Interview with a Witness…Charlie’s Story

Its been 6 years or so now (just remembered today) I was on the National Wildlife Refuge that borders the Arkansas River, it was late pm toward dusk. I had been walking this long observation corridor (think river levy lined with trees on either side) for 1/2 mile or so headed back to truck. I started noticing I could hear what sounded like a bull bellowing, I assumed it was coming from across the river not quite 1/2 mile away. After a litle while of this, since I grew up with cattle I started calling back mimmicing what I was hearing but not with as much volume obviously, I didn’t think much about what was going on. As whatever it was and I kept calling back and forth to each other it SEEMED whatever it was was on same side of river as I was which finally dawned on me “there are no cattle in this wildlife refuge, its fenced!” The clock was ticking as it was close to dusk, the refuge has an automatic gate that would close in a few minutes and I did not have much time left to spend in here. The calling continued and whatever it was seemed to be moving the same direction as I was at a little faster pace. When I reached the truck we kept up the calling back and forth (about a minute apart), I waited around as long as I dared with gate closing time coming up. I kept looking around the bend of corridor where the calling was coming from, waiting on a bull or sasquatch to come into sight but it never did. Finally I had to leave to get out before the gate closed.

Thanks for letting me share this with you, I had not thought about that in 5 years or so.

Q. When did you become interested in all things Bigfoot?

A. I started getting interested 15 years ago when i found out we had Bigfoot here in Arkansas. Before that i thought the only ones were down at Fouke where ‘The Legend of Boggy Creek’ came from and in the Pacific Northwest. Then a freind turned me onto ‘The Reclusive Forest Ape Chronicles’ done by an senior man here who had been researching them all over the state for 30-40 years. He and i became friends and about 10 years ago i went into the field with him to observe. Prior to that i had spent years hiking, exploring camping in the wilderness with no idea there were great Apes out there watching me 😛

If you have an encounter you’d like to share, you can message me here or my email:

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American Dogman of Elkhorn

So  as many of you know, I normally write primarily about our beloved Bigfoot. But I wanted to step away today and write about a certain Crypto who is the much scarier of the two but decidedly less known.

The Beast of Bray Road himself, Dogman. Stalking that infamous street in Elkhorn Wisconsin. I must admit, I have heard of them both but never made the connection till now that they were one in the same. Although I picture him as more of a werewolf type. I was told he was actually more of a mix of canine and Sasquatch. Well then in that case, insert every joke here about their possible breeding program and then we can all move on. Need more time? Then I’ll give you the time it takes for me to explain what the veterinarian told me about my dog. I was told she was a beagle when I know that she’s a mix of Dachshund and German Sheppard. Now tell me how the logistics worked there and then I’ll try to piece together how this half hominid and half canine creature came about.

The lore had said it was first reported in 1887 in Wexford County, Michigan. But I’ve always been fascinated by the Beast of Bray Road in the state of Wisconsin, which had their first reported incident in 1936. So we are going to move this story ahead a bit.

This Beast of Burden has been described most often in two different types. So if our brain goes back to breeding again? Well It’s not my fault, It’s the fault of witnesses that led us down this path. One way it is described is as a half hominid and half canine type. Walking on hominid/human legs but having a muzzle of a canine. The second type is more of a canine in whole. Muzzle, ears, clawed hands and feet and hock legs. It is this description that has me envisioning him as more of a werewolf. The difference I guess is that there is no pesky full moon nonsense. No transformation from human, etc. And that also means my silver bracelet isn’t going to save me from a possible attack. 

Unlike Sasquatch, Dogman is known for actually attacking people. As of yet, I know of no fatalities. And no one I know is scratching their ears with their feet, which means no known cases of any humans turning into one of the creatures.

All of his features must make for an ideal predator. His sense of smell to find you is probably exceptional and if he can travel fast on four legs but use two for height you’re a goner, and of course no pesky moon controlled behavior and some idiot like me can’t kill him by shoving said bracelet into your mouth. (I’m sure I’d still try. You know, just to be sure).

In the town of Elkhorn, he is usually seen loitering on Bray Road. There was a rash of sightings in the eighties and nineties that drew the interest of reporter Linda Godfrey. Who later wrote a book based on her articles. The now famous, Beast of Bray Road. So why anyone not researching him and who may have read that book would still drive on that road I wouldn’t know. I’m sure I’ll visit someday on my travels, and naturally I would be compelled to go to it immediately and then be sub sequentially eaten and made famous as his first known kill.

But the residents themselves have a built in excuse I would definitely take advantage of. I would be like, “I’m sorry I can’t make it, I really wanted to come to your cheese tasting party, but the only way there is through Bray Road”. I mean the crappy things you could get out of doing due to that road could be endless.

I know the book on his sightings is the most known resource of him haunting that street, but we can’t leave out the awesome movie by the SyFy channel called you guessed it, The Beast of Bray Road. Despite having an actual resident of the area telling me the monster was ridiculous. I, still in the name of cheesy fun rather enjoyed it.

But if you would like more information about his hairy goodness, I found several informative and riveting videos on YouTube you could check out and of course, if you haven’t yet read Beast of Bray Road by Linda Godfrey you definitely should. And finally, Small Town Monsters recently released their documentary on the subject as well. All of which I recommend.

And if you make it out there before me remember to stick to the road, you remember what happened when the moors were used as a shortcut don’t you?

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