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Old 10-29-2019, 04:06 PM   #1
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While in Llano I was invited by my neighbor across the road to harvest some doe as he is OVER RUN with them. He operates a high fence ranch and has to take a quota of doe a year. I offered how much and he said he would give them to me for free. I will take advantage of this generous offer when I return from work in December, however I dont like being in someone's debt. I would like a way to show my appreciation and gratitude to him as he simply asked me and I gave no indication that I wanted to hunt there. He is a gentleman in his mid 70s and I'm not sure if he drinks or not, so a fine glass of bourbon or wine is out. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:08 PM   #2
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Maybe a sign for his ranch if he doesn’t have one already?
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:09 PM   #3
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A nice custom knife.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:10 PM   #4
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give him a nice knife
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:11 PM   #5
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Ain't a man alive that don't like a good pocket knife!!
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:12 PM   #6
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Personally, I'd send a hand written letter and gift after hunting. You can figure out what he likes or wants during the hunt and then send a more meaningful gift based off what you learn about him. I had a buddy that let me hunt his place and he said, "man I sure like that tac light on your rifle" while we were dispatching hogs. Guess who got a Surefire M600DF in the mail the next week.

EDIT: I've let a lot of buddies hunt with me over the years, I have a box filled with pocket knives somewhere. Just my 0.02.

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Old 10-29-2019, 04:12 PM   #7
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Custom Pocket knife and a gift certificate to the Badu House there in Llano.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:13 PM   #8
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Sounds like it’s more like a gift, not a loan, so no need to feel indebted IMHO. However, nothing wrong with expressing your appreciation. Knives are always a great guy gift...
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:15 PM   #9
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Sometimes, the most generous gift you can offer is the heartfelt thank you and a handshake. Especially older folks. They are more blessed to see you have success than to have you give them something in return for their invite.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:33 PM   #10
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Ask what work needs to be done on his ranch. If you are handy with tools, welding etc.... is a bonus. Don't offer to help..like "if ya ever need help let me know". I promise you there is always work that needs to be done.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:35 PM   #11
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Personally, a simple thank you would be good in my book. Your helping him also
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:39 PM   #12
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While in Llano I was invited by my neighbor across the road to harvest some doe as he is OVER RUN with them. He operates a high fence ranch and has to take a quota of doe a year. I offered how much and he said he would give them to me for free. I will take advantage of this generous offer when I return from work in December, however I dont like being in someone's debt. I would like a way to show my appreciation and gratitude to him as he simply asked me and I gave no indication that I wanted to hunt there. He is a gentleman in his mid 70s and I'm not sure if he drinks or not, so a fine glass of bourbon or wine is out. Any help would be appreciated.
I'm glad I am not the only one that says thanks and is thankful. In today's world, people expect things for free and don't appreciate anything IMO!
Get to know the man and then buy him something personal!

Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 10-29-2019, 05:59 PM   #13
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Ain't a man alive that don't like a good pocket knife!!
Its obvious you've never been to a Starbucks
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:01 PM   #14
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Ask what work needs to be done on his ranch. If you are handy with tools, welding etc.... is a bonus. Don't offer to help..like "if ya ever need help let me know". I promise you there is always work that needs to be done.
This sounds like a great idea and could potentially lead to more hunting opportunities also
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:17 PM   #15
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:27 PM   #16
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He said a man.......


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Old 10-29-2019, 09:29 PM   #17
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Well Duh... Ain't a man alive ever been in a Starbucks EITHER!!
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:40 AM   #18
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The way I see is it he has already asked for your help as he has an issue that he doesnít think he can take care of. I would do as mentioned and take him up on the offer and try to get to know the fellow and that would give you more insight. It may be that you are really helping him out more than you know as he may really be pressed for reducing the doe numbers to comply with MLD (just guessing).


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Old 10-30-2019, 08:51 AM   #19
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Foods always a good option. I had a similar situation with an older gentleman one time. I just gave him a handshake and a sincere thank you. It was obvious he didn't want anything from me, but the next week I sent him a nice package from Omaha steaks. He definitely appreciated it based on the nice phone call I got.
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:59 AM   #20
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A good bottle of whiskey or take him to a nice steakhouse after the hunt.

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Old 10-30-2019, 08:59 AM   #21
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Personally, I'd send a hand written letter and gift after hunting. You can figure out what he likes or wants during the hunt and then send a more meaningful gift based off what you learn about him
This. One other thing, I usually send photos of the meat after I prepared it and let the landowner know the animal I took isn't being wasted. Another option, prepare a meal for them with one of the animals from their property and give it to them, so that all they have to do is heat it up and eat.
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:18 AM   #22
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If you can bbq, bring a mess of ribs and a brisket with you. Doesn't cost you too much money but it does show that you put in the time to make something you both can enjoy. At his age, he's likely over the material items in his life.

Or you can send him a few links of sausage from the does you kill after the hunt.
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:19 AM   #23
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Take him a ribeye roll and a pallet of corn.
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:36 AM   #24
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My first thought was a pocket knife, but I also like the idea of a custom sign for his ranch. There is a sponsor on here that does a great job of making them. I've had two done and couldn't be happier.
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:36 AM   #25
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What would you expect if you were in his shoes?

It's a doe hunt and you are doing him a huge favor. Besides, he already owns a freakin' ranch and I'm quite sure already has a ton of knives to boot. lol. If anything, offer to help him with a ranch chore during the mid-afternoon down time (unless you are hunting all day). If you are staying the night, then whip up a hearty dinner. Nothing better than a thick ribeye and loaded potato.

Give the guy an expensive ranch sign?? Nice gesture, especially for just a doe hunt. But, unless you know EXACTLY what he would want- be prepared for an awkward meeting the next time when you realize he never put your sign up.

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Old 10-30-2019, 09:45 AM   #26
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Take him out for a nice Steak Dinner!!!
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:48 AM   #27
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I had some Wagyu steaks sent as a thank you before... He said they were great. Came out to about $50 a steak
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:18 AM   #28
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Take him into town and treat him to breakfast after the hunt.
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Old 10-30-2019, 12:29 PM   #29
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A knife would be a great thank you. Just don't forget the penny.
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Old 10-30-2019, 12:53 PM   #30
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Well Duh... Ain't a man alive ever been in a Starbucks EITHER!!
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Old 10-30-2019, 01:00 PM   #31
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I appreciate all the responses guys. I'm thinking doing some ranch chores during the year would be greatly appreciated as I'm sure he needs help filling feeders and keeping shooting lanes maintained. I'm Also going to give him backstrap from the hunt as a nice gesture.
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Old 10-30-2019, 01:03 PM   #32
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Lots of good ideas above. A gift certificate at a nice restaurant would allow him to go when convenient.

For what it's worth, you really are doing him a favor by helping him with his harvesting requirements. The ranch that I hunt on has to take 35-40 deer this year, and it gets to be a chore since he is VERY restrictive on who he lets hunt, and there is only a handful of us to do the killing.

Oh, yeah, DON'T shoot any bucks if he only wants doe killed.
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Old 10-30-2019, 01:12 PM   #33
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Personally, I'd send a hand written letter and gift after hunting. You can figure out what he likes or wants during the hunt and then send a more meaningful gift based off what you learn about him. I had a buddy that let me hunt his place and he said, "man I sure like that tac light on your rifle" while we were dispatching hogs. Guess who got a Surefire M600DF in the mail the next week.

EDIT: I've let a lot of buddies hunt with me over the years, I have a box filled with pocket knives somewhere. Just my 0.02.
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:23 PM   #34
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I had a successful hunt at the Durst Ranch in Llano. I was able to take 2 doe. To show my gratitude I had Mr. GARY (EastTxTracking) Design some custom woodgrain Tumblers with the ranch logo on them. They came out better than I would have imagined and he did a great job! Mr. Durst was very grateful and appreciative. A big thank you to EastTxTracking, for a job well done.
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:36 PM   #35
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Personally, a simple thank you would be good in my book. Your helping him also

I agree with this.
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:49 PM   #36
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Perhaps some fresh nutria meat?
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:25 PM   #37
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[QUOTE=LlanoHunter10;14576096]I had a successful hunt at the Durst Ranch in Llano. I was able to take 2 doe. To show my gratitude I had Mr. GARY (EastTxTracking) Design some custom woodgrain Tumblers with the ranch logo on them. They came out better than I would have imagined and he did a great job! Mr. Durst was very grateful and appreciative. A big thank you to EastTxTracking, for a job well done.[/QUOT

now that is perfect. He will remember you every time he uses them. Might be a big ol cull buck that needs to go next year.
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:33 PM   #38
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A nice custom knife.
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:50 PM   #39
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Personally, I'd send a hand written letter and gift after hunting. You can figure out what he likes or wants during the hunt and then send a more meaningful gift based off what you learn about him. I had a buddy that let me hunt his place and he said, "man I sure like that tac light on your rifle" while we were dispatching hogs. Guess who got a Surefire M600DF in the mail the next week.

EDIT: I've let a lot of buddies hunt with me over the years, I have a box filled with pocket knives somewhere. Just my 0.02.
spot on
and now that I have read the rest of the thread I see you did get him a gift. Good Job.
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Old 12-13-2019, 02:11 PM   #40
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At this gentleman's age, my gesture would have been such as you stated, I would go in the heat of the summer and provide free labor for him.

Just tell him to relax, and bring him a folding chair to sit in the shade and a gallon of sweet tea to enjoy while he points at what he needs you to do.

If he is like my father, just simply spending time with him is appreciated more than any gift. But until you know him better, you won't know if that is his case or not...

Another option if your time is limited would be to, if you can financially afford to do it (none of our business), go to where you know he gets his feed from and put down some money for feed and/or supplies.
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Old 12-13-2019, 02:59 PM   #41
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@Llanohunter10 Iím glad you had a great trip and got to harvest 2 does. Iíd also like to thank you for your business and Iím glad you and Mr Durst enjoyed the cups. As much as Iíd like to take credit I canít. My wife makes all these cups and she pours her heart and soul into them. Not only does she work a full time job, but she comes home and puts the kids in bed and starts doing these cups. So she and I thank you again for the business and let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.


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Old 12-13-2019, 03:03 PM   #42
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Good job on the tumblers.
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Old 12-13-2019, 05:36 PM   #43
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I do quite a bit for others expecting nothing in return.

On occasion folks have been thoughtful enough to send us a gift of appreciation. I always VERY much appreciate kind thank you gestures. Over the years I've received fine wines, clothing, even a thermal scope, ALL of which were GREATLY appreciated.

However, the thing that's meant the most were hand written heartfelt thank you letters. My wife has a big envelope full of them that span the last 25 years. We've kept every one of them and their authors went up substantially in my eyes by taking the time to write them.

It's a lost art for most, which is a real shame. I know I'm guilty of neglecting to do so from time to time.....which is terrible.

So I'd write him a heartfelt note of thanks. If you want to include an appropriate gift of appreciation then that's great.

However, I'll guarantee you that just your handwritten words will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-13-2019, 05:43 PM   #44
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Being a good neighbor and doing some ranch chores is a great way to show your appreciation and to keep the door open for future meat hunts.


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Old 12-13-2019, 05:50 PM   #45
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Yes This! ^^^^
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Old 12-13-2019, 06:57 PM   #46
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Wait until after, something will come to you.
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