Suddenly, two shots rang out from a short distance from our camp. It was close enough to hear the slap of the bullet hitting a tree or something hard. A few moments later, I heard what I thought was a freight train coming down the hill away from the shots but headed directly for the camp. I figured it was a big bull elk or buck. But, to my surprise, it was a huge hairy man. He entered the camp between two trailers, and as he passed through the opening he widened the gap between the trailers sending the apart by several feet. He did is so quickly it was almost one fluid motion. It didn’t even slow him down.
The women and children inside the trailers screamed from the sudden movement. The big man passed right through the center of the camp leaping over the fire pit and out the other side in seconds. I had never seen someone move so effortlessly and quickly. He disappeared into the trees.
My aunt came out of one of the trailers with a .308 Winchester. She counted all of the kids and had all of the other women assemble in the center of the camp determining all were present and safe. She asked me which way the beast had gone. I simply pointed at the tree line. She told me to follow her, and she took off for the trees. I kept trying to tell her, her gun wasn’t big enough. But, she kept on pushing through the thicket. Soon she had me tracking the creature, which was not really hard to do. My dad had taught me well. It was running barefoot, but the track were big and there was no effort to hide the prints.
We tracked the big man for about a mile, but we never spotted him again—Thank goodness. But I can remember my aunt and I hunting through the woods for a creature. She was determined to hunt him down. I remember thinking it should be left alone.
As I remember it now, it seemed to be about seven feet tall. Heavy upper body build, but was completely covered in hair. He had longer hair around the head and back. The hair was a orange brown and was very matted with pine needles. It looked very much like a big hairy hermit with no clothes. I remembered thinking he would make a great linebacker.