Class 4

Several encounters on the Neches River.

Report#
01010002
Occurred Summer 1970s
(Submitted March 23, 2001)

Witness Observation

My grandfather and I were camping on the river for the summer like we always did and sitting around the fire one evening on a weekday (because we were alone, if it would have been a weekend there would have been more family there, family tradition). Papa heard something that sounded like someone walking in the river down by the boat and bait box (trot line bait) so he got up and walked down to the river over the bank. When he came back he said he didn't see anything but he said a dead cow or something must be floating in the river because it smelled like hell down there. A few minutes later there was a sound that sounded a lot like hogs rooting in the edge of the water again in the same area by the boat and bait box. I remember Pa cussing a bit as he went to the truck for the gun to scare them off. He walked over the bank again with his headlight and gun. After a second I heard the gun fire and a yell/scream that to this day I remember vividly (thinking about it still makes the hair on the back of my neck tingle). He came running back over the bank yelling for me to get in the truck. In stride he grabbed me by the arm and half carried me to the truck. In all my life I had never seen my grandfather nervous in the woods. We sat in the truck for a while I kept asking Pa what was wrong and he just told me to be quiet and listen. After a little while I fell asleep but I don't think Pa slept all night. The next morning we went down to the river, the bait box was out in the middle of the river on a sand bar and the boat had been pulled loose and was hung up on a snag down the river a bit. There were no prints on the bank but I remember him showing me some in the water where it looked like there had been someone walking in the river around were the boat and bait box were. I asked him what he shot at that night and he said it was just a wooley booger, a bush ape, but we packed up and went home, something we had never done before until usually after it got cold.

Sounds

A deep guttural sound and a extremely vocal scream on the first occurrence, nothing on the second

Time and Conditions

9pm - National Forest

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