I was hog hunting from a tree stand next to the Sabine River. I had gone to my stand around 5:30 AM, put out sliced apples and table scraps to hold the hogs for a few minutes for a shot. I got in my tree stand and waited for the woods to settle down and the sun to rise.
At sunup, I heard hogs rooting around, working the river’s edge towards me. I could first see them to my left at about 45 degrees, about 50 yards out. No clear shot, waiting for them to get to my bait area, I noticed movement to my right about 80 yards out. Putting my rifle scope on it, I could see only the side of something’s face. It was dark, hair covered and slowly moving its head around looking in the direction of the hogs. At this time it quickly moved to another tree. I could see most of its body, it was huge, standing on two legs, slowly looking around the tree at the hogs. At this time I was quite afraid but tried to keep my scope on it to study its features.
The hogs were still feeding towards my bait area and the animal was working towards the hogs. It moved quickly and disappeared. It quickly reappeared moving to another tree, still looking at the hogs. I could again study its features. At this time I was quite afraid but tried to keep my scope on it. Its movement from tree to tree was a quick leap, landing at the base of next tree on two feet. Standing behind a tree and slowly looking around at the hogs.
This continued for several minutes until they were about 30 yards apart and almost directly in front of me at about 40 yards. The animal dropped to all fours, bunched up its rear legs and leaped. It took two leaps to reach the hogs and it screamed during the second leap causing the hogs to panic for a split second. The second leap ended with it slapping one hog in its side, knocking it through the air into side of a tree. As the squealing hog bounced off the tree, it pounced on it, beating it with its fist like a person pounding on a desk. I could hear bones crunching with each hit.
All this happened very fast. About 4 seconds from first leap to dead hog. The quickness of attack was very unnerving. The three live hogs were in full flight. The animal picked up the dead hog, tucked it under its arm and started walking off and let out a noise like (Grrrrrrrrrrr, whoop, whoop, whooooooop, whoop). It was immediately answered from about 200 to 300 yards out by a shorter (whoop, whoop, whoop). After a couple more steps in the direction of the answer, it stopped, dropped the hog and turned to look past me. It turned back to my tree and raised its head to look at me. I have never been more afraid in my life. I tried to keep the scope on its head in case it came after me. It looked at me, cocked its head to one side. Its face had a curious expression as if studying me. It opened its mouth showing its teeth, letting out a soft (rrrrrrrrrr) sound. It then turned back to pick up the hog and walked off in no hurry as if I didn’t exist.
I was looking thru a 3 X 9 scope. Originally set on 3 power for the hunt but turned it up to 9 power after first trying to see the object approaching from my right. After that time I was afraid to make the movement necessary to take scope off 9 power.
I sat in the tree stand for another 30 minutes or so, trying to calm myself. After concluding that if it wanted me, it would have already slapped me out of my tree stand. I got down and went to find my hunting partner, who was about a quarter to half mile away. He had heard the attack scream and both whooping calls.
No sound until the attack. Over the years, many unseen, unknown screams.
It was 7 or 8 feet tall, standing like human on two legs, covered in hair and intensely watching the hogs. Its hands and feet looked human. It had breasts. Its ears seemed small for the size of its head. Very tall, very heavily built, female, similar to most bigfoot pictures/drawings that one sees. Face was human like. Thick coat of hair, reddish brown, covering most of its body except hands, feet, half of face. Solid brown eyes. No odors.
Time and Conditions
6:30 AM – Clear. Swampy, old hardwood bottom land. Farms nearby. Location was in swampy flood plain next to Sabine River.
This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Panola County, Texas, in April 2004.
I have interviewed the witness on several occasions on the telephone and in person; he was also interviewed in person by NAWAC Investigator Daryl Colyer. Colyer and I found him to be a very credible witness; there was no deviation from or confusion of the points of the report. Since neither I nor the witness could draw pictures, I showed him a picture from the website, and asked him for a comparison.
Only the size and height were correct.
The witness was certain that the hands were different, “more like ours.” Only the thumb was set back further on the hand, according to the witness.
The witness was certain that it had finger nails, NOT claws, that were yellowish in color.
According to the witness, the hair was lighter; more of a reddish brown.
He remembered that the eyes had no white; they were solid dark brown.
The witness remembered plainly that the feet had five toes, set wide apart with long toe nails, also yellowish.
The subject was said to walk away with a stoop shouldered gait.
Its arms and legs were very large and bulky. It had no waist line; the waist was same large bulk as upper body.
The witness stated that the subject had flat teeth like a human with NO FANGS. The face was human-looking; it showed expression while looking at the witness.
All the other views were to the subject’s side except the back view before it disappeared walking off.
The witness was certain that the subject was a female. It had breasts; only the nipple area was hairless. The hair on its breasts was much shorter and thinner that rest of body. Comparing breasts to those depicted in the Patterson film: they were not that large and they did not swing when it moved.
Its hair was shorter; about 3 inches long and just enough to flap when it moved. There were a few leaves, twigs and debris tangled in the hair as if it had rolled or slept on the ground.
Its large size combined with its incredible speed made it frightening.
It made no sound while stalking the hogs. There was no odor. The woods had normal noise while it was stalking hogs. Squirrels were feeding, paying no attention to hogs or the subject. Birds, frogs, crickets, everything seemed to be making normal noises. After the “attack scream,” all woods noises ceased; there was no sound of any kind except from the subject and its anonymous answering call.
The witness recalled that the hogs were all small, in the 100 to 125 pound range.
The subject was said to have carried the hog under its arm much as a person would carry a sack of potatoes.
Most of the time the subject would use its hands to steady itself when looking around a tree. When it crouched down on all fours, it curled its fingers and had it knuckles on the ground. The thumb was set further back on the hand, protruding almost at the wrist area. When it dropped to all fours, it curled its fingers back to where it had the first knuckles next to the hand down on the ground. Its thumb was pointed straight down. Its palm was not on the ground, only the knuckles were touching the ground.
The subject went from a standing position to first squatting down on its legs to where its rear was almost touching the ground, it then leaned forward, putting its knuckles on the ground. Its body was not in a belly to the ground stance. Its arms were almost in a straight down position leaving the upper body at arms length from the ground while its rear was almost touching the ground. It sat in that position twitching and gathering its feet under and sprang from that position. All the power in the leaps seemed to be from the legs.
The witness had located the site while motor boating to his normal hunting area. He had noticed abundant sign of hogs rooting along the Sabine River’s edge and stopped to check it out. He decided it was an excellent place to try, so he scouted the area, decided on stand locations and returned the next morning to set up and hunt.
The tree stand height was about 25 feet. The witness was wearing camo plus a mosquito head net.
The estimated length of encounter was 20 minutes; however, it was not timed. Taking into consideration that the witness’s adrenalin and fear factors were dramtically increased, there is the possibility that his perception of time was compressed.
The witness spoke about the length of the subject’s jumps: he recalled, to the best of his ability, that the attack leaps were probably around 30 yards total and roughly 15 yards per leap. This was on all fours. In terms of human abilities, these may seem extreme, but when considered in the context of animal abilities, the distances do not seem farfetched at all.
All tree to tree movements by the subject were two legged jumps; the subject would land on two feet at distances of anywhere from 5 to 10 feet. Each movement took the subject closer to the feeding hogs. With each movement, the subject was holding its body very still, slowly moving sideways just enough to look around the tree. All of those movements, and landings were totally silent.
The witness said the first set of whoops that he remembered hearing were similar to the so-called Sierra Sounds but were not quite the same, and he was really not able to explain the difference. The second set of whoops had a garbled sound at the end of each whoop. The third set of whoops was way different, as the witness recalled.
The witness and his hunting partner returned together to site to retrieve the tree stand and found disturbed ground where the subject had leaped both times. At the kill site, there appeared to be a small amount of blood that apparently came from hog’s mouth. The ground was covered in normal damp leaves and such; there were no footprints.