This happened a couple
miles north of Brinnon, west of Dabob Bay on the Hood Canal.
The nearest town is Brinnon near US 101 where I was hunting band-tailed
My wife and I had driven to the area with our pick-up and camper and while
she prepared lunch, I took my shotgun and went hunting for band-tailed
pigeons. I walked along a somewhat open road and not seeing any birds
was on my way back to the camper. About a 100 yards or so from the camper,
I heard some very heavy footsteps. Thinking it to be another hunter walking
heavily to alert others that might be in the area that he was coming through
the cover. I stopped on the road waiting for the person to appear so I
could acknowledge his presence, and he, mine.
What appeared in an opening was what I thought at first to be a bear.
It was standing upright and when it came into view, it spotted me immediately,
turned toward me and froze. It stood there for only a few seconds, then
suddenly turned to its left and disappeared. It made absolutely no noise
when it left. I later went down to where I had seen it to look for tracks.
It had come up an old overgrown logging road and the ground was hard packed
with tufted grass laying over. I could find no tracks and couldn't even
make any myself. I was an absolute non-believer in Sasquatch and I had
difficulty accepting what I had seen.
I went to the camper
and returned with my wife to where I had stood when I saw this thing.
I asked Val to go to the spot where I had seen the animal so I could judge
its size. I guess you know, that did not go over to well so I went to
the place and shouted, asking my wife what she saw. She said, "I
see a hunter in a blue jacket with a shotgun in his hand". Then she
decided, if I wasn't afraid, she would go there. Judging my wife's size
against what I had seen, I estimated it to be about 7 feet tall and weighed
approximately 500 to 600 pounds. I didn't tell anyone about the sighting
for a few years because I thought they would think I was nuts. I was hunting
for band tailed pigeons; the weather was clear and overcast. That is all
Tuesday, December 04, 2001 11:37 AM