Here’s a challenge that could consume all your summer days and nights – hunt for Bigfoot.
The Northwest is thick with Bigfoot tales dating back before Europeans arrived. The Nez Perce called Bigfoot the spooky man of the woods.
You might best begin your search near the location of a previous sighting (click on the map below left for the sightings in 360’s territory). Hunting skills would be useful. Learn to move through the woods silently and scent-free by eliminating human odors from your clothing and body days before your expedition. You will not want to have a campfire. Bigfoot is said to be nocturnal and that would be a sure sign of your presence. Night vision would be useful.
What are you looking for? Most reports describe a creature 6 to 10 feet tall, weighing about 500 pounds with brown, reddish or gray hair, stumpy neck and malodorous stench. It walks with a human gait, taking long strides, arms hanging almost to its knees. Some encounters are not sightings but unexplained sounds, noises like whistling, loud howls and knocks. A casting material like plaster of Paris or dental stone is handy in case you find tracks.
Keep in mind an estimated 70 to 100 percent of sightings are misidentifications or hoaxes. Bug and bear spray would be good to have as these are things you are far more likely to encounter.
If all this sounds like too much work, but you still want to find Bigfoot, you could buy a trail camera and mount it near some tempting bait; Bigfoot is said to be omnivorous. Or, you could traipse about hoping to run into one by chance, which seems to be what happens in the vast majority of cases.
If you have a smartphone you likely have camera and video capability, which means if you are incredibly patient and quick and unbelievably lucky you could offer the world another shred of evidence that the legend is true.
If you are none of those things, then hopefully you’ve spent some enjoyable time communing with nature.