MOREHEAD — Eastern Kentucky is known for its hunting possibilities — deer, turkey, elk and even black bears. But Bigfoot? Not so much. That might be changing, however, as the second Bigfoot hunt in less than five months was scheduled for Saturday night in the Daniel Boone National Forest near Cave Run Lake.
These particular hunters were armed with nothing more lethal than infrared cameras and laser pointers. About 50 registrants paid $75 apiece to attend the event, which included afternoon lectures and presentations at the Hampton Inn in Morehead. Paranormal researcher Chad Morin said he paid $150 for a permit from the U.S. Forest Service for the night hunt, which was to last until 2 a.m. Sunday. He said the document reads "Permit to hunt Bigfoot."
Morin hosted another Bigfoot hunt April 21 near Morehead. "We saw so much weird stuff we had to make a second run," he said. Morin showed the audience an infrared-camera video taken in April that showed an indistinct "heat signature" of ... something. One of the hunters directed a laser pointer at the object, but it didn't move, Morin said. "Now, think about this," Morin told the audience. "If you're a person in the woods, and there's a huge group of people pointing laser pointers at you in the middle of the night — we're the scary ones now, you know what I'm saying? But the object doesn't move at all. It's just standing there."
Charlie Raymond, founder of the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization, said the group has received more than 230 reports of sightings since its founding in 1998. "We meet the witnesses in person, so we validate that they're credible as best we can," Raymond said. Anderson, Bullitt, Carter, Ohio and Henderson counties are "hot areas" for sightings, Raymond said