Submitted to BFRO by witness Stuart Robbins on Monday, November 24, 1997.
Hunter has frightening encounter near Attica
COUNTY: Fountain County
LOCATION DETAILS: Indiana, Fountain County, 8 miles northeast of Attica
OBSERVED: I’m a deer hunter and been hunting these woods for more than five years. I use the same tree stand every time I now every nuance of the area. What I’m trying to say is I was at the height of my senses and nothing was getting by me.
I was standing in my tree stand my right hand holding my 12 gauge rifled barrel shotgun, when the creature let me know he had been watching me. I had been in the stand about 2 hours. The sound was the deepest, evil sounding voice I had ever heard. It started like a demon taking deep breaths, this really shook me up. Its voice seemed amplified in comparison to anything else I have ever heard. After the two deep exhales it started to snort and bellow unlike anything I had ever heard before. My eyes never moved I watched the direction in which the sound was coming from, but it was getting dark in the woods so I couldn’t see very deep in the woods but I did catch a glimpse or shadow of something about 7 to 9 feet tall standing upright, move swiftly. It was at this time my safety went off and I drew my weapon on the movement I tried to scope in whatever was out there. Once I was looking through my scope it bellowed even louder.
I still couldn’t get a clear fix on anything and I’m not the type of hunter that fires without confirmation of a target, even though I was extremely scared. Never in my life have I been scared in the woods, especially when I’m holding such a powerful weapon. It was at this time it tore out of there sounding like I was right next to a Clydesdale, over 400lb, animal, whatever it was. I have been too scared to go and see if there were any tracks but I plan to check sometime this week. What is really amazing is how something so big got right up next to me (with in 25 yards) and I never heard it coming, but when it left it was louder than a freight train. If it was trying to communicate with me it said everything really well, vocalizing right at me and making it known that this was its territory.
ALSO NOTICED: 20 minutes after it left I heard what seemed only a half mile away the same sounds but it was also thrashing a tree. I heard it fall.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was standing in a tree stand motionless downwind from where the creature approached; also I was in camouflage except for an orange hat
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Approx: 5:50
ENVIRONMENT: If you have ever been in Indiana woods it is full of hills and valleys. With small creek beds everywhere. The area was a patch of woods next to some harvested bean fields the terrain is sloped up toward the south of my position and it was in that direction I made the hearing/ glimpse the leaves are off the trees and the underbrush is somewhat thick.