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Ring-tailed cats #1340286
03/31/10 03:48 PM
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Anybody ever see them? I've only seen 3 in the wild in my life. One was dead in the middle of the road about 20 years ago, then last year I saw 2 alive at the deer lease just across the county road from the rancher's house.

One of the guys saw them at the same place but wasn't sure what they were until I told him I had seen ring-tails there. He went home and looked them up and confirmed that was what he'd seen too. His first impression was they looked sorta like coons.

After I told the rancher about them he went over to the neighbors property and found their den under an old rock wall. Sorry, no photos, just this Wiki link...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringtail_cat

Anybody else seen them? Got trail cam photos, video, ect?



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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite] #1340296
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Grew up in the hill country...saw them all the time. Many times you see them in pairs. Neat little critters.



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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: TBossHsauce] #1340344
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Got bunches of them out here in West Texas. Sometimes see them in some of my barns. They are neat little critters, but they can get mean pretty quickly if you corner them or catch them in a trap.



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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: BenBob] #1340567
03/31/10 05:56 PM
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I never have seen one but I saw one of these for the first time last summer... also in the hill country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coati


Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: AGray] #1340593
03/31/10 06:03 PM
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Used to see a lot of them years ago in Mason county. Every year they would nest in our towers. Then one year they disappeared. That was about 7 or 8 years ago and haven't seen one since.


Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Plano Cooter] #1340849
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saw one in highshcool when we were spotlighting varmints.



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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: thorn4570] #1340854
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Saw my first one last year - very cool.


Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Letsgo] #1340878
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From way back in the day.




Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Letsgo] #1340894
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I saw one many years ago in an old farmhouse at a lease. Really up close and personal, about 2 ft above my head on a closet shelf eating a large rat. It jumped out of the closet past my chest and went out the window leaving me shakin and wet. They have long teeth when there's still blood drippin from em.



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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite] #1340909
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I saw one in east texas this fall. No one believes me but he was running down the road infront of my truck for about 100 yards about 0100 hrs. No doubt that it was a ringtail. The banks on the side of the road are high so he didnt have a choice but to run and i got a good look. Ive seen them in South Texas but never here. They were logging the area and I think he was having to move. Nacogdoches County



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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Bud] #1341380
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Trapped about a jillion of the stinky little bastages when I was younger. We used to get 5-7 a piece for their hides back in the 80s but I doubt they even buy them now. IMO, they are a big time PITA! I've had them 'break' into my blinds and make a damn big mess several times during the off season and once they make it their 'home' the only way to get rid of them is a bullet!



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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS] #1341388
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I have a blind named after the ringtail that lives in it.lol
That ringtail and Texas Lefty are pals.


Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: highlonesome1] #1341453
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I see them from time to time around Jack Co. Their eyes really glow under a spotlight.


Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: LonestarCobra] #1341460
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man i been tryin to kill a nice lookin ringtail for a full body mount for a while! awesome lookin little critters

had them come into the call at night before..IMO they look like a coon with the mannerisms of a fox

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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Sniper John] #1342497
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Originally Posted By: Sniper John
From way back in the day.




...why do I hear the music from the "Good, the Bad and the Ugly" when I see that picture?

Weird huh?


Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: DoubleB20] #1342522
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That picture's funny! I have some just about like it, it's funny how you can just look at it and tell it was taken years ago... I'd bet that is about 1985 give or take a couple of years.

Ok went back and looked bet it's more like the early 90's
and looks like west Texas somewhere near Odessa???


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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: RICK O'SHAY] #1342815
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I grew up in the hill country as well. Sons tons of them. Killed tons of them. I made a lot of money on fur during the winters and ringtails were the one furbearer that the prices stayed consistent on during that time....about $7 each. I just shot them with a 22 in the head and it was really hard to kill them with one shot. Their skull is really tough. They have a very strong musky smell. They are not very big. The area around Johnson City is loaded with them.


Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: chargercody] #1342842
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Shot one in terlingua. 2 years ago.



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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: 1911guncrazy] #1343163
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Find them a lot out here in SW Tex too. To me they are the product of an illicit relationship between a coon and a weasel. Filthy buggers. Ya don't see them too often because they are big time nocturnal.

I do know that D-Con rat posion pellets will NOT kill them, but does give them greenish blue runs that the deposit all over mattresses in bunkhouses.


Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite] #6896236
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Old post but saw my first one on thermal Thursday night then in daylight today at dawn. Found this searching for what it was. North Texas close to OK.

Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite] #6896273
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use to see in the hill country, haven't seen one in years


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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite] #6896379
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Used to see them around Christoval back in the 60's. Back then flashlights were only a little better than a kerosene lamp, very hard to shoot one of those skinny things overhead in a tall pecan tree with the wind blowing when you only have a 22.


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Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite] #6896396
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We used to kill a lot of them when we hunted the contest at Sheffield. They were fun to watch. It seemed like they would always crawl up in a cactus or bush and stop at the top of it to look at you before getting shot in the face.

Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite] #6896559
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Had one this morning. Opened the hood of the ranch truck to reconnect the battery and had a ring tail cat stairing at me. Also had one last year in my blind. I made so much noise trying to get it out of the blind I figured hunting was a bust. My daughter ended up shooting a nice 8 pointer 30 minutes later.

Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite] #6897103
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We have many at our lease. It's between Brady and Llano.

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