1983 - Near Naples
Bayhead Swamp - Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - 4:00 p.m.
I was hog hunting and had just jumped a group of hogs unexpectedly.
I was trying to relocate the group when I came out into a saw grass
field. The saw grass field was approximately 700-800 yards long and
varying widths. A cluster of small swamp areas called bay heads surrounded
I was looking into the afternoon sun when I saw a dark object at
the edge of a bay head in front of me -approximately 80 yards, ahead.
I thought it was
a bear and I got down low in order to stalk closer to it, I was carrying
a shotgun. I came within 20 to 30 yards away and I rose up to fire.
This is when it also rose up and turned at the waist to look at me. I
realized I was not looking at a bear. I froze solid and forgot I was
holding a shotgun. After about 10 seconds it turned and walked on two
legs into the swamp.
After I got my breathing
back to normal I went to the spot he had been standing. There was a
terrible odor like rotten eggs and sulphur and the grass was bent down
where he had been.
By looking at how low the tree limbs were and remembering
where his head came to I was able to determine that he was approximately
6 and a half to 7 feet tall. I estimated his weight at 350-400 lbs,
- solidly built. His head seemed to have a crest, I could not see the
face well because of the sun.
I left the area
that day but have been back many times to look for it. I have found
hairs, scat, and unidentified marks on the ground but have not seen
I have notified other organizations; my wife and I tell the story in
my speeches. As I always say, - "ALWAYS BELIEVE---HE IS OUT THERE."
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March 17, 2002 6:44 AM
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