If you are planning to hunt squirrels later this year, consider this:
Mepps needs squirrel tails to create hand-tied, dressed hooks for its lures. It has been recycling squirrel tails for more than 50 years. In fact, it recycles more of them than anyone else in the world.
By the way, I started catching fish with Mepps spinners when I was a kid, and have never stopped. I've used them to entice everything from bluegill and green sunfish in Missouri farm ponds to giant northern pike in northern Manitoba.
This from the company:
“We’ve tried hundreds of other natural and synthetic materials; bear hair, fox, coyote, badger, skunk, deer, even Angus cow, but nothing works as well as squirrel tail hair,” said Communications Director Kurt Mazurek.
Squirrel tails are all hair--- no fur. Practically all other animals have fur tails with just a few guard hairs. Fur doesn’t have the rippling, pulsating movement of squirrel hair in the water.
Squirrels are a plentiful natural resource. Plus, squirrels provide some of the best wild meat and their skins are used for caps, coats, glove linings and many other items. But the tail is usually thrown away. Mepps is asking you to help it recycle this valuable resource. And, it’s offering to reward you for your efforts.
Mepps buys fox, black, grey, and red squirrel tails and will pay up to 26 cents each for them, depending on quality and quantity. Plus, the cash value is doubled if the tails are traded for Mepps lures.
The company does not advocate harvesting squirrels solely for their tails.
Go here for details about the Squirrel Tail Program.
Please note: Squirrel tails cannot be sold in CA, ID & OR.