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Did Something Really Stupid But It Turned Out O.k.

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Cecil, Mar 25, 2021.

  1. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    After 36 years in taxidermy I apparently threw a customer's skinned fish out. First time ever. The fish was a 42 inch northern pike.

    I remove the head and fins on musky and pike, which makes skinning and fleshing much faster. The skin goes into a degreaser, and the head, which I hate skinning out, gets thrown into the freezer to be skinned or cast later, or a cast head purchased. Sometimes I use the real fins sometimes I don't.

    Fast forward a few months later I go through the freezer and can't find the parts. Went through the freezer more than once and still no dice. I freaked. Apparently somehow the parts were mistaken for carcasses I throw into the same freezer and ended up at the landfill. I probably got in hurry and didn't label them. No excuse!

    So what to do? I ordered a 42 inch blank and did a repro for the customer and was completely honest about my stupidity. Also gave him his deposit back. But coming clean was not something I looked forward too. I had no idea how the customer would react. Customer was surprisingly good about it and thanked me for being honest. I am so relieved!

    So be careful and don't get sloppy putting things in the freezer! It can happen if you are swamped, tired, and get in a hurry.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2021
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  2. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Yea I know
    I was going thru freezer one night ,pulled out what I needed closed up and went to house, then got a call to go out of state,
    Put the fish back in freezer. Two weeks later got back in town and layer fish out....... oh my
    The smell was terrible
    I laid a bass out (9 lb) when going thru frezer previously
    Got in a hurry and left customer fish out
    Gave him a repo and told him the story
    He was grateful and appreciative to my honesty

    Don’t get in a hurry like me and Cecil
    And be honest
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  3. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I threw out a small alligator skull a few years ago. Fortunately, I had one in my showroom the same size.
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  4. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    dont use garbage bags! had a buddy took out a white timber wolf skin and a black coyote skin to thaw and flesh....his dad took out the trash....
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  5. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

  6. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Well yeah! That's obvious now! ;)
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