the pic above came from the video. I assume it is some place south of VB near the dismal swamp. I do not have the video. Like you it was familiar but I could not pin it down. I thought the pic was good enough to post as you can see the conical head and looks hairy and fairly tall though not really broad. The right leg looks weird but that could just be some reflection...or a boot.
  27. 1 point
    Good point about how to buy it. When I was looking, Pulsar required dealers to advertise at a required price. If you called them, they could offer a lower price, they just couldn't advertise it. I got a heck of a deal and would suggest to those looking for a thermal to actually call a dealer to see what they'll offer it for. The small dealers who have an internet-based thermal business are the ones I found who were willing to negotiate a price.
  28. 1 point
    Welcome, Watcher333. You might want to check out the Sightings area and then go to the Midwest section. You're most likely to find what you're looking for over there.
  29. 1 point
    I was surprised to hear on a recent episode of the Astonishing Legends podcast that the original PGF is missing and it's exact location is unknown. Do any of you have any information on this? If you haven't heard the six part series of the PGF on Astonishing Legends, you should give them a listen. They were outstanding!
  30. 1 point
    An update now that I have used the HPG bag for a few months... This thing is great. I keep it pretty lightly packed, but having the ability to carry my pistol concealed at chest level is much better than trying to carry it in a waist holster. I usually carry a pistol, spare mag, lighter, compass, flashlight, keys, and a space blanket. It does get a bit hot in the Carolina summer, but what doesn't? I found a horizontal MOLLE pouch for my Leatherman, so it is easily accessible. I also found a MOLLE attachment for an action can, so my camera is mounted at chest level. It has held up extremely well...no loose threads or anything of that nature. My girlfriend goes out researching with me, and uses the new HPG Snubby Recon. It fits her smaller frame well, and allows her to carry a M&P Shield and her phone, along with an ESEE 3 attached to the MOLLE in an Armatus Carry sheath. That pretty much maxes out her space for gear, although she does have empty space on the front MOLLE straps so she could attach some additional exterior pouches. All in all, I think that either the HPG or the Emerson would be a great addition to anyone's gear... especially if you want to conceal carry a firearm.
  31. 1 point
    Thanks for the information. I went with the Flir Scout TK, mainly for the ability to record video without having to rely on an external recorder. I get it in tomorrow, so I hope to get it into the field this weekend. For those of you who are looking for a Flir TK, pay attention to eBay. Authorized Flir dealers will run specials on eBay that they do not offer on their own websites. I was able to get one if these units for under $500 shipped....no tax.
  32. 1 point
    Dan makes incredible backpacks and they're nearly custom. When I ordered mine back in the 1990s, I had to send a bunch of measurements to him. The backpack I got was masterfully built, will last three generations, and can haul 125 lbs or more. That said, I think companies like Seek Outside are revolutionizing the industry. Exceedingly lightweight packs that are waterproof, can comfortably haul out elk quarters (I don't hunt), and,, in my opinion, are far more user friendly than any "backpacking" pack I've ever owned. Being a McHale backpack owner, that's saying something. I'll never go back to an internal-frame pack again. An external offers too many options unavailable with an internal. Breakaway capability for starters. Moreover, the modern-day external-frame packs are not the flat, aluminum-tube externals from decades ago. My pack has 130L+ capacity, is fully waterproof without a cover, can carry whatever weight I can hope to haul, rolls down into a small bag to act as a day pack, yet weighs about 4.5 lbs including the extra pockets.
  33. 1 point
    To be very blunt, you'r entirely wrong. Money has ALWAYS been an issue, trust me. Derek and Shane gave a presentation at Squatchfest just a couple months ago and again at the Oregon Bigfoot festival. This is what happened, the DNA samples did get tested and many sources of DNA turned up ( mice, squirrels, birds, deer, possum, bear, human and horse ) in the E-DNA results. If memory serves, there was both hairs tested and then also E-DNA samples from segments of the nests themselves. I will ask Derek personally and respond as I get the specifics.
  34. 1 point
    Thanks guys! Yes the 'Local' sassyman that I saw was real freaky looking, but no doubt was something in the human family tree, not even close to an ape. We starred at each other what seemed like a long time about 25' apart, but was 10 seconds or less, then it made 3 unbelievably powerful and skilled moves to get away without hardly a sound......jumped 25'-30' feet down in a ravine and hid, because by the short time I got to the edge of where it jumped, there was no sound of it running off, and there surely would have been plenty of noise if it did. The dogs and I did not go down there either, it would still have to be real close by hidden.....the dogs and wolf were on high alert with hair bristled up and sniffing the air. We circled back around from the back side, about a half mile loop, but nothing further. Here are a couple of pics that I took, my 13 year old son standing where it was, indentations/tracks where it was crouched down, and the mark it made after jumping down in the ravine. The blue cross in one of the pics is where I was standing, and a huge water source to the right where it was standing. This happened around 10:30am a few days before New Years.
  35. 1 point
    Old Mort: The box shown in the image I received is the store package box for a 50' load in a magazine format, ready to be put into a camera to film. It has a "expiration date" (a sell by date for the store stocking it) Nov. 1969, and an emulsion number 726518670 V , which is of no consequence to analysis of processed film. I'm pretty sure the 7265 part is the film type, because I remember commercial ektachrome as 7255, and eastman color negative stock as 7251 (later 7254). I shot a lot of these last three in film school. There is also a picture of a metal film can such as what Kodak would return the processed 50' roll in to the customer, but no box. As a general impression based on what I know and see in the images sent to me, the ANE can likely holds either a release print of a 30 minute program reel, or maybe the edit master from which release print are printed from. The edit master would be one generation up in finer quality. The 50' roll is not likely anything from Roger, as he is not known to have ever used 50' magazine cameras and film. John Green however, is proven to have used a 50' magazine camera to film McClarin. That's as much as I know right now.
  36. 1 point
    CORRECTION: I have been contacted by someone I know to be reliable, and provided photos showing film cans more consistent with the story, so there may be some validity to this story, but it was inaccurately described when originally posted on reddit. The new photos show an old film can (a 1200 or 1600' reel can) with an old label reading "A.N.E." which would have been appropriate for a vintage 1970's film can label, plus a box of Kodachrome film, but a 50' magazine film stock (and Roger didn't use 50' magazine cameras, John Green did to film McClarin). The Kodak box has a process "use by" date of 1969, but that is not the manufacture date, just the "good until" date. Only a date code on the film, once processed, would give the manufacture date code of the film stock. I have not had any direct contact yet with the people in possession of the film. I will be posting this on reddit as well.
  37. 1 point
    I've never found any teepee structures. Ever. I really don't think the BFs here do that or if they do it is very rare. Thought: if there is meaning attached to those rather than utility, maybe that meaning isn't as relevant in our area where resources might be much more available? Dunno, just tossing it out for consideration. I've never found any stick structures / glyphs, either. I fiddled with constructing some of my own in an active location, not for "their" meaning, but as clearly artificially arranged and in a way I could tell whether they'd been manipulated or not. Nada. Some of the X-s .. well, one. Kind of an odd situation, powerful impressions, but no tangible evidence to share. It was good though, and it was a bit interactive. So yeah, I'm convinced these can be real even if I'm convinced not all of them reported are what people want to think they are. MIB
  38. 1 point
    Madison, Kyle and I did find a rather large teepee-like structure where the logs had been imported from somewhere else. It was up by those twin lakes we had to spend the better portion of a day hiking into. Beautiful area. No sign of humans at all.
  39. 1 point
    ^^^^Been practicing law for 30 years and I'd say that shooting anything that looks remotely like Patty, even intentionally (and self-defense would be a "given" defense to that)would, at most result in a fine for hunting a protected, non-game animal, no matter what the DNA reads. Any other outcome that is predicted is in the realm of legal fantasy and not supported in the law or predicted facts. A fundamental precept of enforceable criminal statutes is that they not be so vague so as to not put a citizen on reasonable notice of the particulars of the prohibited act. Almost by definition, a statute that says "It is criminal to shoot this ape/human/hybrid/other, whatever it is, and we can't tell you what it is, but don't shoot it, because it might be human, but we don't know because we've never identified it" is comically vague and unenforceable. If you can't say up front, definitively, that is a species of human, you can't create a crime after the fact if it turns out to be one. As it stands now, as we all here know very well, even if you did define it as a human, there would be no definitive scientific basis to support that. You cannot place the burden on the perpetrator to discern if what he is about to do is homicide, or not, when the state could not reasonably tell that either when the law was passed by the legislature and signed by the executive. It is just nonsense to predict any other outcome, sorry. Now, the SECOND person to kill one, after the DNA is sequenced and the laws rewritten? Oh yeah, he or she better lawyer-up, bigly.
  40. 1 point
    To me, Bigfoot is a hominin species, a member of genus homo, with speech ability. A great ape like us and others but a brute in human form.
  41. 1 point
    Flesh and blood primate. Like us, one of the great apes.
  42. 1 point
    Exactly this /\ The trackway I came across 40 odd years ago was all alone along the old logging road, nothing else had made any tracks there. When I went back with John Green the next day, the only additional tracks were my own, paralleling the large tracks for the first 20 yards into the snow; the rest of the tracks continued up the road for as far as we could see, probably 400 yards till they disappeared around a curve in the slight uphill grade. Who the heck would fake that, not knowing if anyone would see them before all the snow melted?
  43. 1 point
    Pretty dry out here, but still a few moist spots where parts of the creek are still holding water, and creating a little traffic.....nice pick of Lulu, her coat really blends in, easier to see lil Rusty.
  44. 1 point
    http://milehighmysteryconference.com Just because David Paulides is speaking at a conference that mixes UFOs and Sasquatch investigation doesn't mean he endorses any theories. I'm not speaking for him but that is the position he typically takes. It's very useful for Paulides to supply facts and blame government agencies for people getting lost in the woods - that may or may not be the result of hostile aliens and/or bigfoot.
  45. 1 point
    Anyone going? Does anyone know how to get in touch with Keith Bearden? He's a hoot. Maybe he still checks in here or at least receives notification of a message received? Easier than social media to communicate. Please PM me if you know. Edit: found him on here. Thanks.
  46. 1 point
    To be clear, are you comparing the FLIR Scout TK and the Leopold Tracker 2? If so, there are several things to consider based on what features are important to you. The Scout can record videos and pictures which I don't think is available with the Leopold. The refresh rate (frame rate) with the Scout TK is 9Hz whereas it is 30Hz with the Leopold. That means a fast-moving animal will be a bit blurry with the Scout compared to the Leopold. That favors the Leopold however almost all of my thermal recording/viewing has been of animals moving slowly or stopped. The refresh rate is less important in those instances. The clarity of the lens and image as better with the Leopold. Finally, check my numbers but I believe the FOV of the Scout is wider than the Leopold (20 vs 14). I think the wider FOV is better because it allows you to see more without having to move the scope. If I were choosing between the two, I'd choose the Scout all day long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahNgbENa_MI Edited to mention ---- I've viewed both scopes in a store but never in the field.
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    I think it would be fair to say he is in denial about most truthful aspects of the PGF.
  49. 1 point
    Without question, the P-G filmsite (Patterson-Gimlin filmsite) has been relocated with 100% accuracy. And it can be proved. Fixed landmarks, notably the trees and stumps that are still there. The "big tree" (a Douglas fir) can be seen today as it can be seen behind Patty in the original October 20, 1967 footage. Those who have located other "sites" as the P-G filmsite are plainly wrong, most notably M.K. Davis, and I suspect why he has chosen his own site is to put the spotlight on himself and his less than stellar research, rather than put the spotlight on those who did the work: Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin. There was never a Munns-Perez site or a Munns site. When Bill Munns was there with us in the Summer of 2012 it was very clear to him within minutes of observing the site that this was indeed the P-G filmsite, and I believe he said words to the affect of "I'll sign off on this," meaning there was no doubt this was the P-G filmsite. In the early days before there was any fuss about the location it was simply called the "filmsite," and later the late great René Dahinden started calling it the Patterson-Gimlin filmsite and in the Bigfoot Times newsletter (1998 to present) I simply opted for a shortened, abbreviated version: the P-G filmsite. After René's death in 2001 the filmsite got "lost" as it were only because a great many trees had grown up in the area which in essence disguised the location and it was the fine work of Mr. Steven Streufert and Robert Leiterman and colleagues who set about the task of rediscovering the location, and Steven Streufert used my map in Bigfoot At Bluff Creek to get a precise bearing of the physical location.
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