With the Minnesota Expedition coming up in a little over two weeks, we have been busy scouting the possible locations so that we can find an area where the sasquatches are most active this year. This post is our scouting report from the past two weekends of scouting activity.
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We are currently looking at four new locations in northern Minnesota, as follows:
- Area 1—This location is a hilly and heavily forested area with a few streams and rivers running through it. There are also a few good bogs, which offer good retreat areas for sasquatches. We have received reports of sasquatches in this area for years, but have not yet held a full expedition there. This is also the most southerly location we are looking at, and as such, it also likely receives the most human traffic as well.
- Area 2—This location is ideal Midwest sasquatch habitat, having a mix of large tamarack bogs, mixed pine/hardwood forests, logged clearings, and running water. There are several very large bogs here, some of which even have islands of high ground providing the sasquatches with an ideal retreat from people. Jim has been researching this area off and on for a couple years now, having heard vocalizations, found trail sign, and other related evidence. This area provides us with some excellent areas for camps as well.
- Area 3—This location is a mix of bogs, forests, and lakes. Two years ago we scouted this area and saw some very positive sign.
- Area 4—This area has more high ground than the other three and is not nearly as boggy; however, there have been several very good sasquatch encounters here in the past few years. Two years ago on a scouting trip to the area, we found some of the best gate structures we have ever seen. This area also has several excellent locations for camps.
Scouting Report for Area 1
Todd, Erik, and Dave scouted this area doing an overnight stay, May 18-19. They noted the following about the site:
- They saw little to no sasquatch sign, such as stick structures, scat, prints, and the like.
- There were a lot of people using this area as a four-wheeler recreation area.
- Some of the area had been recently logged.
- They found both deer and bear scat.
- During one knocking routine, they received a faint reply.
- Late one night something pushed down a tree deep in the dark woods near their camp.
- There is a pay campground near this area. I should note that while this sounds good, this can actually be a determent to us as MN state law forbids dispersed camping within two miles of a campground, so we would have to be mindful of this perimeter for any remote camps.
Due to the volume of human traffic in this area, we will likely not pursue it as an expedition location at this time.
Logged Area at Area 1:
Scouting Report for Area 2
On Saturday, May 24, Kris, Andy, and our families scouted this area. It is very remote, being completely surrounded by state land. We spent about six hours walking and driving the trails of this area and have the following to report:
- We did not find much in the way of sasquatch sign, just a single possible trail and a possible stick structure. However, Jim reports that we missed the sasquatch trails by being a bit too far North.
- We only saw one family of wheeler riders the whole time we were there.
- We saw a lot of wildlife and wildlife sign, including both deer and moose. We did not find any predator sign, which may be a good indication that sasquatches are in the area.
- The area has some excellent camp sites, but it is a 20 minute drive to town.
Later that night and into Sunday morning, Jim and Steph went to this site to scout the area at night. As they were walking down a road, they were followed by something large, back in the woods. It would move as they moved and stop when they stopped. The brush was too thick to see more than a few flashes of heat on the thermal. When they got near their truck, it stopped following them. As they were packing up, they heard something mumbling from the deep and dark woods back where it had stopped following them. It sounded like a person with a deep voice talking to himself under his breath.
Area 2 Bog:
Possible Sasquatch Trail:
Possible Stick Structure (note the woven sapling):
Scouting Report for Area 3
Late Saturday, May 25, Kris and Andy went to Area 3 for night scouting. We drove or walked the whole location, with the following notes:
- The area is swarming with wheeler traffic, even as late at night as 1:00 am.
- We found no sasquatch sign.
- We did many knocks and whoops, and may have received one distant knock back.
- We jumped something large that ran around our car, and heard a popping noise from the woods. We cannot rule out deer, bear, or moose.
The next day we returned with our families, and found the following:
- The sasquatch sign in the area is either very old or non-existent.
- The area has a lot of people in it. A new wheeler trail has recently been connected to this area and the wheeler traffic is nearly constant.
Due to the increased human presence in the area, we feel that the sasquatches have left this area.
Scouting Report for Area 4
On Sunday, May 26, Kris, Andy, and their families drove up to Area 4. This is a beautiful area with fairly mature pine forests and younger hardwoods. We found the following during our time there:
- This area is rich in life, having a lot of deer and other animals. We even saw a bear.
- There has been a lot of logging in some areas, but there is still a lot of untouched land.
- We found several possible sasquatch trails. All of these trails had been blocked from the main clearing by a “gate”, which was a small tree broken off a foot or two above the ground and laid down across the entrance of the trails. Most of these were very old, at least a year, and the wood in the breaks was darkened with time. One gate however was still light in color and we estimate that it had been broken sometime earlier this spring. the trails themselves were still well groomed with no sticks on them, just leaves.
- We found several great camp sites in this area.
Area 4 View:
Possible Sasquatch Trail:
Note: I am purposefully omitting the pictures of the gates at this time as they might be tell tale of our location to any locals who know the area.
At this point we have not yet decided on a location, but we will likely drop Areas 1 and 3 from our list as there are just too many people in them to contend with. We will be scouting some more yet before the expedition and will announce our decision to the attendees privately in a week or so.