Bigfoot of Wirt County; The Ash Man
The Bigfoot Edition of Mountain Monsters continued on Ep07 of S4 with the Ash Man, a 600 lb. Bigfoot who stands about 7′ tall, is 3′ wide at the shoulders, and has blackish gray fur. The creature was first described in the 1700’s by the Shawnee Indians, with the label Ash Man attached as the Native Americans described him as seen through the smoke and ashes of their cooking fires. Team member Huckleberry had an encounter with the creature 46 years ago in 1969, and felt himself shaken and scarred by the encounter and its aftermath.
The team went to Wirt County, West Virginia, conducting the investigation and hunt on Huckleberry’s lands and farm. During their first night’s investigation, the team found a nesting area and multiple piles of stacked rocks, a Bigfoot sign. Huckleberry felt shaken by such discoveries, and couldn’t continue further at that time. The following day, Huckleberry and Jeff were out in the woods when a small log was thrown at them, and they found a footprint and handprint, presumably those of the creature. Rob, a hiker, was interviewed, reporting an encounter with a 7′ tall creature with black hair. The eyewitness produced a picture showing something large and blackish seen through trees.
Meanwhile, trap maker Willy and “Wild Bill” had constructed a rather large “wooden fortress” trap. That night, bacon was cooked as bait, with “Wild Bill” serving as cook for the affair, complete with a ludicrous chef’s hat that he managed to catch on fire during the proceedings yet wore the remnants of during the following hunt. The team split into two groups at that time to flush the Ash Man out, and Huckleberry’s group found itself the recipients of large branches and rocks thrown from above in their general direction. While dashing through the woods in pursuit, “Wild Bill” managed to get himself knocked to the ground by a blow from a tree limb. “Do I still have all my teeth?,” he asked. “Yep, they’re both still there,” quipped a team mate. Via radio they called for reinforcements from Willy’s group, and the usual yelling, waving of guns, bad camera angles, and wild ATV ride followed as the creature was flushed in the direction of the trap.
Arriving back at the trap, the team found that the Bigfoot had apparently been caged only temporarily, with a large hole torn through the 14″ logs of its construction. “We shook him up,” proclaimed Huckleberry. One might say, however, that their plans to catch the Ash Man had gone up in smoke…