Hey all, just wanted to say thanks to everyone on this forum, I've learned a lot lurking on here. This year is my first year hunting (and I'm 29, I know, I'm a total slacker), bought a shotgun (Mossberg 500) with my tax return earlier in the year. Tried a little spring turkey hunting but with no luck, but I love being out in the woods. Yesterday I decided to take a half day from work, needed a mental health day, between 3 jobs, 2 kids and a wife, I've been stressed out lately. So I spent the morning in the woods, which was great, exactly what I needed (until my son called me at 10:30 asking if he should have left for school by now, when I had called him at 8:30 and told him to leave for school, that kind of killed the peace and quiet, kids are fun). I spent the first two hours just walking around, checking the area out and seeing what there was to see, never saw a squirrel, but covered a lot of ground. Then I headed deeper into the woods and found a spot to chill out and spend some quiet time, then they started coming out. I only got the one little red squirrel before my son called but it's my first and it was great. I cleaned it with the technique I read on this forum (though to any other newbies, when cleaning it, put it on a paper towel or something, I did it on a fallen tree and bark REALLY sticks to the carcass and is a total pain to get off), which worked wonderfully, let it soak for a few hours in a cooler with some ice while I went to work, then marinated it in the fridge for a few hours in Italian dressing, pan fried it and oh damn it was tasty. Not a lot of meat and those ribs really get in the way, but the quality of the meat was a lot higher than I was expecting, going to be doing that again, hopefully with more than one.