Many have been asking me to write such an article, and in partial my thoughts in regards to an article written by Dr. Matt Johnson, I’d like to put forth some of my own techniques that have in recent years , been rather successful.
This is no disrespect to Dr. Johnson, but I have a completely different approach to aiding in the increase of the possibility of having an encounter, or activity within my expeditions.
Dr. Johnson has his own opinions and much respect to him and his methodology and is entitled to use it to garner his own results. This is simply an alternative to such an approach. The purpose of this article is not to start a great debate raging, but rather another method one may choose to employ when conducting research.
My research from day one was primarily focused on how to understand Sasquatch behaviors and possibly attract their attention, was steeped in Primate behaviors and living patterns. Make no mistake a Sasquatch is a primate, having articulate hands and feet, a large brain and short snout.
Given these factors the Sasquatch, primarily relies on its vision, hearing and it’s ability to rationalize, plan and execute actions within it’s environment.
This makes the primate an extremely difficult creature to fool within its habitat given their ability to become suspicious.
On one hand we state that the Sasquatch’s primary ability of survival is avoidance, but we are to believe that just sitting there, quietly, such as a hunter would, will allow such an intelligent creature to drop it’s suspicions? Even a far less intelligent deer will act suspiciously over the quiet person and act rather overtly near people acting normally.
What was needed was a plan to out think them, since we cannot out maneuver them in their environment. Given the likely fact that they most likely are nocturnal and have the mechanism of a tapetum, the biological unit which allows them to have excellent night vision, and which approximately a dozen primate species possess.
Now what is needed is two things here. The first has been completed, and is universal. First a primate is naturally curious and needs mental stimulation on a daily and regular basis. Provoking their curiosity is a a given and looking at the statistical sighting data, many sightings are a direct result of said curiosity.
The second is site specific and it takes years to correlate the data to find an area potentially habituated by a Sasquatch. If it is happening as so often report by so called “habituators,” it is likely not a true habituation but rather a Focal Activity area, as opposed to an actual habitat. Again their primary survival technique is avoidance, especially in areas of habitation.
The key, and I will explain this very briefly is to chart the behaviors in the sighting reports in a given geographical area. Focus on the more aggressive behaviors. This is outlined in greater depth in my latest book, “What Would Sasquatch Do?”
It is key imperative not to enter the area of aggressive behavior. I maintain the respect that such an area is something they staked out as their territory. Also in doing such, you limit the possibility of driving them off.
In certain cases a particular time of year may be in order in a specific area, as primates do move about their territories depending on food source and climatic reasons. (As did the aboriginal natives in North America).
Once the area has been chosen, several things one must keep in mind.
First, this is not a short term project by any means. You will have to repeat and repeat until said creatures become acclimated to your presence. Do not expect results on the first try or the fifteenth try. But persistence and patience will eventually rule the day, or in the case of Sasquatch, the night.
Second, do not be quiet. Act normally and it will keep the bad animals usually away and the curious primate, just that, curious. We are their entertainment and mental stimulation.
Tree knocking, and primate curiosity calls such as whoops will be a friendly and curiosity provoking behavior. Conduct such for a short period of time, and act normal around a said camp site. Eventually, if you’re in the right area, results will follow.
Technology traps, should be set between where you choose your base camp and where there territory may be, but not in their perceived territory. This by far is the most frustrating of the steps, at least when it comes to video. As always a camera trap in the middle of the forest is a needle in a haystack.
H2 Audio Recorder Trap.
Audio was far more successful in these experiments, but on the last day, out of frustration, and multiple team members seeing eye shine, I chose to shoot my camera at the walking sounds we were so familiar with, as our camp was circled on numerous occasions. Check our audio page to hear some of the sounds caught during our first phase of the project in 2011.
IR-DVR Camera Trap.
There were more last year as well, but our major concentration was the testing of other technologies.
Eye shine sequence shot, as eye shine actually comes closer to our movement. Picture shown was taken down hill.
(Click on picture to view sequence)
In any instance, one thing to do when conducting Sasquatch research is to enjoy nature. Armed with a camera from a variety of sources, one can capture some truly great images of animals in their habitats and this beautiful planet that can be enjoyed by all.
Humming bird in it’s nest.
Abandoned wild turkey chick.
A Vermont porcupine.
Wolf track, Green Mountain National Forest.
Sunset over Button Bay, Vermont.
Swans on Loch Ness.
My personal favorite., a black bear caught on my trail cam.
Till Next Time,