How Much Do Squirrel Fur Sell For?
When it comes to selling your fur, you may be surprised to know that some people will pay as much as double its real value. In fact, some companies, like Mepps, pay double the price for the fur of a squirrel! They make lures from the tails and sell them for a much higher price than what they would actually be worth! Here’s a closer look at how much squirrel fur sells for.
Mepps pays for squirrel tails
Every year, small game hunting season opens in many parts of the country. For hunters, squirrel is an excellent meal. And Mepps pays for squirrel tails so they can recycle their hair. The company, which uses squirrel hair to make lures, is committed to protecting the environment. This program also encourages hunters to use as much squirrel hair as possible. Mepps says it has recycled 8 million tails since the 1960s.
The company doesn’t condone hunting squirrels for their tails, however. They prefer an eco-friendly approach to the process and encourage hunters to recycle their kill. Mepps’ website lists the prices for the tails, and hunters can easily estimate the cost of a single tail. However, the company is selective about what they will accept, and prefers to accept only squirrel tails with a bone intact.
Mepps uses tails to make lures
The Mepps company began by buying tails from hunters. Since then, production has increased and today Mepps sells between four and six million lures a year. The backbone of a Mepps lure is the tail, and the hook is a doubled wire that threads into the body. The body is comprised of three small, but essential, pieces: the pearly, clevis, and the bend.
To begin with, Mepps’ headquarters is located in Antigo, Wisconsin, on the north side of Milwaukee. The company accepts tails in good condition, but will reject those that have been boned out. This is because the tails would curl into useless balls when sent through machines. They also do not process tails without the tailbone. These tails are then dried in a drying process that destroys the hair follicles.
Mepps pays double their actual value for tails
For decades, Mepps has been buying squirrel tails. While they don’t support killing squirrels for their tails, they do acknowledge that the meat from squirrels is some of the best wild meat available. And with a double payment policy for squirrel tails, they’re encouraging hunters to recycle their tails and turn them into cash. The following are the steps to sell your squirrel tails to Mepps.
First, you need to determine the value of your tails. If you have less than ten pounds of tails, you can sell them to Mepps. The company grades your tails for you and contacts you to place your lure order. If you have more than ten pounds of tails, Mepps will pay double their actual value. After you send the tails to Mepps, they will contact you to arrange payment.
Mepps uses tails to make hooks
Mepps is a company that recycles squirrel tails into hooks and lures. The tails can be found all over the country, but they prefer the winter months because the squirrels are frozen. They will then send you a check for the tails, and the company will contact you to arrange a trade for your lures. This process will not only help you get paid for your tails, but will also protect our environment.
The first Mepps spinners are made with squirrel tails, which are tangled around the hook like a parachute. Todd Sheldon, a Wisconsin resident, discovered this technique while fishing in 1950. While he was having success with a Mepps spinner, he noticed a young boy reeling in a trout on a squirrel-tail-tied hook. Sheldon began to test different tail dressings and eventually settled on squirrel tails.
Mepps uses tails to make muffs
For the most money, sell your squirrel tails to Mepps. The company will pay up to 26 cents for each tail, but more expensive ones are likely worth more. For example, a top-quality intact pelt from a bobcat can fetch upwards of $300. A spotted tail can be worth more than $400. The price of a pelt depends on the species. Pine squirrel tails will be worth about half of that, while a sable tiger pelt is worth about the same.
The fur from squirrels is usually highly valued, ranging from 16 cents to two dollars. They are not suitable for use as table fare, but are useful for making muffs and other items. If you don’t want to use them, Mepps sells them in its stores for just this purpose. The meat of a squirrel is rich in protein and has a nutty and chicken taste. It is not uncommon to find squirrel nests in the city and move the babies to a safer environment.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.