Everyone has a journey they must take in life, everyone’s path is different, this is one man’s road…
Researcher Jay Bachochin along with his wife, Katie Bachochin started this journey by founding WPI Hunts the Truth to investigate the paranormal and UFOs, to help understand and explain things they had heard about and witnessed themselves.
After a few years of investigating they decided to check out the infamous Kettle Moraine, (which they live a stones through from). While they were out there one day they came upon a large print that was definitely not a bears.
A new journey begins…
After finding the print, and having an encounter himself, his focus shifted to solving the mystery that was and is Bigfoot.
He took some friends on his journey…
A firm believer and ambassador of not hiking alone, he took family and friends out in the field with him, along with witnesses who had their own encounters to add to this story.
Five years of research later…
After five years of doing research and gathering evidence in the Kettle, a documentary was born. Finding Jay was a culmination of footage from personal encounters, witness interviews and some history of the Kettle. It was released in 2019 to mostly positive reviews and trust of the people who follow his work.
After what can only be described as one of the worst years we’ve had as humans, Jay wanted to give something back to his followers, so he put together a companion to Finding Jay in the form of extended scenes, interviews, and a blooper reel. I was able to get an early preview of Finding Jay, Lost and Found, and I have to say I really enjoyed the extended interviews with the witnesses. Their encounters hit home just a little bit more for me. If you enjoyed Finding Jay, like myself, then you will definitely enjoy this. It will be available free of charge on YouTube beginning Black Friday, so when you’re done enjoying your family and your turkey and your mad shopping, you can look forward to sitting back and relaxing knowing you have a new documentary to watch.
Until then, I thought I’d check in with Jay and see what he’s been up to this past year or so. Here’s a little Q and A…with Jay.
What has the response to Finding Jay meant to you? I am overwhelmed with the positive feedback from all over the world and that truly humbles me. People thank me for delivering such an honest documentary. A lot of people say they’ve been experiencing similar encounters. This is exactly why I created my documentary as to unify people with the Truth. I’ve made so many new friends and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’ve been blessed.
What are your plans for a second documentary? Great question ! What are my plans? Well, since I never stopped researching (even as I produced Finding Jay) I have only used my first 5 years (2013-2017). I never stopped researching so I have all of 2018, 2019 & 2020 respectively. However like my first documentary, I want to put out quality not quantity of my research. With that being said, I may not revisit a sequel for another year or two.
What made you want to release this for
free to your followers? Well this question is a follow up to a sequel. Since I am about putting out a quality film instead of ‘just because it’s been a year and a half’ I decided to answer those that have contacted me requesting another film. I wanted to give back to those that fell in love with my film and supported me along the journey of my first film. Since I couldn’t put all the content in my first film I thought what a perfect way to complete my original story with extended interviews, deleted scenes and of course, a gag reel. I felt that people shouldn’t have to pay for extras as this film isn’t a direct sequel …. and hey …I’m in the giving mood with all that’s been going on in this glorious year called 2020. I think we should all be thankful and be kind to our fellow neighbors.
Has your research philosophy out in the field changed at all since Finding Jay was released? I use different pieces of equipment but my techniques remain the same. I now use a FLIR TK Scout Thermal Imager and have attached a shotgun mic to my H1 Zoom to catch the far away sounds in the woods. But the best addition to my equipment is using a Boblov Body Cam. Now my philosophy of what I’m looking for has not changed. I stand in the dark woods waiting for the day that I make contact with these ancient woods people. There is humanity in them, I can feel it.
Has your specific research area grown to include other parts of the kettle? No. I’ve been researching the same 5 areas for 7 years now and don’t plan to expand. It’s about being tenacious and patient in the areas that deliver good results. However, I never say never.
Have you had more recent sightings reported on that area at all in the past year? Yes, and it was extraordinary. The encounter happened in the pitch dark but was recording using the FLIR Thermal Imager so I could really see it. The way it peeked on both sides of the tree was so extraordinary. This will definitely be in the sequel.
Do you feel perhaps like you’ve been found now and it’s a matter of a type of contact you’re seeking? Absolutely! l feel that they have been trying to make contact but they still haven’t stepped out from shadows. I don’t take offense to this or get discouraged because I believe their way of living is to ‘not’ be seen. Even if they trust that I wouldn’t reveal the evidence of where they reside, maybe they know something about me that I don’t? Maybe they think I would change my mind? Either or …I will never stop trying.
What do you bring out with you when you’re in the field? The question is what DON’T I bring into the field. I do not carry any firearms as I believe they (like a dog can sense fear) they can sense confidence. People carrying firearms feel safe because they have protection, thus, feel confident walking into the dark woods. This I believe they’ll stay away from. Now I am all about safety in case I do run into wildlife predators or worst yet …bad people. I do carry 21” machete, Beer Spray, sharp hunting knives for protection as I don’t want to kill a living thing but something that will get me to safety while they are tear gassed on the ground. Also, use a 1500+ lumens flashlight. A predator can’t attack if he can’t see as he is blinded. As far as evidence collecting I use a body cam and an audio device clipped to my backpack. In my shoulder bag I carry an IR flood light and IR HD cam. Finally, my FLIR Thermal Imager hangs around my neck. I try to be as hands free as I can.
Any sage advice for any up and coming researchers who may have watched your documentary,and now they want to get out there themselves? That’s the only way to Hunt the Truth is to go out and discover for yourself. With that said, Safety should always be your number one measure in a successful hike. Always go with another person or two. NEVER GO OUT ALONE ! While you may not get kidnapped by a Bigfoot, a lot of other natural accidents can happen or running into wildlife predators and again worst case …. running into bad people. Know the area you want to research. Pull out maps, study the trails. Know what kind of wildlife that is in your area. While I never hike alone, I still text my wife the area and time I arrive and depart. That way at least someone knows where to begin looking IF anything bad was to happened. Lastly …have FUN doing this. It’s great to get into nature with friends. Enjoy your journey.
You have a new website up and running now, what are your plans for it? My website is a wealth of information from seeing evidence I have captured, the people I hike with, some good blogging material, Merch and best of all, to keep up to date of what podcasts, TV or radio that interviews me. There you can listen to my obsession of the passion that’s in my life …and that’s Bigfoot. My site is basically a hub of people like me and you relating and sharing our experiences and evidence to help solve the mystery of the Bigfoot Phenomenon
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