I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

It would seem that my previous article regarding the BFRO being involved in shooting at a Bigfoot on the Property of retired forest ranger Charles Branson, was in fact the work of the TBRC.

Since I had no conclusive answer as to the validity of the information in the original article, I went on a quest to get the answers. After all, it didn’t sit well with me to splash the BFRO name all over the place even if I did make it clear that GT wasn’t accusing them.

After doing some research I finally contacted Craig Woolheater (many may know Craig from Crytomundo) who is the actual founder of Texas Bigfoot but resigned last year when they reorganized to form the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservatory.

In my mind Craig has cleared up the entire incident and I have no reason to doubt him. Furthermore, the TBRC admits to the shooting.

Quote Craig Woolheater:

The TBRC has identified themselves as the offending party:

Quote TBRC:

The Echo Incident

Statements made or reported as being made by Honobia, OK, resident Charles Branson at the Honobia Bigfoot Festival on 1 October 2011, concerning incidents that took place the previous July, contain inaccuracies. The basic facts are as follows.

The TBRC was on Mr. Branson’s property with his permission as part of Operation Endurance (OE). The group in place at the beginning of July, designated as the “Echo” team, was the fifth of ten teams to participate in OE. Subsequent events experienced by that team are referred to as the “Echo Incident” within the TBRC.

On 3 July 2011, at approximately 6:15 PM CDT and under clear daylight conditions, Daryl Colyer, Board Member and Field Operations Director of the TBRC, encountered a sasquatch on the Branson property. The observation occurred as he, along with fellow TBRC members Alex Diaz and Travis Lawrence, were investigating a loud banging sound originating from the direction of one of the hunting cabins (referred to by the TBRC as the “West Cabin”), not far from where they and one other member of Echo team were based. The sound was consistent with others heard over the duration of OE and suspected of having been made by sasquatches.

Colyer moved down the path toward the West Cabin with Diaz following at fifty or sixty feet. Lawrence was out of their sight as he followed a nearby parallel creek bed. When Colyer rounded a bend in the road and entered a clearing in front of the West Cabin, he witnessed a large, brown, upright, hair-covered figure walking in front of him at a distance of roughly 25-30 yards. Colyer noted it had long hair on its shoulders and the back of its head, which was distinctly conical in shape. He saw it from the left side and slightly to the back; its front was not visible to him at any point. Upon later comparison with a 6’3″ tall TBRC member, the creature was estimated to have been both more massive and somewhat taller.

Walking to the south, the creature was momentarily obscured by vegetation and was then visible through an eight to ten foot opening in the dense foliage, still approximately 25-30 yards from Colyer’s position. Using his Remington 1100 Tac-4 12 gauge auto-loading shotgun, loaded with 000 buckshot followed by slugs, he attempted to collect the animal for scientific analysis, firing all the rounds in rapid succession. Colyer then approached the spot where the animal had been, reloading as he walked, but found no body. Within a few seconds he heard the faint sound of an automobile engine starting. When Diaz arrived at the location of the encounter, Colyer directed him to investigate the automobile sound. Diaz found a container of iced tea on the ground approximately 50 yards down the path, but he could not determine a source for the engine noise.

All four members of the Echo team attempted to track and locate the animal until it was too dark to see. Although the ground in the area was covered with leaves and other debris, the trail left by the animal was evident until it reached the nearby rocky creek bed. There were clear signs of its travel through the forest, including where it stepped on and crushed a fallen branch that was left unharmed when stepped on by the TBRC investigators. The slugs Colyer fired were all found embedded in trees near where he saw the animal. The team was unable to find any other evidence of the animal or its fate before losing daylight.

The team departed for home the next morning. Shortly after reestablishing cell phone coverage, Mr. Branson contacted the team and informed them that his nephew and his nephew’s girlfriend had driven to the site the previous day. The nephew left his truck parked at the property gate and had begun to walk up the path toward the cabins when he heard what he mistook to be machine gun fire. He ran back to his truck and fled the area, apparently damaging his truck in the process. Colyer never saw or heard the truck prior to its departure, nor did he see or hear the two people. Their position, relative to Colyer’s, was to the west through the dense forest, while the animal Colyer was attempting to collect was to his southwest. Neither they nor their vehicle was ever in the line of fire.

Following the conversation with Mr. Branson, team members made contact with Branson’s son, a deputy sheriff in the area, and related the events to him. He advised contacting the County Sheriff’s Office, since the nephew had reported that he had been shot at with a machine gun by “druggies.” After communicating with the sheriff’s office twice, the matter was dropped. Upon learning of the damage to his truck, said to amount to $1200, the TBRC offered the nephew $2,000 to help offset the cost of repairs. The check was cashed a few days after it was sent. Following a break of approximately one week, the TBRC resumed Operation Endurance to its planned completion.

In December of 2010, TBRC Chairman Alton Higgins clearly stated on the TBRC web site that the organization would “not stand in opposition to individuals—within or outside the TBRC—or groups supporting and/or actively pursuing efforts to obtain a specimen.” He went on to add, “As a field biologist I have always indicated that I supported collecting a specimen for documentation and study.” He went on to explain, “Biologists are trained to think in terms of, and to care about, populations. Collection of a voucher specimen is a way of protecting the population, from my perspective. It is not immoral, even if there are those who disagree for various emotional reasons.” Those interested can read the position statement in its entirety here.

The TBRC plans on publishing a more complete account of Operation Endurance at a later date.

Source: http://www.texasbigfoot.com/index.php/news/news/48-news/204

Quote Craig Woolheater:

Here is the official word clarifying their stance of neutrality of no-kill versus pro-kill.

Quote TBRC:

A Word From the Chairman

Few subjects, it seems, produce as much controversy among those with an interest in the sasquatch phenomenon as the documentation question. The TBRC has proceeded for years with the conviction that suitably compelling video and/or photo evidence can suffice to establish the existence of an unknown species of primate in North America. This is the rationale behind the TBRC’s Operation Forest Vigil. However, images alone cannot form the basis for naming or officially classifying a new species. A type specimen is required.

Unfortunately, regarding the question of obtaining a specimen, a spirit of elitism seems to separate those with differing opinions into irreconcilable, mutually dismissive, camps. Although there have probably always been individual members of the TBRC who supported the concept of shooting or capturing a sasquatch, the organization did not ever publicly advance the idea of collecting a type specimen and was generally viewed as supporting a “no-kill” position.

In the wake of a recent TBRC internal poll indicating overwhelming approval of the membership regarding the collection of a type specimen, the Board of Directors addressed the documentation issue anew. While stressing that Operation Forest Vigil remains the organization’s priority undertaking, the Board decided, after some months of discussion, to adopt a position of neutrality; that is, while the organization will not have as its stated objective the pursuit of a type specimen, it will not stand in opposition to individuals—within or outside the TBRC—or groups supporting and/or actively pursuing efforts to obtain a specimen.

This should not be taken as an indication that the TBRC will sponsor or approve large-scale “hunts” in the fashion of some groups. Within the organization, protocols regarding firearms in the field are now stricter than they have ever been: anyone wishing to carry a firearm on a TBRC operation must be well-trained and legally licensed. The safety of TBRC members is a paramount concern.

Speaking now outside of my Chairman role, as a field biologist I have always indicated that I supported collecting a specimen for documentation and study, although I have not personally pursued that objective. I don’t think sasquatches are people. Biologists are trained to think in terms of, and to care about, populations. Collection of a voucher specimen is a way of protecting the population, from my perspective. It is not immoral, even if there are those who disagree for various emotional reasons. Since this would be a new species to science, there is little question but that a specimen is justifiable. Here’s a link to guidelines and policies that have been worked out in the scientific community regarding the collection of voucher specimens.

Hopefully this note provides some clarity regarding the perspective attained by the TBRC Board of Directors; it does not represent a modification of the organization’s mission statement: “To investigate and conduct research regarding the existence of the unlisted primate species known as the sasquatch or bigfoot; to facilitate scientific, official and governmental recognition, conservation, and protection of the species and its habitat; and to help further factual education and understanding to the public regarding the species, with a focus mainly in, but not necessarily limited to, the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.”

Alton Higgins
Chairman, TBRC

Source: Alton Higgins-TBRC

I’d like to point out that I completely disagree with Alton Higgins but I’ll reserve my opinions for a different time.

Quote Craig Woolheater:

The current chairman of the TBRC, Alton Higgins, and the shooter, Daryl Colyer,

are both former BFRO members. They both formally became members of the

TBRC in late 2003-early 2004 and both resigned from the BFRO in September


Mr. Branson’s property had been used by the BFRO in the early 2000’s, as

shown in this report:

Quote BFRO:

Report # 3199 (Class B)

Submitted by witness on Thursday, October 11, 2001.

BFRO investigator hears loud footsteps and bipedal running (Show Printer-friendly Version)

YEAR: 2001


MONTH: October

DATE: 9/30/01 – 10/2/01

STATE: Oklahoma

COUNTY: Le Flore County

LOCATION DETAILS: Land owners request that no directions be given.



OBSERVED: The BFRO sponsored an expedition to investigate a series of reports of bigfoot related activity in Le Flore County, Oklahoma. I was part of the BFRO team undertaking the investigation. While walking down a remote access road at about 9:00 PM on Sunday, 30 September 2001, all three team members present heard a loud pop against a nearby tree trunk. A rock had been thrown with considerable force and had hit high up on the tree trunk. We heard the rock fall to the ground after hitting the tree. We stood and looked intently with night vision spot lights towards a mountain just north of us, but saw nothing unusual. Although this was the only rock throwing incident I experienced, other similar occurences were experienced by different team members over the next several days. The local land owners had reported repeated incidents like this and recently had to clean a bunch of fist size rocks from the roof of one of their buildings located at the foot of that same mountain.

Nothing out of the ordinary occurred at my location during the next night’s observations. On the third night, however, I had a startling experience. We had been broadcasting bigfoot vocalizations provided by the BFRO, hoping to hear vocal responses. I was stationed about a mile away from the broadcast site, up a major creek in the area. At 7:54 PM and again at 8:20 PM, I heard sounds similar to the ones we had been broadcasting. We had heard numerous owls and coyotes, etc., and I had studied recordings of common animal vocalizations so as not to mistake them for bigfoot related vocalizations. The two sets of calls that I heard were very distant, but definitely similar to the bigfoot vocalizations the BFRO has recorded near Lake Tahoe, California.

At 9:30 PM, we began our sound broadcasting protocol for the evening. Before dark, I had deployed a primate pheromone chip supplied by BFRO curator Dr. Greg Bambenek. I was sitting about 30 or 40 yards away from that chip in an elevated observation platform about 15 feet off the ground. Suddenly, at about 11:30 PM, I heard heavy foot falls in the brush to my east. They startled me because they sounded as if they were only 20 or 30 yards away and I did not hear them approach. The animal moved slowly north and south, pacing back and forth. I strained in my night vision equipment to see something, but all I saw was brush. This behavior went on and on. It was just pacing back and forth, moving very slowly. Occasionally I heard big sticks breaking under the foot falls. My mind began to race. Maybe it was a bear, or was it a sasquatch? I turned off my radio. I did not want a radio check with the creature only yards away.

I kept sweeping the area alternately with night vision equipment and then natural vision. I watched for brush movement to indicate the location of the creature, but could see none. This was very puzzling since the animal sounded so close. Occasionally it would walk directly toward me. It sounded so close I leaned out and looked directly under my platform because I thought it might have slipped up to the base of the tree I was in. It did this 3 or 4 times over the next two hours. As 1:30 AM approached (the time the last series of broadcasts were scheduled to begin), I made up my mind that I would radio the broadcast team and ask them to walk up and escort me out when the broadcasts were finished. I realized the radios might drive the animal away, but at that point I considered it a safety issue because all I knew was that some large mammal had been intently watching me for hours.

I was still not sure if I was dealing with a bear or a bigfoot. The steps had been so slow and deliberate that no cadence could be detected to determine whether it was 2 footed or 4 footed. While I was talking to the broadcast team, the animal moved slowly south and then I did not hear it anymore. I waited through the last set of broadcasts, and after the last one, the team called and said they were on the way up. I had heard nothing for about the last hour, so I figured the animal had moved off, but I was not sure where it was. The team made a couple of radio checks on their way to my location. They were flashing a laser light in the tree tops and kept asking if I could see it.

After one of these calls, I heard a loud “Plooorp” sound about 40 yards behind me and slightly to the west. My first thought was that a bear had rolled a large rock near the water’s edge. After a few seconds, I heard a more “splashy” “plooorp” sound followed immediately by foot falls racing down the water in the creek bed about 25 yds to my west. It raced past my location and up the stream about 30 yards, and then I heard nothing. There were about 12 splashing footsteps that sounded DEFINITELY BIPEDAL over a period of about 4 or 5 seconds. Upon later investigation in the daylight with BFRO curator R. N., we discovered that the creek bed was covered with boulders from 6″ to 18″ in diameter. The distance from the only pool deep enough to have been the source of the original sound to the place where the standing water ends was a distance of about 70 yds. I can offer no other suitable explanation for this event other than bigfoot. It covered more rough area quicker than anything I can conceive. The area was scouted in the daylight, but no tracks or other evidence was discovered.

The next night I climbed the very same tree, but had no unusual occurrences at all except a whinnying noise we had heard before and which we had concluded during the day to be a screech owl.

My sense of the situation is that the animal that walked around me may have been drawn to the area by the sound blasting, or that it may have simply happened by. Once in the area, it probably was stopped by the pheromone scent. It may have detected me while looking for the source of the pheromone scent. I also had the zip lock bag ( that had contained the chip ) on the platform with me. It was still quite pungent. The creature was obviously able to move stealthily since I did not hear it until it was very close. Maybe it made noise for so long trying to draw me down from my perch, who knows? Having departed to the south, it took up a position straight downwind of both me and the pheromone chip.

I made a serious mistake by picking a tree directly downwind from the chip. Perhaps if I had chosen a position 50 yds cross wind, I would not have been seen or scented. I would do it differently in the future. At any rate, this animal took up a position directly behind me, placing itself in my blind spot behind the tree I was in. It was also in my back track; maybe it hoped I would leave the same way I came. I think it waited there, still watching me, until it heard the team approaching it from behind. Then, having an unknown presence in front of it and behind it, it panicked and ran straight up the rocky creek bed where it would leave no tracks.

This behavior indicates an animal that is extremely intelligent, curious, and observant. It apparently had acute night vision. It also was not afraid of me, even after hearing radio communications, a very unnatural sound. I believe it was waiting for me to come by. There is the possibility that two different animals were involved, but that would not be my first guess.

Perhaps others will be able to draw more from these events. I submit this record with the hope that it will prove helpful to future efforts.

ALSO NOTICED: Vocalizations, rock throwing, and other bigfoot related activity had been reported in the area for a long time. Immediately after we left the area, the land owners noted a marked increase in rock throwing.

OTHER WITNESSES: Two for rock throwing incident. They were walking
an access road.

No other witnesses for the footfalls.

OTHER STORIES: The property owners have experienced vocalizations, rock throwing, and other unusual incidents that are unexplained by any known possible source.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was full dark with a full moon. The weather was clear and cool.

ENVIRONMENT: Although the moon was full, I was in a densely wooded creek bed between 2 steep grades on either side. Shadows were very dark. The creek bed was broad, 100 yards or so.

Follow-up investigation report:

The investigator, an experienced hunter and outdoorsman, pastors a church in Alabama. He was part of a BFRO team assembled from six states.

Source: BFRO Reports

Quote Craig Woolheater:

When Higgins and Colyer left the BFRO, the property was used by the TBRC.

I have no idea if Mr. Branson knew about a change in organizations that were

using his property as the main contacts for the research there stayed the same.

As I had stated, I never accused the BFRO of any wrongdoing regarding this incident. However, I feel compelled to apologize for my part in sensationalizing the possibility of their involvement.

In an effort to get a story out I made some critical mistakes typically reserved for amateurs.

After reading the transcript of Steve Kulls interview with Charles Branson I should have waited for some sort of conformation. Instead I got antsy and decided to go ahead with the article.

Sure enough, it wasn’t long after that when Steve Kulls got back to me and prompted me to further investigate the allegations as well as the TBRC. Now, I could have easily figured out enough from the article to go to the TBRC website prior to writing the article, but I didn’t do it.

After receiving the input from Craig, I knew I had to retract from the original article and explain my stupidity.

While I don’t agree with a lot of the policies of the BFRO, I certainly am not going to perpetuate a fallacy about them. To them I extend my sincerest apologies.

I’d like to thank Craig Woolheater, Steve Kulls and Loren Coleman for assisting me in clearing up this mess.

Lessons learned!

Update: The TBRC has come forward to defend it’s standing and provided their side of the story. Suffice it to say, there are some possible inconsistencies involved as they see it and they have every right to defend themselves.

We are still working out all the loose ends but we may see an article forthcoming that will focus on them as well as some possible as yet unpublished details of their current operation on the Branson property.

I look forward to a clearer picture of the past two days.

  • There is enough statistically valid hard DNA evidence to show that these beings are human. If one is killed, that is simply a case of murder because we now know what this being is. This is not an unknown animal, this is an unknown type of human.

  • In case you haven’t noticed, the “valid hard DNA evidence” has shown absolutely NOTHING. For over 100 years there has been evidence accumulating including DNA, hair samples, footprints, and thousands of sighting reports. None of these have convinced the scientific community of anything. The only definitive way to protect both this creature and it’s habitat is to prove beyond any doubt that it exists and to do that a type specimen will most likely be required. No one throws a tantrum when new species are identified using a type specimen on a near DAILY BASIS. This is all based on emotion that has nothing to do with scientific discovery or fact of any kind.

    Saying that these are “an unknown type of human” is nothing more than an inflammatory and clearly uneducated perspective on these animals. There is absolutely NO evidence to show that stance. They are simply an unclassified primate.

    Much will probably be made of this in the coming days. Mainly for Craig Woolheater’s own personal agenda, stemming from his removal from the TBRC. Keep in mind, that every bit of knowledge that man puts out is simply regurgitated from the books he’s read and documentaries he’s watched. In all his years of “research” he’s never bothered to get up and actually go into the field. The only thing he cares about is self-promotion and attacking the people he feels wronged him, no matter how much of it is of his own design.

  • Brain Cell

    I believe every single word in the first account except for this part:

    “On 3 July 2011, at approximately 6:15 PM CDT and under clear daylight conditions, Daryl Colyer, Board Member and Field Operations Director of the TBRC, encountered a sasquatch on the Branson property. “

  • Strangely enough I have yet to see all of this “DNA evidence” that prove Sasquatch to be human. Some claim to have DNA in their possession but until it’s made public, there is no DNA.

    Frankly, I don’t know what it is, nor am I more than 50% convinced the creature even exists.

    As for my no kill stand, it wouldn’t matter what unknown animal we were speaking of, I am not in favor of killing anything just to prove it exists or study a carcass.

    A viable game animal is one thing, this is too much of a mystery to shoot now and find out later.

  • Brain Cell

    “…A viable game animal is one thing, this is too much of a mystery to shoot now and find out later.”

    Can you imagine the size of the DRUMSTICK you’d get off that thing? You could feed a small country!!!

  • apehuman

    Perhaps the protection of Sasquatches will be through the outlawing of such reckless “hunting.” Arizona has a state law making it a felony to injure any primate. Of course, this incident is in Texas, where private owners cage about 30,00 big cats and “deer hunting” means using chum while sitting in a blind stand, trusty cooler at hand.

    I have noticed that all BF Groups are more focused on proof than protection, many believing proof must come first. Or perhaps because rule planning and law lobbying are boring city events.

    Through state legislation more general protections can be enacted (and some counties even have Sasquatch protection laws) . How about a ” No Primate Hunting, Baiting, Interacting” Law?

    I suspect the reason so little of our efforts are truly about protection is b/c it isn’t about science or protection laws as we claim, but the thrill of the unknown, or quest for a prize. Or, maybe for some to obtain a trophy body.

    BF Researchers who really care about Sasquatch should begin to work together to outlaw unlicensed Bigfoot Research.

    Unlicensed? What? I am trying to make this point: even without a Proven Bigfoot…we already have Proven Bigfoot Hunters Behaving Badly…and we can address that….it seems to me the biggest threat to BF’s today is BF enthusiasts.

  • Dave

    Lets kill it to prove it exists??!! That thinking is insane. The only thing that gives me peace is that you will never kill one. They will never reveal themselves to you.

  • BillinGA

    I suggest that he switches from 000 buckshot to low recoil 00 buckshot that allows for fast follow up shots. Look, if the thing is real, they need 1. Then make a law against hunting and harassing the animal. But if what the fools in GA who said they had a body is true, once they get one, the MIB are going to show and take it. Don’t know if the government is going to let the public know that a massive beast like bigfoot is roaming all over the country.

  • D. Wa.

    What I’m wondering is, why does everybody think Squatches need any kind of protection? Only thing they may need protection from is people. They have been doing fine on their own for hundreds of years without any kind of protection. So to kill something to prove it exist to get it protected is pretty stupid if you ask me. The evidence of their existance is out there. And who cares if the Scientific Community won’t recognize them right now. They will in time. Leave em alone and let em live. I’m pretty sure the protection call is just an excuse to be the first person to bring one in and cash in on it anyway.

  • D. Wa.

    Here’s the problem: There is a race going on in the Sasquatch community right now. Each organization or individual who is involved wants to be first to prove (without a doubt) that Bigfoot exists.

    In the meantime you have more and more conclusive findings which causes more and more interest. This means interest in the form of every type of person. Trust me, I’ve hunted for 30+ years and if I had a dollar for every nut I encountered with a gun, well, lets just say I’d have a few bucks.

    Now, add to that more nuts with guns who have never even set foot past the tree line before and now you’ve got a problem.

    With the advent of the Interwebs, more people have access to specific information about this creature and this adds to that growing number or nuts with guns as well. Pretty soon you’ve got dangerous people with guns roaming the forest shooting at anything that moves.

    If you remove the incentive and also outlaw the act of killing one, you remove the nuts with guns (for the most part).

    Even 10 years ago there wasn’t the interest we have now. Hence: less danger. That’s all changed, especially with the popularity of “Finding Bigfoot”.

  • apehuman

    Scott – good post, I agree. BG enthusiasts are the harm.
    So what can we do to outlaw “Finding Bigfoot” activities?
    I am sure this is not the forum to bring it up in, and if the shooter story turns out to be true, or any number of these stories there are already many wildlife and conservation groups to take it on… but in the meantime? BF groups are not interested in policing themselves in such a manner…it is a race. with no rules.

    When I was first exposed to the BF websites I recoiled, then endured them as a necessity for current information, and now feel they actually serve a watch dog role over all BF Researchers (as nasty as it gets).
    If one believed, or only read, what is available in conventional “press articles” they would have a very skewed picture of the Bigfoot community and Bigfoot.
    Some are more focused on getting into those forums and say it their way.. It takes these web forums to pull them back. I am thinking of the recent blitz by Paulides (I assume others too) of smaller niche news outlets…Remarkable reading.

  • apehuman,

    The fact remains, until Bigfoot is either proven to exist or not, this chaotic race will continue with little resistance.

    Some state forest land officials have within the past couple of years put the skids on any organizations that openly attempt to search or carry out activities that involve the furry creature. However, once they wise up and I’m sure many of them have, they will mislead Rangers as to their intentions and gain access to state forest land anyway.

    The faster an official yes or no is on the books, the faster legislation can start to invoke regulations. Until then mainstream officials and scientists will continue to deny the animal exists. Even if some of them believe in the quest, they fear being labeled in a negative light. It’s all about maintaining the flow of money into their pockets. Any threat to that would prompt a denial that the sun was hot if the majority called it cold.

    You know how easily people are led to believe things. Look how popular Subway or Starbucks is. The majority are not the people who are here today, looking at articles like this. They believe what the mainstream media tells them to believe.

    Finding Bigfoot became a groundbreaking show. It caught fire and opened up the race to a much larger audience. Unfortunately it’s not what I’d call the best example.

    If anyone is reading this and they want the correct and honest news, look up Jeff Meldrum. He is one of the very few individuals that I would trust.

    Each time I engage these articles a vision flashes thru my mind of Joe Pesci hearing an Owl in My Cousin Vinnie and running outside that cabin with a revolver, firing in all directions.

    By the way, the TBRC has officially admitted to that shooting. Believe me, there is no doubt that the incident happened and that shots were fired.

  • Kevin Albert

    I don’t agree with shooting a bigfoot, but If you are going to at least carry an appropriate weapon. The 000 buckshot in the chamber served only as a warnimg shot, which is why the follow up slugs were all imbedded in the trees. At least shoot to kill not shoot to maim.

  • Tom

    Umm, noone seems to be entertaining the idea that it might have been the nephew trying to hoax them. And if he would have hit him, it would be murder. At the very least, this idiot shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon. What id it was just a lost hunter wearing a ghuille suit? Idiots.

  • Actually Tom, I had a big theory on that. There are a lot of aspects that would in fact point to the nephew.

    I’m not going to post it here as it would take too long to lay it all out for you but use the existing points of the story and you should be able to piece it together. However, I did present that theory to the TBRC and they claim it was not him.

    As for a hunter being there, I don’t know that Branson had allowed anyone else on his property.