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Mepps still wants your squirrel tails

Hey squirrel hunters, don't toss those tails! The Mepps fishing lure company in Wisconsin will buy them.

The tails are used for their hand-tied, dressed hooks of their "world-famous, fish-catching" spinners. Mepps has been "recycling" squirrel tails for over half-a-century.

"Squirrels are good eating and we can reuse their tails for making the world's No. 1 lure," said Josh Schwartz, Mepps communications director.

Mepps buys fox, black, grey and red squirrel tails 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.

Schwartz reminds everyone that the company doesn't advocate harvesting of squirrels solely for their tails. For details on the Squirrel Tail Program, either visit or call 800-713-3474.

New 'Hunt Wild Wisconsin' app

The Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile application has everything hunters need to improve their time in the outdoors, state DNR officials say.

The free app can help hunters find new public lands, check regulations, get up-to-the-minute shooting hours or listen to hunting podcasts. That includes access to satellite and topographic maps and public land boundaries, with or without a cell signal.

To download this free hunting app on a cellphone, search "Hunt Wild Wisconsin" in the iTunes app store or Google Play store on your cellphone.