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 Post subject: 2018 Oklahoma Memorial Day Weekend Expedition Debrief
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 2:35 pm 
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This is the official debriefing thread for the 2018 Memorial Day Expedition, there was a good turnout and we covered a lot of ground, hopefully I don't miss anyone on the listing of participants.

CompresserMike
Kerri "Tator" Martin
Elijah "Buttons" Martin
James "Papa" Martin
Debi "Dixie" Jones
Lauren "Sassy Squatch" Smith
Adam "Squatch Bait" Smith
Squatchfinder
Slingbow
Rebelistic
Sawdustt
Shelly Read
Todd "Raptor" Jurasek
Cherokee Rose
Mike
Rebelson
Jackwagon
Cherokee Rose
Darkwing

I will be adding more here as soon as I get everything unloaded, I do know that there is a lot of audio and video, plus photos that have to be evaluated, and hopefully everyone will get through it all as fast as possible.

First day, May 24, Thursday. Slingbow beat me out to the location by a few hours, and spent most of that time picking up trash left around the area. When I arrived, Goose jumped in and helped to unload everything before going back in with Cherokee Rose. Slingbow and I got a fire going, and settled in to wait on Tator and Buttons to arrive. They arrived just before 10 PM and we helped to set up her tent while Buttons showed us his toys. :)

Through out the night, we heard several vocalizations, one that sounded like a hog being slaughtered near the bus location inside the valley. Sometime early that next morning before daylight, something moved about camp, footsteps could be heard in the gravel. We will have to review the camp recorder to see what was heard over my snoring.

The next day, I had to run into town to collect a few more items and get some fuel and ice. Tator made pancakes and sausage for those of us in camp. Met up with Squatchfinder who followed me out to the campsite. Eventually, everyone began arriving throughout the day, except for Slick, we began making bets when she would arrive LOL

Once Rebelistic arrived, we headed out to position the parabolics, audio recorder drop boxes and do a little exploring for the night's planned night ops.

Sawdustt and Slingbow would be dropped off in a listening post position, while the rest of the night ops team would go near a ridgeline that overlooked the settlement area where last year's activity occurred.

Rebelistic, Rebelson, Dixie, Jackwagon and myself traveled onto that position, where Rebelistic did his whoops and we heard some responses down in the area of the settlement. Hopefully Rebelistic's recorder was able to capture them.

Traveling back, movement was heard along the four wheelers after we picked up the ground listening team. Returning to camp, everyone relaxed before turning in.

The next morning, we were treated to breakfast by Tator and her helpers, it was a great way to get started for the day. Rebelistic decided to go home for Saturday night, due to having a bad night sleeping in his truck, while CompresserMike and myself decided to scout out the valley to see if we could get everyone into it for night operations. Unfortunately, the path through the creeks would have made it unsafe for those who wasn't advanced four wheeler drivers, as we had to use the winch twice to get through it.

CompressorMike then took out the rest of the four wheelers to scout around the area and show them the area, in particular, show Sassy Squatch the area along with the other new folks on the expedition.

When they returned, Sawdustt made 15 bean soup, while Cherokee Rose and myself made hamburgers and hot dogs. After eating, everyone visited for a while, before the night's night ops was discussed.

The night ops would consist of coming in on the high trail from the south end, dropping off a listening team every 1000 feet or so, where everyone would listen for about a hour and a half, then driving down the trail collecting each team as we went, going back to camp.

A glitch happened during the night ops, when Tator's four wheeler developed a flat on the way out to the positions, and her team was placed at the far south end so we could retrieve them with a trailer once the time expired for the listening posts. When the time was up, Rebelson, Squatchfinder and Jackwagon headed back around the main road to get the trailer while CompresserMike and I waited with Tator and Dixie for the trailer to return.

While we were waiting, heat signatures were detected on a thermal, it was 4 animals across the road and up the hillside from us, either wild hogs or deer, still need to review the recordings to see what it was for sure.

Upon reaching back to camp after loading the four wheeler up, everyone was pretty much turned in, as it was nearly 1:30 in the morning.

Sunday morning, another great breakfast by Tator and her helpers, and she admitted to everyone that Monday morning she wouldn't be cooking, we were on our own. We were grateful for all the cooking she did.

I had to run in to check on Goose, who didn't stay the weekend with us, when I returned, some of the four wheelers and the buggy went out to explore while Slingbow was getting ready to leave for home, he was going to drop off Tator, Dixie and Shelly three miles down the road with the canoe and they would float back down to camp.

Rebelistic returned and we went out to change the batteries in all the drop boxes and parabolics.

CompresserMike and Squatchfinder both headed home early, so the remainder of the camp loaded up on four wheelers to take a little tour of the research areas and to also see if we could locate the Sisters of the Moon navy on the creek along the way. We got about a half mile down the main road when we spotted the girls down in the creekbed where it comes close to the road. They couldn't hear us, but they were close enough to camp that we expected them to be back when we got through with the tour.

I showed everyone the river reed area, the cemetery location, and the bridge area with a lot of activity and sightings occurred, and after removing several dozen ticks, we returned to camp to find that the navy hadn't made it yet, so Mr. Tator took the four wheeler and retrieved the canoe while the girls stumbled in. Their trip down the creek had found that the creek was down too low, and that the canoe had to literally be dragged the entire way down the creek. They were exhausted.

After dinner, it was decided that the night ops would not be too strenuous so that the Sisters could participate. We would send Dixie and Rebelistic down as far into the valley with Rebelson, where they would do vocalizations in the direction of the settlement. They received some distant vocalizations in return.

We then transported a listening post team up to the old bus location to do sit for about a hour or so, with the team doing vocalizations on occasion to see if we could lure the Bigfoot out of the valley.

There was movement around the team, and when we returned to camp, it was speculated that we would have activity at the camp that night, so the thermal was deployed on a pole to overlook the camp, an audio recorder left running, and a plot watcher camera going.

Eventually everyone turned in, and during the night, movement was heard in places around the camp. Review of the footage, pictures and audio will see if we have caught anything.

The next morning, everyone began packing up to leave, it had been a good weekend for research as we didn't have any rain, which was surprising since it has rained at least once on every expedition for the last 10 years.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Oklahoma Memorial Day Weekend Expedition Debrief
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 4:11 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Oklahoma Memorial Day Weekend Expedition Debrief
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I had a wonderful time. Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Oklahoma Memorial Day Weekend Expedition Debrief
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The first night of the 2018 MABRC Memorial Day Expedition, we had the thermal going on the river crossing, during the night, we also heard movement through the camp. This video shows either wild hogs or deer moving across the creek from the camp.



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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Oklahoma Memorial Day Weekend Expedition Debrief
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Good Stuff!!! I would guess hogs. Do you think that was the walking in the rocks y'all heard or could the walking been in another direction that the FLIR wasn't aimed at?

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Oklahoma Memorial Day Weekend Expedition Debrief
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Here is the video link to the MABRC 2018 Memorial Day Expedition video. Enjoy!

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