Tracking the Stone Man: West Virginia’s Bigfoot, by Dr. Russ Jones, Dunbar, WV, 2016
This book by a Doctor and Certified Master Naturalist celebrates culture, nature, adventuring, and Our Barefoot Friends in The Mountain State.
For centuries, Native Americans called Bigfoot, The Stone Man
78% of West Virginia is covered by forest
All reports from interviews and a handful of book and newspaper sources
A detailed look at the workings of Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization
Tracking the Stone Man is a collection essays, details, and descriptions from Dr. Jones youthful introduction to Bigfoot through his progression to becoming a leader in the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO). While nine carefully selected and detailed research reports are included, they are only a small part of this book. Perhaps most interesting are Dr. Jones’ forays and encounters in the wild forests, steep ridges, and hollows of the Appalachian Mountains, the highest mountains east of the Rockies.
He concisely describes conflict, emotion, debate, and “Bigfootery” within the Bigfoot community. With wild man references go back to 1820 and thoroughly investigated sighting reports extending into the 21st Century, the 160 pages of this fast moving, tightly written book offer an abundance of action and suspense.
A reader’s time is not wasted on Bigfoot “fuzz,” fantasy, and speculations. In eleven chapters, The Stone Man contains 38 b&w photographs, including five very good and clear track photos. There are also two custom drawn maps, five forensic investigation drawings, and four appendices. Published by Willamette City Press LLC and priced at only $11.99, the book is available from Amazon.com, select stores. For signed copies contact the publisher.
One of the book’s major contributions to the literature, and the public is Dr. Jones’ description of the doings of a well-organized tightly knit group of adventurers branded the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO). While the BFRO is widely known and maintains an excellent website, from without it is tantamount to a secret society. It is there, but the public knows and hears little about what the BFRO does behind closed “forest” doors. This book opens those doors, wide.
Made up of diverse professionals, BFRO has scouted the continent, gathered seemingly genuine accounts relating to Bigfoot, and has developed one of the finest, if not the very best Bigfoot site on the Internet. The compelling quality and similarity of its reports, plus Dr. Jones own decades of field work caused the author to conclude the Native American Stone Man is not a legend, but a real being living well in The Mountain State.
There is little doubt The Mountain State is among the most beautiful in the nation and, a likely home for Our Barefoot Friends. So, find your imagination, open your mind, sit back and enjoy this remarkable book!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Russ Jones has a keen interest in science, history, nature, and Bigfoot lore. He has spoken at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference, among other venues.
Much more than a history of Daniel Boone’s “Yah—hoo’s” in the Mountain State, this tightly written book is filled with real time facts. Read about Bob Gimlin at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference, Roger Patterson, and the Bluff Creek Film. Meet Cliff Barackman, James “Bobo” Fay, and Ranae Holland from Finding Bigfoot. Thrill to sometimes terrifying BFRO reports.
Compare Bigfoot tracks to a Black bear track. See a game camera photograph of a likely Bigfoot. Go on a Bigfoot “hunt,” carrying what, and how to do it. Ponder controversy: Bigfoot knocks, tree bends, structures, nests, science, descent, and pareidolia. Learn perches, West Virginia’s mountains and hollows, the Hewkin—Sullivan Guideline, how the BFRO really works, “The Halibut Effect; plus scores of tutorials by one of the most experienced field researchers ever. However—Beware! This book is Bigfoot without flowers in its hair, “Bigfoot in my backyard,” or opinionated …..This book is for real; the rock solid Cherokee “Nun’yunu’wi” or the Iroquois “Stonish Giant” of the Appalachian Mountains. Buy The Stone Man today and enjoy it for years to come.