Make Money Trapping Squirrels and Selling Their Tails to Fly Fishermen
For a half of a century, people have been selling squirrel tails to fishing lure manufacturers. Hunters shoot squirrels for their meat. However, the fur usually gets tossed aside. The tail of the squirrel is very useful. Many trout fishermen use small spinners with squirrel tail hairs. Trout isn’t the only fish squirrel tails lure. Crappie, bream, bass, and walleye all are lured to the spinners as well. Squirrel tails are only one type of animal tails used for fishing. Deer tails, and buck tails are also used, but many stores only purchase those tails from commercial sources, whereas squirrel tails they will purchase from an individual. Money received for squirrel tails is minimal. However, if you’re a hunter there is no sense in wasting any part of the animal when you can make money from it.
Decide how you want to kill the squirrel. You can hunt squirrel with a rifle or trap the animal.
If you are a skillful hunter, searching for meat then you already know you will need a weapon and lots of patience to capture your animal. If you are a trapper, then you will need a no-kill squirrel trap. You can purchase these types of traps at sporting goods stores, outdoor or hardware stores. Choose the bait to lure the squirrel inside the trap. Good choices are apples, sunflower seeds, nuts, grains, peanut butter and jelly, or dog food. The last item you will need is a permit or license to trap or capture squirrels in your state.
Contact your local government to become educated on the capture, trapping, or killing of squirrels in your state. There are many states across the United States where the capture or killing of squirrels is illegal. You will need to make certain you do not accidentally release the squirrel onto someone else’s property because in some states this is illegal.
Set your traps around areas in which you see the highest volume of squirrel activity. Place your bait in the inside the trap’s door. Be prepared when the squirrel is trapped inside the trap, you will hear angry yelps and noise from the squirrel.
If you trap your squirrel, you will need to decide on how you will cause the demise of the animal.
Processing the squirrel tail can be quite a bit of work. The tails need to be washed several times. The fur needs to be cleaned and dried.
It is important to remember not to remove the bone or split the tail of the squirrel. To prepare this tail you will need to salt the butt end or dip the tail in a strong saltwater solution. Tails need to be in a flat, straight position before drying.
Market your tails. You can sell them on e-bay, find an online buyer, or visit fishing bait shops to see if you can sell them there on consignment.