Location of Sighting: Mount Gilhead, North Carolina
Date of Sighting: January 20, 2018
Time of Sighting: 9:45 PM EST
Description: It was a cold, dark, overcast night. I was coyote hunting at this exact GPS location, 35.2927457, -79.9635682 on January 20 of 2018. I was facing south overlooking a freshly harvested pine tree field. My caller was blasting out a rabbit in distress sound. At about 9:45 PM a large cigar shaped object suddenly appeared, Hovering right above the tree line about one thousand yards out, Directly in front of me. It had five lights spanning the length of the object in red, green, yellow, blue and white. The lights blinked randomly and in no particular order. The craft seemed approximately the length of a football field. It is very rural area out here and most of the land around is owned by a local timber company. At first I thought this was just a helicopter, however it was too large and made no sound. It moved slowly west over the tree line for what I would determine to be 1 to 1 1/2 miles. I could still see it, then it would stop and return east along its same line of flight keeping it’s same altitude. It Did did this three times over the period of 20 minutes returning to the exact location where I first saw it. As I was hunting coyote I had with me very powerful red spot lights for night hunting. Wondering what would happen if I lit it up with my spotlight I did just that. Immediately all the lights on the craft went out! It freaked me out a little bit. They stayed out for approximately 15 minutes then one by one slowly came back on. Again I lit it up with my red spotlight thinking it would be funny to mess with a UFO, not thinking that they may retaliate in someway. In hindsight that may not have been the smartest thing to do. The craft immediately began slowly flying south and gaining altitude then disappeared. I Think about this often and is nice to tell the story. I have to wonder what it was doing there. It seemed, or at least I felt like it was doing environmental studies of some sort. I hunt this area often and this is the first and only time I have ever seen anything like this here. I have seen many different shapes of UFOs in various states I have lived. However, this is the first time I have ever saw one in a cigar shape. I hope to see it again one night and maybe get a picture of it next time.Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory.