Last weekend, Carlton Mercer and eight of his buddies had one of the spookiest moments of their lives while camping up in northern Arizona. The guys with him were mostly gun toting rednecks and their plan was to do nothing but target shoot all weekend. They had fun shooting off their guns during the day, but it was the nights that bothered them the most.
For two nights, the guys had rocks thrown at them from a just a few feet away. Rock throwing is typical Bigfoot behavior and Carlton was aware of this but did bit think too much into it at the time. Most of friends are skeptical about Bigfoot, but they all agreed what scared them on those nights were definitely not bears or other humans. Carlton said that a fallen tree was blocking the road and it made sure that most cars were not able enter the area. He tells us he's pretty sure that it was just them in the area that weekend.
What was really creepy was when they saw a rock came flying out of a bush. One of the guys zoomed into the bush with his night vision goggles and spotted something very tall, crouching and staring back at them. Their nerves were very much on edge at the time, and they were prepared to fire.
That's not all what happened that weekend. On Sunday, before they left the area, Carlton noticed a huge "structure" made of broken sticks and logs, less than 75 feet away. According to Carlton, they were able to climb into the structure and noticed that there were fresh sticks inside (probably less than a week old). Carlton surmises that they were probably camping too close to the shelter.
He sent us the following story about what happened:
Ok so let me give you a little back story to this video. Some friends and I went camping in an Area near General Crook Trail in the Verde Valley of Payson. This was my first time camping in this area.
So Friday night we arrived shortly before dusk. There were two others at our campsite already when we got there. Getting to camp site was a bit of a chore as a tree had fallen over the road due to a lighting strike. This tree made it rather difficult for us to get to camp site. If you were in a car you wouldn’t have been able to get there. If you had a large truck it also blocked the road. We had to jump it in our truck but it was a lifted truck so we were able to. We setup camp as it got dark and finished around 8:30pm.
Around 9 o’clock approximately 15 coyotes came within about 50 feet of our campsite. Now the campsite we where in had ferns surrounding it to the north. This was the area the coyotes were in so we couldn’t see them because the ferns where between 4 and 5 feet tall. We could hear their movement but not see them. They began howling and making a lot of noise and then just dispersed. Shortly after this we sat around the campfire and something made a large thud behind us. We didn’t think anything of it at first but then it happened again. Something was throwing rocks at us and not small rocks. Probably at least a foot across or more was the size of these rocks. I decided to shine my flashlight up the hill behind us to see where they were coming from. At the top of the ridge I saw something looking back at me. I didn’t pay much thought to it until later in the weekend. The rock throwing stopped and we went to bed.The Next morning we saw this structure but really didn’t pay it any mind. We had no reason to be interested in it at this time. So we just did our thing and went about our day.
That afternoon some of the other guys arrived. Around 1pm we took out some of the guns we had and shot at a target. We had several different caliber weapons and had some very loud ones as well. We were shooting of a 308 and it is loud gun. Well about an hour after we got done shooting we looked up on the ridge and saw 15 elk just staring at us. Now normally you would think animals would disperse after hearing gun fire but these elk didn’t care. So two of my friends decided to go up over the ridge and see what else was there. Well when they went over the ridge they saw about 50 elk and a large patch of wild raspberries. It was pretty clear the campsite we where in was a game trail. The other guys who got there that afternoon had problems coming to the campsite as well so we tried to move the log at the campsite by towing it. That didn’t work. We then got a chainsaw and cut the tree in two pieces to pull the smaller piece out. This cleared our path.
Later that evening before dusk the other guys got there and setup camp. While sitting around the campfire about the same time as the first night we had rocks thrown again and now that there were 8 of us there I felt a little more comfortable asking if anyone else had heard it. We all agreed something was throwing rocks. That evening around the same time as the first evening we heard the coyotes again. Well since our arsenal had increased we where less concerned with them. They however got closer then the first night so we put the dogs away and went looking for them with our guns to scare them off. While doing so they had all been howling loudly and suddenly they stopped. On top of that an eerie wind blew through our campsite. Now mind you it had been raining off and on all weekend. This wind made it cold quickly. We went back to our fire pit to warm up we were still a little wet from the downpour earlier. While sitting around the campfire we heard something rustling in the bushes and then a rock thrown. We scoped it and what ever it was caused the guy who scoped it to state “there might be a bear over there.” We where in an area that had recently been in the news for bear attacks. So after this we put our dogs away and put all our food in the vehicles and we went to investigate. Now mind if there was a bear we would have turned it to Swiss cheese with our arsenal of guns. We also took out a pair of night vision goggles. These were better then most night vision goggles as I was able to see a mouth fly out of a tree in the pitch black with them on. The guy who they belonged to took them and proceeded to head towards the “possible bear”.
What happened next set the tone for the rest of the weekend and that night. He saw something crouched looking back at him and this something was defiantly taller then a person crouching and also taller then a bear as we have small bears in Arizona it was approximately as tall as myself crouching and I’m 6’2. He passed the glasses off to several of us and we could see this thing staring back at us. So we decided lets get it and began heading towards it. When we arrived at the area it had been in it was gone. The brush had been trampled down and it was clear something large was sitting there. We where not able to make out any foot prints but it was clear something large and bipedal had come through this area. We went back to the campsite and began goofing off but everyone was a little on edge. On of the guys snuck around up the hill and threw a large rock and snapped a tree. Well we were all on edge so we grabbed the guns and took off up the hill. Since it was dark and we were unable to see anything we said “hey if your goofing off show your self cause we will shoot you otherwise” he showed himself and we went back to the camp. We started discussing the possibility of Sasquatch and I found out I was the only believer in the bunch. However after a little discussion we all agreed whatever it was we saw it was not a known creature to any of us. The rock throwing began again this time from behind us again so it had clearly come around from the front back to its original position. At this point we all decided to make a pact to each take a gun in our tent and that no one would mess with anyone else or risk being shot in the middle of the night.
Now we come full circle back to the structure. Through out the weekend we really hadn’t paid it any mind. I wanted to take a Video of it before we left and that’s when we realized all the things we did. There were several Logs that were rather heavy in this structure that would have taken three of us to lift and move; also there were was a tree that was still fairly fresh and green in the structure. We saw no chainsaw marking or axe markings on any of the logs in the structure which was rather strange to all of us. The location of the structure was also odd to us as it was up a rather steep hill. This structure we thought initially was a hunting blind but then we climbed into it and looked out of the vantage points. The view didn’t not allow anything to be seen if you were using it for hunting. I don’t not know what the point of this structure was and or what was using it but I feel strongly it wasn’t built be people.
My thoughts are this. Whatever built the structure was what ever was throwing rocks at us both nights. The reason for this thinking was due to the poor weather I feel like all it wanted to do was get back into it’s structure to get out of the rain but we were preventing that. Was it a Sasquatch? I say yes but the others cant say it was because the don’t believe but they eliminated it being a bear, elk, wolf, coyote, deer and so on so all that really is left is that but they didn’t feel comfortable saying so.