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10 December 2018, 21:36
matt salm
Squirrel tails
I recently went on a Pheasant hunt in SD and had the pleasure of meeting two of the Sheldon's, from Sheldon's Inc (MEPPS Spinners and Mister Twister) on the hunt. I grew up in Antigo, WI where their factory is and still remember a tour through their place. Anyway, just a reminder to all you squirrel hunters, save the tails and send them into Sheldon's, they'll give you trade for product, might be a good way to stock up on some quality fishing lures. For many years they bought more than they needed, but for the last 5-10 years their supply is dwindling as what they're able to buy throughout the year is less than what they use. Mike Sheldon, the 2nd generation owner was really a pleasure to visit with, along with his son.

Anyway, thought I'd remind some of you that squirrel hunted, there is a place for your tails that might normally find their way to the trash. They mentioned they give double value for the tails that are traded for product vs. just buying.


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Matt
10 December 2018, 22:42
Aspen Hill Adventures
Also, keep in mind the tails need to be salted at the stub and dried perfectly straight.


~Ann



02 January 2020, 08:44
georgeld
AND they'll pay you about
a penny per tail.

George


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George L. Dwight
02 January 2020, 17:07
matt salm
quote:
Originally posted by georgeld:
AND they'll pay you about
a penny per tail.

George


Not true at all. https://www.mepps.com/squirrel-tail/

20 cents per for premium (well cared for) tails. And instead of $ if you want spinners, they'll double that in exchange for product.


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Matt
05 January 2020, 04:52
Hipshoot
Sold them some tails in the 60's and early 70's for a nickel apiece ! Sure loved my tree rat hunt in the day !

Hip
20 January 2020, 10:07
NormanConquest
About 10 years ago my Grandson was staying with his other grandpa + he was showing squirrel hunting out in the yard (Gary had M.S. + was in his wheelchair so he couldn't go far). But he showed the boy how to skin + clean it + salt the hide. He also showed him how to cook it with the same admonition that I share about if you want to kill it then you need to eat it. (within reason; but you get the point for a young man's new indocrination into mans finest sport.)


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