How to use research equipment

Courtesy of the MABRC

While the amounts of equipment that can be used for Bigfoot research expands on a continual basis, this will attempt to cover the basics of researching with equipment and how to properly get the most from it. We will cover only the basic equipment to get you started with.

Research on a budget.

While we do not have stock in Wal-Mart, you should always consider it the best place to obtain research equipment for lower prices. You don’t have to be rich to conduct Bigfoot research, but always realize that the cheaper the equipment, the poorer quality results you will obtain.

Always buy according to what you expect to do or accomplish in the field.

Research the information on different brands and models before you buy them, and always play it smart. Stick with good solid companies with proven track records. 

E-bay and Craigslist are also places to buy equipment, but remember, you will always take the chance of encountering someone who is not honorable on these places and can be taken for your money.

Night Vision Scopes

Wal-Mart and other online retailers usually have low-cost Russian-made night scopes at a reasonable price. If you have the money to spend, Generation 3 Night Scopes are available. For the novice Bigfoot researcher, a Generation 1 Night Scope should be sufficient to start with, and although it’s debated that Bigfoot can see the Infrared spectrum, Gen 1 scopes use IR LEDs to increase their viewing range, but can also use moonlight and other light sources to multiply it’s range.

Generation 2 and 3 Night Scopes do not have to rely on IR LEDs to view the area with.


While trailcams are great for photographing deer, it’s the general consensus of many Bigfoot Researchers in the MABRC that the Bigfoot will avoid these units in the field. More work is needed to figure out the best possible way to hide them.

Driveroperator has put his cameras high up above the eye-level of Bigfoot of 16 foot and higher with no comparable results. Biggjimm has been putting his in ice chests and leaving them in the area, hoping a Bigfoot will come up to the ice chest and open it up, thereby getting a picture. Other researchers will leave them in camp, sitting in chairs, camouflaged with clothes and other gear, in order to see if a Bigfoot may come into camp while the researchers are gone or asleep.

The MABRC has begun using the trailcams to basically funnel Bigfoot into areas where they can be observed better by putting trailcams up around 3 sides of a camp, leaving the fourth side open, hopefully, the Bigfoot will avoid the sides with the cameras and come in on the side that doesn’t.

Bionic Ears

There are several types of parabolics used by the MABRC Senior Researchers. It is in their estimation, the best piece of equipment outside of a thermal camera to use in the field. Price ranges vary, and you get what you pay for.

The first is called the Orbitor, and resembles a pistol, and includes a built-in 10 second recorder and a scope with it. Darkwing uses these extensively, and if you go to the section on Parabolic Listening Devices in this manual, you will see some of the methods that he uses with them.

The second is called the “Bionic Ear” brand, and is a higher priced device that reaches further than the Orbitor type. It comes with an extra plug-in for a voice recorder to be attached separately from the headphone plug in.