I'm plotting and planning a BF hunt this late summer. I have it on my bucket list and you know I'm curious by nature and you probably also know my obsession with BF.
I tackle the thought of hunting BF like I tackle the ghost hunting world; from outside the box. Oh, hell, from outside the known universe!
I'm contemplating, if I were in the field, how would I go about this puzzle that is BF?
Other than finding a nice happy spot near a stream and on the muddy banks leaving him a pile of fish he doesn't have to work for so I can get his footprints, I can think of lots of crazy ways to find the beastie.
1. Is Bigfoot a Berry Crack Whore? My father was a leader in the world at installing programs for alcohol and drug recovery, cities and schools programs and such. One thing he talked about was an experiment with primates to see if they can be alcoholic and, yes, they like their booze. They also are known to eat overripe berries that have fermented to get a buzz. If man and primate like to get buzzed, you have to know BF does! So, you take a creature who instinctively wants a buzz and place him in the late summer setting when berries are overly ripe and you have a perfect opportunity for more sightings? Why? Because he's willing to trek along roadsides where berries most often grow, he's likely to be seen because he's hardly of keen senses. All it would take is a map of the US, the timing of fermenting berries, and you might see a correlation of where he's going to be and when. If you line that up with sightings, you might find a strong relationship between him being seen along more roadsides in September. Short of leaving him a fifth of vodka on a tree stump, this is the best way to think about a creature with the same genetic desire to get buzzed and how he would do it in his world.
2. Live Like BF For a Time. Yeah, we roll in with our tents and rifles, 4-wheel trucks and shit, but try and put yourself out there where BF lives for a time. Live off the land like he does, find shelter, seek signs of other humans (they are social animals like primates and humans, they have to be, it's in their blood). You're certainly not of his massive size, but you have to consider the basic of instincts no matter what his intelligence level. He will be driven to drink, eat, sleep and procreate. Procreate, huh? How does one Squatch find another? Scent? Footprints? Territory? What would be indicators of territory? Is human male urine scaring the off? These are all things to consider, but you must always think like your "prey" and you will know their habits and their territory. What factors does BF need in a safe place in the woods? A high spot where he can see who's coming? Or does he make a temporary camp in a new territory and move on? Does he avoid bears or follow them to see where they're finding food?
3. Watch the Bears. Seriously, there's mechanics to BF. What kind of mechanics? It's called size and muscle mass. For a creature to have that much size and that much muscle mass, the amount of calories in will be exceptionally high. He's not going to Starbucks and buying muffins and lattes like overweight Americans, so how the frag is he getting his calorie content? Well, let's look at bears-similar size, similar caloric needs. Where are the bears? Do they follow streams for fish? Where are they getting their food? What is their path? Are they territorial? Do they trek to other mountains looking for more food? You want to know your prey's habits, follow his buddy's. Learn the patterns, learn the parameters because BF has the same caloric needs and that is a driving force to stay alive.
Those are only a few free ideas for y'all. As a psychic, I'd honestly like to get into a place and get a sense of what's there. I'm very spatially oriented, so generally I go into a place and probe all the area around me to find the life there and I'm very attuned to "intent," that is when something's intent is upon me. You know how you can be in a restaurant and feel someone staring and lift your head and turn and that person is staring right at you even though you never saw them there? That's intention. We all have that sense, but mine is so keen that I know when someone is going to communicate with me because I know they're thinking about me, even if they haven't communicated in a long time. If I'm in a haunted place, I get the same sense going and in the woods, as well. I'd depend a lot on those instincts on the hunt.
**REMEMBER: Tonight on Animal Planet at 10 pm is "Finding Bigfoot." There will be a review tomorrow with a quiz question to be sure you were paying attention.**