Friday, June 8, 2012

No-Tech Bigfoot Research

Bigfoot research is becoming a hi-tech venture. Groups and individuals are searching the woods with devices that have fancy sounding names like: FLIR 4th Generation, Starlight Night Scope, Infrared Nightshots, HD 1080p, Reconyx HyperFire Infrared Digital Game Camera, and the list could go on. These gadgets carry hefty price tags some going into the thousands of dollars. I am not saying there is anything wrong with this approach, I have gradually upgraded my video cameras to Sony 1080p HD cameras. Unfortunately we have a tendency to rely on this technology to "find evidence". When these are just tools to document once we have discovered or found something.

This technology is fast becoming our collective "Achilles Heal" in the Bigfoot Community. The one thing I learned early in my research is that the Bigfoot have the ability to sniff out, locate, and defeat technology. They avoid it at all cost and if they can not avoid it they will disable it, especially game cameras.

 The Bigfoot's disdain for trail cameras is so well documented that David Paulides (Hoopa Project, Tribal Bigfoot, Missing 411) advises people who want to get rid of Bigfoot around their homes to put up trail cameras! They are a reliable "Bigfoot Repellant".

What we need to remember, as I stated previously, the high tech gadgets are for documenting evidence of the Bigfoot once we find it/them. The "finding" is the difficult part and for this I think we need to go what I call "No Tech". 

We are dealing with what I think is a human intelligence. They are keenly aware of their surroundings and what belongs and what does not. Plus on many occasions they are watching as we put out cameras so they know exactly where they are located. So how do we find them, how do we know where they are traveling or what areas they are using?

 I have been using "No Tech" methods to locate the Bigfoot and track their movements for most of my research career by utilitizng simple methods that consist of thread, rocks, and tree limbs. Items that cost almost nothing and can be gathered in your research area. Items that are not out of place or easy to locate.


A spool of black sewing thread is a must for any researcher in my opinion. This item that cost around a dollar can be used to locate Bigfoot travel lanes/trails and determine frequency of use of those trails. It can also be used across the entrance to a suspected Bigfoot blind or shelter to see if the structure is being visited on a regular basis.

It is simple to deploy, once you find a suspected trail stretch it between two trees at approximately seven feet. This will eliminate the possibility of people or four legged animals breaking the thread.


Sticks can be used in various ways to detect the presence of Bigfoot in an area. I most commonly use them to detect if a Bigfoot has entered a shelter or blind. They can also be placed across a trail to indicate the direction of movement.

Sticks laid in a random pattern, then photographed are an excellent and stealthy way to detect Bigfoot activity. In the following photograph I made a square with some sticks in the floor of what I suspected to be a temporary shelter. A week later when I returned the sticks had been disturbed. I then knew something was using this shelter.

I also laid a limb across a trail that lead to an island. This was done to determine activity and direction of travel (Photographs below). I had long suspected that the Bigfoot were using a small island as a bedding area. I placed a tree limb I found laying on the ground across the trail and photographed its location. When I returned the limb had been moved several feet inland. This indicated to me that this trail was active and was being traveled most likely after dark. The direct of the stick displaced told me they were coming out of the water onto the main land. The time of the travel was most likely after dark since I placed the limb during the daylight hours.

Using these "No Tech" methods can be extremely affective. The Bigfoot most likely use similar methods on us. It would be like leaning a match stick against the bottom of your front door to see if anyone has entered your house while you were away, but we are turning the tables on the Bigfoot.

These methods have allowed me to establish travel patterns, the time of year the area is used, how often it is used, and travel direction.

On one occasion after the Bigfoot broke the thread across a well traveled trail three or four times it appeared they stopped using the trail. Suspicious I strung thread in a large semi-circle on both sides of the trail. The next week on my return as I suspected the thread was broken a few feet to the right of the trail. The Bigfoot had figured out what I was doing and actually stepped to the side in order to avoid the thread across the usual trail. I would have loved to seen the look on the Bigfoot's face when it went around and felt the thread break!

I also once found the thread tied back together across a trail! More amazing than the fact that the Bigfoot put the thread back together was how it was done. It was not a knot, but the thread was woven or braided like strands of a rope. It was an amazing find and a testament to the intelligence and the lengths the Bigfoot will go to remain hidden!

These are just two examples of "No Tech" methods the researcher can use. Can this be used as evidence, no, but it will tell you where and when to deploy the high tech toys we all just spent a fortune on and give you some satisfaction that you may have pulled on over on the master of stealth himself!

Article written by: Scott Carpenter aka Joe Black


  1. I love this article! Very smart tactics.

    I'd like to request that you add the name of the author to the articles. I assume the author was Scott Carpenter, but I don't know for sure - I'm not up to recognizing his hands in the photos yet! :)

  2. I believe in you 100% Scott. We are friends on facebook and my daughter lives in Maryville. I think the braided two pieces back together is remarkable! any photos of it? Keep up the great work. this site is now one of my daily "favorites"
    Glenn in Bama

  3. Well done. I think the folks who spend way too much time
    at the keyboard and monitors could learn a few things by reading FUR FISH and GAME magazine. This game of hide
    and seek requires a fair amount of woodcraft. And it doesn't come in megabites.

  4. Oh my goodness, thanks for this article!I am continually amazed at how smart they are, but they'd have to be to have remained hidden for so long!