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my day research say equiptment

Posted by Maire (Members) at Aug 4 2017, 11:25 AM. 5 comments

What do you carry when you go into the woods, looking for bigfoot?
If you are going out researching bigfoot for a day or weekend or even a two week trip. What should you carry with you?
I'll give you a run down on what I carry for a (day trip) first. This list can be expanded on for longer trips. For a day trip I normally carry a 20 LTR pack with only Primary Items and a satchel with my investigative equipment.
First and foremost, always each time you go into the woods. You need to carry the basic 6 C's required to survive an unplanned over night stay.
The Six C's are as follow's
COVER= Primary cover would be a trap, ground sheet or rain poncho and a light weight blanket and a Heavy Duty Garbage bag. As a minimum a reflective survival blanket. Secondary cover are the cloths you wear. Always have 3 pair of socks with you.
CUTTING= Primary cutting is a good Quality knife, Secondary Cutting would include a small saw folding or pack saw and a hatchet or Bush knife.
CONTAINER= Primary Container. A metal single walled water container. Secondary Water canteen, Hydration pack or Water bottle. Also a pot to cook or boil water in.
COMBUSTION= Primary, a couple bick lighters. Secondary fire steel and some form of tinder. Laundry lint works great.
CORDAGE= Primary 50 Feet of Para cord. Secondary would be a good hank of rope and some Jute twine.
CALORIES= Primary, some food, I like to carry some dehydrated or freeze dried meals along with some oatmeal, Ramen and a quality Energy bar or two.
Now some of you may ask why do I need to carry all those items for a 3 hour walk in the woods. So I like to point out the boy scout rule of thumb. (Always be prepared)!
First I will break down the 6 C's and reasons for the items I listed.
Cover, If you for some reason become lost or injured, you will need shelter and warmth, dry and comfortable.
Cutting. Once you have cover you will need heat and light. Cutting is handy for everything but being able to process wood for a fire can save your life and a fire at night provides light which is very important for your emotional happiness.
Container. Humans need water, No doubt you will bring something to drink. But you should also provide a way to gather, carry and boil water should you need to replenish your water supply.
Combustion. A way to light a fire, for cooking, boiling water and making a fire.
Cordage, I'd like to think that cordage is self explanatory. But I will list several reasons to have cordage. Shelter building, Replace a broke shoe lace, I think all will agree that having rope is a great asset.
Calories, Everyone needs food, having 24 hours worth of food on you can make all the difference in the world to your emotional well being, not to mention your physical health and survival success.
Basic Research Equipment:
This is gonna fill your day pack up pretty quickly So now we come to your research equipment. That you will carry in a satchel.
Pruning sheers. Camera, Tape measure, Some form of casting material if you wish to make casts. Monocular (worn on a lanyard around your neck. Binoculars or a spotting scope. Tweezers, Latex Gloves, Ziplock Sandwich bags and One Gallon Ziplock bags. A dozen Cheap yellow plastic Tent Pegs. Trail Marker Tape. Small First aid kit. Compass ( learn how to use it!) Local map and a Topographic map of your area. You can get very elaborate with your research gear but remember that each item you add to the list is additional weight you will have to carry.
Pruning Sheers.
Contamination is almost always noted as a cause for oddities when samples are turned in for DNA study. People pick hair samples off branches or trees and in so doing they contaminate the sample. Instead of touching the sample simply nip off the branch or twig and put the entire thing into a 1 gallon sip lock bag. This way no possibility of contamination is possible.
Camera, You will want to document your research finds and your sightings if you can. Your cell phone camera is a good start but I quality Digital camera, A go pro or a DVR is nice to have also.
Tape measure. You will need to measure tracks and provide visual reference to size in your photographs. You will need to measure distance between tracks, Measure Heel to Heel.
Casting material. You can use plaster or Wax for casting materials. Wax has a greater potential to pick up dermal ridges. Some people I know are experimenting with liquid latex as a casting material.
Monocular, This isolates your field of vision and is easily carried in an easy to reach place. Human eyes are designed to pick up on movement. How ever our eyes do not do well at scanning for stationary objects in heavily wooded places. So looking through a monocular will both amplify your vision but Isolate small areas, so that your attention is totally focused on the spot you are looking directly at.
Binoculars or a spotting scope, These are great for scanning fields and forest edges from a high vantage point.
Tweezers, If you have to pick hair samples off a Barbed wire fence or some object that you cannot remove a part of for sampling purposes. Wear the latex gloves as well. Don't have your evidence turned down because of improper handling of the material you collect.
Zip lock bags to put your evidence into.
Plastic tent pegs and marker tape. Mark your track finds so you can easily relocate them. Mark your path so others can find you in an emergency.
Area road maps Compass and Topographic maps. A Hand held GPS is a great addition so you can make Coordinates on a map for future investigations.
I hope this helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to ask

Axe or Saw?

Posted by Tim M (Admin) at Jul 13 2017, 01:47 PM. 4 comments

What cutting tool do you prefer in the woods?
There is only enough room in your pack for one.

Beer in the backcountry

Posted by Tim M (Admin) at May 17 2017, 11:04 AM. 20 comments

As some of you may know, most Provincial Parks have banned cans and glass in their backcountry areas. This includes one time use, non-burnable containers. It could be a Pepsi or a beer, what matters is the container (bug spray, fuel and medicine are allowed).

I realize this is a very first world problem, but those who camp and hike will understand that there is nothing better than a beer on the lake after a long journey. It's the simple things in life that we must treasure.

Has anyone figured out a solution to bringing beer into the backcountry? I'm not asking about wine or liquor, I'm asking specifically about beer.

I used to see those plastic bottles of MGD at the LCBO, but I don't see them anymore.

Has anyone put beer in water bottles or a collapsible platypus container?

Would love to hear your ideas.

sampling scat

Posted by lynx lake (Members) at Oct 19 2016, 07:37 PM. 2 comments

I'll try Guelph U

Seek XR thermal Imager

Posted by Peter Smith (Admin) at Sep 18 2015, 09:19 AM. 2 comments

Smart phone thermal imagers have been out for awhile, but I usually wait until I read some reviews, before I rush out and get any new gadget. I have wasted enough money on new gadgets that did not turn out to be what was advertised. So now I wait until I hear good reviews.

FLIR thermal imaging was always way out of reach of the average amateur user, but that is now changing. This second generation iPhone and Android attachment does a reasonable job for under $200.


Digital Recorders

Posted by Bigfootaddict (Members) at Nov 21 2014, 02:11 PM. 5 comments

Hello everyone I'd like a know if we can start sharing sounds that we all hear on our recordings what's common and what's unusual the more we all share the more we will learn so please do so I will start by saying I hear short buzzing and vibrations anyone else? Secondly clicks and chatter as soon as I get participation I'll be happy to go further

Walmart Generator

Posted by Jason Goldring (Admin) at Feb 10 2014, 10:58 AM. 0 comments

Couple of notes - It does appear to be a good generator. I bought one, noting in the instructions that it does NOT come with oil in the crankcase. Sometimes they ship with a small bottle to get you going. Sometimes they just put it in the motor. Not in this case, the motor was dry. Picked up a good quality 10w30 as suggested (thinking it's a little thick for winter) but within moments and 3 pulls it started up.

Had a 1500 watt fan / heater to plug in, give it a workout. Chugged but powered it without issues. Left it running outside for about 20 minutes. It's not the quietest generator but it's $197. Yep, $197. A 3250 watt generator (3700 surge) with 4 outlets and a 6.5 HP motor. Can't pass up a deal like that.

Says 8.5 hours with a 50% load.

I had the heater and a incandescent bulb plugged in, two outlets total out of the four, it ran for the 20 minutes, then I shut it down and moved it a little further in the backyard. Fired it back up and it ran fine, first pull, started right up.
For the price, a steal. Called "Power-It", a Walmart brand. For an extra $20 you get a no hassle warranty if you so desire.

This thing is pretty much disposable if it screws up, noted, comes with a tool set for the tires - to add or remove them, and a spark plug wrench. Maybe we might get a few years out of this one?

Solar is the way to go

Posted by Jason Goldring (Admin) at Nov 11 2013, 06:17 AM. One comment

I needed to test this, a small utility (garden tractor) battery, a small inverter and a solar panel. We do not get a lot of sun this time of year, so the test would show minimum results. The idea was to run a small appliance or device from the battery with the solar panel connected. Non-stop.

It went well. I had a small radio and LED light going for 17 days. The recent crappy weather, I believe, attributed to the inverter shutting down with a under voltage situation. The battery did recover after a good conditioning charge http://smartercharger.com/battery-chargers/#CTEK Multi US 3300

So now we are back to testing once again. A positive sign since the battery itself is small and can easily be hooked in parallel to another, or more. For the $28 I paid for it, new, at Walmart, I think a few would do the trick.

Descenter / coverup spray

Posted by Jason Goldring (Admin) at Oct 15 2013, 09:05 PM. 2 comments

Do any of you use descenter / cover up spray when you head out? Or in places where you place your equipment (trail cams / recorders)?

Always seems like animals steer clear of the area you have recently been, except the more curious ones (coons, foxes). Descenter might help to achieve results quicker.

Digital Night Vision

Posted by Jason Goldring (Admin) at Aug 23 2013, 12:17 AM. 4 comments

A short test. More will follow but as it stands, yes, it does seem much better than GEN1 devices, even while it is at a GEN1 price