TriState Bigfoot Equipment and Gear
TriState Bigfoot uses state of the art technology in order to attempt to capture evidence. For all intents and purposes of this page, we have chosen to omit obvious every day equipment like flashlights and laptops.
Digital cameras are handy to have because they are easy to use and you can view your results instantly. The only drawback to these are the length of time most take to turn on and to process a photo before taking another. To combat this, we carry more than one camera at a time and constantly leave them on.
An absolute must in order to obtain crucial video evidence. We prefer to use the Sony camcorders with the Nightshot and Nightshot Plus capabilities for recording in zero to low light conditions as well as daylight.
These cameras can be attached to trees or similar objects and left in a secluded area for weeks. The only drawback to these are the time between the detection of movement and the photo taken. To combat this, we like to place them near bait or in a position where an animal would have to stay in it's sight for a fair period of time like on a game trail. Our cameras are IR cameras so they can photograph or record video in zero to low light conditions as well as daylight.
Extremely handy to have in order to search a vast clear area from a high position. The Zina model binoculars also double as a digital camera so you can photograph a target from a great distance.
A great device to have to mark potential investigation areas when scouting, marking the location of your gametrail cameras or other equipment you leave in the forest, or to mark your trail in and out of a dense area.
Two Way Radios
These are used as communication devices between teams that are separated over a distance or for communicating with a "base camp" location when scouting a specific area.
We use these for recording audio such as "calls", "knocks", or anything else that would be considered audio evidence. These particular models shown in the photos have a multi-directional microphone attachments.
Parabolic Microphone and Audio Mixer
The parabolic microphone can be used to hear audio clearly from a great distance. The audio mixer was designed and built by a friend of the group. The mixer amplifies the audio coming in and "cleans it up" to reduce interference. The mixer can also plug into an audio recorder, headphones, and a microphone at once so you can listen and record at the same time. We use this device with the parabolic microphone to create the ability to hear long distance audio very clearly.
Handheld spotlights are used when investigating strange sounds in the night or randomly searching dark areas. The pictured model is a 2 Million Candle power spotlight. Most theories say Sasquatch is allegedly nocturnal, so we only use these when absolutely necessary in order to not frighten any wildlife away.
Monoculars are as useful to us as binoculars. However, this particular monocular uses infrared technology so we can see further into the distance at night. This model also can attach to camcorders and cameras increasing the distance and night vision of these devices.
A primative but very needed piece of equipment. "Knocking" noises are theorized as a form of communication among Sasquatch creatures and therefore a solid stick to practice this with is a must. We use baseball bats.
Not everyone is an expert tracker, don't let that stop you from being in the field! Field Guides are extremely handy tools to carry with you on an investigation. Helpful topics range from Animal Tracks to Emergency First Aid.
Evidence Collection Kit
Our evidence collection kits consist of plaster and casting supplies for casting prints, a large 90 degree ruler for photographing evidence, a magnifying glass, tweezers, vials for holding evidence like hair, a special black light for identifying evidence that may not be visible with the naked eye, plastic gloves, cotton swabs, evidence bags, and a notebook for documenting and labeling the details surrounding the evidence collected.
First Aid Kit
Any time you are going to be in the woods, no matter what you are doing, it's never a bad idea to carry a First Aid Kit.