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Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Brian, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    As most of you know Ive been gifting alot of ducks. especially oldsqauw. I myself and most others consider an oldsquaw a real nice trophy bird. hell its a sea duck period. to most of the US there real hard to come by. Ive also been gifting black ducks, ringnecks,mallards, hooded mergansers etc. ALL I WANT IS FOR ONE OF YOU PEOPLE to just say thank you.out of like 35 people Ive gifted ducks too, maybe and i mean maybe only 5 have replied to say thanks. to all of you that got ducks from me , who i promised more to this up coming season that have not even had the common courtesy to pm me or post on here thank you, please lose my email as i will not be gifting any of you anything else. in case you didn't know gas is 3.50 a gallon and standing on line at the post office takes up my time. don't get me wrong i don't mind doing all the work to help you guys and gals out, but come on at least say thank you.........................sincerely,

    Brian Minnick
  2. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    That seems to be what the world has come to.
    If you sent me an oldsqaw, I'd definitely send you a thank you. ;)

  3. Yeah Brian, I appreciate what you have done and I haven't even asked for a duck and don't plan on it either as i am not a taxidermist. It is a credit to you to have done this service to fellow taxidermist, I am surprised you have done as many as you have without getting disgusted with it earlier. I can understand how you must feel.
    I don't know if this will make you feel any better or not but consider this. Jesus Christ in the scriptures healed the ten lepers, and only one can back to thank him. So Jesus only is batting .100 as far as getting a thank you. You are batting about .143 as far as thank yous. Neither of these is good percentages but is a sad fact of human nature. Most feel entitled, far to few are thankful. I have alot to be thankful for. Skullery....Jeff
  4. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Brian, THANK YOU for being a stand up guy who cares about the industry and the people who make it up. Thank you for going that extra mile even when the ungrateful ba$***ds don't have the character to pay you with their gratitude.
  5. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    jeff, your totally right. all i want is to feel good for what ive done. a little thanks and i mean even saying it one time to me "thank you" goes along way with me. it shows me you appreciate what ive done. thanks for the post....if you do ever get into taxidermy and need a duck,let me know....Brian

    george, thank you. a thank you from you means alot to me. i respect your comments alot. and i appreciate the kind words. and i do love this industry with all my heart. hell ask my wife. im either always on here, mountinfg something or harvesting something to help someone on here out with.taxidermy is like my life. its just a sahme when someone cant say thank you... people nowadays just have no morals.....well most,not all.
  6. copper

    copper Active Member

    I second what George said Brian, I asked for an old squaw, and even though you had gifted them all, you still Pm me letting me know that you'd keep me in mind for next year. Thanks, you do make this industry a better place, and as the same with Bob Jungman, you two guys are all right. Thanks for doing what you do!
  7. You should be frustrated that no one has thanked you for this. I will further support what George said... you have provided a service to people starting out and they should be grateful... I have been offered some birds to be gifted, and am truly grateful for the offer, and will take them up on it when I get moved... we all want to learn and it is great that you and other people on here are willing to help us get specimens to learn on...

    thank you

  8. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    I've always had every person I've helped say thanks, I guess I was lucky. You are right, it does take time & just knowing that somebody appreciates it makes it all worth while. Don't give up Brian....you have to give it away to keep it & it does come back double......I promise.
  9. visions of wildlife taxid

    visions of wildlife taxid love me or leave me, just dont try to convert me

    brian, while i didnt get in on the oldsquaw, i was to late, you can bet you would have a HUGE thank you from this end if i ever get one, i cant beleive what the world has come to when people cannot thank someone for something that is FREE to them, ungrateful is an understatement, i have gifted some things including duck on here and like michael p, i have always gotten a thank you pm from the people and it does make one feel good when you hear it, god bless and thanks for what you do, Russ
  10. DropTine

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    Brian Thank You for what you are doing. You along with Bob Jungman And I am sure there are others who gift. I have gifted a few woodducks. I buy a hunting License every year a shoot a few mallards. I would love a sea duck sometime if anyone ever gets any extra. But I am in no rush. But Thank You Brian for your gifting to others. There is a lot of people that are like George said Bast####s. Mark
  11. PA

    PA Well-Known Member

    While I truly believe everyone who accepted a bird that you mailed to them should be VERY thankful, I'll play the devils advocate here. You obviously enjoy shooting ducks - notice I said "shooting ducks" not "hunting them". Maybe because I'm getting older, but as the years go by, I no longer care if I limit out on any game animal. The only thing I desire at the end of a hunting in a years time, is to have circa 80 pounds of deer meat in the freezer and a good time afield. I myself wouldn't want to shoot 35 ducks in a season unless I intended on eating 35 ducks and then gifting only the skinned out carcass - which may be what you are doing. To my mind of thinking, I'd rather pass up 30 ducks, shoot only five in a season, and let some 12 year old down south shoot them when they arrive later in the fall. If you do shoot them though with only the intention of gifting entire birds to other taxidermists, I could care less if people thank you, as it is an obligation I think you owe to the duck and you should feel bad if you had wasted the resource.
  12. zachhanel

    zachhanel New Member

    i disagree i don't think thats wasting the resource at all in fact, i'd say its quite the opposite, how can it be wasting it to gift it to somebody from a part of the country who may never see a sea duck or who won't get a chance to hunt but can sure get a gifted duck and practice taxidermy on a beautiful duck for his showroom, eating the duck is just the bonus of hunting and as long as hes obeying limits and regs nobody should say boo about it because its a really nice gesture.
  13. after the shot

    after the shot N.E.A.T. Board Member

    I think that a thank you goes a long way. Which I feel that you deserve. THANK YOU for what you are doing. Some people just take things for granted. Not to jump off the topic, but yesterday I was at a an awards baquet for my states bow hunting association. This was my 5th year attending. I set up a nice display, donated over $500.00 in gift certificates for their raffle table, and offer all several hundred members of the association a 10% discount off of all taxidermy services. I wasnt even mentioned once during the whole 6 hr event. I am not looking for anyone to kiss my a$$, but it would have been nice to have been acknowledged. And to boot, the gift certificates that I donated, didnt even make it to the raffle table. I personally handed them to the president of the asociation. Another kicker which ticked me off a little was, I was told that I wasnt eligible for the door prize (bear hunt) because I didnt pay for a ticket. I guess the six thousand dollars in gift certificates and dicounts given to the associations members over the past 5 years doesnt matter. This may have been my last event with this group all because of not saying 2 little words "THANK YOU".
  14. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    PA, your entitled to your opinion and i respect that but if your looking to break peoples balls who kill just for taxidermy, i think your on the wrong site .go to peta .com or something. the law states i can kill 6 puddle ducks a day and 7 sea ducks a day and it sure as hell doesnt say i have to eat them .by law health advisory her says i can kill mergansers but i CANT EAT THEM and honestly there arent many species i do eat. most get breasted and our fed to my 3 dogs and my 3 cats. i may do what ever the hell i want with them and i choose to gift them away. but thank you for your reply. Brian

    after the shot, i feel for you. i really do. i appreciate what youve done and ill say thank you for them. just find another org that does respect you. best of luck to you,thanks, Brian
  15. fineart

    fineart New Member

    i agree with PA.
  16. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Jeff- That stat (about Jesus) would make a lot of athletes feel better about their performance. :D

    Brian- I have no desire to ever be gifted a bird (I'm a fish guy) but my hat is off to you for giving that kind of effort to help others out. I've given out a few odds and ends on here and more people have not responded at all- in any way shape or form- than the other way around, so I know where you're coming from.

    I have been assisted by so many on here in my own search for answers that I'll always try to give a hand if I can, with a thank you or not.
  17. edd263

    edd263 New Member

    Brian - sorry to hear about the lack of thanks you have received but like someone said it seems to be a problem of the times. I also think that it is not a new problem as I remember Joe Bruchac telling me a story about how in the 1940's in order to get new business he gave a free deer head to a new gun club that had opened up to hang on the wall and a discount on mounts for the members of the club. A year later Joe went into the club and saw his deer head hanging on the wall with large black circles painted around the eyes and a cigar sticking out of the deer's mouth. Joe said his freebies stopped on that day. It always seems that a few fools can ruin things for a lot of good people. Hope you get more thanks on the future birds and don't let the few fools ruin it for the others that can really use them and will appreciate them. Ed
  18. I know what you mean, 3 or so years ago I sent out 10 or 12 free videos to people that requested them (no shipping charge or anything) Never one freaking "thanks" or anything. The only thing i asked was that if someone on here ever requested a video I sent they would send it along the same way I did. I wonder if any of them were sent.
  19. SteveP

    SteveP New Member

    Hi, I just read this after being gone this weekend goose hunting. My memory isn't the greatest anymore but, I hope I wasn't too forgetful to give you thanks for the birds. They are absolutely beautiful and will start on them once I decide how I want them. I sent you a PM earlier tonight, in case you didn't notice. Have you had a chance to look over the hen Redhead? I never got a chance to look at it too closely and other birds I sent out that day didn't fair so well through Priority mail. :mad: I don't care what time of year it is, I will always send next day or overnight from now on.

    Keep up the good work,
  20. jim tucker

    jim tucker Active Member

    I certainly would thank you if you had done me a service.

    Biblical philosphy says that you should give with no thought of renumeration or repayment.

    The GIVING is supposed to be it's own reward.

    If you look at it that way you would not be so upset.

    I expect nothing from others.....that way I am never disappointed in people......however I am often pleasantly suprised.