jessz I love using a barometer and minor/major moon cycles for fishing, which is apparently good for hunting as well. Good call and probably a slept on method used in the cryptid field. I have a lot of professional camera gear, as well as the professional audio/video production gear to go along with it. Been out in very rural areas but have seen no evidence of anything at all. I'm from the Niagara Region, which barely has any viable spots for Cryptids IMO. I've even investigated a sighting from Lon Strickler's website about 2 km from here, which is just non sense after finding out who it was from and where it was and investigated. I am pretty disappointed that Lon even validated this claim. In addition, from my knowledge, there hasn't been any credible documented cryptid encounters my region since the 90's, most likely because forestry is very limited here and where there is forestry it has limited and very broken up to the point that it would create a migration problem to predator type animals, other than coyotes of course. We have only had a hand full of mountain lion sightings here since the 90's and this is mostly near the Welland/Port Colborne area of the region. I also have half my family in the Kawartha Lakes area which I am visiting a lot, haven't heard of any sighting stories from their yet, even though there is tonnes of land to cover, just mountain lion and black bear sightings there.
I try carrying light, when I get out I'll be hiking anywhere from 4 - 10miles on and off trails... That said, my kit always contains the following..
-Tape Measure -Compass (For when I start wandering off trail in larger state parks and forests.) -Scent Cover (Fresh Earth wafers are my fav.) -Knife (Always bring a quality, sharp knife.. not some $30 value knife.) -Nitecore P12GT 1k Lumen Flashlight (I HIGHLY suggest this flashlight.. has been worth every penny, was about $110 when I got it and looks to be about $65 on amazon now.) -Bushnell TRKR 250 Lumen head lamp (has a nice red light and violet light feature.) -FLIR Scout TK (Great tool I use when I backpack.. night time situational awareness is invaluable in all situations.) -Olympus WS-853 Voice Recorder (All for that elusive AWOO.) -Fanny Pack (Lame they might be but they're small, light, and barely get in the way.) -BATTERIES for flash lights -Phone mainly for the camera -WATER!! I can not stress this enough, always bring water.
What I'd like to add... -Video Camera -Mount for digital voice recorder (might just sew a pouch onto Bushnell head lamp.) -ManBearPig Spray? (Bear spray or just pepper spray.. you'd be amazed at how effective it is on many things.)
bryanb I jut checked out that Nightcore flashlight, looks absolutely amazing. I currently use a Caterpillar CAT 500 Lumen Rechargeable LED Work Light, which i fell in love with. I also checked out that FLIR TK Scout, it is pretty awesome piece of equipment. Definitely invest in the new GoPro Hero 6 for a camera, it is just ridiculous how amazing it is for the price.
Been doing Cryptid/Paranormal/ET research since the early 80's and researched in many states, am currently the founder and head of North GA Cryptid Researchers and our group also works closely with other groups from adjoining states.
Current list of field gear carried: Hand held VHF radio for team to team and base camp communications FLIR TK Compass GPS SPOTx First aid kit Topo maps of area Water Bear Spray Fire starter gear Digital recorder Full Spectrum video camera Small digital camera for documentation of found evidence Small spotting scope Note pad/pen Flagging tape Rain gear Collapsible chair, for comfort when in one location for extended periods.
-12 ga autoloader (Italian: can go pump or auto) -.45 long slide with laser sighting (a good gun - just touch the trigger, the beam comes on, and you put the red dot where you want the bullet to go - you can't miss...) -The Uzi 9 millimeter (I know my weapons) -Phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range (couldn't find one of these...yet)
Any one of these is ideal for defense....
Ok, I'm kidding. Some of you will get this. Hope it gives a laugh. (I'll be back)
But seriously, keep putting your REAL kit lists up. I'm a serious kit type of person. I try to keep enough stuff in my car that if we get EMP'd I can abandon the car and have enough gear to hike and camp home (because I'm not making that walk in one day). And that's for survival. I don't really have an investigative kit at this time, just cameras.