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Survivorman Opens Up About Bigfoot, Missing 411, and the Nonbelievers

Bigfoot Base just lately had the pleasure of speaking with Les Stroud, the Survivorman. New Survivorman Bigoot episodes are underway on a model new, one-stop, platform referred to as Survivorman TV. Survivorman TV is lively now, so whether or not you’ve been a fan since the Snowshoes and Solitude days or just caught on together with his pivotal collection Survivorman Bigfoot, head over to the website and enroll in the present day for a heap of Survivorman content. Individuals, this isn’t Chubo the Bigfoot guy who smokes weed with Sasquatch, this is Les Stroud! Test it out on the banner hyperlink under. Without further ado, here’s my nice interview with the one, the solely: Survivorman.


First and foremost Les, thanks and I actually recognize you talking with me. Are you able to inform me a bit of about what’s SMTV? It’s really thrilling and Survivorman Bigfoot episodes are going to be airing on it?

Les Stroud: Ya, you’ll be able to simply call it Survivorman TV. That’s in all probability extra recognizable. It’s principally me taking command of every little thing I do creatively when it comes to filmmaking and placing it online and making it a membership base. Like a paid membership base type of community for every part I do. And its been nice. You’ve got complete and absolute control. No networks notes to worry about or anything like that. Its going to be up there 24/7. You don’t have to wait to see my present. We began a couple of months in the past and its going robust and I’m loving it. And it gave me a spot to put some new Bigfoot stuff as properly.

Congratulations. It’s type of like you’re building your personal metropolis virtually. Chopping off from all the networks. Does it change the type of content — no less than with Bigfoot stuff — you’re capable of put out? Are you going to be doing 45-minute episodes, 60-minute stuff or will it’s brief clips right here and there?

LS: It doesn’t change what I do with that as a creator. I still do things the means I need to do them. Nevertheless it does what I do in the undeniable fact that there’s zero influence from the outdoors and from the networks. So, if I say something that makes them uncomfortable, then who cares? I might put out a 3 minute clip, or an 18 minute clip, a 54 minute clip, whereas permitting the creativity of the shoot to dictate the length. In television you’re locked in to 22 minutes with business breaks and in-and-outs.

You may need to offer a cliff hanger that doesn’t truly exist kinda thing?

LS: Exactly. Yea. I’m sick of those. The non-cliff hanger, cliff hanger. I’ve never executed those anyway, however everyone else does. So, now what I can simply do is I’m taking a look at the new Bigfoot present right now and it’s landing someplace around 41 minutes, however it’s landing there as a result of that’s what the content material dictates. I feel that’s the coolest part about this. I’m not restricted by the basic 22 or 43-minute business break set-up.

That’s so cool. I really like to listen to that. And it feels like you’ll be able to clearly work with whoever you need to work with.

LS: Yea, I all the time did anyway, but yea it’s absolute management.

I used to be listening to an interview you had with Jeff Meldrum and Todd Standing, how your producer was sort of barking at you for including Todd in the production, and you’re like, “leave me alone, he’s fine.”

LS: Ya, that’s truly a narrative that came from once I had a network up in Canada that basically needed me to do a present and I assume because of the Todd Standing controversy they obtained on my case about it and I used to be identical to, “are you kidding me? Are we truly having this argument? We’re arguing over Bigfoot specialists now? Speaking about walking away from him, like oh your guy is extra credible than my guy? For Bigfoot, actually?

That was certainly one of my favorite quotes out of your first Survivorman Bigfoot season. You say, “Todd is a Bigfoot expert… but what does that even mean?”

LS: Ya exactly. Individuals get pretty– I don’t know if it’s self-righteous– they get important about something they know nothing about. It’s a bizarre world.

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Photograph by Laura Bombier

The place are you headed for these episodes? Do you might have so much in the can already, or are you still taping them as we converse?

LS: Taping them as we converse, and all over the place. I don’t assume the story is confined to the Pacific Northwest, and I really like going to all the numerous places. This specific one is in the Pacific Northwest, that I’m popping out with in a pair days, but I’ll go nearly anyplace.

Have you considered going international with Survivorman Bigfoot? All over the planet we’ve Yowies in Australia, Almastys in Russia, and clearly the Yeti in the Himilayas. Have you thought about expaning worldwide, or are you going to remain in the U.S. for now?

LS: I’d love to increase worldwide, however that’s based mostly extra on my love for journey and journey. But if I’m significantly detailing the phenomenon, which I’m, then it’s type of exhausting to beat North America, that’s for positive.

You’re obviously a very passionate man. Adventure and music are two big passions of yours. Is Bigoot research a passion of yours now?

LS: That’s an fascinating question. Once I’m in it, it’s very straightforward to be captivated with it because it turns into very intriguing. It’s filled with mystery. It’s filled with “who-dunnits”. And I do love that. But, once I’m not in it, do I crave it like say how I might crave doing my music? Perhaps not. But in addition, it’s such a mystical, curious, filled with a-million questions sort of phenomenon that still creeps into my life pretty much any time I’m out in nature. It’s going to creep into my psyche a method or the different.

I’m a fan of the Missing 411 stuff that you simply have been involved with as properly. Great clip in that. Any more if you do exit, whether recreationally, or if you end up filming a daily Survivorman episode, how typically are you eager about Bigfoot when you’re out there?

LS: In all probability 100% of the time once I’m out there I’ll have the thought. It’s going to come up in my thoughts. Whether or not or not I dwell on it and take it longer than 30 seconds will depend upon what I’m doing and how a lot fun I’m having. Typically I’d go just a little deeper into it. Typically it’s a passing thought. I might recommend that no matter what, once I get out into the woods, at the very least there’s all the time a passing considered it, for positive.

Protected to say a bit extra at night time time?

LS: Ya completely, yep.

Can you tell me somewhat about how you got involved in the Missing 411 documentary? I’m fascinated by the separate phenomenon that’s happening. Can you inform me how Survivorman Bigfoot and Missing 411 came together?

Properly that’s the question isn’t it? Is it separate?

Haha, yea, you’re talking to a Bigfoot guy proper now and I’m mentioning Missing 411 and, you already know, Dave Paulides has been VERY careful about NOT saying that Sasquatch is actually a offender.

LS: David’s MO is to throw it on the market and allow you to guys take it. He will never offer you his opinion on what he thinks happened in a certain Missing 411 case. However he will definitely in a teasingly method suggest… that’s just the magic of David. Because he knows what you’re thinkin’. “Well, I’m not saying what it is”… but OK come on! So, you already know, when I have a beer with him that’s another story type of factor.

David was working with me once I was doing Survivorman Bigfoot, so that might be the preliminary connection. When his son went on to supply the film based mostly on the books they asked if I might be involved, convey slightly little bit of the Survivorman identify to what they have been doing and it also involved some boots on the floor stuff. The right way to examine that type of state of affairs actually needed to be boots on the floor. So that’s how that each one began, the friendship we struck up via there, him working with me on Survivorman Bigfoot.

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Is there any piece of evidence that the public hasn’t seen that has influenced you? Is there a video or perhaps some audio that isn’t obtainable that you’ve come across– perhaps something from Todd outdoors of the Survivorman Bigfoot production– that sort of retains you happening this matter? That sort of retains the bait recent, so-to-speak?

LS: Ya, it will be the real-life stories from shut pals who tell me of an expertise, who need no notoriety, and they’re just sharing their story. I had a man here this morning truly– it’s these. As a result of no one has anything to realize or lose at that point. They usually’re not being interviewed for a TV present. They’re not in to the material. They usually come alongside and they, out of the blue, they share with you, “Well as a matter of fact, ya know, I was comin’ home from school one time and la da da…” It’s these things. As a result of again, these are people who are pals with me regardless of something. They’re not like new acquaintances who are hanging out with me because I’m Survivorman. These are pals. And so, once they tell me these stories, y’know, it leads me one thing that I’ve been type of harping on these days.

It’s a fantastic question that results in that, because I really like this little thought of mine right here. And that’s that when you have got someone say to you, “I saw a Bigfoot”. Let’s set up that that is someone that you simply trust. Somebody that you simply respect. We’re going to go proper there. You trust them. You respect them. They usually say to you, “Last weekend from 15 ft away I saw a Bigfoot. Now you solely have 4 locations you possibly can go together with that. Number one is that they’re delusional… affected by a delusion. Quantity two is mistaken id. It was a bear. However once more, that is someone who’s very experienced in the bush, is aware of animals, and they’re saying they have been 15 ft away from a Bigfoot. Quantity three is that they’re mendacity. And number 4, the remaining one, is they’re supplying you with an accurate illustration of what they noticed.

In order that’s a neat little compartmentalized approach to react to anyone telling you I saw a Bigfoot. For those who see it on YouTube, or you hear it on the radio or no matter. Ok however let me dig just a bit bit deeper for a second, a pal of mine stated that to me– a younger man that I know– he stated oh yea this lady that I know she’s seen them twice and– here’s the catch — after he advised me that he really adored this lady, she’s a very nice woman, she informed me she saw them twice, he closes it off with– and that is in all probability going to be familiar to you– he closes it off with “ehh y’know eh I don’t know if they exist.” And when he does that I stop him instantly and go:

“Hang on, hang on a second here. You’re not sure they exist?”

“Yeaaaa, I don’t know, y’now?”

“Ok, so then your friend… well, she’s a liar.”

“Whoa, whoa no, she’s my friend.”

“Oh no. She’s a liar, isn’t she? If you’re saying after the fact that you trust her, and she’s telling you from 15 feet away with her experienced woods eyes that she saw a Bigfoot, and you’re saying you still don’t know if they exist, is you’re saying that she’s a liar. I want you to tell me.” And I’ll do that, I’ll literally say, “I want you to say Nancy is a liar. You can’t say it? Then what are you saying?” You see where I’m going with this? Too typically it’s straightforward for individuals to hear something, say it comes from their uncle who they love, who’s like a conservation officer, who’s like actually clever and he says, “I’m telling you, I stood there and I watched it for a half an hour…” You will nonetheless go, “Ehhh I don’t knowwww. I don’t know if they exist.” I’m like, properly okay go call up your uncle right now and I would like you to tell him that he’s a liar. Because after that we’re left with both they’re delusional, we’ve already dominated out that they’ve made a mistake due to their experienced eyes, so that you’re left with– and the delusional thing so far as I’m involved is a cop-out. That’s not truthful. You’re saying everyone’s delusional. Or it’s a mass conspiracy principle to hoax. That’s not truthful. You’re left with only two things: they’re mendacity or they’re telling the fact. And in the event that they’re telling you the fact, guess what meaning: Bigfoot is there. You see what I’m saying?

It’s a cultural denial, yea?

LS: Ya, and I feel my response that I gave you is the method to deliver individuals down and say we’re sitting here, and considered one of this stuff is your good good friend: delusional, mistaken, liar, or telling the fact, you inform me.

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Les, if you’re on the market, as Survivorman Bigfoot continues past a terrific first season– one thing that was unbelievable that was an enormous breath of recent air for the Bigfoot world– shifting forward, what is your ultimate aim right here not only with Survivorman TV, however with the Bigfoot facet of it? Are you accumulating proof little by little to supply for the public, to throw on the table someday to say “Hey, this is all I have. You need to recognize that there’s something going on here.” Or are you going out and just type of answering a couple of consumer questions, or doing customer requests. What does that seem like for you in the future?

LS: If I’ve a mission involved, it’s not to show anything. I feel that’s a fantastic mistake. And I feel that lots of people get a bit fanciful considering where they see a Bigfoot and swiftly, they’re like, “I think it’s my mission in life to prove to the world that these beautiful creatures exist!” Ehhh, I’m out. I don’t have to go down that metaphysical street either, like you already know, they “speak to me.” And you already know what, as far as I am concerned it’s an INCREDIBLE — and that is why I exploit the phrase — “phenomenon.” And it’s worthy of testing no matter something as a result of it’s existed for lots of of years in a whole lot of cultural examples and it’s all equivalent. I imply, proper there you need to go, hold on a second. When it’s included in aboriginal cultural tales, it’s not lumped in with the Thunderbird or the Raven gods. It’s lumped in with the beaver and the wolf, prefer it’s greatest associates.

You talked about that so much in the first season of Survivorman Bigfoot.

LS: Yep, though its thought-about to be human and not animal, so to speak. So, If I have a mission, it’s based mostly on the proven fact that the phenomenon is culturally fascinating. I’ve had enough examples to settle in my thoughts what’s happening out there. And I assume my mission can be to continue to convey trustworthy credible realtime examples TO the public, to allow them to even be all for the phenomenon. I’m not trying to show something.

All these things about I need to shoot one to prove it or get ultimate film work. We have already got ultimate movie work out there. There are many hoaxes. However there’s credible movie footage on YouTube. I imply, what else goes to persuade anyone? We’ve got DNA. We now have footprints. We have now hundreds of anecdotal references.

So, I need to strategy as like, ok everyone knows me as this guy who is not any nonsense. So, I will keep that relating to the phenomenon of Bigfoot. And give the no nonsense strategy. Telepathy? That’s fascinating. Let’s look into that. DNA studies? Cool. And on and on. That’s what I’d love to do. I’d wish to deliver credible, no-nonsense, non-cynical, open-minded skepticism to the material.

You’ve such a huge explorer’s spirit. Survivorman Bigfoot obviously proves that in a new approach. You wouldn’t need to be the man to offer the King-Kong fashion unveiling of Sasquatch up on stage anytime soon?

LS: Absolutely not! Whoever convinces the world at giant, his or her life is over at that point. I obtained sufficient on the go together with my cat and enjoying music. I have sufficient in my personal life.

You need to get a fall guy.

LS: Yea, I gotta get a fall guy. Todd Standing can put on that banner. Or Jeff Meldrum or anyone. I don’t wanna be that guy to show to the world Bigfoot exists. I need to be extra like the David Attenborough of Bigfoot. I need to current so much unimaginable info, even in piece-meal, so the world goes, oh ok! I don’t need the massive discovery. I don’t need to be that man.

I feel Todd can be very happy to take that torch for you.

Todd and a couple of others can be very happy to wear that badge. They will wear it. It sounds horribly useless, but I’ve had greater than my 15 minutes and I’m still enjoying it. I don’t want that to add on to it. I’d quite have any person purchase my new document.

Speaking-of that. You stated you’re going to have numerous performances on Survivorman TV shifting ahead, other than just Survivorman Bigfoot materials in fact. What are you considering with that type of manufacturing? Is it something like Daryl’s Home? Daryl Corridor? Are you going to jam with some huge musicians anytime quickly?

LS: Completely, as a matter of reality, when Daryl launched Daryl’s House he truly cited Survivorman! He stated, if Survivorman can do it, so can I! No kidding. And I assumed, oh hey you’ll want to get me on the present! Perhaps in the future.

After 40 years of my life I finally simply signed my first-ever document deal. And you’re truly kinda getting the scoop on this. I haven’t advised this publicly yet, but we’ll be launching it in the new yr. I signed a document cope with MRI out of New York, distributed by Sony. We’ll be launching a brand new album!

And here’s the thing. No one needs to listen to some 56 year-old guy singing his love songs. What I do is all about celebrating nature. I don’t do exactly people. We do epic, progressive rock. It’s like Device meats Dave Matthews– it’s an entire ‘nother thing. Everything lyrically as well is all about celebrating nature and connecting people to the Earth. I love to perform and I love to write and that’s what I’m targeted on. I need to get to that time of doing a Daryl’s house for positive. And I need to go on Daryl’s House!

Ya, seems like an actual slick place. That’s awesome. Congratulations on every little thing. Clearly, it’s an enormous passion of yours so it’s really superb you’ve been capable of put all this together. Simply to close right here, I’m tremendous pumped for your whole Survivorman Bigfoot episodes and the whole lot you’re doing. Perhaps in the next yr or two, how much content shall be coming out on the web site for Survivorman Bigfoot, episodes-wise?

As a result of I have love for the phenomenon and all of the mystique surrounding it, I’ll continue to do more. I couldn’t ballpark what number of I will do, but will probably be tons more for positive. And the networks are nonetheless talking to me about more collection as properly. I nonetheless adore it and I feel– I didn’t really finish the story. I might finish the story, aside from full-on discovery, however I’d love to inform MORE of the story. There’s much more in me for that exact film-making. Brief answer: as a lot as I can do, for positive.I simply did a fun one outdoors of Portland Oregon. I’m beginning to open the doors just a little bit on the numerous realities that exist on the market. I’m taking extra of a practical take a look at DNA catching, trail cams and all of that. It’s getting very fascinating.

Survivorman Bigfoot: New Episodes Coming!

Thanks again to Les Stroud and the Survivorman group for an excellent chat. Good to hear Les continues to be sporting his practical pants out in the bush when documenting Sasquatch conduct. I can’t anticipate his new Survivorman Bigfoot episodes and truthfully to take a look at a few of his musical performances (here’s a bit of clip of him jamming with Journey). He’s a passionate and the good middle-of-the-road voice that the world of Bigfoot critically wants.

Click on Here to Watch Survivorman Bigfoot on SMTV!

Survivorman Opens Up About Bigfoot, Missing 411, and the Nonbelievers was final modified:

April 17th, 2018 by

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