Frog Gigging In The Sunflower State

Kansas Bullfrog Season

July 1st is the much anticipated opening date for frogging enthusiasts to head to their favorite body of water and test their skills against these creatures who can grow to over half a foot and easily weigh over a pound.  You’ll need a  valid fishing  license even if you plan to catch and release.  The season runs through October 31st. Basic regulations include a daily limit of eight and no more than 24 in your possession after the third day.

The Simple Tools Of Frog Gigging

When it comes to outdoor pursuits, frog gigging is hard to beat for simplicity and fun. You can get started as soon as you secure a gig and a light source. Frogs can be hunted on river banks and pond edges on foot, but to really get underway some form of watercraft is extremely helpful. A basic gig need not cost any more than $10. The next key piece of equipment is a handle. These come in a variety of different materials: pine dowels, shaped fiberglass, aluminum, bamboo, and so on. Bamboo makes a particularly strong choice for the beginner as it’s cheap, durable, and light.

Picking Out The Perfect Light

Gigging works with just about any sort of light you can scrounge up. Experienced froggers favor a powerful light mounted on a headband, leaving both hands free to work the gig. Accuracy suffers if you do not use both hands; one-handed jabs are more liable to go astray and they may only wound frogs, allowing them to escape.

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to equip everyone in the gigging party with a headlamp of their own. This makes it easy to sort out equipment and find things in the boat. The potential drawback here is that when one gigger accidentally shines a light into another frogger’s eyes, it can take a great deal of time for the illuminated gigger’s night vision to come back.

For serious boat-borne frog gigging, the ideal light might be a spotlight powered by a 12-volt battery. Equipped with a powerful beam that works at long range, such a light will let froggers work well in advance of their boat. Giggers working with a spotlight are able to plan strategically and maximize their efficiency.

Frog Storage

Captured frogs need to be securely stored while the froggers continue their work. In generations past, sacks intended for potatoes or grass were considered ideal. These were soaked to keep the frogs inside moist and fresh after they were captured. Today ice coolers are an even more effective replacement. Note that in most states, frog-hunting regulations require each individual’s catch to be kept separate.

Some people refer to every form of frog-catching as “gigging,” but this is technically incorrect. When frogs are hunted with clasp poles or nets, the idea may be to release them safely at a later date. This does not always work out, as sensitive frogs can easily absorb harmful chemicals through their skin when they are handled.

The point of frog gigging is of course to cook and  eat them. The hind legs can be sautéed or deep fried according to taste. The hind legs of a frog are proportionally just as meaty as a medium-sized chicken. Frog legs are traditionally breaded before cooking; the breading is created from eggs and crumbs of stale bread or crackers.

Enjoy the upcoming season  alone or with family and friends and take in all the natural beauty our state has to offer.