Squirrel hunting season starts next week, giving North Carolina hunters a challenging game animal to hunt that is every bit as fun as (if not more fun than) deer hunting to most hunters who give squirrel hunting a chance.

Especially when using a .22 or .17 rife, shooting a squirrel high up in a tree is challenging, and training yourself to take only headshots will improve your rifle skills and preserve the meat which makes a tasty meal. And the action is much faster than deer hunting, because squirrels are plentiful, and much more likely to show themselves in daylight hours than deer normally do.

While some hunters like the challenge and the meal, then discard the carcass of squirrels they kill, others use the skin to make hats, glove linings, or even jackets. And some hunters save the tails, which they find are pretty to look at, but a little bit difficult to do anything useful with.

Luckily for them, the Mepps lure company has just the answer to the question of what to do with those tails, and it can provide a link between hunting and fishing for outdoorsmen who enjoy both. The Mepps Squirrel Tail Program gives hunters the chance to have their squirrel tails turned into the dressing on spinning lures. Mepps will either pay for the tails or allow hunters to double their value by trading for lures. It’s a win-win situation that has made Mepps the largest recycler of squirrel tails in the world.

After trying many different tails of many different animals, Mepps has found that no other tail works as well on fishing lures as squirrel tails. The secret, they say, is that unlike most other animals, squirrel tails have no fur; it’s all hair, and hair moves with water in a much more lifelike and realistic way than fur moves. This makes it the perfect addition to lures like Mepps Aglia and Black Fury lures, which are used to catch virtually every fish on the planet.

True outdoorsmen don't like to see any part of a harvested animal go to waste. They also like to receive outdoor gear like fishing lures in their mailbox! If you’d like to participate in the Mepps Squirrel Tail Program, visit Mepps for complete details.