You could hear it in Seth's voice. This was a hot track, and he would tree this ringtail soon.
As we head into another summer weekend, a little mountain music, coon hunting style, for you.
Now, you've seen and heard Seth beneath the tree in videos in the past, but I've never shared him trailing . . . before now. Click on the "video" above to listen. Note: there's about 30 seconds of silence after the first 10 seconds or so (don't adjust your volume), although there's a "guest speaker" in between. (Something about Seth's voice causes these sort of "guests" to sound off quite frequently, now that I think about it.)
Toward the end of the sound bite, you can hear Seth's "locate" bawl--which means he's about to tree. The last few barks are him beginning to switch over to his tree bark. I stopped recording, because I still get excited after 50+ years of doing this sort of thing.
And the proof's in the puddin', so to speak: a ringtail staring back into my light. There were two sets of eyes in that red oak, and my guess is mama and the rest of the litter were in the hemlock nearby.
By the way, this photo is neither edited nor cropped--yet somehow, I still managed to get that critter nigh dead center of the picture--that little amber orb reflecting back. Pure luck.
Have a great weekend folks.
Joseph Gary Crance