First, you must be knowledgeable on the topic in its entirety. You must know the history, facts, and even the lingo that is used by top Bigfoot researchers. Not only is deep knowledge needed to make breakthroughs, it also enables you to document your experiences as thoroughly as possible in expedition reports. Knowing the terminology will make your findings relatable to those sharing this interest, (and even creating a new email address with Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti in it, to use solely for your research, will help build your credibility).
The primary place to find Bigfoot information is obviously here, on the world wide web. You must have is an abundance of knowledge on this topic though, so any books you can read in addition to internet research are extremely helpful. There are many noted authors and books that can sometimes be trusted more than the information you find online.
One book that is excellent and Recommended for beginners who are just starting to get into the world of “Bigfootery” is Bigfoot Field Work: The Complete Guide by William Jevning. It is a must-have for all Bigfoot fanatics, and will undoubtedly help kickstart your new passion.
The particular area you hope to do research in is tremendously important in the learning process. You must educate yourself about the sightings and incidents in your geographical area, (or the area you plan on researching). If you are not involved in a group that has this information, there are many sources online where you can search by area or state. It is also beneficial to know the specific regional terms used for Bigfoot, Sasquatch, etc., in the event you are documenting a report that utilizes different lingo.
The world of Bigfoot researching is esoteric – an interest or set of knowledge understood only to a small group or initiated few. It does require lot of research to know what you are getting yourself into. However, on top of the know-how, there are many essential pieces of equipment and tools you will need, along with some that would be desirable to have, (but maybe not necessary right away for a beginner on this path).
Below you can find a list of the basics and the more desirable tools and equipment to be a successful Bigfoot researcher.
ESSENTIAL BASICS & EQUIPMENT:
First aid kit
Digital Camera/ Video Camcorder w/ night vision
Plaster (for documenting footprints)
Headlight / flashlight
OTHER HELPFUL EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS:
Go Pro w/ head strap
Garbage bags or similar (to protect tracks until they can be cast)
Insect repellent / sunscreen / sunglasses
Extra food / water / clothing
Matches / fire starter / lighter
Rope / cord
Pocket knife/ handheld multiple tool gadget
Measuring tape (25 meters long or more)
USGS topographic map
Plastic sealable bags, vials, airtight containers to collect material
Rubber gloves (latex is best for collecting physical evidence to avoid human DNA contact)
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