It appears that five months have elapsed since my last post! I have a great excuse for not writing. He looks something like this...
Yes, the Woods Hippie tribe has expanded its ranks by one. As of this writing, the little guy is seven weeks old and has already enjoyed his first hike in the woods of Burlington, CT and has tasted some delicious squirrel stew (albeit processed into breast milk by Mama). So, I haven't had much opportunity of late for grand outdoor adventure, but plenty of grand life adventure! I can't really ask for much else.
Although, it would have been a blast to be able to ski on some of that freak October snow.
The venerable Coleman stove was impervious to the power outage.
As I alluded to above with the stew reference, I have been hitting the small game hunting season with some regularity, and the squirrels have made some tasty fare. Don't knock it till you've tried it! Squirrel really is a flavorful meat and an elusive quarry, too. Forest greys are much more wary than your average suburban squirrel. My setup of choice has been my Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun outfitted with a full choke, shooting no. 6 game loads. The tight choke allows for longer shots in oaks still loaded with foliage, and I don't have to worry about the consequences of sending a .22 slug skyward in the relatively populated areas in which I hunt. That, and the scattergun gives me options should I flush a stray pheasant or partridge.
I'll leave you with a few scenes from a Connecticut small game hunt...