Focusing on an area

   First of all, there is no right way or wrong way to go about searching for Bigfoot. It's just a matter of being in the right place, at the right time, and being ready to capture your evidence. There is no better way to go about this, than to search from as many different angles as possible. In the bigger picture, all our efforts are important.

   I am not a night-stalker. If anything, I am more open to focusing on sounds at night. Listening not only for Bigfoot, but also to what's going on in the woods around me. I am curious about the activities of nocturnal creatures, but do not want to interfere.

   Night stalking is very dangerous. Especially in this area of British Columbia. There are grizzlies, black bears, and cougars, to name a few, to contend with. The terrain is varied, and can change abruptly. You risk serious injury, or can disappear entirely. Forcing search parties to put themselves in danger, just to find you.

   I use daylight hours to track and observe surroundings. Nights I remain in camp, but I am vigilant for vocals, and other sounds in the distance, and nearby. I understand animals are curious too. So they will come in under cover of darkness to check us out. This is more preferable, as opposed to me out there stalking them in the dark. I am less threatening, and obviously not hunting them down.  I am not out to confront them or make friends with them. Only to observe them. They will have to decide whether or not to allow me to see them. My technique may be different but it has proven successful with known wildlife predators and prey species my entire life.

   Before I leave, I always let someone know where I will be going, and when I expect to return. I check the weather forecast, and make sure I pack emergency, and First Aid supplies. No matter how hot the weather may be, I always pack warm clothing. You never know if the weather will suddenly change for the worse.

   Once I find a location of interest, I look for spot to set up. I make sure that I am not on, or near a major game trail, or major vantage (high) point that predators may want to use. I also do not want to interfere with a major food or water source area, that is being used on a daily basis.

   I claim a small section for my camp. I do not try to camouflage it. I am not hiding the fact that I am there. I keep it tidy at all times. Food properly stored. No garbage laying around at any time. My fire pit is also clean. I always have water, an axe and a shovel near by.

   I study the location, and become familiar with all wildlife (predator and prey), who use that location. I want to know their daily routines. I am curious about their activities, and how they manage use-of-space with each other. I want to know how prey species react, when a predator (and which predator) comes in to the area. I am also interested in body language, and types of vocalizations.

   In exploring the surroundings, I have introduced myself. Leaving my scent on anything I have touched, and any place I have been. I set my schedule according to what I learn. There may be times when it's not advisable to go to a water source, because that is when a sow uses it with her cubs.

   I also set limits. Areas I will not intrude upon. Wildlife learn this quick, and will feel comfortable being there, while I am observing them from a safe distance. Limits apply to my camp as well. There is a specific boundary I claim for temporary use, while I am there. Anything can move around outside of that. There are also limits to my personal space. The same applies to wildlife personal space. I do not encourage close contact. I am outright against it for many reasons.

   I pay close attention to the eagles and ravens. They can tell me a lot about what's going on in the area that I would not know about otherwise. Same with the squirrels and birds. Predators, like bears, will have been curious the moment I arrived. They will watch from a safe distance, to see what I am about. Am I here to hunt them down or raid their pantry? Am I a threat?

   I am not there to interact with animals but a person does need to talk to them. I don't want to startle them. By the time I am done, I will know everything about the location. The type of terrain, trees, plants, water and animals. I take into consideration the weather patterns. How it effects the area, and how everyone is coping with it.

Barb Campbell
Field Researcher
Trace Unknown

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