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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/15/2000 01:00 (Entered as : 11/15/00 1:00)
Reported: 10/14/2014 2:52:55 PM 14:52
Posted: 11/6/2014
Location: Hartford, ME
Shape: Unknown
Duration: 1 hour
I'm fairly sure the glow from the woods was not caused by human activity.

I just wanted to share something that may be of interest. It was around the year 2000 in mid November in Hartford, Maine, a rural town of about 800 people. From 1993 to 2005, I would make my annual deer hunting trip to my cousin "Jane " and her husband, "John"s"(not real names), place in Hartford. I drove up from southern Connecticut and would plan on being there each year during that time for about 10 days each time being in the middle of November. They owned and lived on about 60 acres of prime deer hunting land. 95% of their land was pristine Maine hardwoods. John was an avid outdoorsman, a hard working guy and very protective of his family and property.

It was a Saturday night and since there was no hunting allowed on Sunday, John and I stayed up late watching TV and chatting as we had many things in common. It was a cold clear night (about 20 deg F) and I suggested that we sit out the back deck and enjoy some star gazing (it was around midnight). We were on the deck over looking a field that he cleared out some years prior that extended out about 300 feet to a 2 foot tall rock wall. Just at that point and beyond it was an all hardwood tree line extending left to right for quite a distance. There were no homes,buildings, roads or streetlights or any source of lighting back there in the woods. There were few close by neighbors and none of those properties were anywhere close to the area I described. I knew the lay of the land very well and it was pitch dark. We were facing in a northerly direction. It was a moonless night as well.

As we were talking for a while, I noticed a "glow" of light illuminating the bottom of the trees at the above mentioned tree line extending up to the upper branches. It was not real bright, not dim but somewhere in the middle but it was there. The glow was white , the best I can describe, was like the headlights of the newer cars these days. There was no noise, no movement and the glow stayed at the same intensity and did not move either. It covered a wide swath, left to right. In a scary movie, one would expect to see the dark outline of some creature leaving the woods with the "glow" as a backdrop! Anyway after a few minutes of seeing this, I said :"John do you see what I see?" "See what?" "That glow in the woods" "What glow?" "oh yeah...wanna go out an take a look?" "Ahhh no John thanks" "Oh come on lets go out there and look.... are ya chicken?" "Yes I am" "Oh well, I guess your not that interested then" That was that!

We stayed on the deck for at least another hour, John was just chatting away like nothing was wrong and I, well, kept one eye on the glow! The glow was still there when we went inside about 2am. The next morning I scoured that area behind the tree line for several hours and found no trace of anything unusual. There was no trail back there and no real access by any type of vehicle. I never again saw the glow on my return trips, nor did I ever see it before.

Upon my return trips after the event I would ask John about what we saw that night. His answer was always the same "hey, you didn't want to out and look that night so.........." And he would just change the subject. I never did get his take on what we both saw that night. John was not a practical joker. In fact during that event he was recovering from an auto accident and had limited mobility-it took all he had to go hunting with me that year so setting up an elaborate ruse to scare the begeezus out of me is of out of the question. But for a guy who had the safety of his family and the privacy of his land at the top of his important list..that glow we saw caused him no alarm.

It's a mystery to me just what was going on out there! John knew SOMETHING and even my cousin Jane was closed mouth about it as well. John passed in 2011, never saying anything about what we saw unless I brought it up and his answer,again, was always the same as mentioned above. I have asked Jane many times about the strange glow in the woods that night after Johns passing and well, she would just kind of ignore the question and move the conversation in a different direction. So for me, the 64 dollar question is has anyone ever seen anything like this? It was not the Northern Lights as I have seen that up in Maine before. What I saw was from the ground up. It was not anything that was the result of human activity that I could explain.

Just a little about me personally: I'm now 57 years old. I'm a high school graduate and work for the local power company as a transmission/substation supervisor. I have been with the Company for 36 years. I was, for 10 years, a seasonal Lake Patrol Officer with a local lake authority/ State DEP Law Enforcement. I am an active Ham radio operator and a history buff and I love to read. In my younger days, I was into astronomy. I have NO rational explaination for what I saw that night. I have an open mind when it comes to UFO's or other events that can't be easily explained away.