Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 27th, 2013
Art by Thomas Finley
This finished painting was inspired by Matthew Johnson and his many encounters with the Sasquatch in his back yard. This one has found a tasty treat in the gifting spot.
HOW TO CONDUCT A SUCCESSFUL “NIGHT SIT”
I’ve heard many Bigfooters over the years talk about conducting “Night Walks” in their neck of the woods. Having been doing this Squatchin thing for 13 years, I immediately thought, “How silly is that???!!!”
Here’s why I think “Night Walks” are silly and counterproductive:
1. You’re placing yourself at risk of being hurt by walking around the woods in the dark of night (i.e., Twisted ankle, broken leg, broken arm, etc.).
2. If you’re conducting “Night Walks” with a flashlight on so you don’t trip over rocks, stumps, branches, and hurt yourself, well then, you’re defeating the purpose of seeing a Squatch or having them come near you BECAUSE YOUR FREAKING FLASHLIGHT IS ON…… silly Bigfooter!!!
3. You’re NOT giving the Squatches an opportunity to come in real close to you because you’re constantly moving around. But then again, maybe you don’t want the Squatches to come in real close to you which is why you choose to walk around.
4. The upside is that you’re providing ENTERTAINMENT for the Squatches as they watch you stumble around in the dark looking for them. LOL!!!
Anyway, this whole “Night Walk” thing caused me to brainstorm about a better way of doing things. That’s when I decided to begin conducting “Night Sits” instead. Now, I know there’s nothing new under the sun. I’m sure there are plenty of Bigfooters out there who’ve been conducting “Night Sits” since the beginning of time. The only problem is…….. I’ve never read online where they’ve shared the fact that they conduct “Night Sits.” Why aren’t you sharing your successes with us, you silly Bigfooters!!! That’s why groups like this exist on Facebook…… so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Geesh!!!
Anyhow, I do share anything and everything that I try, do, and learn while trying to interact with the Forest People. I want others to experience what I’m experiencing. So, without further adieu, here is how to conduct a successful “Night Sit” in your neck of the woods:
1. Find an area where Squatches have been reported to be seen. The BFRO provides a good data base to begin your journey (please click on the link and then click on your State and then click on your county).
2. Go and explore the potential area during the day (i.e., Look for tracks, snapped trees, stick formations, bedding areas, scat piles, listen for noises, etc.).
3. Once you’ve found an area where there are Squatches, look during the daylight for an area where you can sit with up to two or three other people at night. Make sure it’s off the beaten path away from the general public. Make sure that this area provides the Squatches with an opportunity to approach you at night under the cover of trees and brush that are very close to where you are sitting (i.e., Don’t conduct a “Night Sit” in the middle of a meadow with the nearest trees and brush over 100 feet away).
4. Arrive at your “Night Sit” area at night. Place “Gifting Bowls” within 100 to 200 feet of your “Night Sit” location. Use flashlights only to get to and from your “Night Sit” location. Otherwise, LEAVE YOUR FLASHLIGHTS OFF!!! ….. even if a Squatch walks up to you like one did with Cynthia Kreitzberg, Howie Gordon, and me in WAHA in September of 2011. They don’t like the lights in their faces so keep them off. They’re NOT going to hurt you. Why are you out there in the first place if you think they’re going to hurt you? Chill!!! If they wanted you dead, you would be dead already.
5. Sit in a circle facing one another so you can see over one another’s shoulders. Establish a grid system for reporting sights and sounds to one another (i.e., 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock). DO NOT POINT AT AN AREA if you see or hear something. Simply whisper to your “Night Sit” partners that you just saw something move at the 2 o’clock position or you just heard a noise at the 7 o’clock position, etc.).
6. Wait for at least one hour to see if you can hear the Squatches approaching you. If you have confirmation from others that the Squatches have surrounded you, then pick a designated leader to begin talking with the Squatches in a calm loud voice (i.e., “Hello there! We know that you are here. We know that you know we are here. We just want to let you know that we are the people who put the food out for you. We hope you enjoy the food. We are here because we want to get to know you. We want to become your friends. Our intentions are good. We would be most grateful if you would make some kind of noise for us to let us know that you understand us., etc.). Then be quiet for 10 or 15 minutes and then try talking again.
7. If that doesn’t work, then have someone play a flute or you all can sing a song as a group. Then sit there quietly again for 10 or 15 minutes and then try talking to them again.
8. Do not be alarmed if they intentionally snap a branch, push over a tree, or toss a pine cone or rock at your feet. That’s their way of saying “Hello” to you.
9. You must be faithful in conducting the “Night Sits” so they have an opportunity to get to know you. It also helps if you put “Gifting Bowls” out there in the same area a few times per week.
10. Oh yes, please dress warm. You will be out there from 11 pm until 3 am. You don’t want to leave your “Night Sit” area prematurely because you didn’t dress warm enough for the low evening temperatures (i.e., Like my college basketball coach always used to say, “Prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance”).
Over time, your GENTLE PERSISTENCE will pay off. It works if you work it…… and you won’t twist your ankle, break a leg or arm. Remember, flashlights are used only for getting to your “Night Sit” location and back out again. Otherwise, always leave your flashlights off….. even if they walk right up to you. Oh, and I was hoping I didn’t have to state the obvious, please leave your cameras and video cams at home. This is NOT about proving that the Squatches exists. You already know that they exist. Rather, this is about developing trust and increasing the odds of actually interacting with them.
Now you can sit there at your computer and mock me or you can get off your lazy “armchair critic arse” and get out in the woods and GETTER DONE!!!
Keep on Squatchin!!!
Dr Matthew A Johnson
(Owner of the “Team Squatchin USA” Facebook Group)