When it comes to trying to figure out why bigfoot type creature are so elusive things can get pretty complex and quite confusing. There are many different opinions and theories out there about it. Some make a lot of sense while others can be a little out there.
I have been asked many times about my thoughts on the subject so I am going to attempt to explain my thoughts here. I do not think it has anything to do with a conscious want to avoid humans but rather instead a subconscious need to do so, more like an instinct.
We are talking about something that lives in the wild as a wild animal does and is going to utilize the same terrain and environment that any other wild animal in the same environment would do and in the same respective way to survive.
Regardless of your personal beliefs about these creatures we call bigfoot and their origins there are several constants that need to be recognized in the reports.
1) They are always in or close to cover
2) They camouflage them selves very effectively blending in with the environment
3) They can move fast and quietly when they seem to want to do so
These characteristics are the same with many other animals living in the forests of the world as well as many of the indigenous people also inhabiting the forests of the world. These characteristics are methods to survive.
In prey animals you will see a general instinct to avoid the predator and in predators you see the general hunting instinct to stay hidden from the prey. The rabbit that avoids being eaten by the bobcat has the potential to live the longest and the bobcat that avoids detection by the rabbits it is hunting eats more rabbits raising its potential to survive longer as well. This is also true in human hunters as well, the same principles apply and the same natural instincts are involved. Many of techniques used are learned by the young and passed down or taught by the parent but the instinct to survive is always there.
Who is right and who is wrong? Maybe both are right and both are wrong. What I can say for certain is when considering the arguments and often times down right fights over differing views when it comes to bigfoot. It would appear that there are as many opinions on the subject as there are people talking about the subject. Most often on certain social media sites and forums.
The problem with this is not one of these people truly knows, it is all their own opinions based on their ideas and beliefs. In fact no one at this point truly knows. There is nothing wrong with believing in any certain way, that is your own choice. The problem arises when people allow their personal beliefs to affect their evaluation of the evidence and then proceed to fight with others about it with the premise that I am right and you are wrong because I believe this way and you believe another way.
The fact that one believes one way, whether it be a religious belief, a scientific based belief, a philosophic belief, or whatever should make no real difference in the end. The over all discussion needs to be based on what the evidence suggests to each person reviewing it with out any bias based on these personal beliefs. When there is a bias based on personal belief everything will tend to lean towards the supporting of that belief. It should not matter if each person agrees or not on what the evidence suggests to them because with no bias there would be much more collaboration of what the evidence suggests. With an open minded collaboration much more can be accomplished.
If we are to reach a goal that I think most are wanting to reach by what they claim by studying this subject then this would be a beneficial step in that direction. After all bias is eliminated and a careful examination done.
I decided to put together a list of helpful tricks that I often use with good success while in the field. Iv been asked many times for advice on these subjects and decided I would put this together to help everyone out that might want to employ them. These are little tricks that I often employ myself and have found to be very effective.
Depending on your location and eco region not every thing I present here might work as effectively for you but that is another aspect that really needs to be taken into consideration as well. Each region is different in it’s ecology and biodiversity. This is a major consideration that is often ignored by people. What works in one location may not work in another, this I believe is due to the habitual differences, and with different habitats you have different animals adapted to them respectively.
1. The light versus dark debate-
Well it has been my experience that having light in the camp has drawn in more activity closer to the camp then if I keep it dark. If I keep a lantern on in the camp at night I have found that it seems to gain more attention towards the camp especially if other nearby camps are completely dark. I think this is probably because there is usually always human activity going on in the camp all night long. While some of the team is asleep some are also awake as well. Being a curious being they seem to be attracted to that activity and seem to know if there is light then there will be activity as well and they sometimes seem to gravitate towards our camp for this reason I suspect.
Many people will say no flashlights at all because you need to be totally dark when walking out there at all times. Well I disagree about this for these reasons, first yes a red light is great to use to see where your going and it prevents your loss of night vision and should be employed most of the time, yet the periodic perimeter sweep of a bright white light can often times reveal animals that you never knew were there simply because your red light didn’t reach out far enough to see them and you could not hear them. It is a major misconception that you will hear animals walking around close to you. That is not all ways the case. There have been quite a few times when I or a member of my team have noticed a deer or other animal there that none of us had heard and otherwise may have never known was there if it were not for a sweep of the area with a flash light from time to time.
3. Being stealthy-
I have found the being stealthy in the woods is not always the way to go when hunting for bigfoot, yes if you are hunting for deer, hogs, or any other type of game then you don’t want to make much noise while stalking your prey but when it comes to hunting bigfoot then make some noise. You are hunting a predator with a high curiosity not a skittish prey animal. Your not going to scare them away as many people seem to think. You want them to know your there because again you are playing with their curiosity. Consider it like a mind game, your baiting them but instead of putting out tasty treats that they care nothing about you are the bait and that they want to see just as much as you want to see them. Yourself is always the best bait for bigfoot. Noise is vital if you look at the reports its more often the campers or hikers or just regular people acting normal that have the best sightings and encounters. Yes many hunters do as well but these encounters are do to them coming up on them by accident most often. It is the people acting normal that most often have the best encounters and I have tried both approaches myself and have found that the normal actions have led to the most encounters. Stay alert to what is going on around you but make the appearance that your not and they will come much closer to you more often.