Swoyersville native Jason Talmadge has spent plenty of time in the Pittston area, searching the woods for his quarry.
While most people might search the forests of Northeast Pennsylvania for deer at this time of year, Talmadge has his eyes and ears peeled for the chance to see something much larger: Bigfoot.
“It’s something that, in today’s age of technology, it’s something that hasn’t been quite figured out yet ,” Talmadge said.
Talmadge is the co-founder of Pennsylvania Bigfoot Investigations and recently hosted a documentary presentation at the Pittston Memorial Library that featured stories about an investigation at Campbell’s Ledge.
“A lot of our investigations are primarily in Northeast Pennsylvania,” he said.
Greater Pittston — Suscon in particular — keeps drawing Talmadge and his group in with reports of sights and sounds that they believe could be evidence of bigfoots.
“I’ve probably gotten (reports of) 50 plus encounters,” he said.
The group premiered a documentary made with the Bigfoot Quest Youtube Channel called Bigfoot Stories from NEPA at the Pittston Memorial Library last month. About 30 people came out to hear the stories Talmadge and other members of the group told about their Bigfoot encounters.
“We have people from all walks of life that get interested for one reason or the other,” Talmadge said.
For Talmadge, the reality show Finding Bigfoot reawakened a childhood interest in the possibility of Bigfoot, and he and a friend got involved in a local group and then eventually formed their own group.
“We just had our six-year anniversary the other week,” Talmadge said.
Talmadge said he has often investigated the Suscon area. Following a tip, Talmadge said he and his wife spent an overnight in the area and may have heard signs of bigfoot communication.
“We did some rock knocks,” he said. “It’s how bigfoots communicate with each other — they make a loud clacking sound with rocks.”
Talmadge said when they started doing “rock knocks” near Bald Mountain Road, something started sending “wood knocks” back to them.
“That went on for 10 minutes before whatever it is figured us out,” he said. “We get a lot of people who have weird experiences up there.”
Pennsylvania Bigfoot Investigations typically takes a break during deer-hunting season, but Talmadge said they are always open to tips. Anyone can reach out on Facebook and get involved.
“We always encourage people to reach out to us,” he said. “That’s how we get our leads.”