Mepps rewarding hunters for squirrel tails again

Wisconsin’s small and big game hunting seasons kick into gear on Saturday and there should be plenty of opportunities.
Among seasons opening are: deer archery and crossbow, fall turkey, crow, bear, cottontail rabbit, gray and fox squirrels.
Speaking of squirrels, Mepps, located in Antigo in northern Wisconsin, is once again offering hunters a reward for their tails.
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. However, the tail is usually thrown away.
Mepps buys fox, black, gray 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. All Mepps asks for is the squirrel tail with the bone left in. The rest of the squirrel is for hunters to keep.
Mepps uses 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. In fact, they have recycled nearly 8 million tails since the mid-1960s.
Mepps researchers have tested many different natural and synthetic materials for dressed hooks, but nothing compares to the action of a squirrel tail underwater. 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 of squirrel hair in the water.
For details on the Squirrel Tail Program, either visit their web site or call 800-637-7700. Mepps, 626 Center St., Antigo, WI 54409-2496.
“We are focused on sustainability, we do not advocate hunting of squirrels solely for the purpose of sending in squirrel tails” said Nik Kolbeck, Mepps Communications Director.
I have used Mepps spinners for more than 60 years and wouldn’t be without a few different colors and sizes in my tackle box.