|Does 'Bigfoot' roam the woods of Wilcox County?|
Much has been made in the news in recent months about reported Bigfoot sightings in Southwest Alabama, especially in Clarke, Monroe, Conecuh and Covington counties.
A family in Clarke County made national news in May when they said they planned to kill a Bigfoot that had been harassing them at their home in Gainestown. Later, in July, witnesses said they spotted a Bigfoot leap across U.S. Highway 84 at the Sepulga River, which runs along the Conecuh-Covington county line. A few weeks later, three brothers in Conecuh County said that they watched a Bigfoot walk across a clear-cut and into the woods of Monroe County’s Pine Orchard community.
As the crow flies, these locations aren’t far from Wilcox County, and these reports left me wondering about Bigfoot sightings in Wilcox County. With that in mind, I turned to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO), and, after combing through their records, I did find one Bigfoot report that originated in Wilcox County.
According to that report, a hunter, whose name was not given, reported hearing “wood knocks” while hunting from a tree climber on land off State Highway 10, outside of Camden. This occurred on a cold, sunny morning, around 10 a.m., one day during deer season in the winter of 1998.
The hunter said that he was in a tree on the side of a hill when he heard two knocks on a tree to the west and near the top of the hill behind him. About 45 seconds later, he heard another knock on a lower tree behind him. After that, silence settled over the woods, and he didn’t see or hear anything else.
The hunter said that he’d been hunting in that area for about 13 years and had never heard anything like these “tree knocks” before. He described the area as 350 acres of mixed large pines and oaks and noted that he shared the property with six other hunting companions.
After the hunter filed his report, it was investigated by BFRO Investigator Kevin Smykal, who works full time as a mechanical contractor in northern Florida. During that investigation, the hunter told Smykal that he definitely heard the sound of a tree being purposely struck with a solid piece of wood, and that the sound was not caused by a falling branch or tree. The hunter also said that there were no other people in the area at the time of the incident.
While the hunter in this case did not actually see a Bigfoot, these “wood knocks” are viewed as important pieces of evidence by Bigfoot investigators. Bigfoot enthusiasts believe that these creatures create these “knocks” by hitting two pieces of wood together to communicate with others or to warn them of danger. Some researchers also say that Bigfoot creatures make these sounds by clapping their hands, with their mouths or by striking their chests.
In the end, I’d like to hear from anyone in the reading audience who has seen a Bigfoot or anything else out of the ordinary in the woods of Wilcox County. If you’ve seen or heard anything unusual in the woods, including unusual tracks, tree breaks or sounds, please let me know by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.