As a researcher, I am exposed to hundreds of pictures and videos yearly, and following the guidelines spelled out by the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center (MABRC), I evaluate all this accordingly. Back in 2009, a local landowner caught something on a trail camera that was pointing towards his deer feeder. It looked hairy even though the figure in the picture was washed out from the flash. A few months later, the MABRC assembled a team to investigate the location where the picture had been taken, mainly due to deer season, it hadn’t been safe to go into the area immediately after the incident.
While the investigation was very thorough, it would take several pages of the paper here to go over, but I will place the entire investigation report on the www.bigfootfieldguide.com website for our readers to look over.
Measuring the distances to key trees, rocks and even the placement of the deer corn feeder bucket, the investigation team was able to conclude that the figure in the photo was not over 6 foot tall. Taking a member of the team who was 6 foot 6 inches tall and inserting them into the same location as the figure, you could see the difference in size immediately.
The difference between the picture of the figure and one of a deer just hours apart, also showed that the feed bucket had changed height, either a Bigfoot had realized how to lower the bucket with the hand crank winch or a human had lowered it in the time frame of the pictures.
When the photos during the investigation was compiled, along with the measurements, it was noticed that the landowner had a picture taken of him standing in a certain position, his shoulders were drooped down. Taking this picture, it was reversed to change the direction he stood in and compared to the figure in the original picture. It was then obvious, that even though the landowner was convinced it wasn’t him or anyone else that had come up at night, the figure was a perfect match for his shoulders. It also answered why it appeared to have lighting in the background behind the bucket, as the headlights of a vehicle highlighted the woods behind it all.
The picture has since taken on a life of its own, even being used by a Minnesota Bigfoot Research Group as evidence of Bigfoot in their state, until it was revealed the photo came from Oklahoma and was proven to be the landowner refilling his deer feeder. But what about the appearance of hair on the figure, this was easily explained by dressing up my grandson in camouflage clothes and having him run in front of a trail camera at night. The camouflage created the effect of hair as it tried to focus in on the patterns, and this experiment was tried with several types of trail cameras to reach this conclusion.
By doing due diligence and conducting a proper investigation, the MABRC was able to debunk a photo that otherwise would have spread across the country as proof of Bigfoot. Instead, it was just a mistake by the landowner who had forgotten he had refilled his deer feeder at night and had walked right past his trail camera.