Published: 6:10 AM 10/11/2013
By Cheryl Costa
New York’s regular deer hunting season opens in a couple of weeks. Continuing our October abduction series, I thought it suitable to share a story about a hunter as the hunted.
In 1972, a resident of Steuben County was out early one morning deer hunting in sub-zero winter weather. He hadn’t seen a buck in days. Oddly enough, he came upon a herd of more than a hundred deer gathered at the base of a hill. He marveled at this sight when something spooked the herd, and abruptly they were off and running.
Suddenly, he was overcome with an odd sense of tiredness, with a dreamy feeling. He kept telling himself to not fall asleep for fear of freezing to death. He remembers a blinding white light. The next thing he was aware of was finding himself sitting on a tree stump trying to sort out how he got there.
It was then that he realized that the sun was setting. He had lost about eight hours. For days afterward, he had a sort of voice or impression in his head that said, “Say nothing, they’ll think you’re crazy.” For years, he questioned what happened to him.
Let take a peek at recent New York UFO sightings.
Sept. 22: At about 11:45 p.m. in East Islip, while stopped facing south on Connetquot Avenue, a motorist and passenger observed four orange lights in the sky flying in a rectangular formation. The objects moved silently from the southwest to the northeast. The observers also report that these objects were flying well below the altitude of the usual local air traffic.
Sept. 28: At about 8 p.m. in Binghamton, a motorist noted a bright stationary object in the sky to the south, near the Pennsylvania border. At first she and her passenger thought it might be an aircraft on approach to the regional airport, but they noted that the object wasn’t moving. It just hung there in the sky until it faded about 10 minutes later.
Sept. 28: At about 9:00 p.m. in Wading River, a Long Island resident, outside for a smoke, saw what he first thought was a bright glowing fireball of a meteor approaching from the northeast. But the object stopped for 15 seconds, became smaller, less illuminated, then turned north and quickly vanished from sight.
Sept. 29: At about 2:30 a.m. in Tonawanda, a resident reported seeing a huge triangular object silently pass over his house. It appeared to be twice the size of a passenger jet. The lights on its underside had an orange glow, then changed to flashing red and white, then stopped altogether. The observer further reports seeing two helicopters fly toward the object, but it quickly disappeared before they could reach it.
Sept. 29: At about 7 p.m. in Catskill, a resident caught sight of a bright light in the sky. Upon closer observation, the resident noted three lights following each other. The formation appeared to be one large bright light with a small light in front of it and a small one following it. All three lights were yellowish.
Sept. 29: At about 9:44 p.m. in Staten Island, in a clear sky, an observer reported seeing fireballs flying in formation in the eastern sky. All of the objects seemed to lose brightness, and each winked out at about the same point in the sky.
Sept. 30: At about 7 p.m. in Poughkeepsie, a resident reported seeing an aircraft being followed by an unidentified flying object; both were heading west. The UFO abruptly stopped and took off to the east at a very high rate of speed and vanished from sight.
Oct. 1: At about 7:20 p.m. in Webster, a guy and his girlfriend witnessed up to 15 orange-red balls streaking across the sky, making no sound as they traveled from the southwest to the northeast. The observers report that as the objects flew overhead, the neighborhood dogs began barking in an uncharacteristic manner.
Oct. 1: At about 8:04 p.m. in Cambria, a motorist and friend returning home witnessed from the roadside six very bright reddish-orange objects in a distinctive equilateral triangle formation. The objects are reported to have descended below the tree line about a mile from the observers. After a few minutes, several of the craft rose above the tree line and headed west rapidly and then faded.