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February 4, 2012
1:30 PM - 5:25 PM
Cleveland County, Arkansas
I did not see anything, only heard it. I heard something knocking on a
tree earlier that day while I was stalking deer (around 1:30). I was not
sure what it was because I have never heard the noise before in the woods,
but, it is a very distinct sound, and I just knew that it was something
knocking on a tree. I walked the area that day, and heard a lot of limbs
falling out of trees, and trees falling down in the distance. It was not
very windy that day, and it happened enough that I thought it was very
strange. I then walked to my deer stand around 2:30 PM to hunt until dark.
At about 4:40 PM, I heard several large splashing noises coming from the
creek about 100 Yards behind my deer stand. I could not see the creek from
my deer stand. Then, I heard a very strange noise that sounded like a large
buzzard flapping its wings after the splashes. Then about 5 minutes later,
I heard the tree knocking noise again coming from the creek behind my deer
stand. The tree knocking continued for about 30 minutes. It must have knocked
about 60 times, and I knew exactly where it was coming from. Right before
dark, around 5:25 PM, I slowly climbed down from my deer stand, while the
knocking continued. I thought of walking out there to see what it was,
but it was getting really dark, and I did not bring my flash light since
I only went out to stalk some deer, but decided to hunt until dark. I slowly
walked away from my deer stand towards my Rhino, and walked about 300 yards,
and it was still knocking on the tree. It was dark, so I got in my rhino,
and listened to it continue to knock. The knocking noise was still coming
from the same area that was located behind my deer stand. It kind of freaked
me out because I have grown up and hunted in these woods for over 30 years,
and never heard anything like that before. I know what a beaver slap sounds
like when it slaps it tail, and I know what a wood pecker sounds like....but,
this was definitely something banging on a tree, and I could not figure
out what it was. So, I cranked my rhino and drove back to my hunting camp
to tell everyone what I had heard.
Info: I went back the
next morning to see if I could find out what was making the sound. I walked
to the creek behind my deer stand where the knocking noises were coming
from. I found 2 tree saplings that the tops were broken off about 5 feet
from the ground. The tops of the trees were just laying on the ground.
There were no other trees that fallen into them, and broke them. I did
find a pile of turkey feathers, but they looked a couple of days old. It
could have been a coyote that killed the turkey there. I did not find any
footprints or see any other sign. I went into the woods around 12:30 PM
that afternoon to hunt, and I hunt on 680 acres of private property owned
by my family. No other ATV's pulled in that day, and there were no other
hunters in the woods around me that evening.
Activities of Witness: Same as above. I went to stalk deer around 12:30 PM that afternoon. It was my birthday, so I planned on hunting all day. I did not hunt that morning, but I had 2 other hunters in our hunting camp that hunted that morning, and the same evening, but, they were hunting a couple of miles away from me.
of Creature: I did not see the animal.
I only heard the tree knocking.
Notes: I was reminded
of an incident that happened at our deer camp roughly about 10 years ago.
A 15 year old kid named Xxxxxx was hunting "across the creek" as we call
it. It is roughly 2 miles from the deer hunting camp. He shot a deer and
drew blood, but, could not find the deer. So, he got on his 4-wheeler and
drove back to the camp to get help to find his deer. His father Xxxxxxx,
and my cousin, Xxxxxxx, and a few others drive across the creek to look
for Xxxxxx's deer. They trailed the blood, and found where the deer was
supposed to be. The deer had been eaten, or, taken. They found guts, and
the only thing remaining of the deer was the deer's head. The rest of the
deer was gone. He had only shot the deer about 45 minutes earlier. Could
have been a bear, or cougar....but, they are very rare around here.
(Informational or Encounter History in the General Area) Notes:
We had some hog hunters come down to hunt hogs at our deer camp on January
1st, 2012. This was a couple of days after my experience. I was telling
them about my experience, and that I could not explain it. One hog hunter
named Xxxxx, said that he heard the same tree knocking down here 2 years
ago while hog hunting at our camp. He did not tell anyone about it until
I told them what I had experienced. He was afraid that people would think
he was crazy. He said that he researched it, and found out the Bigfoot's
supposedly knock on trees.
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