January 11, 2013 by kittynh
I have been getting to know my local Bigfoot hunter group. They are really nice group of outdoorsy guys, a little shy, and 2 of the group have seen what they feel is a Bigfoot. They are nice enough to let me be the skeptic “on call”.
The group (with no real official name) decided to try something new this winter. They call it “Snow Scanning”. They asked various local families with acreage to go out everyday and look for unusual footprints in the snow. I signed on, since one of the supposed Bigfoot has been seen in the area where I live.
I have learned I have a very active fox population (no big surprise as I see them often, they are quite unafraid of my family and my dog). I also found what might be a hybernating or dead bear. Spring will supply the answer.
I also volunteered to help by taking a turn walking along the trails of Pisgah State Park to look for unusual tracks. The instructions I was given was to stay on the more remote paths, and look for tracks in the snow that are far in the woods. The local group feels Bigfoot would avoid a trail or path, so to look for tracks that do not come from any trail.
I was also told to look for big tracks, not small. I have to say that animals do tend to use the paths. As I walked along some of the more remote trails I saw deer and fox prints on the trail. Bigfoot would have a much easier time using a trail rather than tromping through the deep unpacked snow.
I was pleased to see, far from me across a stream, a set of large snowprints! They seem very close together, not a large Bigfoot type stride. These were larger prints than I usually see, and they did not begin or end near the trail I was on. There was no connection to any trail that I could see. I marked the nearest tree with a bright color blaze, and called in the site. (If I had a GPS I could also have used that).
A member of the team will be out the next day to follow the tracks and measure and photograph them. It was too far, and too dangerous with a half frozen stream to cross and to get a measurement on the size of the prints. However, some of the prints did have leaves in them, so that would give some size estimate.
I also know that the sun and melting can play havoc with snow prints, but it is still fun to be part of a project like this. I think as a skeptic, it shows the less skeptic, I’m willing to help them gather evidence. The more I listen to the Bigfoot group, the more they listen to me in return.
So far the group has had only a few unusually large snow prints reported. I’m excited that my prints are included in that group. However, the winter is young and hopes are high for more prints to be found. While a snowprint does not have the detail of a footprint in mud, if Bigfoot is indeed wandering around the woods of New Hampshire there should be thousands of prints now that the entire forest is covered with a blanket of snow.
I’m a skeptic, the local group is not, but we can work together and learn from each other as we both participate in “snow scanning”.