California Bird Hunter Flushes UFO

Don't panic: You're still on Game & Fish. You haven't accidentally wandered onto some tabloid website or conspiracy nut's forum.

A California hunter experienced a close encounter in the Nevada wilderness. It sounds crazy, sure, but both the hunter and the UFO have the pictures to prove it.

According to KXTV News 10 in Sacramento, Auburn, Calif., hunter Robert Pitzer spotted the UFO while hunting alone outside Lovelock, Nev., when he noticed a strange-looking object slowly descending toward Earth.

"What in the world is this thing?" Pitzer told reporters. "Had no idea. '¦ I didn't know if it was a weather satellite."

Armed with his 12-gauge and ready for anything, Pitzer watched as the object scraped the ground, occasionally getting more airtime and hovering near Pitzer's truck.

That's when Pitzer noticed the J.P. Aerospace sticker on the object, and suddenly things began to make sense.

It turns out the object had been launched earlier that day, tethered to two helium balloons, to perform experiments high in the Earth's atmosphere. When one of the balloons burst, the object returned to Earth.

Pitzer tied the object to a rock and called J.P. Aerospace, telling them where to find it, but he still kept the photos, the report said, just to mess with his friends.

"Check this out!" Pitzer told reporters. "I encountered a UFO!"

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