October 25, 1974
Location: Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming, United
Higdon, while hunting elk, raised his rifle and fired,
but the bullet only went about 50 feet and dropped. He
heard a noise and looked over to see a "sort of man"
standing there. The man called himself "Ausso"
and asked Mr. Higdon if he'd like to go with him and Higdon
replied that he guessed so. The man pointed an appendage
and at this juncture Mr. Higdon said he found himself
in a transparent cubicle along with Ausso.
Artist's conception of "Man" in Higdon case.
Photograph (by Rick Kenyon) of the bullet described by
Carl Higdon as the bullet which was
fired at a bull elk, but which traveled 50-60 feet, went
"splat," and fell to the ground.
APRO Bulletin, Vol. 23 No. 5 (Mar 1975)
Tuesday, October 29, 1974 issue of the Rawlins (Wyoming)
Daily Times carried Mr. Carl Higdon's account of his strange
experience while elk-hunting on the north boundary of
the Medicine Bow National Forest on the 25th of October.
Saturday, November 2, Dr. R. Leo Sprinkle, APRO's Consultant
in Psychology, Mr. Rick Kenyon, art teacher in the Public
Schools of Rawlins and Mr. Robert Nantkes, Vocational
Rehabilitation Counselor at Riverton, Wyoming, spent four
hours with Mr. and Mrs. Higdon, their children and several
relatives, talking about Higdon's experience and their
reactions to it. The pendulum technique and other hypnotic
procedures were utilized to obtain more information from
Mr. Higdon about his experience. Dr. Sprinkle was not
satisfied with the results and decided to pursue the matter
further at a future date. On November 17, another session
was held and more information was obtained.
Hidgon's experience is certainly strange, and might even
be described as bizarre. At about 4 p.m. Higdon was hunting
south of Rawlins when his "experience"
began to unfold. "I walked over this hill and
saw 5 elk," Higdon said. "I raised my
rifle and fired, but the bullet only went about 50 feet
and dropped." He went over, got the bullet and
tucked it into a fold in his canteen pouch. "I
heard a noise like a twig snapping, and looked over to
my right and there, in the shadow of the trees, was this
sort of man standing there."
"man" was 6'2" tall, and approximately
180 pounds. He was dressed in a black suit and black shoes
and wore a belt with a star in the middle and a yellow
emblem below it. Higdon also said he was quite bow-legged,
had a slanted head and no chin. His hair was thin and
stood straight up on his head (see accompanying drawing).
"man", Higdon said, asked if he was hungry,
he replied that he was and the man tossed him some (4)
pills and he took one. The pills were in a container much
like a "Dristan" package (apparently
the cellophane type as he said it was transparent). He
put the container in his pocket. Higdon also commented
that he didn't understand why he took them because ordinarily
he doesn't even like to take an aspirin. The "man"
had told him that the pills were "four day"
pills, apparently to slake his hunger. Higdon said the
man called himself "Ausso" and asked
Mr. Higdon if he'd like to go with him and Higdon replied
that he guessed so. The man pointed an appendage which
came out of his sleeve and at this juncture, Mr. Higdon
said he found himself in a transparent cubicle along with
Ausso. He was sitting in a chair with "bands"
around his arms (apparently holding him in the chair which
resembled a high-backed "bucket seat")
and a helmet-like apparatus on his head somewhat
like a football helmet, except that it had two wires on
top and two on the sides leading to the back. On a sort
of console opposite his chair, Higdon said he saw three
levers of different sizes which had letters on them and
which "Ausso" manipulated.
Higdon was very unclear on the size of the cubicle. He
said there was a mirror on the upper right in which he
could see the reflection of the five elk which seemed
to be behind him in a "cage" or corral.
They were still, not moving, just as they had been when
he first spotted them before he encountered "Ausso".
He thought the cubicle was about 7x7 and couldn't account
for the elk being there also.
Ausso pointed his appendage at the largest lever, it moved
down and the cubicle felt like it was moving. After they
took off, Higdon said he saw a basketball-shaped object
under the cubicle which he took to be the earth. There
was another being in the cubicle who left, "just
disappeared" when they landed. Ausso said that
they had traveled 163,000 light miles.
the cubicle, Higdon said, was a huge tower, perhaps 90
feet high with a brilliant, rotating light and he heard
a sound like that made by an electric razor. The light
bothered his eyes considerably and he put his hands over
outside the tower were five human-appearing people
a gray-haired man of 40 or 50 years old, a brown-haired
girl about 10 or 11, a blonde girl of 13 or 14 and a young
man of 17 or 18 with brown hair and a blonde 17 or 18
year-old girl. They were dressed in ordinary clothing
and appeared to be talking among themselves.
pointed his "hand" and they (Ausso and
Higdon) moved into the tower and up an elevator to a room
where he stood on a small platform, and a "shield"
moved out from the wall. Ausso was on the other side of
it. The "shield" was "glassy"
appearing, stayed in front of Higdon for what he estimated
to be 3 or 4 minutes, then moved back in the wall.
then told Higdon he was not what they needed and they
would take him back. The two moved out of the room to
the elevator and then down to the main door. It seemed
that all Ausso needed to do was to point his "hand"
and they moved effortlessly.
Higdon found himself back in the cubicle with Ausso, who
was holding his gun. He said the gun was primitive and
wanted to keep it, but wasn't allowed to and he gave it
back to Higdon. Then he pointed at the longest lever and
Higdon found himself standing on a slope. His foot struck
a loose rock and he fell, hurting his neck and head and
this point, Higdon didn't know who or where he was and
got up and walked past his pick-up truck which was sitting
in a wooded area on a road with deep ruts. He walked along
the track about a mile past the truck, then came back
to the truck and heard a woman's voice. As he regained
a little of his senses, he used the citizen's band radio
to call for help. He told the woman he didn't know who
he was or where. Authorities were notified and Higdon
was eventually found about 11:30 that night. He was dazed
and confused and had difficulty recognizing his wife.
The search party had a considerable problem getting Higdon's
2-wheel drive vehicle out (it had to be towed as it could
not navigate the rough road).
was brought to the Carbon County Memorial Hospital in
Rawlins at 2:30 a.m. on the 26th. Besides the sore head,
neck and shoulder, his eyes were extremely bloodshot and
teared constantly. He had no appetite on Saturday and
his wife Margery had to force him to eat. On Sunday morning,
however, he was ravenous and complained about the meager
size of the hospital breakfast.
essentially, is Carl Higdon's account of his time from
4:15 p.m. on October 25th 1974, when he first spotted
the five elk until he called in on the CB radio.
foundation for his story is found in the testimony of
the search party who said Higdon's pickup truck could
not have driven into or out of the area where it was found.
Also, unidentified lights were seen near the area where
Higdon was found before the searchers started driving
out of the area so the lights of the vehicles could not
have accounted for the unidentified lights.
bullet which was greatly mangled (see photo) was only
the copper jacket, the lead slug was missing. This jacket
was examined by Dr. Walter Walker, APRO's Consultant in
Metallurgy who could only say that it had struck something
extremely hard with great force. Higdon points out that
the 7mm bullet is so powerful, it can completely transit
a standard telephone pole.
interesting details which Higdon recalled during hypnotic
sessions: Before Higdon was returned to the ground, Ausso
pointed at the pocket where Higdon had put the pills and
they floated out and up and remained suspended in the
air. Ausso had only 6 teeth three above and three
below. He said that on his planet, there were no fish;
that he could not tolerate the sun's rays as they burned
him and that he was exploring and searching for food.
He said they took animals back with them for breeding
purposes. Last but not least, when the cubicle first took
off, Ausso pointed at Higdon's truck and it "just
conclusion, we quote Dr. Sprinkle from his first (and
preliminary) report: "Although the sighting of
a single UFO witness often is difficult to evaluate, the
indirect evidence supports the tentative conclusion that
Carl Higdon is reporting sincerely the events which he
experienced. Hopefully, further statements from other
persons can be obtained to support the basic statement."
the snow melts, an attempt will be made to locate the
lead slug from the bullet and hopefully, it will be able
to add something to a very puzzling story.