Sound Blasting

I receive questions about my equipment used for sound blasting. I wrote a series of five articles to review the various systems and techniques that I have tried.

Acoustic Attraction – Pt. 1

Acoustic Attraction – Pt. 2

Acoustic Attraction – Pt. 3

Acoustic Attraction – Pt. 4

Acoustic Attraction – Pt. 5

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4 Responses to “Sound Blasting”

  1. joey lowell says:

    Hello I am a sasquatch field researcher in oregon.This is not about sound blasting sorry.What you are hearing on your howls is a sasquatch hunting party,hunting coyotes.If you read up on chimps you will find that a male group of chimps hunt the same way and sound the same.There is always the same lead male that starts the attack with a howl or scream as the sasquatch's on your recordings. thanks joey p.s cool site!

  2. Doc says:

    Stan,
    My small research group takes an ethological approach to the sasquatch questions and since I am not a tenure track guy I don't care about that part of my reputation as a result of BF research.

    My main partner and I have tended to avoid the high tech approach. But I am really thinking about your call blasting perspectives. My questions are: (1) Is call blasting effective enough to merit my considering it. (2) We do get whooped at some and wood knocked but thus far I haven't had any aggressive responding in years. (in Fouke YEARS ago we had limbs snapping and breaking a ruckus raised ostensibly to get my two hunting dogs out of their woods) I know a BF hunter here who gets roared at and treated aggressively, but he IS trying to kill one.

    SO I am wondering… is call blasting incurring hostile or aggressive vocal responses they otherwise might not do?

    Would I be better off just trying to connect with this species in a calm mellow safe feeling manner.
    ie would Jane Goodall do call blasting ? (I am now staunch NO KILL despite my traditional training as a scientist. ie we are pursuing a habituation model now.

    This is a serious question, if you have time, as I want to do what works and is ethically best. And I value your experience and perspective here. Thanks.

  3. stancourtney says:

    Doc,

    There is no simple answer to any technique to attack attention of a sasquatch. These animals know that we are in their area already. One problem with using sound blasting to elicit a sound response to do an audio recording is that the sound they return may just be a mimicked sound.

    My thoughts have evolved over time and I am much less likely to use sound blasting. My advice now for anyone would be to start a feeding program and develop a long term project based on trust. Some of my best sounds have come from feeding areas.

  4. Josh says:

    Topic: Calls & Aggression:

    It seems like a lot of the accounts on BRFO and other sites for the Missouri/Illinois area contain a lot details of aggressive behavior on the part of ‘Momos’, to use their regional nickname. I don’t think this is because they are fundamentally different in any way, but it does seem to make sense that sasquai (we’ll see if that plural really picks up popularity or if I just come off as pretentious) would have to be a bit more aggressive to maintain a habitat that overlaps more heavily with us, the modern homo sapiens. It seems like the aggression response would be necessary if they are naturally reclusive/retiring. Without the aggressive counter-impulse, they would be constantly giving into the impulse to retreat which would prevent them from maintaining important travel ways, water access, food access, etc. The more sub-urban a territory a family or troop of sasquai maintain, the more aggressive/unshy they would have to be to not be run off.

    I think its important for folks to examine chimp calls and identify what sorts of calls are used for the major categories of interaction: location, identification, defense, aggression, curiosity, etc. Wood knocking seems to be a good way to identify the presence of a sasquatch in the immediate area because it both generates sub-sonic frequencies that will travel much farther and be audible to target audience sasquai, and it is, hypothetically, nonthreatening in its nature because its only function between sasquai is to allow members of the same troop to locate each other.

    It doesn’t seem like a good idea to do a warning howl as a call, when you’re going to arouse fear/suspicion if you’re successful.

    Jane Goodall and other mountain gorilla habituation say that in order to prepare a troop of gorillas to receive you when you are entering the area repeatedly to establish habituation, you need to do a simple, consistent call of your own to let them know that its you, and you’re coming in. They are very intelligent, and quickly learn your particular introduction, just like various troops have their own unique identifying call specific to the troop. (Prairie dogs have dialects with nouns and modifies, for crying out loud, and they’re just nubby-butted squirrels. Imagine how complex the hoot structures of a higher primate/homo could be?!)

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