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Hunting Squirrels Can Help Add to Your Fishing Tackle Box

Squirrels are a plentiful natural resource. Plus, squirrel is 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 them recycle this valuable resource, AND, they’re 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 tails, depending on quality and quantity. Plus, the cash value is doubled if the tails are traded for Mepps lures.

Mepps® needs squirrel tails to create hand-tied, dressed hooks for their world-famous, fish-catching lures. They’ve been recycling squirrel tails for over half-a-century.

“Over the years Mepps has tried hundreds of other natural and synthetic materials, such as bear hair, fox, coyote, badger, skunk, deer, even Angus cow, but nothing works as well as squirrel tail hair,” explains Mepps® Communications Director, Nik Kolbeck.

The fact is 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 same rippling, pulsating movement that the squirrel hair has while moving through the water.

Kolbeck wants to remind everyone, “We do not advocate harvesting of squirrels solely for their tails.”

For all the details on the Squirrel Tail Program, either visit their web site www.mepps.com or call 800-713-3474. Mepps, 626 Center St., Antigo, WI 54409-2496.

Please note: Squirrel tails cannot be sold in Calfornia. Only eastern grey squirrels can be accepted from Oregon. Only red and fox squirrel tails can be accepted from Idaho.

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