Mississippi Skunk Ape?

Ravi

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I am wondering what I would do, if I would see this in a forrest, taking in account that bears are frequenting the area. Would I just remain filming, or would I take care of my health and (slowly) back away? I think I know the answer.
However, in the video the person remains his steady shot (I guess he had 4 espressos before hiking) and remains filming. Odd.
 

Ann K

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I am wondering what I would do, if I would see this in a forrest, taking in account that bears are frequenting the area. Would I just remain filming, or would I take care of my health and (slowly) back away? I think I know the answer.
However, in the video the person remains his steady shot (I guess he had 4 espressos before hiking) and remains filming. Odd.
Have you ever been hiking in the woods close to dusk? Trust me, every tree stump begins to look like a bear, even here in Ohio, where we only have the occasional bear that wanders in from Pennsylvania. I'd be gone, as fast as I could ... but not a lot of people are genuinely frightened of a hoax they're in on.
 

Rory

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I did a 60km overnight hike once in the mountains in Washington State. I saw thousands of bears - always tree stumps, shadows, sticks, etc - and after a few hours of being scared silly I decided to just chill and take what comes. Pretty sure I saw a couple of actual real grizzlies around 2am though, a few hundred feet away. I backed away slowly - then ran like the blazes.

I'd like to think that if I thought I'd stumbled upon a legendary creature - evidence for which would change everything - I'd get a good shot of it, and maybe get closer than this dude did, but perhaps that's just wishful thinking. Would depend what I was armed with I suppose - which is generally not much more than a spoon so...
 

NorCal Dave

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Would depend what I was armed with I suppose - which is generally not much more than a spoon so...
Spoon vs bear doesn't sound like a good match up my friend!

But remember the background to video:

Date: october 24 - 2013
Where: about 9 miles west of Tunica, Mississippi on my hunting property
Time: about 6pm

I was out hunting hogs, just sitting in a part of the swamp i have heard em before...it is not too far from a road.
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This dude is on his own property, so he would have a decent idea of where he was and how to get away to the road.

And he was hunting hogs. Feral hogs are notoriously tough critters. A quick glance at Outdoor Life magazines "14 Great Hog Hunting Guns" gives a number of recommendations, including:

Hunters going after wild hogs in thick swamps and brush have been using the .444 in the Marlin 1895 ever since this round was offered in this lever action model in the early 1970’s. A beefed up version of Marlin’s 336, the Model 1895 is a fine hog whacker out to 250 yards. After that, the larger, heavy bullet requires way too much windage to be considered effective.
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Also included were the Bennelli R1 in .300 WinMag, a Savage 11/111 Hog Hunter in .338 and several Tactical (AR) style rifles with the smaller 5.56 round.

Bottom line is this guy should be pretty well armed.

And I just noticed this was from 2013. So it's been nearly 10 years since this guy saw a Skunk Ape on his property near the road and it's never been seen again? By anyone?
 

deirdre

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So it's been nearly 10 years since this guy saw a Skunk Ape on his property near the road and it's never been seen again?
maybe the feral hogs scared it off. although it's hard to imagine hogs getting near him since..you know... he smells like a skunk and hogs have phenomenal scent picker uppers.
 

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