Searching for Bigfoot

 

Sample Site Survey

1.____    Thick willow, brush, or briar patches within 5 miles.

2.____    20 acres or more of dense forest or brush within 1 mile.

3.____    Dense forest of at least 5 square miles within 10 miles.

4.____    Logging activity past or present within 5 miles.

5.____    Valleys, gulches, or canyons within 10 miles.

6.____    Federal or state forest within 20 miles.

7.____    Sparsely populated mountains or hills within 20 miles.

8.____    Rivers or streams within 10 miles.

9.____    Creeks, bayous, or swamps within 2 miles.

10.____  Sparsely located residences.

11.____  Dairy, beef, truck, or grain farms within 5 miles.

12.____  Indian reservation within 50 miles.

13.____  Stable deer, elk, or moose population.

14.____  Carnivorous predators in residence (cougar, wolf, coyote, bobcat, etc.)

15.____  Moderate-to-abundant fish and small game.

16.____  Sufficient cover to conceal you for five days or more.

17.____  You can hike the area unseen on weeknights.

18.____  Black bear either are in residence or could exist here.

19.____  Sightings on site within the past 5 years.

20.____  Sightings within 5 miles 10 or more years ago.

 

What do you take on an eight-hour scouting sortie? A comfortable daypack with:

·         Your “best friend” compass.

·         Topographical maps of the area.

·         GPS unit if available.

·         Your Location Field Map.

·         Cell phone with an extra battery.

·         Digital camera, batteries, and/or a point-and-shoot camera.

·         Small roll of brightly colored plastic surveyor’s tape.

·         Waterproof marker pens.

·         Rain slicker or poncho.

·         Waterproof matches and fire starters.

·         Flashlight with fresh batteries, spare batteries, and an extra bulb.

·         Canteen or two of water, Gatorade, etc.

·         First aid kit complete with snakebite supplies (anti-venom) if appropriate.

·         Bug spray for ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes.

·         Loud whistle.

·         Small roll (12-18 feet) of parachute cord.

·         Sharp pocketknife and sharpening stone.

·         Extra set of dry hiking socks.

·         Pad of moleskin to cover blisters.

·         Aspirin and any medications or hygiene products you might require.

·         Toilet paper.

·         A few safety pins that can be easily stashed inside your pack or vest.

·         A light lunch that suits your taste and purpose.

·         Six to ten 40-30-30 meal replacement bars for emergencies.

·         Water filtration straw or water purification tablets.

·         Small weather-band radio with a fresh battery.

·         Bear pepper spray (in bear country).

·         Six zip-lock plastic bags.

·         Sunscreen.

·         Biodegradable soap for poison ivy or poison oak.

·         Roll of plastic to cover tracks.

·         A journal pad, pens, and pencils.

·         If you fear snakes, take a hiking stick. Better yet, make a snake hook. Simply replace the head an old golf club with a steel U-shaped hook curved about 3”-4” in diameter to the shaft. As an added feature, consider welding a 2” steel spur pointing the opposite direction at the junction where the hook joins the club shaft.

 

What NOT to take

·         Rifle, a shotgun, a pistol, or weapons of any kind.

·         George Armstrong Custer’s manual on approaching the American Indian.

 

What NOT to use

·         Boom box with rock or other loud music.

·         Flashlights, except in an emergency. You can’t see at night and you’ll scare Bigfoot away.

·         Big fires at night.