Reports of Bigfoot feel almost as old as time itself. To this day, people still share fuzzy photos and videos online of abnormal creatures they believe to be the mythical creature. Heck, there's even a TV show dedicated to finding the darn thing. And while a majority of sightings in the U.S. are in the Pacific Northwest (the state of Washington boasts 620 reported sightings), our home state of Indiana has had its fair share of sightings as well.

According to the Bigfoot tracking website, Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO.net), a total of 78 spotting have taken place in the Hoosier state over the years. The earliest dating all the way back in August of 1937 in Warrick County near Boonville.

Unsurprisingly, a majority of the reports over the years have been concentrated in the Hoosier National Forest area of the state (they're apparently nature lovers), but we've had a few sightings right here in our backyard as well.

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Before we get too deep into this, I personally don't believe such a thing as Bigfoot exists. I find it hard to believe that an animal can elude capture for nearly 100 years. If such a thing exists, someone surely would have outsmarted it enough by now to either capture it or kill it. Anything is possible I suppose, but it seems highly unlikely to me.

With that said, here's a look at five sightings in our area of the state.

Vanderburgh County - June 1980

  • When: Between 5:00 - 6:00 a.m.
  • Where: Northern part of the county in the area bordered on the east by Darmstadt Road and on the north by Mt. Pleasant Road.
  • Eyewitness Account from BFRO.net:

I was going to feed rabbits I raised, when I heard someone walking through the brush, when I looked I saw a dark figure of what looked like a man. when I said "hello" it swayed from side to side and studied me, then began to approach me, I then could see very deep eye sockets oddly shaped, and it was covered in black hair. I turned and ran to the house, no sounds were heard. I was twenty feet or less from the creature when I saw it.

 

Warrick County #1 - August 1937

  • When: August 16th, 1937 (approximate)
  • Where: Boonville, Indiana
  • Eyewitness Account from BFRO.net (Newspaper Clipping):

...Persons living near Cypress Beach, a few miles south of here, have told tales of encountering a giant beast which specializes in blood-curdling screams in the middle of the night and leaves footprints larger than a human's.

Ralph Duff, a fisherman, first reported the animal about a year ago after his police dog was torn to shreds in an encounter with the beast.

This week-end (sic) Mrs. Duff said she heard a terrifying howl late in the night and saw a tower monster larger than a bear. When she screamed, the beast ran away.

Duff believes that the animal is a huge ape, which lives in one of the caves along the river, and has set a number of bear traps.

 

Warrick County #2 - July 2006

  • When: Between 9:30 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Elberfeld, in the area bordered by Old State Road 57 to the east, County Road 1050 North to the north, North Road to the west, and Nobles Chapel Road to the south.
  • Eyewitness Account from BRFO.net:

Some neighbors and I went four wheeling on our dirt bikes and quads. It was about 6:30 PM when we left. About 9:30 PM we stopped to repair a chain on one of the bikes. We were all gathered around his bike when we all heard a moan that sounded like a cross between a tornado warning siren and wolf howl. We all froze while we listened to this thing moan about 5 or 6 times. The lead rider in our group grabbed his rifle out of his case. He hikes out into these woods all the time and I've never seen him grab a weapon to defend himself against anything in these woods.

After the moans subsided we waited frozen there for about 30 seconds when we heard about 6 knocks like someone hitting their knuckles against a tree. We were all frozen stiff in fear. Nobody made any movements. After we heard the knocks we started hearing something run through the woods. It sounded like it was running really fast. As soon as we heard this we abandoned the bike and jumped on our vehicles while Mark rode on the back of my quad on the way back.

We went back to that spot the next day around noon and the bike was not on the trail where we left it. It was about 5 ft off the trail into the brush, as if it had been tossed there. We never found any footprints or anything of that sort but I am positive after hearing the same noises on the sound clips on this site that what we encountered was a sasquatch.

Spencer County #1 - July 1968

I was just a young boy then staying at my grandfather's farm in the summer time. I slept up in the attic at night with my uncle Donnie who was helping my grandfather with his dairy farm. We had just laid down when my uncle Donnie got right back up and headed downstairs. I was on my stomach looking East out the window. (We had two windows in the attic for ventilation. One was on the west and the other was on the east end.)

We had a small brooder house just east of the farm house. I also was looking out over the kitchen roof which was actually an add on to an old house porch. Suddenly a "man" walked out in the open from just north of the brooder shed as a truck pulled into the driveway. At the same time a truck pulled into the drive way.

The driveway came up the hill (the one lane gravel road ran north to south) to the east and then curved toward the north (to the kitchen area). The headlights glanced or lit up the creature. Three things I noticed. First the hair, face, or body did not shine or reflect any light. The creature was very dark. This could be one reason big foot is difficult to spot or see in wooded areas. Secondly, I realized it did not look like a man because the arms were abnormally long. Just like a man the arms were swinging, but closer to the knees than the ordinary person. Height appeared close to that of a normal adult male. I would say under six foot tall but not under five foot tall. The head was fairly rounded.

The creature dashed off to the west, and quite frankly I was petrified with fear. My uncle Donnie liked to scare me with "Boogie Man" stories, and I had just seen my first real live one.

A little later the truck left and my uncle Donnie came up. I told him I had seen somebody outside by the shed. He went back downstairs, told my grandfather, and they grabbed their shotguns and searched around the house, and then drove the old ford pick-up up and down the road several times with flash lights. They did not see or find anyone.

Spencer County #2 - September 2008

It's taken me a long time to share this story (about 7 years). My family, friends and I use to ride atv's very often, usually on the weekends. I had the biggest 4 wheeler so I usually stayed in the very back in case someone got into trouble or hung up, there was about 15 atv's. One night we were going through a classified forest called Kramers woods, which is an old growth forest with a tight winding trail and massive trees. As we went around a wet, muddy turn I seen the atv in front of mine, lights reflecting off the water hit something behind a tree that I was approaching. It looked hairy but I wasn't sure. Well, as I approached the tree while turning the atv left the thing (which was on my right) and I locked eyes. I'm 44 now so I would have been 37 at the time. I'm 6' tall 250lbs and rigid, I'm an old country boy and fear no man and could match or best most in strength, but this thing was no man, it was massive and was barely hiding behind this massive tree. It was tight against the tree with both hands flat on it and its chest tight against its hands. what happens next is very strange to me, but I know they are more than just an animal now, when he and I looked at each other we both knew he goofed and got caught in among that chain of atv's, I was instantly terrified but then instantly knew he was as scared as I was and wanted this situation to end. It was like we were in each others head and came to an agreement to just go on. My wife was riding with me so I never reacted because she would have screamed bloody murder if she would have seen it, it was 3 feet from us... I knew it was a male, just knew. He was at least 8 1/2' tall, I was the same height on my 4 wheeler as I was standing, and I looked way up at it. It's funny how small you feel, this thing could have easily have grabbed me, my wife or entire atv and threw us, that's how powerful it looked. I cant put to words how powerful it looked. I have gone online several times to try and see what i saw. Seen the white one on youtube but this one looked more human, people report red triangulated eyes, smelly & long matted coat, this one was none of that. Its coat was brownish orange with 2-3" straight hair. I could see greyish skin and muscle mass. there is no body builder on the planet with the size muscle mass this thing had. Not much of a neck but its head was huge, its eyes were 2-3 times bigger, but just like ours with whites and pupil. The whites of his eyes I'll never forget because his eyes were what I was stuck on the most, the rest of him was at a glance. His mouth was very wide (4-5") with its lips pulled tight from fear (just like us). As I pulled away he took one step and vanished. I was amazed at how he was just gone, that quick.

Bloomington, IN - Time and Date Unknown

This alleged sighting is not documented on BFRO.net, but was uploaded to YouTube on May 17th, 2016 by a channel called Real Paranormal Videos. As you'll see, the short, extremely fuzzy video, shows a wooded area claiming to be around Bloomington. Around the 17-second mark, a large creature enters the frame from the right-side of the screen and lumbers it's way across the landscape before disappearing behind what appears to be a large tree or rock.

This one feels staged to me. The out of focus effect of the shot could have easily been added after filming with video editing software. Plus, unless it was shot on an old camcorder, I don't see to many videos these days with white framing lines in the corners and battery power meter. There's also the fact the "beast" looks like someone dressed in one of those padded red man training suits law enforcement uses covered in military-grade camouflage. That's just my two cents. Take a look at the video and judge for yourself.

For more sighting reports from the state, and the country for that matter, feel free to lose yourself down the wormhole that is BFRO.net.

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