I didn't tell you the whole story on the Esox skinning. I ended up just taking the carcasses out and put the rest back in the freezer. I'll take them one or two at a time out starting tomorrow and skin them out the rest of the way. As far as your bad experience in California? It's California. And from Illinois to California? Shoot that's even worse! What do you expect? ;D All I can tell you is my experience with USPS is just the opposite of yours.