STILL STUNNED!!! What Creature Did I See in the Woods Yesterday? Bear, or Bigfoot, or Something Else?

STILL STUNNED!!! What Creature Did I See in the Woods Yesterday? Bear, or Bigfoot, or Something Else?


I hesitated to share this story because, to be honest, it makes me sound cray cray. But, I know what I saw.

At 1:00 p.m. yesterday, I was sitting on the back porch having an eyeball break after being on my laptop for hours corresponding with BookLocker authors and WritersWeekly writers.

I was enjoying the cool breeze and the fall foliage when I started hearing a loud, rapid banging sound to my left. It was not in any particular sequence. Bang bang bang. Bang. Bang bang. Bang bang bang. You get it.

At first, I thought Brian was doing something in the yard downstairs. I looked left, toward the direction of the sound. And, what I saw shocked me. I’m not exaggerating. My jaw literally dropped. I’m still shocked and my brain is still having a hard time wrapping itself around the incident. Seeing is believing even though what I saw was unbelievable.

Behind our neighbors’ house, on the wood line, there is a tree trunk surrounded by foliage. Here’s a picture of the tree (taken after the incident). That part of the tree is, as near as we can guess (Brian went down there), about 12 feet off the ground.

On that tree trunk, I saw a dark creature (shaped like a person) hugging the trunk with its left arm, and holding a fat log in its right hand. It was banging loudly and rapidly on the tree trunk with the log. Because of the foliage, I could only see it from the waist up.

I said out loud, “What in the world?!”

I stood up to get a better look. The thing saw me, and got spooked. It instantly dropped out of the tree. Since there was brush between my line of vision and the bottom of the tree, I didn’t see it hit the ground.

This is what I saw (and please forgive my Kindergarten artistic skills):

The figure was all black. Could have been fur or hair but it was too far away to see that detail. I did not see any clothing on it. It was just all black, and shaped like a beefy person (not thin). The log it was holding was about as thick as the thing’s head. It would take a very strong person with a very large hand to not only hold that log, but to swing it as fast and as hard as the thing was.

After the thing dropped off the tree trunk, I paused for a second. I wish I could explain the confusion my brain was experiencing at that moment. I knew what I saw but it didn’t make any sense to my logical mind at all!

I then stepped to my left, opened the back door, and loudly whispered, “BRIAN! COME QUICK!” He came out. I briefly told him what I saw, “A big black thing in the tree, beating on the tree trunk with a log!”

We listened and looked. Nothing. We pulled out the binoculars. Still nothing. Brian’s first thought was it might be a poacher, putting up a tree stand in our neighbor’s backyard (trespassing). Deer hunting season is about to start and we found poachers on our property after dark the past two years.

But, why would he be doing it at 1:00 in the afternoon, in broad daylight, and within view of three houses? And, again, I didn’t see any clothing on it. So, that theory didn’t make any sense.

Also, if it was a human, it would have shimmied/climbed down the tree; not dropped straight down about 12 feet to the ground.

I called our neighbor on my phone. “Hey! How ya doing? Um, are you doing work in the trees behind your house?”

He said no. I didn’t want to sound crazy so I gave him the “possible poacher” story, and asked if he’d mind if Brian went out there to investigate. He said sure, and promised not to shoot Brian. 😉

Brian did not find any evidence of a deer stand being built. He found some broken vines at the base of the tree, as well as lots of sticks and logs but those are all over the forest floor. He didn’t see any footprints but it was dry and, because it’s fall, there are tons of leaves on the ground. There is a deer trail right near that tree but I KNEW that wasn’t a deer up in that tree, holding a log, and banging on the tree trunk.

I looked up bears. They don’t have opposable thumbs. They can’t hold a log, and bang on a tree trunk.

I’m still trying to come to terms with the incident. My mind still can’t wrap itself around what I saw.

Mason has Covid right now. I took him to the ER on Tuesday because he had the worst headache of his life and pain in his lower middle back. He had no upper respiratory symptoms so I wanted them to rule out Meningitis, which they did. He tested positive for Covid in the ER and he’s home resting (and miserable) now. Please pray for him. He does have the upper respiratory symptoms now. Because we have Covid in the house, everybody is sleeping in separate rooms.

Last night, I woke up at 2:00 a.m., and heard a weird sound outside. I realized it was raining and the wind was blowing pretty hard so I crawled back in bed. Then, I heard another noise. A weird clack, clack, clack noise outside. Of course, I immediately thought that thing had come looking for me. I mean…it knows where I live! I got up with the flashlight. The wind was blowing so hard that a large bucket had blown out from under the porch, and was rolling back and forth across the driveway. I went back to bed but I didn’t get much sleep the rest of the night.

So, my friends, what do YOU think was in the tree? Please let us know using the comments box below.


– On Thursday afternoon, our neighbor’s two daughters, who didn’t know about my encounter, were playing outside. They came back inside frightened, telling their mom there was someone they couldn’t see knocking in the woods. She shared the incident with a neighborhood ladies’ group chat.

– That night on our back porch, around 10:00 p.m.-ish, our 110-lb Black Lab / Great Dane mix, Tank, started barking, raced across the porch, down the stairs, and into the backyard. He has an electronic collar so he can only go so far. Now, this is not unusual behavior for Tank. He does it frequently. And, when he does, we can never see what he’s barking at. We’ve just assumed over the past two years that he’s….special. His little sister, Moon, will often race down there with him (not barking – she almost never barks). She thinks it’s a game.

On this night, when Tank did that, Moon did not follow him. She went, and stood by the back door, wanting to go inside. Tank was down there barking his head off. All of the sudden, he stopped and I heard a very loud and very close scream/yell coming from the wood line, “Aaaaah-AAAAAAA-ooooohhhh.” Tank immediately raced back up the stairs, and stood at the back door, wanting to come in.

– Our neighbor texted me the next morning, saying she heard a “scream” late the previous night.

– At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, David, the owner of the popular Expedition Bigfoot Museum here in Georgia called me. He’s coming out here next week with some audio recording equipment. He says he’s taken over 5,000 reports over the  years and mine was only the second one where someone actually saw the creature knocking on a tree. He will not be divulging our address to anyone. We and he don’t want people scaring the creatures, and possibly harming them…even though I’m terrified of them. (UPDATE: The audio recording devices did not pick up any Bigfoot sounds. He said that isn’t unusual. David did come to our Fall Festival party, and was able to talk to several of our neighbors.)

– At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Brian and I were both interviewed by Wes Germer, the very popular host of The Sasquatch Chronicles podcast. You can click to hear a snippet of the interview RIGHT HERE. Brian has heard the knocking in the woods several times since we moved here but, when he gets close, it always stops. One night after we moved here, he called me out on the front porch. There was knocking coming from the woods behind another neighbor’s house. Even after hearing that, I was still a skeptic. I’m not now!!

If you’re wondering why game cams (including ours) don’t usually get recordings of Bigfoot, read THIS DISCUSSION. It’s very interesting.

We did not sit up late last night listening for anything because Mason was kind enough to share his Covid with me and I was (and am) feeling pretty lousy.

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PART II: Another Bigfoot Encounter!



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