How to Cast an Impressive Bigfoot Impression

It happens all the time; you’re out in the backcountry taking a summer constitutional, you look down, and there it is: an honest-to-Pete Bigfoot track. If you are not prepared with the proper equipment, you can get caught with your pants down; you can walk home looking at your boots the whole time knowing that the average animal print only lasts for hours to days. By the time you get your equipment and return, you will lose the arches and toe print impressions that really prove your story. Besides, at the whopping price of better than $50 dollars a print, you could have made out like a bandit—although I have to insert that impressions of true prints hold tremendous value that surpasses any consequential financial gain.

The good news is, you can prepare right now by adding a few simple items to your pack. Next time you run by a print, you can spend a few minutes with a good impression kit and go home with the prize.

Different impression kits have their pros and cons. Most neophyte crypto zoologists erroneously think that simply packing along good ole’ plaster of Paris does the trick. This couldn’t be further from the truth. First off, there are many types of plaster on the market, each with a different purpose. Some of these types are: lime plaster, cement plaster, and plaster made by calcining gysum—a process that exposes gysum to high temperatures to create calcium sulfate and grinding that substance into a fine powder.

Plaster of Paris is simple to use, just add water to create a slurry, which can be poured into a mold until it sets. It is, however, difficult out in the field to measure the exact water content, perhaps from a canteen, to get a good hard, accurate mold, not to mention humidity, climate, and altitude all act as determining factors. Plaster of Paris is brittle. I wouldn’t on a bet purchase a porous mold created with plaster of Paris.

A better solution might be to use Shake-N-Cast, an extremely easy to use kit that contains a self-contained, pre-measured water capsule and dental stone casting material all packaged in a durable pouch. It’s as easy as breaking the capsule, mixing the content in the pouch and pouring it into the track. The results are accurate. I have found that even the finest toe-print details remain in tact when using this substance.

If you have a little more budget, you might go to the higher end and use a forensic substance called Mikrosil Silicone. This product comes in the form of a tube that is attached to a ReproCAST extruder gun. Think calking gun. Casting is simple and accurate—it should be, due to the fact that this method is used regularly in crime forensics. A ReproCAST gun can easily be stowed in your pack, along with enough material to raise a print that can be used with an impression kit like the bio-foam impression kit, to duplicate that precious print and make it available as part of your collection or to sell in your backwoods shop.

Remember, when casting Bigfoot prints, accuracy is the key. My advice: spend a little more for a high quality impression. Any evidence of Bigfoot is precious. As a society of crypto zoologists, lets make a commitment to preserve that evidence in its most natural state.

Until next time, this is JayDee Hetch signing off. Good luck and happy hunting.

-JayDee Hetch, Feb, 2011

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