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Posted on 07/28/2006 8:59:10 PM PDT by girlanglerEdited on 07/28/2006 9:23:14 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Dear [snip]: I need your help to let the Jacksboro area squirrel hunters know Mepps still buys squirrel tails. Every year it gets tougher to get the tails we need to dress our spinners, but we know from experience a little ink or air time is always a big help. Details are below. Any assistance you can offer, Etta would be sincerely appreciated. Should you need additional information please contact me.
Respectfully, [snip] ----------------------- [snip] ------------------
Here's the release...
Recycle Your Squirrel Tails
Mepps, manufacturer of the World's #1 Lure, the Mepps spinner, is asking Jacksboro area hunters to save their squirrel tails. The tails are used to dress the hooks of Mepps, the original French spinner. Mepps has been buying fox, black, and grey squirrel tails for more than three decades, and will pay up to 26 cents each for tails, depending on quality and quantity. The cash value is doubled if the tails are traded for Mepps lures. "Hundreds of other materials, both natural and synthetic, have been tested," says Jim Martinsen, Mepps spokesman, "but few materials work as well. Mepps is only interested in recycling tails taken from squirrels that have been harvested for the table," Martinsen stresses. "We do not advocate taking squirrels strictly for their tails." Details on the Mepps squirrel tail recycling program can be found at: http://www.mepps.com/squirrels Interested hunters can also call: 800-713-3474. Mepps, 626 Center St., Antigo, WI 54409-2496.
Please note: It is illegal to sell squirrel tails in CA, ID, OR, & TX -30-
I'm not sure I could get my mouth to open for one. They have played havoc with the house though. Darn near chewed through 8" logs!
As a matter of fact, being a big Mepps fan, I am disappointed to see this in chat. I think it deserves to be in breaking news under squirrel nuts;)
I gave up fishing a few years back (not sure why, no real reason) but nothing ever worked as good as a Mepps spinner. The action is second to none and they'll spin better than any other even with a very slow retrieve.
I have a tiny Mepps #0 1/8 oz spinner that's caught dozens of sunfish, bluegills, crappies and even a 3 lb largemouth bass. It's been snagged a bunch of times, but I always got it back and never broke the hook. Most of the paint is gone (used to be red with tiny yellow polka-dots), with a black spinner blade.
It's one of my most prized possessions.
Finish it in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes and remove the pieces of squirrel from the pan and set aside.
Put the pan back over medium heat, and add a couple of cloves of sliced garlic, some finely chopped onions or shallots, and cook until tender. Then deglaze the pan with some red wine. Be sure to scrape all those little brown bits off the bottom of the pan with a whisk.
Reduce the sauce by half over medium heat. Then add a pat or two of butter, a bit of heavy cream, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pour the sauce over your still warm and crunchy squirrel and serve immediately.
You can just log off there. All that's left is FR in the history list.
check out that pic *LOL* good grief!
That takes me back, Woody. The smaller Mepps caught not only the sunfish, specks, and bluegills, but, like you wrote, large mouth as well. Once in a while, went all out and had the one with the plastic minnow, but that was not as good. Canadian AF used to include Mepps in survival gear. Don't know if they still do.
Check out the JD squirrel!
They're very tasty. Just boil for ~45 min, then fry in butter. I used to marinate them in maple syrup sol'n for about a week, or more then fry them up in the dorm. Folks came from all over to get some of my little chickens. I would never disclose where I got them. They went to every store in town to quiz about getting some. At the end of the season when they were scarfing the last batch down I told them. Man they all turned green! Some couldn't take it, so they left. The rest went normal, said, "they're great" and returned to scarfing them down. :)
Oh, I see. Ya posted the wrong @. LOL! Just act surprised and say ya can't imagine why UPS is delivering all those pkgs. :)
You misapprehend what some people will do for a piece of.....( oh never mind!)
Ha, Only in ALabama.
I have a 12 year old girl visiting and last night I wanted to kill her. She has had me on the myspace, then on some kid movie star's web site, showing me what she does on the net.
So I made the mistake of showing her what I do, on FR. She was so impressed she posted this thread.
However, I gave her her first fly casting lesson today, and this kid is a natural. I am SO impressed (and want to encourage her so I'll have a fishing partner, fishing alone is not good) that I'll forgive her, till I have truckloads of UPS vans delivering squirrel tails to my door (groan).
Okay, I'm probably going to alienate all of my bird thread FRiends,
but how about tails harvested 'cause the little boogers wouldn't stay off my bird-feeders and out of the attic?
You have a very evil sense of humor!
(I like it :-)
Lurker that recipe sounds awesome -- I will try it now that I'm going to be blasting my overpopulated squirrels away, and getting some Mepps spinners for my efforts.
I just bought a fly tying kit and I think I'll harvest some squirrels for the table, send Mepps the tails and use some of the hair for flies.
I LOVE Mepps spinners, use them a lot.They catch trout,panfish, bass, any fish will hit them. The most versatil (sp) bait ever made.